[Mdabs] FW: Library Line Spring 2012_text only

Chris Nusbaum dotkid.nusbaum at gmail.com
Wed Apr 25 01:25:51 UTC 2012

Hi everyone,


Please see below for some interesting news from our library, and an
important announcement from MDLBPH Director Jill Lewis.






From: Mollyne Honor [mailto:mrhonor at LBPH.LIB.MD.US] 
Sent: Tuesday, April 24, 2012 12:06 PM
Subject: Library Line Spring 2012_text only






Volume 18, Issue 2    Spring, 2012



A Message from Jill Lewis, Director of the Maryland State Library for the
Blind and Physically Handicapped



Dear LBPH Patrons and Friends,


I have had two very different library careers, both of them rewarding and
exciting. My first library career was as a reference/government documents
librarian at the University of Alabama. My second career began in 1998 when
I joined the LBPH family as a collection management librarian and later
became library director.  It is now time for me to leave my library careers
and begin a new phase in my life. I will retire from LBPH on April 30, 2012
to spend time with my family and to pursue personal interests.

I have had the good fortune to be part of the library's great transition to
a digital service and see the library grow into a true community, boasting
many cultural and educational programs, a technology user group, the
Maryland Accessible Textbook Program, the Adaptive Technology Education
Program, the June H. Kleeman Children's Reading Center, and a new
digital/duplication studio. The library is active and vibrant with staff
going into the community to talk about our services, with youth programs,
and with partnerships with major community organizations.


It has been an honor for me to lead the library, to be part of an
outstanding staff, and to work with the dedicated and successful Friends
Board and Advisory Council. Most of all, it has been an honor to serve our
patrons. I leave you in the good hands of our State Librarian, Irene
Padilla, who will be in charge of the library until a permanent new director
is chosen. Mollyne Honor, Assistant Director, and Wilhelmina Hargrave,
Recording Studio Director, will manage the library's daily operations. 


Please feel free to contact Mollyne (410-230-2456
<mailto:mrhonor at lbph.lib.md.us> mrhonor at lbph.lib.md.us) or Wilhelmina
(410-230-2430  <mailto:whargrav at lbph.lib.md.us> whargrav at lbph.lib.md.us).


I wish all of you the very best of luck and know you will continue to
support and enjoy our extraordinary library.


Download Locally Produced Digital Books!


Users can now download locally recorded books through the SHELF Project
(SHared ELectronic Files), an online catalog of locally-recorded audio books
produced by Talking Book libraries throughout the nation.


There are currently seven other participating libraries, including
California, Colorado, Idaho, Massachusetts, Missouri, Utah, and Vermont,
with plans for others to soon come onboard.  


Our library has been digitally recording digital books by Maryland authors,
or of Maryland interest since 2008.  Recent titles include From 33rd Street
to Camden Yards : An Oral History of the Baltimore Orioles, by John
Eisenberg, and The Waterman: A Novel of the Chesapeake Bay, by Tim Junkin

These and 12 others are currently available online, with more to follow!


The SHELF Project can be accessed through the library's online catalog at
http://webopac.klas.com/talkingbooks/md.  Once you login to your account,
click on the "Maryland SHELF" link to view available titles.  The steps to
download are the same as those on BARD, though your login and password are
those used for your Maryland LBPH web account.



New Western Catalog Available


The National Library Service has just released a new catalog of Western
titles available in the DB format, so if you don't give a continental about
science fiction and sea stories, but have a hog-killin' good time reading
ace-high books about those riding the range, pony up and contact a librarian
to review the whole kit and caboodle before they dwindle away!  


For more information call to speak with a librarian at 410-230-2443, or
email us at referenc at lbph.lib.md.us 



Your Library Service


In an effort to keep better account of library materials, the LBPH will
begin sending out quarterly overdue notices beginning early this summer.
In preparation, we have undertaken an extensive inventory of our digital
books, looking for any items that may have been mistakenly shelved before
they were checked in.  


If you happen to receive an overdue notice-don't worry!-we know that items
can sometimes be lost in the mail.  Please check amongst your books for the
missing title; if it cannot be found, contact the library and we will remove
the book from your record.   


At the end of the year, we will run an amnesty program, removing overdue
books from patron records.   



Help LBPH Recover Mailing Bags


We send movies and large print books out in costly mailing bags that are in
short supply.   If you receive an item in a canvas mailing bag, please be
sure to return the item with the mailing bag as soon as you are finished
with the material.  


Prompt return of borrowed library materials allows other borrowers to use
the materials and promotes the best use of library resources. Thanks for
your help!


Technology User Group Meetings Archive 

An audio archive of previous TUG meetings can now be streamed from our
website.  Just click on the "Calendar" tab, or go directly to



Change to LBPH Hours

To allow time in the morning for staff meetings and other orders of
business, beginning May 1, 2012, the operating hours of the reference desk
have been changed from 8:00-5:00 to 9:00-5:00. 


Staff Book Recommendations: 


Stephanie Durnford: Mary, Queen of Scotland and the Isles, by Margaret


A painstakingly researched novel that brings history to life. Like all
tragic figures, George's Mary Stuart has a flaw: a personal and political
naivete, misunderstood to the end, that leads to her downfall, DB/RC036369



Tyson Fogel: Empire of Liberty: A History of the Early Republic, 1789-1815,
by Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Gordon S. Wood


One of America's most esteemed historians offers a brilliant account of the
early American Republic, ranging from 1789 and the beginning of the national
government to the end of the War of 1812, DB070771.


