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Fall 2010 IBW

Fall 2010 IBW

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Adaptive Services Division
901 G Street, NW, #215, Washington, DC 20001Telephone: 202-727-2142 email:lbph.dcpl@dc.govwww.dclibrary.org/services/adaptiveservicesMon. & Tues. Noon-9:00; Wed., Thur., Fri. 9:30-5:30
LBPH Inside the Beltway: a Newsletter 
 
Volume 20, Number 2 Fall 2010
Adaptive Services News
National Disability Employment Awareness Month plans include—
October 1-31—Art-by-people-with-disabilities exhibit by VSA Arts inEast and West Lobbies of the second floor.Saturday, October 9—Accessibility Camp DC, 9:30 am – 5:30 pm.Computer professionals and users discuss current and future developmentsin Adaptive Technology. Call Patrick Timony at 202-727-2142.Tuesday, October 19—2010 Mayor’s Annual Disability AwarenessConference “Towards Full Inclusion – Let’s Achieve It!” at Martin Luther King, Jr. Public Library, 901 G St., NW, Great Hall, 9:30 AM – 3:00 PM.Free Admission. Topics will include: Community Inclusion, WorkforceDevelopment and District Resources, Programs and Services. Register online athttp://2010dcdac.eventbrite.comor by fax 202-727-9484. To learnmore information about the 2010 Mayor’s Annual Conference pleasecontact Christina Mitchell or Mat McCullough at 202-724-5055 or www.odr.dc.gov.Tuesday, October 26—Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind EmploymentConnection Fair. Martin Luther King Library, 901 G Street NW, noon-4:00.Qualified blind and visually impaired individuals seeking employment asSwitchboard Operator; Mailroom Clerk; Help Desk (Oracle); or DocumentPrep Specialist, come dressed to interview, and bring your current resume.RSVPgsnider@clb.orgby October 19. 240-737-5105 or rfigueroa@clb.org 
Old Favorite, New Name: Saturday Technology Sessions—
We thoughtthis name better represents the group presentation nature of these sessionson adaptive technology for personal use, job hunting, and other importantinformation. They meet 1
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Saturdays, with program from 1:00 to3:00 and networking from 3:00 to 4:00.
 
Game Nights—
On November 9th at 6:00 pm, Adaptive Services will hostour first monthly games night for blind and low-vision gamers. All our games feature braille and/or large print. Games are a fun, interactive way topromote knowledge, literacy and community for people of all ages. Gamesinclude Scrabble; Bingo; Cards, Trivia and Computer Word games. For more information, or to offer suggestions, contact Chris Corrigan at (202)727-2143 or by email atchristopher.corrigan@dc.gov.
Washington Volunteer Readers for the Blind by Jean Yablon—
WVRBhas had an active summer recording several interesting books:Before The Frost by Makell Henning: detectives Kurt & Linda Wallander The Last Summer of the World by Emily Mitchell: WWI historical noveland The Bolter by Frances Osborne: biography of a scandalous womanWVRB also records magazines for national distribution. These includeAARP Bulletin, Black Enterprise, NARFE, New York Review of Books &Washingtonian. Please call 202.727.2142 if you would like to borrow one of these books or be put on a mailing list to receive a magazine on tape.
Award-winning Staff—
Three Adaptive Services staff members werehonored recently:Patrick Timony, Adaptive Technology Librarian, received the Morris &Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation Award for DC Employees whosecontributions have been exceptional and whose commitment andprofessionalism demonstrate the best in public service on May 28.Janice Rosen, Deaf Services Librarian, was honored for her leadershipin the deaf and hard-of-hearing community with the Hamilton 2010 Deaf Awareness Week Award. Hamilton Relay provides traditional relay services,Internet-based relay and Captioned Telephone services and other servicesfor people with hearing impairments On September 25.Venetia Demson, Chief of Adaptive Services, was honored with anaward for outstanding leadership at its DC State Convention on October 9.
Digital Transition Update
What’s available or in process—
Talking Book Topics (TBT) lists booksbeing added to the collection in DB (digital) or RC (cassette) in a two-monthperiod. (The five-digit number is the same for either format.) To includebooks previously released and those in process, search the NLS collection
 
atwww.loc.gov/nlsor the DC Regional’s online public access catalog(OPAC) athttp://asrddevc.startlogic.com/opacnew/startup.asp. You cansearch our OPAC by author, title or recent issue of TBT. The ability for apatron to submit an order from the OPAC is in development.
BARD—
When Tonia Gatton downloaded the digital talking-book version of Charlotte's Web to her home computer, she knew she would enjoy a classicof children's literature. What she didn't know was that she was also makinghistory with the one millionth piece of reading material delivered by theBraille and Audio Reading Download (BARD) service. Available since April30, 2009, BARD serves over 15,000 of NLS's more than 800,000 patronswith access to over 20,000 titles, with more added each week. Ms. Gatton,a rehabilitation teacher at the Kentucky Office for the Blind, says, "After onlya little over a year of using BARD, I can't imagine what I did without it."If you want digital books right away, as well as a larger selection tochoose from, consider signing sign up for BARD. Once registered, you usea high-speed connection (not dial-up) to transfer the data to your computer,unzip the file, then to a flash drive for the NLS player or to a privatelypurchased player. This process can take can take as little as 10 minutes!No waiting for cartridges to come in the mail! NLS digital books areencrypted and you must apply to the NLS BARD web site to register as apatron If you have a privately owned player, that must be registered also.Search “NLS BARD application” in Google for the application andinstructions. Patrons who would like a one-on-one lesson in BARD areencouraged to call 727-2142 for an appointment
Cartridges, Cables and Flash drives—
Once you download a book, youmust move it to your player. If you are using a purchased machine withinternal memory, you do this with a cable.For NLS players, you will need a purchased USB drive, also known asa flash, thumb or stick drive. Look for one that does NOT have U3 softwarepreloaded, and some brands seem to work better than others. Some of themore successful ones are Dane Elec, Kingston, Lexar, PNY, Sony andVerbatim, with 1, 2 or 4 gigabytes of memory. The flash drive plugs into theUSB port on the right side of the player. (Pop out the plastic plug with afingernail.) Do not attempt to insert a USB drive into the You can alsopurchase cartridges just like the NLS model from American Printing Housefor the Blind athttp://shop.aph.orgor 1-800-223-1839, or from AdaptiveTechnology Online atwww.perkins.org(click on Talking Book accessories)or call 1-978-462-3817.

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