Network Bulletin No. 06-25
Date: June 23, 2006
Subject: Staff, NLS
Index Term: NLS deputy director Michael Moodie retires
NLS deputy director Michael M. Moodie will retire from federal service on June 23,
2006. Moodie, who has held progressively responsible positions at NLS over the past
thirty-two years, became the NLS research and development officer in 1990, playing
a key role in NLS's transformation from the current analog cassette-based program to
a digital system. He was named deputy director in January 2004.
As deputy director, Moodie was a member of the Digital Audio Development
committee, overseeing major contracts in the development of the NLS digital talking-
book (DTB) system, including the machine-design contract initiated in February
2005 and the DTB distribution system study begun in May 2005. He has been active
in the rigorous DTB machine testing program and has traveled extensively,
representing NLS and the digital project throughout the United States and abroad.
Moodie chaired the National Information Standards Organization (NISO) committee
which, over a four-year period, brought the Specifications for the Digital Talking
Book to completion as ANSI/NISO Z39.86-2002, an American National Standard.
He researched the application of solid-state memory technologies, identifying
requirements, coordinating technical seminars, chairing briefings from industry
leaders, and tracking costs, leading to NLS's decision to adopt flash-memory
technology for the DTB. Moodie headed the team that designed automated
production tools for DTBs and was instrumental in developing a web-based
distribution system for digital audio magazines. In addition, he worked closely with
the NLS consumer relations officer to develop Web-Braille, the world's first online
repository of contracted braille books, magazines, and music. His earlier positions
with NLS included seven years as assistant head of the Production Control Section
and five years as Recording Studio director.
"Michael Moodie's contribution to NLS cannot be overstated. We wish him well in
all future undertakings," said NLS director Frank Kurt Cylke.
Michael Moodie will continue a relationship with the Library of Congress as an
expert digital consultant to NLS in the near and long-term future.
For further information, contact:
Frank Kurt Cylke
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