[nobe-l] Accessing rare books and manuscripts

Ashley Bramlett bookwormahb at earthlink.net
Fri Sep 9 22:04:09 UTC 2011

I've encountered reference books that I am not allowed to take out of the 
library. I have to have sighted help with this.
Use a reader familiar with the subject. For researching in depth, ideally 
the reader should either be good in research themselves from their 
assignments or have read a lot before so they are good at skimming and 
looking up stuff for you with your guidance.
I do these things:
1. Have a reader read the relevant section. I usually record it because I 
cannot go back and read it again on the computer. I note the pages and where 
it came from.
2. Get a librarian to look it up for you and copy the relevant info. Then 
scan it.
3. Some staff go the extra mile. Get a staff member to record the 
information for you. Usually the library has a recording device but if not, 
provide them one.
You could also get a reader to record it if you cannot be there with them.

I think you mean the student list. That is nabs-l and to sign up go to 
nfbnet.org and click on join lists, then on nabs and fill out the form.


-----Original Message----- 
From: Lucy Sirianni
Sent: Thursday, September 06, 2012 9:39 PM
To: nobe-l at nfbnet.org
Subject: [nobe-l] Accessing rare books and manuscripts

Hi all,

   How do those of you whose work involves archival research
access rare books and manuscripts that aren't available in
braille or electronically and that are too fragile/valuable to
remove from the library to be transcribed? Also, can someone who
is part of the blind academics group remind me how to post to
that list? I can't seem to find the instructions....

Thank you!


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