ERIC Number: ED371757
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Mar-4
Reference Count: N/A
Transition Plan for Braille Centralization, Study 1, Part 2.
ManTech Technical Services Corp., Fairfax, VA.
The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS), Library of Congress, administers a free library program for those unable to read standard printed materials, reproducing and distributing works in braille, recorded disc, and recorded cassette. A previous study of the distribution network identified costs and developed two alternative centralized service models, one for provision of braille book storage and distribution, and the other for audio playback facilities. This study explores the implementation of the centralized braille services previously recommended as a comprehensive centralized service with regional centers, with circulation services and direct patron contact at the centers. How to establish the centers and how to conduct the transition are described, outlining the transitional steps for: (1) fundamental decisions; (2) automatic data-processing development; (3) equipment and facilities; (4) operations services; (5) setup; (6) beginning operations; (7) monitoring operations; (8) estimated costs; and (9) planning and control. Six exhibits illustrate the process. (SLD)
Descriptors: Blindness, Books, Braille, Centralization, Cost Estimates, Data Processing, Delivery Systems, Design Requirements, Disabilities, Facility Requirements, Feasibility Studies, Library Networks, Library Planning, Library Services, Storage, Tables (Data), Technological Advancement, User Needs (Information)
National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, 1291 Taylor Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20542.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Library of Congress, Washington, DC. National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped.
Authoring Institution: ManTech Technical Services Corp., Fairfax, VA.