Network Bulletin


No:                 12-09


Date:              July 30, 2012


Subject:         Staff, Network                                            Index term:   2013 schedule of orientation

                                                                                                                         for network staff




Network library staff may now register for one of three 2013 orientation programs. The three-day events, held in Washington, D.C., provide a comprehensive overview of NLS procedures and policies and give participants the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of NLS operations and services, interact with NLS staff, and work with colleagues from around the network. NLS is also offering an equipment inspection/ repair workshop following each orientation session.


The 2013 orientation schedule is:


·        March 12–14, Tuesday–Thursday (plus Friday, March 15, for the equipment inspection/repair workshop)

·        June 11–13, Tuesday–Thursday (plus Friday, June 14, for the equipment inspection/repair workshop)

·        October 22–24, Tuesday–Thursday (plus Friday, October 25, for the equipment inspection/repair workshop)


Representatives from each of the NLS divisions, sections, and offices will brief participants on NLS functions and answer questions. Each registrant may choose two one-hour Experience NLS sessions on topics such as accessing the Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD) and Web-Braille, BARD administration, book selection for the national collection, and the Comprehensive Mailing List System (CMLS). Participants will also have a professional tour of the Library of Congress buildings on Capitol Hill.


A sample agenda is available at Participants are expected to attend the entire program.


The 2011 Revised Standards and Guidelines of Service (Standard 11.10), published by the American Library Association, endorses sending appropriate staff members who have completed at least six months on the job to an NLS orientation.


To register, please contact Pamela N. Davenport at (202) 707-8296 or [log in to unmask] no later than eight weeks before the session you wish to attend. One month prior to the selected orientation session, registered participants will receive a confirmation letter, an agenda, a list of accommodations, and an Experience NLS questionnaire. Staff requiring accommodations for physical or visual handicaps should indicate such a preference upon registration to ensure that materials are provided in appropriate formats (audio, braille, large print, or electronic format).


            For more information contact:  Pamela N. Davenport

                                                                        Network Consultant

                                                                        Network Services Section

                                                                        (202) 707-8296

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