XXXVI No. 3
By now, the NLS digital magazine transition should be complete
and your magazines should be arriving on digital cartridge only, with the
exceptions of Newsweek and Reader’s Digest. This is a reminder that the
magazines coming from NLS have a very strict circulation period; weekly magazines
should only be kept for one week while monthly magazines (including Talking
Book Topics) can be kept for one month.
NLS has a limited number of cartridges for this program so in order to
keep receiving magazines you must return them in a timely manner. When returning your magazines, please make
sure the magazine cartridge makes it back in the magazine box, which has a
distinct color (red) as well as a distinct embossed logo. If there are magazines you are no longer
interested in or if you prefer to download the magazines you want from BARD,
please contact the Indiana Talking Book & Braille Library.
The order form for Talking Book Topics will be arriving
separately from the digital cartridge.
These items may arrive days apart in the mail, so just be patient and
wait for both parts to arrive. Completed
order forms will be returned to your library while the cartridge will be
returned out of state to the magazine producer.
NLS is no longer requiring us to collect original
signatures on applications for library service.
This means that we can now accept applications that have been faxed,
emailed, scanned, stamped, or photocopied, which will hopefully make it more
convenient for some people to complete the application process. Faxed applications can be sent to
317-232-3728, emailed applications can be sent to email@example.com. Please help us spread the word about this
new, easier application process!
The Indiana Voices program
is funded by a generous grant from the Ruth Lilly Foundation. Through the grant the program is able to
record books and magazines with a local connection. This means that Indiana Voices is able to
record works that are written by a Hoosier author, about an Indiana subject, or
set in Indiana.
The books selected to be
recorded by Indiana Voices come from a few sources. First, Indiana Voices has frequently recorded
the yearly Indiana Best Books winners and finalists from the Indiana Center for
the Book. The Center for the Book
selects three to four books in the categories of fiction, nonfiction, and young
adult, and their selections have proven to be popular with our patrons. Second, Indiana Voices currently produces two
local magazines; Outdoor Indiana and Traces of Indiana and Midwestern
History. Since the switch to digital
magazine circulation the Indiana Talking Books Library has been exploring
adding another local magazine to collection.
Finally, additional books are selected by the Indiana Talking Book
Library staff based on circulation and past readership figures. Popular genres with patrons continue to be
mysteries, westerns, and biographies.
How can you aid the
selection process? As a patron, books
are chosen not only based on your past readership, but also upon your
suggestions. If there are Indiana
related books that you cannot find in a digital format and wish that you could,
call your reader advisor and let them know.
Our goal at the Indiana Talking Book & Braille Library is to provide
our patrons with the best reading experience possible, which means we need
input to make sure we are recording material of interest to our patrons. If your suggestion seems like one that would
be popular with our client base it may just be the next book recorded by
The 8th Annual Indiana Vision Expo will be
held on Saturday, September 28th, from 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM at the Indiana State
Library. This year’s Expo will focus on the world of art. Our keynote speaker
will be award winning blind artist and author John Bramblitt.
The Expo will also feature visually-impaired artists from around the state who will be exhibiting their work, some of which will be available for purchase. Artist Pete Brown will be exhibiting his interactive tactile art. Additionally, our usual wide variety of
vendors and non-profit agencies will be on hand providing the latest in adaptive technology,
independent living aids, and other resources for all ages.
In addition to our keynote speaker, Dr. Laura Windsor
from Eye Associates will be speaking at the morning session on the latest advancements
in the treatment of eye disease. CJ’s
Sweet Creations will again be selling lunch items and desserts. Admission is
free, but there will be special event parking for a $5 charge in the Senate Street parking
garage, accessible from New York Street.
This year’s event will again be held in conjunction with
the annual Foundation Fighting Blindness Indy VisionWalk, which will be held on the
downtown canal adjoining the State Library prior to the start of the Expo.
Visit www.indianavisionexpo.org for additional information and an updated list of our vendors and artists. We hope to see you there!
Come see Talking Books at the ACBI convention on
Saturday, November 2nd at the Canyon Inn at McCormick Creek State
Park. The convention will run from
Friday—Sunday with various events happening each day. For more information visit their website at
acb-indiana.org or call Mike Bowman at 1-317-726-0745.
Please take a few minutes to fill out our user survey. You can print the survey and send it to us by
mail or fill it out online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/tbbl.
August 31 Library Closed
September 2 Library
September 28 Vision Expo
October 14 Library Closed
November 11 Library
November 28 Library Closed
November 29 Library Closed
November 30 Library Closed
December 24 Library Closed
December 25 Library Closed
Indiana Talking Book & Braille Library Hours
Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Indiana Insights is a
publication of the Talking Book and Braille Library, Indiana State Library. Indiana
Insights is also available online, in Braille, or on a digital cartridge upon
request. Any mention of products and services in the Indiana Insights is for information only and does not imply endorsement. This project is funded in part with a grant
from the Institute of Museum and Library Services which administers the Library
Services Technology act.