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        Network Bulletin No. 06-26
        Date: June 30, 2006
 
        
        Subject: Collection Development
        Index Term: Collection Development Advisory Group 2006 recommendations
        and NLS responses
        
        
        
        Enclosed is a copy of NLS's responses to the recommendations made by the Collection
        Development Advisory Group at the meeting held May 17 19, 2006.
        
        Enclosure
        
        For further information contact:   
        
        James Herndon
        Head, Collection Development Section
        (202) 707-0507
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        Collection Development Advisory Group
        
        May 17-19, 2006
        
        __Recommendations__
        
          1.     The committee recommends that, for efficient and effective use of the NLS
          collection by both librarians and patrons, NLS make a concerted effort to resolve
          cataloging inconsistencies such as author authority problems and to standardize
          simple database entry procedures across applications.
        
        Response:  The NLS Voyager database is a union catalog and contains records from
        several agencies.  Fewer than half of the records in the union catalog are created by
        NLS.  The remainder have been submitted by Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic, 
        several libraries in Canada, and other agencies.  While NLS updates and completes the
        cataloging for titles submitted by network libraries, it cannot review the several
        thousand records it receives each year from all other external sources.  Canadian
        libraries in particular do not necessarily follow Library of Congress name authority
        practice- the basis for most NLS name authority control.
        
        Another group of records that falls outside of authority control includes titles that have
        been tentatively selected for the NLS program but which have not entered production. 
        Some of these titles have not been or produced for one reason or another, and we have
        been reluctant to expend effort until their status is more definite.  However, given the
        importance that the committee attaches to the issue, NLS will begin putting this body
        of records under name authority control.
        
        In the past there has also been concern that the name headings on records that NLS
        distributes to network libraries for use in their systems are not consistent.  This issue
        has already been addressed with the upgrade of the MARC download program that was
        announced in April 2006 and implemented at the beginning of May.   Name headings
        on records that are distributed through the upgraded service will be much more
        consistent.
        
          2.     The committee recommends that NLS produce more children's and young adult
        nonfiction titles focused on science; history; cultural studies; sociology; world,
        national and state leaders; and health and fitness.
        
        Response:  This will continue.  
        
          3.     The committee commends NLS for replacing outdated medical books with new
         titles and recommends that NLS take a more proactive approach, such as contacting
        recognized medical authorities, to assist in identifying medical titles that are outdated
        and need to be supplemented with newer works.  Some areas of special emphasis
        include diabetes, heart disease, AIDS, and cancer.
        
        Response:  This will be done.
        
          4.     The committee commends NLS for producing books by authors of American
        classic literature and recommends that NLS produce or reissue more books by such
        authors as Pearl Buck, Willa Cather, William Faulkner, Sinclair Lewis, Herman
        Melville, Flannery O'Connor, Edgar Allen Poe, John Steinbeck, Mark Twain, Edith
        Wharton, and Thomas Wolfe, among others. 
        
        Response:  This will continue.
        
          5.     The committee commends NLS for producing books on world history, literature,
        and international issues and recommends that NLS continue its commitment to these
        subjects.
        
        Response:  This will continue.
        
          6.     The committee commends NLS for producing up-to-date books on macular
        degeneration and other eye diseases and recommends that this emphasis continue so as
        to reflect new developments in the field.
        
        Response:  This will continue.
        
          7.     The committee recommends that the NLS magazine committee convene within the
        next year to review and evaluate the current titles with respect to currency and
        relevance, with the possibility of adding pertinent titles such as the New Yorker and
        Audiofile in audio format.  The committee further recommends that the New Yorker
        and Audiofile be considered for inclusion in the Magazine of the Month program.
        
        Response:  NLS will convene its magazine committee to discuss and review the
        magazines currently produced by NLS.  Note that the New Yorker is currently available
        from Newsline and will not be included in the Magazine of the Month program.  NLS
        will review the possibility of including an issue of Audiofile in the 2007 Magazine of
        the Month program.
        
          8.     The committee commends NLS for producing books by African American authors
        and recommends that NLS produce additional titles of biographies and autobiographies
        by African American authors.
        
        Response:  This will continue.
        
