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Network Bulletin No. 99-30

Date: July 9, 1999

Subject: National Advisory Group

Index Term: 1999 recommendations and NLS responses



Enclosed is a copy of the responses to the recommendations
made by the National Advisory Group on Collection Building
Activities at the meeting May 19-21, 1999.



Enclosure


For further information contact:
James Herndon
Acting Head
Collection Development Section


National Advisory Group on Collection Building Activities

1999 recommendations


1. The Committee strongly recommends that NLS seek
additional funding and/or other means of increasing
production of both talking-book and braille titles to meet
the growing demand for reading materials.

Response:  Increases in book production would require
across-the-board funding and staff increases in NLS, in the
network libraries, and in the free matter postal subsidy.
In addition, NLS is facing a transition to a digital
environment that will require significant increases in
funding from Congress.  Given these realities and the usual
climate of congressional budget scrutiny, NLS does not
consider the timing to be right to request additional
funding for increased book production.  Other means of
increasing book production are not possible at this time due
to the inherent costs involved and the lack of network
infrastructure to accommodate increases in book production.

 2. The Committee recommends that nonfiction titles about
grief, loss, and teenage suicide be added to the juvenile
and young adult collections.

Response:  NLS has recently selected nonfiction titles of
this type for both adults and children under the Dewey 100,
200, and 300 subject areas.  We will continue to select
titles of this nature.

3. The Committee recommends that NLS add the magazine Teen
People to bridge the gap between Stone Soup and Seventeen
and that it also add a magazine focusing on senior adult
interests.

Response:  Given the funding allotted for the magazine
program, NLS is now producing as many magazines as possible,
especially considering the increased magazine demand
generated by the conversion of magazines from flexible disc
to cassette format.  Therefore, additional magazines cannot
be added to the NLS magazine program at this time.  A New
magazine can be added only if an existing magazine is
dropped.  Teen People was selected as the July 1999 Young
Adult Magazine of the Month. [See also responses to
recommendations 10 and 12 below.]

4. The Committee recommends that NLS continue to produce
contemporary biographies that appeal to children and young
adults--for example, sports figures and entertainers.

Response: We will continue to do so.

5. The Committee recommends that the narrator spell out the
author's full name at the beginning of each recorded book.

Response:  Spelling out the author's name in recorded books
would require a change in the appropriate sections of NLS
Specification 300 on Book Mastering.  Proposed changes to
technical specifications must be considered and evaluated by
the NLS Engineering Change Control Board. At its next
meeting, the Board will review and report on all proposed
amendments to NLS technical specifications.

6. The Committee recommends that NLS double the production
of Spanish titles from 25 to 50.

Response:  NLS will increase the number of Spanish titles,
with the understanding that 25 fewer titles in English will
be done.

7. Since the primary focus of Stereo Review has shifted to
items of a more technical nature, the Committee recommends
that NLS search for a magazine that contains more reviews
and articles about classical, popular, and country music.

Response:  The NLS Music Section and magazine committee will
consider this recommendation and investigate possible
replacements.

8. Acknowledging the excellent work of NLS in building its
collections of classics and contemporary literary works, the
Committee recommends that NLS continue to develop the
breadth and depth of these collections.

Response:  NLS will continue to do so.

9. The Committee recommends that up-to-date consumer medical
information on conditions that affect vision be added to the
collection.

Response:  NLS will continue to do so.

10. The Committee recommends that NLS review the titles that
have been selected for the magazine program to be sure they
reflect the current interests of patrons, particularly
Martha Stewart Living and Working Woman.

Response:  NLS agrees that the focus of Working Woman has
changed since it was selected and will drop it from the
magazine program.  It will be replaced by The Writer, which
was chosen to be part of the program during the magazine
study but was not included due to budgetary limitations.
NLS will review the rest of the magazine program titles
within the next year.

11. The Committee recommends that NLS contact regional
libraries to determine if concerns regarding braille book
bindings above BR 10000 are a widespread problem.

Response:  The NLS Quality Assurance Section is currently
investigating this problem.  NLS patrons and libraries
should document these problems and submit samples to the
Quality Assurance Section.

12. The Committee recommends that NLS consider replacing Bon
Appetit with Cooking Light in cassette format.

Response:  NLS will consider this option when reviewing the
full magazine program.  However, because of the limited
number of titles produced by NLS, we are reluctant to
produce the same title in two media.

13. The Committee commends the Acting Collection Development
Section Head, Jim Herndon, and staff for their excellent
facilitation of this meeting, including travel arrangements,
hotel accommodations, and transportation.

Response:  Thank you.

14. The Committee commends the Collection Development
Section for achieving diversity and balance in its holdings,
while working within the severe constraint of selecting only
2,000 titles out of approximately 60,000 published each
year.

Response:  Thank you.

15. The Committee commends NLS for its continued willingness
to consider requests for specific titles from patrons and
the network.

Response:  Thank you.

