NLS Operations Alert
TO : Network Libraries
FROM : Michael Martys, Automation Officer
SUBJECT : Merger of Web-Braille and BARD services
Within the next several months, NLS will merge the Web-Braille service with the Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD) system. Patrons who are Web-Braille users and do not have a BARD username and password will need to register for BARD. Current BARD users will be able to access Web-Braille materials along with audio materials without taking any further action.
On March 30, 2012, NLS will post the following message on the Web-Braille home page and in the text of the Web-Braille pledge:
Within the next several months, NLS will merge the Web-Braille service with the Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD) system. The BARD system uses a different log-in process, which means that you will need to obtain a BARD username and password if you do not already have one. Current BARD users will be able to access Web-Braille materials along with audio materials after the merger without taking any further action. Those who have not registered for the BARD service will need to do so by going to https://nlsbard.loc.gov/cgi-bin/public/nlsbardprod/accountrequest.cgi?libcode=NLS and completing the online application.
Web-Braille materials will continue to be accessible through active links in the NLS catalog as well as through the web version of Braille Book Review. However, after the merger you will be prompted to enter your BARD username and password when you access Web-Braille materials from these locations.
If you encounter difficulties registering for BARD or accessing materials on BARD, contact your local library.
When registering new patrons for Web-Braille service, please encourage them to sign up for BARD at the same time so they do not experience any interruption in service once the two systems merge.
For more information contact:
Consumer Relations Officer