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       Network Bulletin No. 04-33


       Date:    July 9, 2004




                                    Subject:      Collection development
      Index term:  Collection Development Advisory Group -- 2004 recommendations and
      NLS responses


        Enclosed is a copy NLS's responses to the recommendations made by the Collection
        Development Advisory Group at the meeting held May 26-28, 2004.


        Enclosure


        For further information contact:

        James Herndon
        Head
        Collection Development Section
        (202) 707-0507
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        __Collection Development Advisory Group, May 26-May 28, 2004__


        __Recommendations__

        1.   The Advisory Group recommends NLS continue to reissue and update the collection of
        classic books in braille and audio formats, including titles that are on school required
        reading lists.

        Response: This will continue.

        2.  The Advisory Group recommends NLS produce more titles on vocabulary building and
        writing skills for adults and young adults in braille and audio formats.

        Response: This will be done.

        3.   The Advisory Group recommends NLS expand its Special Foreign Library Collection
        by purchasing more popular books and magazines for all ages, with emphasis on materials
        in Spanish.

        Response: This will continue.

        4.  The Advisory Group recommends NLS continue to identify and produce titles in series
        in the same format and work to reissue older titles in series that are depleted.

        Response: This will continue.

        5.  The Advisory Group recommends that NLS not produce nonfiction bestsellers that will
        be outdated by the time they become available.

        Response: NLS will reduce the selection of bestsellers likely to be quickly outdated.

        6.  The Advisory Group recommends that NLS increase the production of clean, young
        adult fiction titles on the topics of contemporary problems, coming of age, and adults
        starting out in life; and that NLS correspondingly decrease the number of titles on these
        topics having descriptions of sex, violence, and strong language.

        Response: This will be done with regard to discretionary title selection; however, NLS
        will continue to produce bestselling and award-winning titles on these topics regardless of
        content.

        7.  The Advisory Group recommends NLS produce more high-interest, low-vocabulary
        titles for children and young adults in braille and audio formats.

        Response: This will continue.


        8.  The Advisory Group recommends NLS increase the production of African-American
        adult and young adult titles such as biographies, mysteries, westerns, and romances.

        Response: This will continue.

        9.  The Advisory Group recommends NLS continue to produce cultural history titles.

        Response: This will continue.

        10.  The Advisory Group recommends NLS produce more titles by gay and lesbian
        authors, with gay and lesbian protagonists, and on gay and lesbian topics.

        Response: This will be done.

        11.  The Advisory Group recommends NLS produce more general titles on career
        exploration and development for adults.

        Response: This will be done.

        12.  The Advisory Group recommends NLS produce more titles on sports such as
        swimming and wrestling for children in grades five and above in braille and audio formats.

        Response: This will be done.

        13.  The Advisory Group recommends NLS produce more fiction titles for holidays other
        than Christmas and Halloween for children and young adults.

        Response: This will be done.

        14.  The Advisory Group recommends NLS produce more do-it-yourself titles in braille
        and audio formats.

        Response: This will be done.

        15.  The Advisory Group recommends NLS include RC and BR book numbers with titles
        appearing in "Also by This Author" opening announcements.

        Response: Adding NLS book numbers to titles listed in "Also by This Author"
        announcements presents a problem relating to the dynamics of collection development.   At
        the time a book is recorded or brailled, not all titles given in the "Also by This Author" list
        will have been done by NLS.  Likely, some books in the list would have book numbers and
        others would not.  Some books in the list may be produced or reissued afterwards and their
        book numbers would not appear in the list or would not be current.  Book numbers given
        in "Also by This Author" lists would be, at best, a snapshot of a dynamic collection.
        Therefore, NLS feels the implementation of this recommendation would not be productive,
        considering the limited accuracy and increased production time involved in such a process.
        Book number listings for other books by an author can best be found by searching the NLS
        catalog or by contacting reader advisors.

        16.  The Advisory Group recommends NLS produce more current titles on military history.

        Response: This will be done.

        17.  The Advisory Group recommends NLS produce more braille titles on knitting with the
        pattern descriptions given in the text rather than in visual charts or diagrams.

        Response: This will be done as appropriate titles can be identified.  Unfortunately, the
        great majority of knitting books rely on visual illustrations and do not easily lend
        themselves to production in braille formats.

        18.  The Advisory Group recommends NLS produce more audiobooks of titles published
        by museums such as Mystic Seaport.

        Response: This will continue.

        19.  The Advisory Group recommends NLS include in the "In Brief" section of __Talking
        Book Topics__ information on how titles are selected and distributed and on how readers
        can contact their regional libraries with title recommendations.

        Response: This information may appear in a future edition of __Talking Book Topics__ or
        another publication (such as a Factsheet) yet to be determined.

        20.  The Advisory Group recommends that NLS revise the large-print version of __Talking
        Book Topics__ so that: 1) pages are produced in full-text format instead of newspaper-
        column format; 2) a line space or some other indication is added between entries to better
        distinguish the beginning and end of entries; 3) the page numbers are located on the center
        outer edges of the pages; and 4) a separate section is included for young adult titles.

        Response: The column format of __Talking Book Topics and Braille Book Review__ was
        designed for optimal ease of reading by visually handicapped persons, based upon
        extensive national research.  While this format may not be optimal for some types of
        magnification readers, it is the appropriate large-type format for the majority of users.
        Increasing line spacing between entries and adding page numbers to margins would greatly
        increase the cost of __Talking Book Topics__ and, thus, is not feasible.


        __Commendations__

        1.  The Advisory Group commends NLS for continuing to reduce the production time of
        books.

        Response: Thank you.

        2.  The Advisory Group commends NLS for producing more science and technology books
        for the layperson.

        Response: Thank you.

        3.  The Advisory Group commends NLS for maintaining the number of braille titles
        produced.

        Response: Thank you.

        4.  The Advisory Group commends NLS for continuing to investigate alternative sources
        of titles, including obtaining the rights to commercial audiobooks.

        Response: Thank you.

        5.  The Advisory Group commends NLS for producing biographies of persons of historical
        and cultural significance in braille and audio formats.

        Response: Thank you.

        6.  The Advisory Group commends NLS for achieving and maintaining the number of
        titles produced in print braille format.

        Response: Thank you.

        7.  The Advisory Group commends NLS for continuing to produce award-winning titles
        for children and young adults.

        Response: Thank you.

        8.  The Advisory Group commends NLS for promoting interest in the Lewis and Clark
        expedition.

        Response: Thank you.

        9.  The Advisory Group commends all NLS narrators for their tireless efforts and
        professionalism.

        Response: Thank you.

        10.  The Advisory Group commends NLS director Frank Kurt Cylke, for furthering the
        NLS mission of promoting interest in the financial support for the NLS program.

        Response: Thank you.

        11.  The Advisory Group commends the NLS Collection Development Section, Jim
        Herndon and staff, for the outstanding facilitation of this meeting.

        Response: Thank you.

        12.  The Advisory Group commends NLS Collection Development staff for excellent work
        during a time of staff shortage.

        Response: Thank you.

        13.  The Advisory Group commends chairperson Oakley Pearson and secretary Sue Walker
        for their excellent work during the meeting.

        Response: NLS also thanks the members of the 2004 Collection Development Advisory
        Group for their work and efforts.