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NLS New Director

NLS National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled. Library of Congress

Greetings, and thank you for visiting!

In September 2021, I became the 11th director in the 90-year history of the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled, coming to Washington after serving as Vermont’s State Librarian and in leadership and outreach positions with the Savannah, Georgia, library system and the South Carolina State Library.

I’d like to take a moment to give you a brief introduction to our program and the services we provide.

Since its establishment in 1931, NLS has had one consistent mission: to ensure that a visual, physical, or reading disability is no barrier to one’s opportunity to experience the joy of reading. Today we have a network of more than 90 cooperating libraries that serve people in every state and US territory, as well as US citizens living abroad. Our collection has grown to more than 300,000 books, magazines, and music instruction and appreciation materials in braille and digital audio—more than one-third of them available instantly from BARD, our online library. The program has evolved from vinyl records to cassettes to digital audio cartridges and downloads via our app —though as always, service is provided free of charge to our patrons. And we continue to explore ways to use the latest technology to improve and expand the program, which is recognized as one of the best of its kind in the world.

I invite you to learn more about NLS and the ways we might serve you, a family member or friend, or a student or patient in your life.

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