Many Faces of BARD Program: BARD 2.0: An Introduction and Demonstration

Join the National Library Service (NLS) for the Many Faces of BARD program on Thursday, April 11, at 6:00 p.m. (Central). NLS will provide an introduction and demonstration of the new BARD 2.0.

BARD stands for Braille and Audio Reading Download service and is a registered trademark for the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled.  

Registration is not required. The session is scheduled for one hour with time for questions. Click on the link to join: https://tinyurl.com/bdcftz98  

America’s Field Trip Contest

The National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled and the Library of Congress are excited to be participating in America’s Field Trip, part of the official celebration of the nation’s semi quincentennial – the 250th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.

America’s Field Trip is a nationwide contest inviting students in grades 3 through 12 to submit artwork, videos, or essays responding to the question “What does America mean to you?” First-place winners will have the opportunity to participate in special tours at historical, educational, and cultural sites across the country such as Yellowstone National Park, the Statue of Liberty, and the Library of Congress.

The deadline to enter is May 17, 2024. Find more information and submission guidelines at https://america250.org/FieldTrip

BARD Mobile iOS Version 2.2.2 Release!

The National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled (NLS) is releasing BARD Mobile iOS version 2.2.2 this week, introducing enhanced features and improvements.

BARD Mobile enables NLS patrons to download and listen to audiobooks and magazines directly from their iOS devices. Registered Texas Talking Book patrons will need a BARD account and a device running iOS versions 14 through 17 to use this updated version of the app.

Among the highlights:

Siri shortcuts (voice user interface):

The app can now be operated by voice commands for playback and navigation, including stopping and resuming playback, fast-forward and rewind by various intervals, and setting a sleep timer or a bookmark. Users can add Siri shortcuts in the app’s settings.

International language search:

Set up to four languages in the app’s settings and then filter search results by selecting a preferred language.

Accessibility improvements for visually impaired users:

We have boosted color contrast between selected and unselected search categories. This update enhances visibility with Smart Invert, Classic Invert, and Dark Mode on.

Multiword search for Search/Search music

Bug fixes, including:

  • Garbled credentials error fixed
  • Switch from tone to speed is fixed on iOS 17
  • Get Books and Bookshelf now return only titles matching the type selected in the Show Me setting, i.e. Audio Only / Braille Only / Both Audio and Braille

The app supports iOS versions 14 through 17.

This is a phased release, and the version will be available to all users by February 29.

Many Faces of BARD Program: Using the Audio Player in BARD Express: A Demonstration

Join the National Library Service (NLS) for the Many Faces of BARD program on Thursday, March 14, at 6:00 p.m. (Central) which will provide a demonstration of using the Audio Player in BARD Express.

BARD stands for Braille and Audio Reading Download service and is a registered trademark for the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled.  

Registration is not required. The session is scheduled for one hour with time for questions. Click on the link to join: http://tinyurl.com/yc875kf2.  

NLS Patron Corner Program

The next topic of the NLS Patron Corner will be “Your Patron Engagement Section: How We Can Provide the Service You Want.”

Join the National Library Service (NLS) for the Patron Corner program on Monday, March 11, at 6:00 p.m. (Central).

This will be your opportunity to let NLS know what you’d like to see in the future. This meeting will be recorded.

Registration is not required. The session is scheduled for ninety minutes. Click on the link to join: http://tinyurl.com/bdevajya.

Maryland State Library for the Blind Podcast: NFB-NEWSLINE

Join the Maryland State Library for the Blind and Print Disabled’s podcast on Friday, February 23, 2024, at 1:00 p.m. (Central). Host Ashley Biggs will explore the amazing features and benefits of NFB-NEWSLINE, a free audio and braille information service for anyone who is blind, low-vision, deafblind, or otherwise print-disabled.

Ashley will be joined by Scott White, the Director of Sponsored Technology Programs for the National Federation of the Blind, who will share his insights and expertise on NFB-NEWSLINE and how it can enhance your access to information, entertainment, and independence.

NFB-NEWSLINE offers access to more than five hundred publications, including newspapers, magazines, breaking news sources, online international newspapers, TV listings, job listings, retail ads, and more. You can access NFB-NEWSLINE through various methods, such as the touch-tone telephone, Apple iOS app, website, or Amazon Alexa, and customize your preferences and settings. This podcast is a great opportunity for you to learn more about NFB-NEWSLINE and ask questions.

