Talking Book Topics

July-August 1998
In Brief

Digital Talking-Book Standards Committee Seeks Comments

The digital talking-book standards committee is seeking comments on a draft document that describes features envisioned for the next generation of talking books. Patrons wishing to review the document may obtain a copy in cassette, large-print, or braille format. Comments will be accepted through September 15.

The standards are being developed under the auspices of the National Information Standards Organization, which is a nonprofit association accredited as a standards developer by the American National Standards Institute.

For a free copy of the features list, contact Research and Development Officer, National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, Library of Congress, Washington, DC 20542; e-mail nls@loc.gov; fax (202) 707-1690.

Scourby Awards Announced

The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) presented its twelfth Alexander Scourby Narrator of the Year Awards to honor excellence in talking-book narration. AFB awarded prizes to narrators for three categories: fiction, nonfiction, and periodicals.

The award-winning narrators are Graeme Malcom, AFB, for fiction; Mimi Bederman, Insight for the Blind, for nonfiction; and Jake Williams, Talking Book Publishers, for periodicals. The annual Scourby Award was established in 1986 in memory of the popular talking-book narrator who died in 1985.

Newsstand

The following announcement 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.

Current History Tapes Offered

Current History magazine offers audio cassettes covering different issues of contemporary world affairs. Topics covered are: Volume 1--The Disintegration of the Soviet Union; Volume 2--China Rising: A Superpower Awakes; Volume 3--The Fundamentalist Challenge in the Middle East; Volume 4--Latin America: Open for Business?; Volume 5--The Cold War: Beginnings; and Volume 6--The Pacific Century?

Each cassette costs six dollars and can be ordered from Current History Magazine, 4225 Main Street, Philadelphia, PA 19127, telephone 1-800-726-4464.


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