A computer diskette with both Braille Book Review and Talking Book Topics has been available as a pilot project during 1996. NLS has received many helpful comments from patrons who used the diskette, all supporting continuation of the diskette format. As a result, the diskette edition with both NLS publications will continue, with some improvements, as a part of the regular NLS program during 1997. If you are on the mailing list for the diskette edition, you will continue to receive it. If you are not on the list but would like to get Braille Book Review and Talking Book Topics on computer diskette, please contact your local cooperating library.
The diskette contains the two publications as separate ASCII text files on one 3-1/2-inch IBM-compatible diskette. The data are readable by nearly all editing or file-reading software. Files consist of the "In Brief" section, the book listings complete with annotation, and a magazine listing. Indexes and order forms are not included. The diskette edition of Braille Book Review and Talking Book Topics is also available through the Internet by accessing the NLS home page at www.loc.gov/nls.
Each diskette is packaged in a standard diskette mailer and sent directly to patrons who subscribe. You will receive the diskette around the same time as you receive other formats of Braille Book Review and Talking Book Topics to which you currently subscribe. You will also continue to receive these formats, unless you request that they be stopped. You may keep the diskette; do not return it to the producer or your library.
With the next issue of Braille Book Review, the section "Handcopied Braille--Other Agencies" is discontinued. If you are interested in braille books produced by agencies other than NLS, please contact the sources for information about their offerings. Addresses for sources of braille materials are listed in the reference circular Sources of Braille Reading Materials, described below.
Most of the recent "other agencies" listings in Braille Book Review have been from the Lutheran Library for the Blind, 1133 South Kirkwood Road, St. Louis, MO 63122, telephone (314) 965-9000, 800-433-3954.
The circular lists United States sources of braille books and magazines available for loan, purchase, rental, or free distribution. The listing includes general and religious sources, jumbo braille, print-braille, major braille presses, and resources for further information. To receive a copy of Sources of Braille Reading Materials, contact the Reference Section, National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, Washington, DC 20542. Specify the format you would like to receive. This reference circular is also available through the Internet by accessing the NLS home page.
The Hadley School for the Blind offers a new course catalog available in braille, recorded, and computer disk formats. The school provides tuition-free home-study courses to help blind people make successful transitions from one stage of life to the next. More than ninety courses are offered in six core areas: Academic and High School, Braille and Other Communication Skills, Independent Living and Life Adjustment, Recreation and Leisure Time, Technology, and Parent/Family Programs.
For more information or to request a catalog, contact The Hadley School for the Blind, 700 Elm Street, Winnetka, Illinois 60093-0299, telephone 800-323-4238.
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