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In this Issue of Upstate Update:
Duplication on Demand, DoD, Update
How to Report an Audio Cartridge Error
New TBBL Application for Service
Foreign Language Books
Popular Western Fiction Authors
2021 Holiday Closings
Contact Information and Hours
Over the past several months, TBBL staff have been busy implementing our new Duplication on Demand (DoD) lending service. DoD changes how patrons receive audiobooks on cartridge through the US mail and improves access to our collection.
The DoD process allows library staff to add multiple audiobooks to a single cartridge. As a result, patrons receive more books on fewer cartridges. With DoD, there is never a waitlist for books in the collection. Whether a patron is looking for a new bestseller, an entire series, or a favorite classic, the books will be available and can be added to a patron's next cartridge.
The way in which audiobooks are selected has not changed. Our library can continue to send books based on subject preferences, favorite authors, and reading level. You may also contact our library by phone, email, or mail, to share specific book requests. Patrons requesting books through the library online catalog may also continue to do so. When books are requested, they will be added to a future audio cartridge.
Since May 2021, library patrons have borrowed 24,780 cartridges. Each cartridge can contain as many as 30 books. Within the last four months, patrons have borrowed over 175,000 books!
If you are interested in DoD and you have not yet received a cartridge containing multiple books, please contact our library. We will review your account and get you started.
Occasionally, an audio cartridge can malfunction causing a disruption in your reading. If you experience a cartridge issue, please contact the library to inform our staff. We would be happy to resend a new cartridge with the books you have missed.
It is important that you do not tie a string or wrap a rubber band around the cartridge case to identify a problem. With DoD, address cards are removed from cases when cartridges are returned. Without an address card, it can be challenging for staff to identify your cartridge and correct the error.
If contacting the library directly to report an issue is difficult, please include the address card found on the outside of the case, along with a note about the issue, inside the cartridge case when you make a return.
Library staff collect notes found inside cases when items are checked-in. With your address card and note, we can resolve the issue or contact you to learn more.
There are two ways to listen to books on your Duplication on Demand audio cartridges. You can listen to books in order, or you can listen in any order using a feature on your player called Bookshelf.
Read Books in Order
When you get to the end of the cartridge instructions or a book, press the green rectangular Play/Stop button to play the next book. Press the Play/Stop button at the end of each book to move to the next one.
Read Books in Any Order Using "Bookshelf"
If you would like help using Bookshelf, please call our library to speak with a Reader Advisor. Our staff members are happy to walk you through the steps so you feel comfortable jumping from book to book.
NYS Talking Book and Braille Library staff have revised our application for individual service. Changes include updates to certifier language, a change to the library's logo, and a consolidation of the adult and youth application.
Eligible individuals may access the new application online through our Apply for TBBL Service webpage.
This application is accessible and is available as a fillable PDF and as a Word document. Applications can be mailed or faxed to individuals by request.
Visitors to our website will also find a Spanish language application for individual service created by the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled. Individuals applying for TBBL service can complete this application and submit it directly to our library.
Please note: Applications can be completed entirely online and submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org. We do accept electronic signatures from certifiers.
Certifiers can include one of the following individuals: doctor of medicine, doctor of osteopathy, ophthalmologist, optometrist, psychologist, registered nurse, therapist, and professional staff of hospitals, institutions, and public or welfare agencies (such as an educator, a social worker, case worker, counselor, rehabilitation teacher, certified reading specialist, school psychologist, superintendent, or librarian).
Five new braille magazines will be added to the NLS collection this fall:
Please note – Reader's Digest is currently available in both braille and audio. The braille version is currently only available via hard copy braille but will be provided on BARD in the near future.
The National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled's foreign language collection has grown significantly to meet the needs and interests of talking book and braille library patrons.
To help patrons locate the new additions to the collection, NLS has created a new online magazine called the Foreign Language Quarterly (FLQ). The FLQ is a publication that will be produced every three months. Patrons will find a selection of new and popular books in a variety of languages such as Spanish, French, Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), Polish, German, and Russian.
In addition to the FLQ, NLS has developed search tools in BARD to help patrons locate foreign language books.
Language Settings for the BARD Website:
Language Settings for BARD Mobile:
If you would like to receive audiobooks on cartridges in a language other than English, please contact TBBL staff. We can edit your account preferences, so you receive books in your preferred language.
Western fiction is a popular subject category for many TBBL patrons. Favorite writers include:
If you enjoy western stories, you may be interested in exploring books by the following winners and finalists of the Western Writers of America's Spur Award. The Spur Award honors the best in American Western literature.
Summary: In the days before the Civil War, newly minted doctor Philip "Doc" Hancock travels home to Arkansas to see his family. All believe they have the world at their feet, but war changes their fortunes. After, they must count on each other to rebuild their lives. Violence and strong language. 2018.
Westerns for Younger Readers:
Please contact TBBL staff if you are interested in borrowing books by these suggested authors.
Monday, October 11 – Columbus Day / Indigenous Peoples' Day
Thursday, November 11 – Veterans Day
Thursday, November 25 – Thanksgiving
Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Reader advisors are answering calls between 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Talking Book and Braille Library
Cultural Education Center
222 Madison Avenue
Albany, NY 12230-0001