Braille Book Review

March-April 2000

In Brief

Reminder! Collection-building advisory group meets in May

The National Advisory Group on Collection Building Activities will meet at NLS on May 24-26, 2000. Input from readers is a key ingredient in the success of our program. Please continue to assist us by contacting committee members or your cooperating library with your suggestions for general improvements to the book collection. See your January-February issue of Braille Book Review for names and addresses of consumer members of the committee. The NLS National Advisory Group represents you!

BANA puts braille format rules on the Internet

Braille Formats: Principles of Print to Braille Translation 1997 (Volume 1: Rules) is now available on the Internet at, a site maintained by the Shodor Foundation in cooperation with the Braille Authority of North America (BANA). A link to the site is maintained on BANA's web site,

Permanent office space has been provided to BANA by the American Printing House for the Blind. The new mailing address is P.O. Box 6085, Louisville, KY 40206. Any mail or inquiries may be sent to this address.

The BANA board, hosted by the National Federation of the Blind, met in Annapolis, Maryland, on October 29-31. The following officers were elected for the year 2000:

The Braille Institute in Los Angeles, California, was accepted as a new member organization.

On November 2-5 BANA hosted a meeting of the International Council on English Braille in Baltimore, Maryland.

The following officers were elected:

The following information is reprinted from Talking Book Topics, March-April 2000.

Magazine of the Month Selections for 2000

Two NLS programs offer readers samplings of magazines not otherwise available through network libraries. Subscribers to Magazine of the Month and Young Adult Magazine of the Month receive a different audio magazine on cassette each month. For a free subscription to either program contact your local cooperating library.

Although the selections are subject to change, subscribers will receive some of the following magazines this year.

Magazine of the Month

Alternative Medicine (Disease treatments, diet, health, spirituality, and book reviews)

American Legacy: Celebrating African-American History and Culture (African American history, art, literature, and health concerns)

Bonkers: A Magazine for Our Times (General interest, humor, pets, family relationships, and emotional health)

George: Not Just Politics as Usual (Liberal-leaning discussions of politics and popular culture)

American Spectator (Conservative-leaning investigative reporting on politics, media, and current events)

Saturday Evening Post (General topics, health, recipes, and human interest)

Hispanic (English-language; social issues, health, cultural activities, and profiles of prominent Hispanic individuals)

Book: The Magazine for the Reading Life (Articles on authors, book reviews)

Talk (Popular culture, politics, and history. "A close-up of our culture in motion")

Wood: The World's Leading Woodworking Magazine (Popular projects, other topics of interest to woodworkers)

The Economist (Financial perspectives on international news for the layperson)

Conde Nast Traveler: The Truth in Travel (Travel, shopping, fashion tips)


Arthritis Today; Brill's Content; Entertainment; Reminisce; Sports Afield; Walking

Young Adult Magazine of the Month

Cosmo Girl (Life-style, fashion, and relationships)

Source: The Magazine of Hip-Hop Music, Culture and Politics (News, reviews, rap, hip-hop, art, literature, fashion, and artists)

Sierra (Magazine of an environmental organization that lobbies, educates, and sponsors outdoor activities)

Weird Tales (Horror and science fiction short stories)

The Sporting News (Sports coverage with detailed summaries and statistics)

Latina (Hispanic woman's magazine featuring health, fitness, relationships, and fashion; men and women in popular culture)

The World and I (International topics including current issues, arts, science, modern thought, and book reviews)

Biography (Articles on people in popular culture, book reviews)

Self (Health, fitness, and nutrition for women)

Circus: America's Rock Magazine (Popular culture for teenage readers focusing on hard rock)

Star Trek: The Magazine (Production of the television series, interviews with the actors, related topics)

Elle (Fashion, life-style, relationships, health, and beauty; celebrities, music, film, and literature)


Mademoiselle; Marie Claire; Teen; Teen People; YM: Young and Modern

Student aid audio guide

An audio publication giving information on academic financial assistance for students interested in postsecondary study is now available from network libraries. For a cassette copy of the publication contact your cooperating library. For a copy in compact-disc format or other information write: Student Aid Audio Guide, Federal Student Aid Information Center, P.O. Box 84, Washington, D.C. 20044-0084.


The following announcements may be of interest to readers. The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped reserves the right to publish announcements selectively, as space permits. Items mentioned, however, are not part of the NLS program, and their listing does not imply endorsement.

New publication on adaptive technology

AFB Press is offering subscribers a new resource for obtaining information about adaptive technology and visual impairment. AccessWorld: Technology for Consumers with Visual Impairments is produced six times a year in print, braille, online, and audiocassette formats. Each issue describes new products, techniques, books, videos, and tips on using adaptive technology. Subscriptions are available from:

AccessWorld/AFB Press
Subscription Services
450 Fame Avenue
Hanover, PA 17331
1-888-522-0220 (toll-free)
(717) 633-8920 (fax)
web site:
Subscription: $29.95 per year

Time magazine in large print

Time magazine has announced that the weekly publication is available in a large-print edition with format adapted to readers with impaired vision. Subscription price for the first two years, $79.99 per year. For information call 1-800-881-2137.

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