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Network Bulletin No. 99-09

Date: February 19, 1998   =20

Subject: Surveys

Index term: Network Survey FY98


The 1998 edition of Library Resources for the Blind and
Physically Handicapped was compiled from last year's annual
questionnaire concerning your facilities, services, funding,
staffing, administration, and procedures.  We are asking you
to complete the enclosed survey as soon as possible so we
can provide the 1999 network directory in a timely manner.=20
Statistics from the survey are used for both state and
national purposes when developing programs, evaluating
specific agencies, and, of course, creating budgets.

We are providing the questionnaire in hardcopy and in
WordPerfect 5.1 on a 3=AB-inch diskette.  If you submitted
last year's survey on diskette, we are enclosing that copy
to use with your update.  The survey is also available
electronically through the NLS-Reports listserv, from which
it can be exported, filled in, and then returned via e-mail.=20
To help us publish an accurate, up-to-date directory, please
complete this questionnaire and return it by March 26, 1999.=20
An address label is provided for your response.  Please
enclose new brochures, bibliographies, reports, etc. that
you have issued during the year.
                                        =20
Subregional libraries should send their survey responses
directly to NLS with copies to their regional libraries,
unless regionals specifically ask that surveys be sent to
them first.  All libraries should retain copies of their
responses.=20

Please note that citations to the ALA Revised Standards and
Guidelines of Service for the Library of Congress Network of
Libraries for the Blind and Physically Handicapped are given
with survey questions, where applicable.  Refer to the
Network Library Manual, section 9.2.2, for further
information about annual survey procedures.

Enclosure

For further information contact:

Linda Redmond, Head
Reference Section
E-mail: [log in to unmask]



Annual Survey of Regional and Subregional Libraries

Fiscal Year 1998

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Name of library

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Address

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Signature of person completing this survey                  =20
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Title

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Date completed

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This survey should be completed and returned to the
Reference Section by __March 26, 1999. __ Please use the
enclosed address label.

 1. Annual revision of Library Resources for the Blind and
Physically Handicapped=20

Attached is the entry for your library that we plan to
use in the updated edition of the directory Library
Resources for the Blind and Physically Handicapped.  Please
review the entry carefully. If the entry requires no change,=20
indicate by checking the first box below.


[  ]Entry is correct as shown; no change needed.
                   =20
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[  ]Entry is incorrect and needs the following
revision:                            =20

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[  ]Please add or change our separate address for bulk
mail:=20
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[  ]Please add or change our toll-free telephone
number (S.1.4.g):

         =20
    =20
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                                 =20

[  ]Please add or change the number for our TDD or
similar device available for hearing-impaired callers:      =20
                                                 =20
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                                          =20
[  ]Please add or change our fax number:
                                                            =20
              =20

[  ]Please add or change our electronic mail address:

                                               =20
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[  ]Please add or change our web site:                =20
                               =20

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__Administration__

NOTE:  Regional libraries having subregionals should
report information only for the regional library itself.
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The fiscal year refers to that used by your library, not
to that used by NLS.  (Please indicate dates of your 1998
fiscal year:                    )                           =20
         =20
The term "your library" refers specifically to the library for=20
the blind and physically handicapped and not to the parent library,=20
unless otherwise noted.

2. Regional libraries only: Administrative agency to which
your library reports:                                       =20
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Name of administrator:                                  =20
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Title:                                                  =20
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Address:                                                =20
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Telephone:  area code (       )                         =20
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3. Regional libraries only: If the funding agency for your
library is different from the administrative agency, list it below:

Name of funding agency contact:                         =20
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Agency name:                                            =20
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Address:                                                =20
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Telephone: area code (          )  =20
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4.If your library serves only part of a state, please list
counties or parts of counties served, if the list has changed in=20
the past year:=20

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            =20
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5. Does your library have an annual report for FY98?
(S.10.3)          yes          no
(If yes, please attach a copy of your most recent=20
report, unless you have already given a copy to=20
NLS.)  =20