16. The Committee commends NLS for reissuing popular RD
titles into RC format.

Response:  Thank you.







































Network Bulletin No. 99-30

Date: July 9, 1999

Subject: National Advisory Group

Index Term: 1999 recommendations and NLS responses



Enclosed is a copy of the responses to the recommendations
made by the National Advisory Group on Collection Building
Activities at the meeting May 19-21, 1999.



Enclosure


For further information contact:
James Herndon
Acting Head
Collection Development Section


National Advisory Group on Collection Building Activities

1999 recommendations


1. The Committee strongly recommends that NLS seek
additional funding and/or other means of increasing
production of both talking-book and braille titles to meet
the growing demand for reading materials.

Response:  Increases in book production would require
across-the-board funding and staff increases in NLS, in the
network libraries, and in the free matter postal subsidy.
In addition, NLS is facing a transition to a digital
environment that will require significant increases in
funding from Congress.  Given these realities and the usual
climate of congressional budget scrutiny, NLS does not
consider the timing to be right to request additional
funding for increased book production.  Other means of
increasing book production are not possible at this time due
to the inherent costs involved and the lack of network
infrastructure to accommodate increases in book production.

 2. The Committee recommends that nonfiction titles about
grief, loss, and teenage suicide be added to the juvenile
and young adult collections.

Response:  NLS has recently selected nonfiction titles of
this type for both adults and children under the Dewey 100,
200, and 300 subject areas.  We will continue to select
titles of this nature.

3. The Committee recommends that NLS add the magazine Teen
People to bridge the gap between Stone Soup and Seventeen
and that it also add a magazine focusing on senior adult
interests.

Response:  Given the funding allotted for the magazine
program, NLS is now producing as many magazines as possible,
especially considering the increased magazine demand
generated by the conversion of magazines from flexible disc
to cassette format.  Therefore, additional magazines cannot
be added to the NLS magazine program at this time.  A New
magazine can be added only if an existing magazine is
dropped.  Teen People was selected as the July 1999 Young
Adult Magazine of the Month. [See also responses to
recommendations 10 and 12 below.]

4. The Committee recommends that NLS continue to produce
contemporary biographies that appeal to children and young
adults--for example, sports figures and entertainers.

Response: We will continue to do so.

5. The Committee recommends that the narrator spell out the
author's full name at the beginning of each recorded book.

Response:  Spelling out the author's name in recorded books
would require a change in the appropriate sections of NLS
Specification 300 on Book Mastering.  Proposed changes to
technical specifications must be considered and evaluated by
the NLS Engineering Change Control Board. At its next
meeting, the Board will review and report on all proposed
amendments to NLS technical specifications.

6. The Committee recommends that NLS double the production
of Spanish titles from 25 to 50.

Response:  NLS will increase the number of Spanish titles,
with the understanding that 25 fewer titles in English will
be done.

7. Since the primary focus of Stereo Review has shifted to
items of a more technical nature, the Committee recommends
that NLS search for a magazine that contains more reviews
and articles about classical, popular, and country music.

Response:  The NLS Music Section and magazine committee will
consider this recommendation and investigate possible
replacements.

8. Acknowledging the excellent work of NLS in building its
collections of classics and contemporary literary works, the
Committee recommends that NLS continue to develop the
breadth and depth of these collections.

Response:  NLS will continue to do so.

9. The Committee recommends that up-to-date consumer medical
information on conditions that affect vision be added to the
collection.

Response:  NLS will continue to do so.

10. The Committee recommends that NLS review the titles that
have been selected for the magazine program to be sure they
reflect the current interests of patrons, particularly
Martha Stewart Living and Working Woman.

Response:  NLS agrees that the focus of Working Woman has
changed since it was selected and will drop it from the
magazine program.  It will be replaced by The Writer, which
was chosen to be part of the program during the magazine
study but was not included due to budgetary limitations.
NLS will review the rest of the magazine program titles
within the next year.

11. The Committee recommends that NLS contact regional
libraries to determine if concerns regarding braille book
bindings above BR 10000 are a widespread problem.

Response:  The NLS Quality Assurance Section is currently
investigating this problem.  NLS patrons and libraries
should document these problems and submit samples to the
Quality Assurance Section.

12. The Committee recommends that NLS consider replacing Bon
Appetit with Cooking Light in cassette format.

Response:  NLS will consider this option when reviewing the
full magazine program.  However, because of the limited
number of titles produced by NLS, we are reluctant to
produce the same title in two media.

13. The Committee commends the Acting Collection Development
Section Head, Jim Herndon, and staff for their excellent
facilitation of this meeting, including travel arrangements,
hotel accommodations, and transportation.

Response:  Thank you.

14. The Committee commends the Collection Development
Section for achieving diversity and balance in its holdings,
while working within the severe constraint of selecting only
2,000 titles out of approximately 60,000 published each
year.

Response:  Thank you.

15. The Committee commends NLS for its continued willingness
to consider requests for specific titles from patrons and
the network.

Response:  Thank you.

16. The Committee commends NLS for reissuing popular RD
titles into RC format.

Response:  Thank you.