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LBPH Newsletter Summer 2015

NEW BRAILLE CODE

On January 4, 2016, the National Library Service will implement the Unified English Braille Code, which is the first extensive change to braille code since the 1930's.  The new code uses the same six dot cell pattern, but drops some contractions, uses different spacing rules, and allows for translating a wider array of symbols.  These changes will especially benefit students and other users of technology.

NLS has already acquired several dozen electronic titles in UEB and has posted them to BARD.  A subject heading, Unified English Braille, has been created in BARD to make these titles easier to find.  BARD users may view a list of all current UEB titles by accessing the "Browse by subject" dropdown, navigating to Unified English Braille, and then selecting the "Go" button.

Existing books in the current braille code (English Braille American Edition) will remain in the NLS braille collection and will still be available to patrons.  Patrons who currently read English Braille American Edition can use the same equipment to read the new UEB books.

The Braille Authority of North America is the body that oversees the use, teaching, and production of braille in the United States.  More information about the new UEB braille can be found on their website http://wwwbrailleauthority.org/ueb.html.

OPEN HOUSE

We'd like to invite everyone to come meet our staff and experience our library facility first-hand!  On Friday, September 25th from 9 AM to 11 AM, we will be hosting an Open House at our 1209 Camino Carlos Rey, Santa Fe location.  We will be serving some light refreshments and we encourage everyone to bring in any questions that you might have.  staff will be available to address questions about BARD and the mobile app.

If you are interested in attending the Open House, please RSVP by September 1st so that we have an idea of how many people to expect.  If you would like to bring a group from one of our affiliated institutions, please just contact us with the approximate number of attendees in your group.

NFB-NEWSLINE TITLE ADDITIONS

The National Federation for the Blind has added Talking Book Topics and Braille Book Review to their Newsline service.  If you are having trouble using either publication in large print form or as a digital cartridge subscription, then Newsline gives you the alternative of listening to these publications read over a touch-tone phone.  NFB-Newsline is a free audible information service available to the blind and print-disabled that offers over four hundrean publications indlucing newspapers, magazine, emergency weather alerts, job listings, and TV listings.

If you are already a subscriber to NFB-Newsline, you can access the new titles by pressing 7 from the Main menu, then choosing "Magazines", and then selecting the "Blindness Specific" category.  The individual new book titles and their descriptions featured in Talking Book Topics are listed as separate articles on Newsline.  This means that subscribers can easily search and navigate through the articles to find books of interest.

Subscribers can also have individual book listings sent to an email inbox.  From there, the email can be forwarded to the NMLBPH email address ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) to request the book.

The Newsline service is accessible 24 hours a day, 365 days a year via a touch-tone telephone, email, interent, portable players, or an iOS app.  For more information or to register for NFB-Newsline visit http://www.nfbnewsline.org or call 1-866-504-7300.

CHOICE MAGAZINE LISTENING

If you're looking for additional magazine resources, Choice Magazine Listening (CML) is a free audio magazine service that sends out digital cartridges loaded with 12 hours of selected readings (feature stories, articles, and poems) from over 100 publications such as National Geographic, The New Yorker, Time, Vanity Fair, Harper's, Smithsonian, Sports Illustrated, Scientific American, and The Atlantic.  Four times a year, listeners receive a cartridge in the mail, which can be enjoyed for several weeks and then returned in the postage-free mailer that it arived in.  CML selections are also available as a download.

For more information please call 1-888-724-6423, or visit their website at www.choicemagazinelistening.org. We have some of their promotional fliers available at the NMLBPH as well.

HELP US PROMOTE THE LBPH!

If you know of any friends or relatives who may qualify and benefit from istening to talking books, please give them our phone number (1-800-456-5515).  We work hard at promoting our services, but we can always use your help and support with spreading the word!  Word of mouth is often the best way to get others involved and signed up for the service.

We are also happy to send out extra applications to a facility or institution that serves individuals who may qualify.  If you have any ideas or suggestions as to how we may better reach potential patrons, please give us a call 9ask for Amy) or email Amy Boggess at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

BARD MOBILE FOR ANDROID IS FINALLY HERE!

We are excited to announce that the BARD mobile app for Android is now available in the Google Play store https://play.google.com/store.  If you do not already have a Google account, you will need to create one, and then log in to download the app, which can easily be found by searching for "BARD mobile".  The BARD mobile app is a free download, and is compatible with any device running Android OS 4.1 or higher.

The BARD mobile app enables users to download audiobooks and audio magazines directly to their Android devices, provided they already have BARD accounts.  The user guide is available from the bookshelf of the app and online in HTML format at https://nlsbard.loc.gov/apidocs/android/v1.0/toc.html.

Help screens are also available from inside the app and may be accessed by activating the Context menu or the More Options button and selecting Help.

DONATING TO THE FRIENDS OF THE NMLBPH

The Friends of the NMLBPH is a 501(c)(3) non-pro-fit organization that can accept and maintain tax-deductible donations for the benefit of the library program.

The Friends's support is used for supplemental funding of materials or travel, where state funding has been reduced, or in areas such as our local recording program, which may not routinely be supported by state or federal funding.  Contributions to the Friends may be addressed to Friends of the NMLBPH, 1209 Camino Carlos Rey, Santa Fe, NM 87507.