          9.     The committee recommends that NLS produce more books on food preparation
        and special diets, specifically a recently published pressure-cooker cookbook in braille
        and gluten-free and raw-food diets in both media.
        
        Response:  This will be done.
        
          10.    The committee recommends that NLS produce more books on women in sports.
        
        Response:  This will continue.
        
          11.    The committee recommends that NLS produce more books in braille on
        needlework, specifically crochet.
        
        Response:  This will be done.
        
          12.    The committee recommends that NLS produce more books on archaeology.
        
        Response:  This will be done.
        
        __Commendations__
        
        1.  The committee commends NLS for producing children's and young adult
        biographies and autobiographies focused on minorities, blindness, and disabilities.
        
        Response:  Thank you.
        
        2.  The committee commends NLS for producing bestselling  and award-winning
        literature, such Pulitzer Prize  and National Book Award winners.
        
        Response:  Thank you.
        
        3.  The committee commends NLS for completing classic western series in audio
        format, such as those by Louis L'Amour, William Johnstone, Donald Clayton Porter,
        and Zane Grey.
        
        Response:  Thank you.
        
        4.  The committee commends NLS in its ongoing progress with the digitization
        initiative and its effectiveness in communicating information about this project to its
        constituents.
        
        Response: Thank you.
        
        5.  The committee commends the director and entire staff of NLS for their efforts in
        providing library service to the blind and physically handicapped and for their
        hospitality during the course of this meeting.
        
        Response: Thank you.
        
        6.  The committee commends the staff of the Collection Development Section for its
        outstanding work in book selection. The committee extends its appreciation to Jim
        Herndon and his staff for their receptiveness to new ideas for improving the collection
        and for their effectiveness in facilitating this meeting.
        
        Response:  Thank you.
        
        7.  The committee commends Jim Herndon and Gloria Zittrauer on their dedicate
        years of service to NLS.
        
        Response: Thank you.
        
        8.  The committee commends Otis Stephens, chairperson, and gratefully thanks
        Julie Harris for her patience and good humor in acting as secretary and
        wordsmith for the Collection Development Advisory Group.
        
        Response: NLS also thanks the members of the Collection Development Advisory
        Group for an interesting and stimulating meeting.
        
                                            
        
        
        
        
        
        2006 Collection Development Advisory Group
        
        May 17-19, 2006
                                        
        
        Consumer Organization Representatives:
        
        American Council of the Blind (ACB): 
        
        Otis Stephens                     
        Knoxville, TN 37996
        
        
        Blinded Veterans Association (BVA)
        
        Clyde A. Compton                  
        Richland, VA 24641
        
            
            
        National Federation of the Blind (NFB): 
        
        Ever Lee Hairston                      
        Cherry Hill, NJ 08002-4710
                                     
                               
        
        Readers-at-Large:
        
        Midlands: 
        
        Gail Walter
        Halstead, KS 67056
        
        Northern:
        
        David Stewart
        Washington, DC 20009
        
        Southern: 
        
        Chet Avery
        Alexandria, VA 22301
             
        
        
        
        
        
        2006 Collection Development Advisory Group
        May 17-19, 2006
        
        
        Western:
        
        Fred Riggers
        Nexperce, ID 83543
        
        or
        
        Sue Walker
        Idaho State Library
                               
        
        Librarians:
        
        Midlands:
        
        Sharon Ruda
        Illinois State Library Talking Book and Braille Service
        401 East Washington
        Springfield, IL 62701-1207
        
        
        Northern:
        
        Catherine Rubin
        Maryland State Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
        415 Park Avenue
        Baltimore, MD 21201-3603
        
        
        Southern: 
        
        Julie C. Harris
        State of North Carolina Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
        1811 Capital Blvd.
        Raleigh, NC 27604
        
            
        Western: 
        
        Christie Briggs
        Montana Talking Book Library
        1515 East Sixth Avenue 
        P.O. Box 201800 
        Helena, MT 59620-1800 
        
        
        2006 Collection Development Advisory Group
        May 17-19, 2006
        
        
        Children's/Young Adult Librarian: 
        
        Cindy Nugent
        Blind and Physically Handicapped Services
        Mississippi Library Commission
        3881 Eastwood Drive
        Jackson, MS 39211-6473