Network Bulletin      


                  No:      12-04


                Date:     February 3, 2012


Subject:    National Conference of Librarians                       Index term:   Announcement and

                              Serving Blind and Physically                                                      preliminary agenda

                              Handicapped Individuals, 2012





The 2012 National Conference of Librarians Serving Blind and Physically Handicapped Individuals will be held at the Hotel Viking in Newport, Rhode Island, from Sunday, May 20, through Thursday, May 24. The preconference workshop, “Got Digital? Recording, Digitizing, Markup, and More!,” is scheduled for Saturday, May 19.


Conference presentations will focus on new initiatives, expansion of services, outreach, advocacy, and future opportunities.


A preliminary agenda is attached below for your review. For more information and to register for the conference, visit the conference home page at


Attachment: Preliminary agenda below


                              For more information contact:   MaryBeth Wise

                                                                                 Conference Coordinator

                                                                                 (202) 707-0501

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                                                                                 Joel Phillips

                                                                                 Conference Coordinator

                                                                                 (202) 707-9706

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Preliminary Agenda

2012 National Conference of Librarians Serving Blind and

Physically Handicapped Individuals




Saturday, May 19


8:30–9:00 a.m.               Preconference Registration

9:00 a.m.–noon              Southern Conference Program:

                                       “Got Digital? Recording, Digitizing, Markup, and More!”

Noon–1:30 p.m.             Lunch

1:30–4:30 p.m.               Preconference Program continued

4:30 p.m.                       Adjourn




Sunday, May 20–Thursday, May 24

(Please note: Meeting times may change before the event)



Sunday, May 20


11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.     Registration


1:00–4:15 p.m.               Welcome     


                                       NLS Updates


4:15–5:45 p.m.               Regional Conference Meetings


6:15–7:45 p.m.               NLS Reception



Monday, May 21


8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.       Registration


8:30–9:15 a.m.               Welcome

                                       Roll Call of the States


9:15–10:15 a.m.             Program Speaker: Amy Bower, Oceanographer/NLS patron


10:15–10:30 a.m.           Break


10:30–11:30 a.m.           NLS Network Topic


11:45 a.m.–1:00 p.m.     Lunch on your own


1:00–2:00 p.m.               Program Speaker: Rachael Scdoris, Iditarod Racer/NLS patron


2:00–3:00 p.m.               Network Training Topic


3:00–3:30 p.m.               Break


3:30–4:10 p.m.               NLS Sessions:

·   TBD – Collection Development

·   Training Session TBD – Materials Development

·   Statistical Reporting/Network Database Changes – Network Services Staff


4:20–5:00 p.m.               Sessions repeat


5:00 p.m.                        Enjoy Newport on your own!



Tuesday, May 22


8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.       Registration


8:30–9:30 a.m.               Western Conference Program:
“Media Outreach: Raising Awareness and Participation with Media”


9:30–10:45 a.m.             Conference Address: Maureen Sullivan, President-Elect, American Library Association


10:45–11:00 a.m.           Break


11:00 a.m.–noon            Christine Koontz, Research Associate, Florida State University “Marketing Our Services to Actual and Potential Customers: A Segmentation Approach”


Noon–1:00 p.m.             Northern Conference Program:
“The Partnership Imperative: High Level, High Energy, and High Expectations”


3:30 p.m.                        Exploring Newport by Trolley


6:30–9:00 p.m.               Reception



Wednesday, May 23


8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.       Registration


8:30–10:30 a.m.             Digital Magazine Program

                                       Cartridge Recall Program


10:30–11:00 a.m.           Break


11:00 a.m.–noon            Automation Update


Noon–1:30 p.m.             Lunch on your own


1:30–3:00 p.m.               New Content Program – Automation


3:00–3:15 p.m.               Break


3:15–4:45 p.m.               User Group Meetings:

·   Consortium of User Libraries (CUL) 

·   Reader Enrollment Delivery Systems (READS)

·   Keystone Library Automation Systems (KLAS)


5:00–7:00 p.m.               Explore Newport!



Thursday, May 24


8:00 a.m.–noon              Registration 


8:30–9:30 a.m.               Southern Conference Program:
“You Are Never Too Young: A Survey of Best Practices for Serving Children”


9:30–10:15 a.m.             Midlands Conference Program:
“Life on the D-List: Making It in a Digital World” (long-range planning in a digital environment)


10:15 –11:00 a.m.          Beyond Braille and Talking Books: Expanding Library Services


11:15–11:45 a.m.           Future of Network Discussion

                                       Moderator TBD


Noon                              Adjourn


2:00–6:00 p.m.               Postconference Event