[Nfbmo] FW: [Chapter-presidents] NLS Oral History Project

Gary Wunder GWunder at earthlink.net
Wed Jun 15 00:23:22 UTC 2011


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Subject: [Chapter-presidents] NLS Oral History Project

Chapter presidents:

Are you and some of your chapter members patrons of the National Library
Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped? Would you like to help the
NLS with a project? Ed Morman, Director of our Jacobus tenBroek Library at
the Jernigan Institute, describes one way that we can show our appreciation
for NLS's years of high-quality service to the blind. Please pass this
announcement along to your chapter members. Here is what Ed says:

MaryBeth Wise, a network consultant at the National Library Service for the
Blind and Physically Handicapped, has begun work on an oral history project
about the NLS.  The purpose of this project is to create a historical record
of the personal stories, challenges, and triumphs experienced in the
development of the Braille and Talking Books programs.  Ms. Wise is
particularly interested in the transition to digital technology and wishes
to interview a sampling of stakeholders in the work of the NLS-including NLS
staff, narrators, and, of course, patrons of the service.

In order to speak with as many NLS patrons as possible in a short period of
time. Ms. Wise is planning to join us in Orlando, where she hopes to
interview a cross-section of Federationists who use NLS services.  Ms. Wise
has already interviewed Marc and Patricia Maurer, both of whom
enthusiastically support her efforts.

I am writing to you today to ask you to identify NLS patrons in your
affiliate who might be interested in being interviewed.  Ms. Wise would like
to speak with long-time patrons who accessed audio books on disc, cassette,
and digital formats, as well as younger patrons who began accessing NLS
services more recently. She is also interested in individuals with varying
levels of experience with computers and technology-from those who do not
have internet access and do not use computers at all, to individuals who use
many technologies to access information. The interviews will be one-on-one
and will last approximately 30 to 45 minutes.

Individuals interested in scheduling an oral history interview should
contact MaryBeth Wise at 301-651-6861 or by email at
mbwise1 at verizon.net<mailto:mbwise1 at verizon.net>.  Interviews will be
scheduled throughout the convention at any time other than when general
sessions are happening.  The room is not yet set, but it will be in a
convenient place in the convention hotel.

Thank you for your cooperation.

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