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