Talking Book Topics

May-June 1998
In Brief

Letter from National Advisory Group

The members of the National Advisory Group on Collection-Building Activities wish to thank their fellow patrons and librarians for their input on the NLS program. Please be assured that your ideas and suggestions were thoroughly discussed and incorporated into the recommendations that the committee made during its deliberations in September 1997. Copies of recommendations from the September meeting and NLS responses to the suggestions are available upon request by writing to Consumer Relations, National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, Washington, DC 20542 or by e-mail to [email protected] Please indicate whether you prefer large-print, audio cassette, or braille format.

The group meets again at NLS on September 16-18, 1998. Please continue to assist us by contacting committee members or your cooperating library with your suggestions. Certain suggestions, such as the addition of a recommended book, are time-consuming to implement because of the many production and quality-checking steps in the audio recording and brailling processes. Do not let these time constraints discourage you from forwarding your comments. Input from readers is a key ingredient in the success of our program. The NLS National Advisory Group represents you.

Representatives from Consumer Organizations

American Council of the Blind
Mr. Tom Mitchell
1019 East Foxhill Road
North Salt Lake, UT 84054

Blinded Veterans Association
Mr. Ellsworth "Skip" Sharpe
1110 Fidler Lane
Silver Spring, MD 20910

National Federation of the Blind
Mrs. Barbara Walker
2224 South 35th Street
Lincoln, NE 68506

Reader-at-large Representatives

Midlands Region--includes the following: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, Oklahoma, and Wisconsin

Mr. Edward Legge
1309 Heritage Hills
Jefferson City, MO 65101

Northern Region--includes the following: Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and West Virginia

Ms. Barbara Wysocki
c/o Cora J. Beldon Library
33 Church Street
Rocky Hill, CT 06067

Southern Region--includes the following: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Virgin Islands

Mr. Michael "Mike" Duke
4911 Old Canton Road, Apt. 239
Jackson, MS 39211

Western Region--includes the following: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wyoming

Ms. Cheryl "Cherrie" Handy
VIST Coordinator
Department of Veterans Affairs
Room B-308
351 E. Temple Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Student Financial Assistance

An audio publication giving information on academic financial assistance for disabled students is now available from the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Postsecondary Education. The recording is in the form of a conversation between a disabled student and a counselor from the department's Federal Student Aid Information Center. In their dialog, the student and specialist discuss federal financial aid programs and also talk about state and private sources of funds for eligible students.

For a cassette or compact-disc copy of the publication, write Student Aid Audio Guide, Federal Student Aid Information Center, P.O. Box 84, Washington, DC 20044-0084.

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