ERIC Number: ED463771
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-May-25
Reference Count: N/A
Building a National Service in a Multilingual Environment.
Cylke, Frank Kurt
The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS), Library of Congress, administers a free national library program of Braille and recorded materials for eligible individuals residing in the United States or for citizens living abroad. Under a special provision of the U.S. copyright law and with the permission of authors and publishers of works not covered by the provision, NLS selects and produces full-length books and magazines in Braille and recorded formats. Reading materials and necessary audio equipment are distributed to a cooperating network of regional and local libraries where they are then circulated directly to eligible borrowers. This paper discusses the NLS in three main sections. The first section, "Background," discusses funding; eligibility; book collection; magazines; equipment and accessories; music services; volunteer services; Braille competency; reference; consumer relations; and research and development. The second section focuses on non-English materials: production; Spanish-language collection; bibliographic control; service to Spanish-speaking users in the U.S.; and the foreign language plan. The last section discusses international cooperation. (AEF)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Library of Congress, Washington, DC. National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped.