Braille Book Review--May-June 1997
In Brief

Letter from National Advisory Group

The members of the National Advisory Group on Collection-Building Activities wish to thank their fellow patrons and librarians for their input on the NLS program. Please be assured that your ideas and suggestions were thoroughly discussed and incorporated into the recommendations that the committee made during its deliberations in September 1996. Addition of a recommended book is a time-consuming process because of the many production and quality-checking steps in the audio recording and brailling processes. Do not let these time constraints discourage you from making suggestions.

The NLS National Advisory Group represents you. Please continue to assist us by contacting committee members or your cooperating library with your suggestions. Input from patrons is a key ingredient in the success of our program. The group meets again at NLS on September 10-12, 1997.

Copies of committee recommendations from its last meeting and NLS responses to the suggestions are available upon request by writing to Consumer Relations, National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, Washington, DC 20542 or by e-mail to nls@loc.gov. Please indicate whether you prefer large-print, audio cassette, or braille format.

Members of the National Advisory Group on Collection-Building Activities

Representatives from Consumer Organizations

American Council of the Blind
Mr. Tom Mitchell
1019 East Foxhill Road
North Salt Lake, UT 84054

Blinded Veterans Association
Mr. Art Mathews
477 H Street NW
Washington, DC 20001

National Federation of the Blind
Ms. Sandy Halverson
403 West 62nd Terrace
Kansas City, MO 64113-1623

Reader-at-large Representatives

Midlands Region--Includes the following: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, Oklahoma, and Wisconsin

Mr. Edward Legge
1309 Heritage Hills
Jefferson City, MO 65101

Northern Region--Includes the following: Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and West Virginia

Ms. Linda Kirk
8 Reeves Road
Port Jefferson, NY 11777

Southern Region--Includes the following: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Virgin Islands

Mr. David Faucheux
1404 Carmel Drive, Apt. 22B
Lafayette, LA 70501

Western Region--Includes the following: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wyoming

Ms. Margaret Blomberg
514 Burleigh Avenue
Aberdeen, WA 98520-2625

Reference Circular on Braille Materials Now Available in Braille

The Reference Circular Sources of Braille Reading Materials is now available in braille. It lists places where braille books and magazines can be purchased, rented, borrowed, or obtained free of charge.

The circular is divided into five sections: general sources, religious sources, specialized sources for jumbo braille and print-braille, major braille presses and transcription sources, and resources for further information.

The publication compiles information gathered from catalogs and literature of other agencies and organizations who responded to an NLS Reference Section survey. The circular is also available in large print and online at http://www.loc.gov/nls

Student Financial Assistance

An audio publication giving information on academic financial assistance for disabled students is now available from network libraries. The guide, produced by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Postsecondary Education, is in the form of a conversation between a disabled student and a counselor from the department's Federal Student Aid Information Center. In their dialog, the student and specialist discuss federal financial aid programs and also talk about state and private sources of funds for eligible students.

For a cassette copy of the publication, contact your cooperating library. For a copy in compact-disc format, write Student Aid Audio Guide, Federal Student Aid Information Center, P.O. Box 84, Washington, DC 20044-0084.


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