6. How many hours per week is your library open for service
to blind and physically handicapped patrons? (S.1.4.b)      =20
       =20

7. In the past year, have these hours been reduced or
increased due to budget or other factors?
           yes          no

If yes, please explain briefly:                         =20
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                               =20
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__Budget__

8. Budget for FY98: From what sources are your services
for the blind and physically handicapped funded? If there
are unexpended funds available from FY97, please indicate
below. Regionals should not include funds for their
subregionals. Answer this question as completely as
possible (S.7.1). Please attach copies of successful grant
applications, if available.
                          =20
Source of funds=09=09Amount budgeted=09=09Carryover available
=09=09=09for FY98     =09=09from FY97    =20

State        =20
                        =20


Federal (include funds=20
distributed through state=20
library)

LSCA                           =20
      =20

LSTA                          =20
      =20

Other                  =20
                         =20
(specify source)

Local

City                =20
                    =20

County                         =20
      =20

Other.  Please indicate if funds were not entirely
available for use during FY98.  If amount is over $10,000,
please indicate specific source and purpose.=20
  =20
Gifts and bequests                         =20
      =20

Friends of the library        =20
                        =20

Private foundations                         =20
      =20

Other                                       =20
(specify source)

Total (all sources)=09$=09=09=09=09$=20
=20

__Staffing__

9.How many paid staff members are currently providing
service to blind and physically handicapped patrons?  Please
include temporary paid staff (G.1, S.1.4.f, S.5.1).
=09=09
=09=09Full-time=09=09Part-time=09=09Unfilled positions
=20
Librarians               =20
                  =20
  =20
Reader advisors
 =20
Professional librarians               =20
                  =20
=20
Other                        =20
     =20

Library technicians                        =20
     =20

Clerical and support staff
                  =20

Volunteer coordinator                        =20
     =20

Recording services coordinator               =20
                  =20

Other                                     =20
                   =20

*Full-time is considered to be 35 to 40 hours per week. Please=20
indicate the number of staff or the number of hours worked, ie.,
1.5 staff or 60 hours; .6 staff or 24 hours, etc. (S.11.4).

10. Volunteers (unpaid).  Please check all that apply.
   =20
Book inspection       =20

Braille transcribing         =20
  =20
Delivery of machines and equipment       =20

Equipment repair          =20
  =20
Home visits       =20

Office and administrative support       =20

Recording books and magazines       =20

Other       =20

11.Does your library employ staff that require special
accommodations?
          no          yes, paid staff      yes, volunteers

If yes, please provide information below:
   =20
Job function        =09Adaptive equipment=09Other accommodations
=09=09=09 used
  =20
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     =20

12.Does your library have a Friends group? (S.6.15)      =20
 yes          no

13.Does your library have a Consumer Advisory group?      =20
 yes         no


__Physical Facilities__
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14. a) Has your library moved in the past year?           =20


b) Has your library building been renovated in the past
year?            =20

c) Total square feet available to your library for
service to its blind and physically disabled patrons:                     =
=20
                 =20

__Collections__

15.Give totals for each of the following media in your
library's book collection (S.2.14 S.2.15).  Estimate, if
necessary.  The first three items are NLS produced; others
are either locally produced or purchased.
                          =20
Format      =09=09=09No. of volumes or=09=09=09No. of titles
=09=09=09=09containers=09=09=09=09
     =20
  =20
Recorded disc (RD, TB, FD)        =20
                                =20

Recorded cassette (RC, CB)                              =20
                                =20

Braille (BR)                  =20
                                =20

Volunteer-produced braille                              =20
                                =20
  =20
Volunteer-produced cassette                             =20
                                =20
Purchased cassette                                 =20
                               =20
                                      =20
Purchased disc                 =20
                                =20

Volunteer-produced large print                          =20
                                                  =20
=20
Commercial large print                                  =20
        =20

Other (specify)        =20
                      =20
         =20
__Special Collections__
                  =20
16. Please indicate below your special collections. __ Do not include
NLS-produced materials.__
If lists are available, please attach to this survey.

