Governor’s Committee Top 10 for the ADA Anniversary

To celebrate the 26th anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Texas Governor’s Committee for People with Disabilities has compiled a top 10 list of state agencies and the accessibility initiatives of each agency. Here is the Top 10, with links to learn more about the various programs. And by the way, check out who comes in at #4!

#10 Texas Secretary of State
Vote Texas:
http://www.votetexas.gov/voters-with-special-needs/

#9 Texas Workforce Commission
Civil Rights Division:
http://www.twc.state.tx.us/programs/civil-rights-program-overview

#8 Texas Historical Commission
Providing access to historic properties:
http://www.thc.texas.gov/preserve/buildings-and-property/providing-access-historic-properties

#7 Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
Information on wheelchair-accessible parks and historic sites:
http://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/parks/things-to-do/wheelchair-accessibility-in-state-parks

#6 Texas Department of Public Safety
State of Texas Emergency Assistance Registry (STEAR):
https://www.txdps.state.tx.us/dem/stear/public.htm

#5 Department of Assistive & Rehabilitative Services
Specialized Telecommunications Assistance Program (STAP):
http://www.dars.state.tx.us/dhhs/stap.shtml
Note: On September 1st, the STAP program will move to the Texas Health & Human Services Commission.

#4 The Texas State Library & Archives Commission
The Talking Book Program:
https://www.tsl.texas.gov/tbp/index.html

#3 Texas Department of Licensing & Regulation
Architectural Barriers Texas Accessibility Standards (TAS):
https://www.tdlr.texas.gov/ab/abtas.htm

#2 Texas Health & Human Services Commission
Accessibility Center for Electronic Information Resources:
http://accessibility.hhs.texas.gov/

#1 Office of the Governor – Committee on People with Disabilities
Texas Key Laws & Resources:
http://gov.texas.gov/disabilities/resources

NLS Testimonial Videos Available Online

NLS has produced three short testimonial videos featuring patrons of the Braille and talking book program. These videos are posted on the Library of Congress YouTube channel. Links with a short description of each video are below.

NLS Braille and Talking Books and Magazines
NLS patrons speak about the benefits of receiving free braille and talking books, magazines, and music materials in the mail: the freedom to read their way. (1:50)

NLS BARD and BARD Mobile
Patrons speak about the benefits of downloading free braille and talking books, magazines, and music materials through the NLS Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD) and BARD Mobile. (1:55)

NLS Music Materials
Patrons speak about the benefits of receiving free audio, braille, and large-print music scores, texts, and other instructional materials and recordings in the mail or downloading them through BARD. (2:26)

Q & A with New State Librarian and Director Mark Smith

Last month the seven-member Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) selected Mark Smith for the position of Director and Librarian, the agency’s chief executive also known as the Texas State Librarian. Though Mr. Smith’s tenure begins November 1, we reached out to him recently with 10 questions that address his background, perspective, priorities, and even his knowledge of Texas history. We look forward to getting to know more about Mr. Smith in the months and years to come.

Read the interview online at https://www.tsl.texas.gov/news/2013/get-to-know-mark-smith.

Mark Smith talks with Texas State Library staff during public reception.

 

Cowboys and Indians — New Magazine

Announcing our newest shared magazine, “Cowboys and Indians”!!

“Cowboys and Indians” has articles about western photography, travel, art, food, history, music, ranch life and much more. The magazine was founded in 1992 and is published in Dallas, Texas. There are eight issues a year.

Currently on the “Cowboys and Indians” website, an article listed as a reader’s favorite is, “John Wayne: Classic Films and Family Memories 30 Years After His Death”. Other recent articles stories include coverage on food, drink, music, TV / film, and style.

For more information about “Cowboys and Indians” please see their website: http://www.cowboysindians.com/

Shared magazines are titles that are loaned to patrons, but must be returned before the next issue can go out. “Cowboys and Indians”  is produced in the volunteer recording studio at the Oklahoma Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped.

To order your free subscription to “Cowboys and Indians,” contact the Talking Book Program office at 1-800-252-9605 or at tbp.services@tsl.texas.gov

TBP Book Club – January: No End in Sight by Rachael Scdoris

Our January phone book club selection is by sled dog racer and Iditarod competitor Rachael Scdoris (with co-author Rick Steber).  We are excited to announce that the author has tentatively agreed to join our book club discussion on January 24th, 7:00-8pm Central.

This is how the story begins:  “My perfect moment:  Dead of winter, dogs running flat out, air so cold I can taste its brittleness on the tip of my tongue. I know this trail…”

No End in Sight details Scdoris’ childhood experiences with her visual impairment and how she trained and developed the skills necessary to compete in the 1,000+ mile Iditarod race.  At 16, she was the youngest athlete ever to finish a 500-mile race that helped qualify her for the big race.  She details her struggle to convince Iditarod officials to allow her to compete and how, in 2005, she became the first legally blind person to do so.

