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Andrew Heiskell Library's Roundup of Links and Articles for September


Once again, we're presenting links to sites covering disability issues, as well as announcements of changes and enhancements of the services, and anything else that caught our attention during September. These links and announcements previously appeared on our Facebook and Twitter pages.  

The National Library Service  made the following announcements:

"NLS will cease production of books on cassette as of October 1, 2010. Diminishing guaranteed availability of supplies has forced this cessation of audiobook production on cassette. Now first-time produced NLS audiobooks will be available only on flash memory cartridges and online through the BARD system. The inventory of over 57,000 NLS titles on cassette will continue to be available. Cassette production of NLS magazines will continue until further notice."

And good news for people reading magazines through BARD:

"The pages will now display the reading time, narrators, and the descriptive title of the magazine provided by the magazine producer. The descriptive title is very useful for things like magazine of the month, as the descriptive title will actually indicate what the magazine is. We also have the ability to attach a note to a magazine issue so we can indicate things such as 'magazine so and so is the last issue.' When you download a magazine the file name will be based on the descriptive title.

"The updating of magazines will also change. BARD will be configured to display new magazines as soon as they are approved by [NLS's] QA [Quality Assurance] section. That means there may be new magazines appearing at any time during the week."

NLS also said they will be doing something similar with books so they'll appear as they're approved. We'll let you know when that happens.

Also of Interest

The New York Public Library now has a text message reference service. Here's how you use it:

  • Text: AskNYPL and your brief question
  • To: 66746
  • Then save 66746 as a contact in your phone called AskNYPL.

Did you know that all public computers at all NYPL have JAWS and MAGic software installed? If you can't make it to 40 W 20th Street, use the computers at a branch closer to home!

In our neighborhood: Mad.Sq.Mark't: Shopping and Food, from September 25 - October 23, 11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. daily. 

Earlier this summer, we posted instructions for downloading books from BARD using a PC. Now we have instructions for How to Download Books from BARD Using a Mac.

Articles and Sites about Disabilities

How the blind experience the internet.

Air Accessible Transportation, from

Review of Kindle 3 on Audiobook Blog.

From Access World: Picking a Player: A Roundup of Devices for Playing NLS and Other Talking Books.

An opportunity to hit the road on a tandem bike, and for a good cause! Lighthouse Int'l is pairing people with and without sight for tandem bike and walking teams for its Double Up 4 Vision fundraising event, Saturday, October 23.

25 Years of Assistive Technology and tipsheets from The Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA)

National Database of Accessible Cultural Institutions.


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