Lori Guenthner: Olive Kitteridge, by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Elizabeth


Olive Kitteridge, a retired schoolteacher, deplores the changes in her
little town of Crosby, Maine, and in the world at large, but she doesn't
always recognize the changes in those around her, DB/RC067392


Yuri Zeitz: The Likeness, by Tana French  


Page turning Irish mystery from a very promising new author,  DB/RC067436



Hunger Games Triology


The Hunger Games fever has hit the LBPH, and we've created a digital
cartridge that contains all three volumes of the popular series by Suzanne
Collins.  Large print copies (LP 15588, LP 15590, and LP 15591), and Braille
copies (BR018488, BR018554, and BR019134) are also available.   



Accessibility Research at UMBC


The Human-Centered Computing Group at the University of Maryland, Baltimore
County (UMBC) has begun new research in the development of accessible
technologies for people with visual impairments.


Current research projects include improved screen reading software, new
accessible mobile devices, and more accessible touch screens. To conduct
this work, researchers at UMBC are seeking blind and visually impaired
volunteers to try out these new technologies and provide feedback. 


Research participants will be paid for their time, and will help develop the
next generation of accessible technologies. For more information, please
contact Professor Shaun Kane by email at  <mailto:skane at umbc.edu>
skane at umbc.edu or by phone at 206-923-8306. 


People of all ages and abilities are encouraged to participate.



One Maryland One Book


The One Maryland One Book (OMOB) statewide reading program sponsored by the
Maryland Humanities Council is now entering its fifth year!  The 2012 pick,
The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway, will be the library's October
book club selection (DB070447, BR018138).  Stay posted on the numerous
statewide programs that will be taking place this Fall by calling the
library or going to the OMOB website at http://mdhc.org/. 


Summer reading 


"Dream Big. Read!" is the theme of this year's summer reading program. In
addition to a Sneaks t-shirt, the library will be giving out tickets to an
Orioles game. Registration packets will be mailed to our younger readers at
the end of May - Happy Summer Reading!



New Staff Member     


 Iva Blake joined the LBPH Staff in December of 2011 as the new
Administrative Assistant.  She comes to the LBPH with many years of
administrative experience, having previously worked for more than a decade
at the Baltimore Sun as Executive Vice President of Advertising, and for
three years in the health care field.  Iva enjoys reading, sports, and
spending time with her family.



Adaptive Technology Education Program


Learn how to use a computer with screen reading software or  magnification
programs in free, one-on-one instruction sessions at the library.   Classes
are catered to meet the needs of each patron.  In addition to learning
computer navigation, instruction is offered in the Microsoft Office Suite,
internet browsing, and how to download books from the BARD web site.
Training is available for many media devices, including Apple products,
Dragon, and Kurzweil 1000 and 3000.


During this summer months, the library is offering a special program for
high school or college age students to learn how to hone their research
skills, stream audio/video, and much more.  If you would like to learn more
about the program or schedule a class, please contact Jerry Price (410)
230-2446 or e-mail  <mailto:jprice at lbph.lib.md.us> jprice at lbph.lib.md.us



Newsletter Format Availability


This newsletter is also available in digital audio, Braille, and online.  If
you would like to be on the list to receive an audio or Braille copy please
contact Tyson Fogel at tfogel at lbph.lib.md.us or call 410-230-2455



Technology User Group 2nd Saturday of each month at 10 a.m.


Book Club 2nd Saturday of the month, March-October at 12 noon


Friends Board meetings quarterly in January, March, June, and September


Advisory Council meetings quarterly in March, June, September, and December



Book Club 2012


May 12
The Country of the Pointed Firs, by Sarah Orne Jewett,
Facilitated by Tyson Fogel,



June 9

Loving Frank, by Nancy Horan,
Facilitated by Wilhelmina Hargrave,



July 14
The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins,
Facilitated by Stephanie Durnford,
DB/RC068384, BR018488



August 11
The Fountain of Highlandtown, by Rafael Alvarez,
Facilitated by Wilhelmina Hargrave,

September 8
The Art of Racing in the Rain, by Garth Stein,

Facilitated by Lori Guenthner,
DB/RC066787, BR017801



October 13

One Maryland One Book Selection, The Cellist of Sarajevo, by Steven

Facilitated by Lori Guenthner,

DB070447, BR018138


Upcoming Programs  



 May 11
Museum Tour @ The Walters Art Museum, 1:00 - 2:30pm

Includes verbal descriptions of Pre-Columbian artworks from Mexico to Peru,
from the special exhibition, "Exploring Art of the Ancient Americas: The
John Bourne Collection Gift."


Corner of Centre and Cathedral Streets, Baltimore

Free admission. Attendance is limited to 20 people.

RSVP, 410-230-2424, ext. 5031


Library Closings 2012 


Memorial Day -

Monday, May 28th


Independence Day -

Wednesday, July 4th


Service Reduction Day - Friday, August 31st 


Labor Day - 

 Monday, September 3rd


Columbus Day -

Monday, October 8th


Presidential Election - Tuesday, November 6th


Veterans' Day -

Monday, November 12th


Thanksgiving Day -

Thursday, November 22nd 


American Indian Heritage day -

Friday, November 23rd



































































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