[NFBWATLK] More NLS books

Young Choi choiyoung7 at gmail.com
Tue May 21 14:46:47 UTC 2019

Hi Marci,

I hope that NLS produces more math books in e-braille format.

Oneday, I was looking for math books in braille to refresh my math skills
and found that it's almost impossible to find good braille math books
especially advanced math such as college algebra and calculus. If someone
is out of school system, it's almost impossible to access math study
material in braille format. Test prep material is non-existence, e.g. SAT,
ACT or GRE. Bookshare books only support literary braille format, and
national braille Press sells braille math books in hard copy, but it costs
thousands of dollars.

For those of us had career change in middle of our lives, ability to access
math study material in braille determines whether we continue to be
competitive with our colleagues or not.

As you know, math is the foundation of career related to STEM field which I
can see many successful blind and visually impaired engineers in the
future. As NLS Special collection for braille music score supported many
blind musicians,  I believe that building special collection for math books
in e-braille will produce next generation of many successful blind
engineers working in STEM field.


On Mon, May 20, 2019 at 6:32 PM Marci Carpenter via NFBWATLK <
nfbwatlk at nfbnet.org> wrote:

> Tomorrow, May 21, I will be flying to Washington DC for three days of
> meetings regarding braille and talking books. I am the NFB representative
> on the NLS Collection Development Advisory Group. We meet every other year
> and make recommendations to NLS about authors and genres of books that our
> constituents would like to have available. These can be adults, children,
> graphic novels, Fiction, nonfiction and formats in  braille, talking book
> and magazines. NLS implements most of what we recommend so this is
> genuinely an opportunity for our voices to be heard.
> What authors or kinds of books would you like to have available or do you
> want to have increased variety? Please do not respond to this email but
> instead send your requests to me at mjc59 at comcast.net. Everyone’s input
> is valid so we won’t have any debates about particular books here.
> I eagerly await your ideas!
> Marci Carpenter, President
> National Federation of the Blind of Washington
> mjc59 at comcast.net
> “Live the life you want”
> Sent from Marci's iPhone
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