Library Services and Technology Act in Texas
FY1998 - FY2002
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Services to Texans with Disabilities
State general revenue funds are appropriated to target library services to individuals with disabilities and those having difficulty using a library.
The Talking Book Program is operated by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission to provide a free service to eligible new and continuing readers, that will loan playback machines and recorded, Braille, or large print books. The program will:
- mail books and magazines in special formats to readers throughout the state. Materials mailed will be titles the readers specifically request, titles that agency staff members choose from among the readers' subject interest areas, titles the automated circulation system identifies based on the readers' subject interest areas, or some combination of the three;
- produce non-commercial recorded titles using the Texas Recording Studio volunteers and also select from among titles recorded by counterpart studios in other states;
- acquire commercial titles for circulation to readers in a large print format. Additional commercial titles in regular print format will be acquired to answer disability-related reference questions;
- purchase and maintain a variety of print access aids and make them available to public libraries on a loan basis to improve access to materials and assist the libraries in determining the benefits and potential use of print access aids (reading machines, closed-circuit television systems, and magnifiers) by print impaired library patrons; and,
- keep statistics at the State Library on registration, circulations, and commercial and non-commercial acquisitions.
Potential new readers will apply and receive service if they meet eligibility criteria established by the Library of Congress. Previously registered readers will be considered active as long as they remain eligible and borrow at least one book or magazine a year. Contact with new and continuing readers will be made primarily by telephone and by mail. Some "in person" contacts may also occur. A public awareness program will work to notify potential new readers, their family members, and others who may be in contact with them of the availability of this service. Accordingly, contacts will be made with state agencies, relevant professional and consumer organizations, schools, public libraries, academic libraries, and media outlets.