=09=09=09=09=09=09=09=09No. of titles

a) Print reference collection on blindness and physical
disabilities (S.2.21)        =20
        =20

b) Videotapes on blindness and physical disabilities
                      =20

c) Audio-descriptive videos                            =20

d) Electronic books
CD-ROM        =20
Computer diskette       =20
             =20

Language=09=09=09=09Medium

e) Foreign-language books                         =20
                               =20
      =20
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                      =20

                              =20
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Subject=09=09=09=09=09Medium

f) Local and regional                         =20
subjects and authors (S.2.7)
                                   =20
                              =20

                              =20
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g) Textbooks                         =20
                              =20

h) Children's books                         =20
                              =20

i) Tactile maps                         =20
                       =20
      =20
            =20
                   =20
(name of library)

__Collection Maintenance__

17.Book inspection.  Please indicate if books are
inspected and by whom.

Cassette books are inspected?  yes         no       =20
   =20
by       volunteers   and/or         by staff

Disc books are inspected?  yes          no       =20

by       volunteers   and/or         by staff

Braille books are inspected?   yes          no       =20

by       volunteers   and/or         by staff

                                         =20

If you do not inspect books, what other measures do you use
to ensure that readers receive complete and undamaged books?
                                                                 =20
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__Other Services__

18. Assistive devices for reading:  Please check below the
reading devices you have in your library for use by or to
serve patrons (G.2.1, S.1.4.d, S.12.2).  Indicate additional
information for each item you have.

=09=09=09=09=09=09Number=09=09Brand name

a) Braille embosser (computer driven)=09=09[   ]
                                   =20

b) Braille notetaker=09=09=09=09[   ]                 =20
           =20

c) Braillewriter (manual)=09=09=09[   ]                       =20
           =20

d) Closed-circuit TV(Vantage,=09=09=09[   ]
Optelec, etc).
                     =20
e) Compact disc (CD-ROM) player=09=09=09[   ]
                             =20

f) Computer device equipped with=09=09[   ]
speech input or output

g) Hardware/software for creating=09=09[   ]
hardcopy large print

h) Kurzweil Personal Reader or other=09=09[   ]
text-to-speech reading machine or OCR

i) Magnifier (other than d above)=09=09[   ]
                                  =20

j) Optacon=09=09=09=09=09[   ]                 =20
                                =20
   =20
k) Page turner=09=09=09=09=09[   ]                 =20

l) Paperless braille display=09=09=09[   ]                 =20
           =20
   =20
m) Screen-enlarging software=09=09=09[   ]                 =20
           =20

n) Other (specify)                                     =20
                                                            =20
                                                    =20
                                                            =20
                                                            =20


Comments                                            =20
                                                         =20

19.Special services:  Please check below the special
services your library provides for its patrons.

a) Book discussion group            =20

b) Braille on demand            =20

c) Children's story hour
              =20
d) Children's summer reading program
                =20
e) Dial-up news or book service
                =20
f) Radio reading service            =20
                =20
g) Other (specify)                   =20

20. Online Public Access Catalog (OPAC):

a) Which versions of the NLS Union Catalog are used in
your library?

 _____ CD-BLND   _____ Web-BLND   _____  Scorpio (LOCIS)

 b) Are your collections searchable on a local OPAC
(other than the __NLS Union Catalog__)?

 _____  yes   _____  no =20


 21. Publications: Please check all produced by your
library__ in the past year__:=20

a) Patron newsletter=09=09b) Other newsletter (specify)                 =20
=20
Frequency=09=09=09Frequency

   =09=09=09=09                     =20
   =20
Format:=09=09=09=09Format:
Large print             =09Large print                   =20
Recorded                =09Recorded                     =20
Braille                 =09Braille                           =20
Online                  =09Online                   =20
Standard print          =09Standard print
                      =20

c) Catalogs of locally produced materials            =20
(Enclose a copy of each.)

d) Subject bibliographies              =20
Enclose a copy of each.)