BARD-Related Websites and Email Discussion Lists

Although our BARD support team is always happy to assist patrons with any BARD-related question or concern, TBP patrons who use the BARD (Braille and Audio Reading Download) service to download books and magazines may also find the following websites and email discussion lists useful.

BARD Support is an e-mail-based list to which all program participants have the option of subscribing. This is a closed, one-way list to which NLS will occasionally post information of interest to the BARD community.

To subscribe to the NLS BARD support list, open the subscription page at: https://updates.loc.gov/accounts/USLOC/subscriber/new?topic_id=USLOC_119&origin=http://www.loc.gov/rss/

Enter your e-mail address and select the Submit button. This will bring you to a confirmation page where you’ll be required to confirm your e-mail address and choose your delivery preferences. Finally, select the Submit button to subscribe to the list.

BARD Talk is an online resource and email community that provides BARD users a forum to discuss BARD. It has no official affiliation with NLS or TBP, but is owned and moderated by BARD users. To subscribe to the BARD Talk Yahoo Groups list or check out their FAQ or Quick Start Guide, go to: http://www.bardtalk.com/

DB Review is an email-based community that provides book reviews created by list members. Books reviewed are part of the digital talking book collection of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped of the Library of Congress. It has no official affiliation with NLS or TBP, but is owned and moderated by BARD users You can subscribe using the online form at this website: http://db-review.net/mailman/listinfo/db-review_db-review.net

More Texas Books Now Downloadable on BARD

We are excited to announce that more and more titles from the Texas Talking Book Program (as well as other network libraries around the country) are being uploaded to and made available on NLS’ Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD) service. Registered BARD users across the United States can access these books.

In the coming days, weeks, and months we’ll be updating you on all the great new locally produced content produced by our tireless volunteers here in our Austin studio as well as our partners in Midland.

The title below is one of those produced by volunteers from the Recording Library of West Texas (located in Midland) which has proven to be very popular among our patrons.

 

Twelve Mighty Orphans by Jim Dent

Twelve Mighty Orphans by Jim Dent

DT 7025 – Twelve Mighty Orphans by Jim Dent.

Narrated by Jack Mangan. Monitored by Becky Smith.

(Subtitle reads: “The Inspiring True Story of the Mighty Mites Who Ruled Texas Football.”)

The Masonic Home, an orphanage outside Fort Worth, became a high-school football dynasty in Depression-era Texas.

Despite having virtually no equipment or uniforms, and despite their linemen often being outweighed by 50 pounds, the Mighty Mites, as they came to be known, reached the Texas state semifinals three times and the championship game once. Dent produces a riveting narrative from the saga of the Mites and their innovative coach, Rusty Russell, who compensated for his team’s physical shortcomings with imaginative formations and trick plays.

Violence and some profanity. 2007.

Download this talking book from BARD.

Want to read more about what’s going on in the TBP Volunteer Recording Studio? You can view the Studio’s newsletter here: https://www.tsl.texas.gov/tbp/vrs.html. Scroll down until you find this heading: *****VRS News!*****

Texas Books Now Downloadable on BARD

Some big news from the Texas Talking Book Program! One of our locally-recorded books is now available for download via BARD, and more will soon follow.

As of January 15, 2014, Same Kind of Different as Me by Ron Hall, narrated by Staci Thompson and monitored by Kerry Pivonka, is available on NLS’ Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD) service. Registered BARD users across the United States can access the book.

NLS Director Karen Keninger said, “The posting of your book to BARD marks an important milestone in our effort to increase the quantity of materials available on BARD. Congratulations.” According to Keninger, TBP is now certified to submit audiobooks that meet NLS requirements once open submission begins this spring.

NLS commented that the technical quality of the book is high.

“Sound quality is excellent. Brief audio samples from all sixty-seven chapters were examined and recording levels were found to be robust and consistent. Background noise is virtually non-existent. Edit points are unobtrusive with the narrative flow and audio continuity well maintained as corrected material is integrated.”

Narration also received praise.

“Narrator Staci Thompson does an excellent job with this book. She maintains steady projection energy and mic proximity, which helps to ensure consistent recording levels. Furthermore, she articulates clearly without sounding overly precise. All of this said, Thompson’s interpretive skills are the real asset here: She’s very well matched to this story and skillfully conveys the first-person “voices” of its two principal characters, who also happen to be the book’s co-authors. Character nuances and dialects are faithfully rendered with ease and authority at every turn, making for a compelling read…. Overall, this book’s narration is well above average in the world of locally produced books.”

Want to read more about what’s going on in the TBP Volunteer Recording Studio? You can view the Studio’s newsletter here: https://www.tsl.texas.gov/tbp/vrs.html. Scroll down until you find this heading: *****VRS News!*****