[NFBWATLK] Suggestions for NLS braille and taking books sought

Marci Carpenter mjc59 at comcast.net
Wed May 17 20:28:16 UTC 2017

Hello Everyone,

Next week I will be traveling to Washington DC to participate in a National Library Service committee called the Collection Development Advisory Group. President Riccobono asked me to be the NFB representative. This group meets every other year to make a list of recommendations for new braille and taking books.

I am soliciting suggestions for your recommendations so that I can carry them to our discussions next week. 
*What kinds of books are missing from BARD that you would like to read?
*Is there a genre or an author you would like to read more?
* Would you like to have more books available in a particular foreign language?
*Are there books you would like which are available in audio but not in braille?
*Are there books for children and young adults you would recommend?

In the past, the group has made all of these kinds of recommendations; sometimes about an author, a format, a language, an age group of a series. 

Here are areas where the group does NOT have any say:
*How BARD works
*Other technology issues
*Standards for how NLS operates
There are other groups that work on these kinds of issues.

I am compiling a list of requests to take with me next week. Everyone on the committee (there are twelve of us) gets the opportunity to read our constituents’ requests. The committee is made app of a representative from the NFB, ACB, Blinded Veterans Association, staff and reader reps from the four regions of the country and a children’s/youth library specialist from a state library .

Please send me your suggestions off list at mjc59 at comcast.net <mailto:mjc59 at comcast.net> or text them to me at 206-604-5506. I leave next Tuesday, May 23, for DC. I will be there through next Friday, May 26.

Thanks you,

Marci Carpenter, President
NFB of Washington

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