We can’t wait to discuss this book in our TBP Book Club.  If you are a TBP patron, you can RSVP by calling 800-252-9605 or e-mailing tbp.ral@tsl.texas.gov.  You  must RSVP so that we can send you the book club phone number and code to attend.

A Visit to Yorktown Public Library, a TBP Demonstration Site

 

Beth Riesdesel, director of Yorktown Public Library, holds a DTBM.

Beth Riesdesel, director of Yorktown Public Library, holds a demostration DTBM that is kept near the circulation desk.

Yorktown Public Library (YPL) became a demonstration site for TBP after the Library Director, Beth Riedesel, viewed a TBP webinar which encouraged public libraries to partner with us to enroll their patrons who qualify for TBP services. Riedesel says that she wanted the library to be a demonstration site because there are many people in the area who could benefit from the service. She has a Digital Talking Book Machine (DTBM) on display near the check-out desk so people will see it and recommend TBP to family and friends.    

I had the pleasure of making a presentation about TBP to the Friends of the Yorktown Public Library on Dec. 5. They are a dedicated group who raise funds to help the library provide the Summer Reading Program, book trucks and furniture, microfilm/digitization of the local newspaper, and any other needs not covered by the budget. During my visit, I was asked to draw the winning tickets for the quilt raffle, which not only featured a beautiful hand-pieced quilt made by several members of the Friends, but also a crocheted afghan, and a framed piece of stained glass crafted by the Library Director’s husband. 

I gave an overview of TBP and a short demonstration on how to download from BARD. Almost everyone present said they knew at least one person who was eligible for Talking Book service, and most took an application. While I was there, Riedesel certified her first application for TBP.

Yorktown is in DeWitt County, about 16 miles southwest of Cuero, and has a population of approximately 2,200. The library serves Yorktown, but also rural areas of DeWitt County, making the service population close to 2,700. When I left, almost every public access computer was in use, illustrating how important YPL is to DeWitt County residents.

TBP is pleased to have Yorktown Public Librarary as a demo site. Your library can become a demostration site too.  Please see our website for more information about how to do this at: https://www.tsl.texas.gov/tbp/application/demositepolicy.html 

Top 10 Downloaded Books by Texas TBP Patrons

Wondering what other Texas Talking Book Program patrons are reading? Here’s a list of the top 10 books recently downloaded from BARD.

Rank

Book

Title

Author

1 74709 The Innocent Baldacci, David
2 74862 The Lost Ones Atkins, Ace
3 74676 Guilty Wives Patterson, James
4 53204 Midnight Bayou Roberts, Nora
5 74517 Come Home Scottoline, Lisa
6 74504 Fifty Shades of Grey, Fifty Shades Darker, Fifty Shades Freed James, E.L.
7 74814 Afraid to Die Jackson, Lisa
8 74937 The Storm: A Novel from the NUMA Files Cussler, Clive
9 74761 Robert B. Parker’s Lullaby: A Spenser Novel Atkins, Ace
10 74633 If You Hear Her Walker, Shiloh

BARD OUTAGE

Aside

Here is a note from NLS.

TO: All BARD users

FROM: Don Olson, BARD Operations Supervisor

Bard will be shut down for maintenance purposes on November 9 2012 at 5:00 PM Eastern Standard time. Service will not be available until BARD returns no later than 6:00 AM Eastern Standard time on November 13 2012.

Large Print Service through the Talking Book Program

Did you know that the Talking Book Program has a growing large print collection? We have 5650 titles available in large print and in the month of July we added 28 large print titles to our collection. We are a free service and the books travel for free through the mail to your home–you don’t have to pay postage to receive or return TBP materials!

Some newish titles I have read recently include the “Eternity Springs” series by Texas writer Emily March, and “Doc” by Mary Doria Russell. We also have the popular title “Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination that Changed America” by Bill O’Reilly.

Our large print collection contains titles for readers of all ages. To qualify for the Talking Book Program (including large print service) one only needs to have difficulty reading standard print, difficulty holding a book or turning pages or an organic reading disability. According to the NLS website the minimum size for large-print materials is 14-point type. Large-print materials are most commonly available in 16- to 18-point type.

A person joining the Talking Book Program has the option to read audiobooks only, Braille books only, large print only, or any combination of the three. Members of the Talking Book Program can also download audiobooks and magazines, as well as Web Braille materials.

We encourage patrons to use all services that are available—so, use your local public, school, or other library, and also take advantage of the Talking Book Program collections to expand your reading choices. Libraries and librarians can help by referring library patrons who have read through many of their local large print or audio titles to the Talking Book Program. Librarians on staff at libraries can also certify TBP applications for applicants with visual or physical disabilities!

Here is a link to bibliographies of titles in our large print collection:

https://www.tsl.texas.gov/tbp/bibliographies/bibindex.html

To become a patron of the Talking Book Program, print and complete this application:

https://www.tsl.texas.gov/tbp/application/index.html