If you want to sign up for this free service, contact the Texas Talking Book Program at 1-800-252-9605 or, if you have a non-Texas area code, at (512) 463-5458.

Whether you are a current subscriber or a new user, you will find this podcast informative and engaging. Join us on Friday, February 23, 2024, at 1:00 p.m. (Central). The details on how to join the Zoom presentation are listed below.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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Many Faces of BARD Program: Using BARD with Smart Devices: A Demonstration

Join the National Library Service (NLS) for the Many Faces of BARD program on Thursday, February 8, at 6:00 p.m. (Central) which will provide a demonstration of using BARD with a smart device.

BARD stands for Braille and Audio Reading Download service and is a registered trademark for the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled.  

Registration is not required. The session is scheduled for one hour with time for questions. Click on the link to join: http://tinyurl.com/245zs8sk

BARD Mobile Android Version 2.1.0 Release!

The National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled (NLS) is releasing BARD Mobile Android version 2.1.0 this week, introducing enhanced features and improvements.

BARD Mobile enables NLS patrons to download and listen to audiobooks and magazines directly from their Android devices. Registered Texas Talking Book patrons will need a BARD account and a device running Android OS version 9-14 in order to use this updated version of the app.

Among the highlights:

In-app search functionality

A fully supported in-app search function, including Music Collection search, for a more seamless experience.

Spanish translation

The app can now be set so its text and audio are in Spanish. To switch to Spanish, select it as the default language in your device settings. The app’s visual and TalkBack interface will adjust.

International language search option

Explore the new international language search option by choosing up to four languages in the app’s settings. Filter search results by selecting your preferred language.

Navigate to: App’s Settings > User Account Settings > Language Preferences > Select up to four languages.

When accessing Get Books – Search, you will have up to four languages based on your settings. Default languages are English and Spanish if no changes are made.

Compatibility and User Guide update

  • The app supports Android OS versions 9–14.
  • Please note that the User Guide is being updated and will be added later.

Users should be able to update supported Android devices by February 1, 2024. BARD Mobile users can confirm that they are running the latest version by checking the bottom of the app’s Settings screen.

New BARD Download Limits

Beginning February 6, 2024, NLS patrons will be allowed to download no more than 250 books and magazines from BARD in any rolling thirty-day period. This download maximum includes both audio and braille titles, and across all BARD platforms. This means if you download 200 unique items using BARD Express, you can still download another 50 titles using the BARD mobile app on your smart device.

The download limit is calculated by adding up the number of “unique titles” downloaded. You can download the same title on additional devices in the same thirty-day period without that download counting against the limit.

NLS Music Notes: Janis Joplin

Join the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled (NLS) for the NLS Music Notes meeting on Tuesday, January 23, at 6:00 p.m. (Central). Music Section Head Juliette Appold and Music Reader Services Librarian Mary Dell Jenkins will talk about Port Arthur, Texas native Janis Joplin and related items we have in the NLS Music collection. Q&A online chat will follow.

You can read Mary Dell’s blog post on Janis Joplin at https://blogs.loc.gov/nls-music-notes/?new=true&s=janis+joplin.

Send your questions in advance by writing to japp@loc.gov.

The complete link and dial-in information are below.

Link to Zoom meeting:

https://loc.zoomgov.com/j/1618738515?pwd=NTVOOXh5T3UzSEJzaGsxSFZpTVl1UT09
Meeting ID: 161 873 8515
Passcode: 688218

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Meeting ID:   161 873 8515

For more information, please contact:

Juliette Appold
Head, Music Section
japp@loc.gov

Bibliography

BURIED ALIVE: THE BIOGRAPHY OF JANIS JOPLIN by Myra Friedman (DBC 05470)
JANIS: HER LIFE AND MUSIC by Holly George-Warren (DB 97256)
JANIS JOPLIN: RISE UP SINGING by Ann Angel (BR 19426, DB 73764)
PEARL: THE OBSESSIONS AND PASSIONS OF JANIS JOPLIN: A BIOGRAPHY by Ellis Amburn (DBC 26782)