Braille Book Review

March-April 1998

In Brief

BANA announces plans for 1998

The Braille Authority of North America (BANA) met in Atlanta, Georgia, December 8-9, 1997, and elected officers, adopted new codes, and formed new committees.

Serving in 1998 are Dolores Ferrara-Godzieba of Associated Services for the Blind, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, chairperson; Betty Niceley of the National Federation of the Blind, Baltimore, Maryland, vice chairperson; Phyllis Campana of the American Printing House for the Blind, Louisville, Kentucky, secretary; and Charlotte Begley of the Clovernook Center of Cincinnati, Ohio, treasurer.

In addition, the BANA Board approved the official use of the following braille codes:

The BANA Board is developing a specifications manual to be used when preparing codes for publication.

BANA has also announced plans for a website to be available by the spring. The group formed an Ad Hoc Committee on Braille Signage and a new BANA Technical Committee on Tactile Graphics.

The Spring BANA meeting will be in Washington, D.C., April 27-28, 1998.

Reliability study postponed

Braille Book Review January-February 1998 carried a story on the National Literary Braille Competency Test in which people interested in participating in the reliability portion of the study were asked to call the Human Resources Research Organization (HumRRO). The response has been overwhelming.

Revisions of the test, however, will take longer than originally anticipated. Therefore, the reliability portion of the study will not begin this summer. Anyone interested in participating or wishing more information about the test and related study should wait for future announcements. Please do not contact HumRRO at this time.

Braille bibliography features books on well-known personalities

The braille version of Entertainers, a bibliography listing books available from the NLS collection about the lives of film, television, and recording stars will be released this spring.

Patrons and libraries who requested the publication on their annual order forms should automatically receive their copies in the mail. Others may request Entertainers from their local cooperating libraries. It is also available through the Internet by accessing the NLS home page at

The following information is reprinted from Talking Book Topics March-April 1998.

NLS News Articles Now on Cassette

Beginning with this issue, Talking Book Topics (TBT) on cassette will include selected articles from News, a quarterly newsletter from NLS. News reports programs, services, research, and developments in library service for blind and physically handicapped persons. Articles cover news of a national scope, and a Network Exchange section focuses on information about activities at local cooperating libraries. The International Briefs section highlights trends and projects in libraries around the world.

Four times a year, "Selections from News" will be located on side four of the cassette following the text of TBT. No changes in subscription are necessary to receive the newsletter. News is also available on subscription in regular print and in braille and from the NLS Internet site in electronic form.

Cassette Books 1996 Recorded Edition Published

Cassette Books 1996 has been produced by NLS in flexible-disc format. The catalog describes flexible-disc and cassette books for adults produced in 1996. It lists fiction and nonfiction books by subject category and also includes sections on bestsellers, young adult books, and Spanish books.

Cassette Books 1996 was mailed directly to patrons who had previously ordered Cassette Books 1995. The catalog can also be obtained from your cooperating library. A cassette version is available on loan from cooperating librar ies as RC 43228.

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