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Exhibits at Conferences

NLS attends conferences nationwide to reach out to our current and potential patrons, their caregivers, and the professionals who work with them through organizations that serve these groups. The list below includes the conferences where NLS will be exhibited for the 2019 fiscal year. If we are in your area, please be sure to stop by and see us.




December 19 – 22 (2018)

Midwest Clinic International Band and Orchestra Conference

Chicago, IL

January 29 – February 2

Council for Exceptional Children

Indianapolis, IN

February 20 – 24

Music Library Association

St. Louis, MO

February 28 – March 1

American Foundation for the Blind

Arlington, VA

March 16 – 20

Music Teachers National Association

Spokane, WA

April 1 – 4

National Association of Activity Professionals

Charleston, SC

April 4 – 7

American Occupational Therapy Association

New Orleans, LA

April 15 – 18

American Society on Aging

New Orleans, LA

April 24 – 26

American Nurses Association

Orlando, FL

May 3 – 5

Abilities Expo: New York Metro Area

Edison, NJ

June 7 – 11

American Diabetes Association

San Francisco, CA

June 10 – 11

Native American Healthcare Conference

Temecula, CA

June 14 – 18

Special Libraries Association

Cleveland, OH

June 20 Р25

American Library Association (National)

Washington, DC

July 5 – 12

American Council of the Blind

Rochester, NY

July 7 – 12

National Federation of the Blind

Las Vegas, NV

July 8 – 13

Association on Higher Education And Disability (AHEAD)

Boston, MA

July 22 Р26

National Council on Independent Living

Washington, DC

August 3 – 6

Disabled American Veterans

Orlando, FL

August 12 – 16

Blinded Veterans Association

Tulsa, OK

August 23 – 29

American Legion National Conference

Indianapolis, IN

Orientation for Network Library Staff

Orientations for network librarians with training in audiobook production and equipment-repair workshops are held in March, June, and October. Contact (202) 707-9260 for more information.

Touch History

Verbal Description Tour of the Library of Congress Thomas Jefferson Building

Visitors with visual impairments are invited to experience a walking tour of the Thomas Jefferson Building. The Touch History tour is led by a specially trained docent, who uses vivid language to describe the building. Tours are the second Saturday of the month at 9:30 a.m. Tours are by request as well. To sign up or for more information, contact Visitor Services at (202) 707-9779.

Past Events

Biennial Conference for Network Libraries

Demo: computer duplicates books onto cartridges that stack robotically in a caddy.

Reaching beyond the Gold: 2018 National Conference of Librarians Serving Blind and Physically Handicapped Individuals. Learn more about the 2018 “Nashville” Conference for Network Libraries.

Gateway to Knowledge: 2016 National Conference of Librarians Serving Blind and Physically Handicapped Individuals. Learn more about the 2016 Conference for Network Libraries.

Network Library of the Year Award

NLS holds an annual ceremony recognizing network regional and subregional libraries nominated by their constituents for providing outstanding service to their communities.

For 2017, Colorado Talking Book Library was named Network Library of the Year while Talking Books at Taylor Community Library was named Sub-regional Library/Advisory and Outreach Center of the Year.