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The Indiana Library & Historical Board on January 15, 2010 voted unanimously to adopt revised public library standards that take effect on January 1, 2011. The revised standards focus on enhancing public library patrons’ access to online services and library collections. Most notably:
By Autumn Gonzalez, Indiana Talking Book & Braille Library Supervisor
The Indiana Talking Book and Braille Library recently unveiled enhanced services as part of the BARD (Braille and Audio Reading Download) program from National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS). BARD enables registered patrons to download over 22,000 digital books and over 40 digital magazines directly from the program’s website.
Anyone registered as an Talking Book patron can have access to BARD after completing the online application. The service does require a high-speed internet connection from home or through the patron’s local public library and a NLS-authorized digital book player and flash drive cartridge. Most, but not all, commercial USB flash drives are also compatible.
Patrons interested in joining the Talking Book Library program can visit our official website for registration and eligibility information. Additional questions about BARD or other Talking Book services may be directed to 1-800-622-4970 or LBPH@library.in.gov.
The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) recently released the “School Libraries Count! National Longitudinal Survey of School Library Media Programs.” The report found that although school library media centers increased their hours and collections, a majority of schools received less funding for information resources in 2009, compared to 2008. Results from 5,824 respondents consisted of both public and private schools varying in enrollment size, location, and school level.
The report also found that school libraries are open more hours per week yet there was no increase in the average number of school library media specialists. School library collections also grew modestly, except in the periodical subscription area where there was a large 29% increase. Additionally, investment into networked computers and remote access significantly tapered off last year. School librarians also increased time spent planning and instructing last year, while spending the an equal amount of time on budgeting.
More information and full survey results are available for download on the AASL's website.
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