Network Bulletin No. 05-44
Date: September 2, 2005
Subject: Books for Blind and Physically Handicapped Individuals
Index Term: Commemorating seventy-five years of service
The seventy-fifth anniversary of the founding of NLS is approaching. Since its
establishment in 1931, the service has enjoyed significant growth and undergone
remarkable transformations. NLS has chosen to observe this important occasion by
increasing public awareness of the program's products and services and by
intensifying efforts in the digital transformation. Projects in process or in
preparation are as follows:
The Citizen's Stamp Advisory Committee of the United States Postal
Service is considering the Library of Congress's application for the creation
and issuance of a stamp that recognizes the contributions of blind
Americans and the agencies and services with which they are associated.
Under contract, Fleishman-Hillard has developed and implemented a
comprehensive national public education and outreach plan for 2005-2006.
The plan was designed to support network libraries through a variety of
promotional projects and activities, including media coverage, public
service announcements, online advertising, third-party partnerships, and the
distribution of educational materials. Press kits, audio and video materials,
and news releases will be distributed, and the newsletter NLS Flash will
continue monthly publication through 2006.
The celebration of the achievements of centenarians will continue with Ten-Squared
Talking-Book Club events taking place around the country.
The 2006 National Conference of Librarians Serving Blind and Physically
Handicapped Individuals will be held in Portland, Maine, April 29-May 4:
"Seventy-five Years and Counting: Moving into a Digital Reality."
NLS will present the second Network Library Award in 2006. Awards will
be presented in two categories: regional library and subregional library.
NLS is pressing forward with the implementation of the digital talking-book
system, scheduled to launch in 2008. NLS digital systems contractors are
moving ahead rapidly with machine and cartridge designs, consulting with
focus groups, and soliciting input from patrons and library staff. Final
decisions concerning distribution procedures are in process.
NLS encourages network libraries to mount their own celebrations perhaps in
conjunction with Ten-Squared Club recognitions or with significant local events to mark
this banner year.
For further information contact:
Acting Head, Publications and Media Section
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