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Spring 2015

This newsletter is available in Braille, or via email by contacting the library.

Download alternate forms of this newsletter:

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Table of Contents:

New Online Catalog
BARD Mobile App Update
Orbit iBill Curreancy Reader
Transition to Unified English Braille Code
Book Discussion Group
Consumer Advisory Committee Member Openings
Volunteer Spotlight
Interested in Large Print Books?
Silver Screen: Books About Movies
Digital Cartridge Magazines
Utah Produced Digital Cartridge Magazines


New Online Catalog

Effective April 1, 2015, the Utah State Library online catalog for ordering and downloading audio books will have a new look. The new site will be easier to navigate with screen reading software, and will eliminate some issues screen reader users have experienced with the old catalog.

Your user ID and password will remain the same, and the process of downloading an audio book will not change.  If you have questions about using the new catalog or need to set up an account to order materials via the online catalog, please contact the library for help. The website address is http://blindlibrary.utah.gov.

BARD Mobile App Update

The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped is planning to release the Android version of the BARD Mobile app in 2015.

The IOS version of the BARD Mobile app is available and free. It can be used along with a BARD account to download books to be read on an IPad, IPhone, or IPod Touch.

Orbit iBill Currency Reader

 The iBill currency readers are available to all blind and visually impaired individuals, distribution is no longer limited to library patrons. The reader recognizes all U.S. bills in circulation, $1-$100. The iBill is small, roughly half the size of a smart phone. The corner of the bill is fitted into a slot on the reader, where it is scanned. Within seconds the denomination is announced. The denomination announcement can be set to a verbal or tonal response, depending on user preference. The process to request an iBill currency reader has changed.  You will need to fill out and mail in an application to receive one. The application is available from one of the following websites:
http://loc.gov/nls/other/currencyreader/index.html or

You may call the Bureau of Engraving and Printing to report an iBill problem or request an application; the phone number is: 1-844-815-9388.

Transition to Unified English Braille Code

The date for implementing the production of braille in Unified English Braille (UEB) code is January 4, 2016, the 207th birthday of Louis Braille. The move to UEB is being implemented at the national level by the National Library Service, Library of Congress. We will also use UEB for our Utah produced braille materials. UEB code will use the same six dot cell pattern that braille readers are familiar with; primarily, the changes are in the rules for spacing and the discontinuation of some contractions. More information about UEB braille can be found on the Braille Authority of North America (BANA) website: http://www.brailleauthority.org/. We anticipate receiving handouts from the National Library Service about UEB changes as the transition date approaches.

Book Discussion Group

Our online book club reads and discusses a book every other month, with the next discussion in May. The title we are reading is Still Alice by Lisa Genova. The synopsis of the book is: As she turns fifty and begins experiencing odd lapses of memory, Harvard psychology professor Alice Howland gets the life-altering diagnosis of early-onset Alzheimer's disease. Her lecturing and traveling for work, and her relationships with her scientist husband and grown children, morph along with the disease. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2007.

Julianne Moore won the 2015 Best Actress Oscar in the movie based on this book.

The book discussion will be held Tuesday, May 12, 2015 from 2:00-3:00 pm. You can participate in the discussion online, via your computer, or over the phone. For more information, and to sign up to borrow a copy of the digital book to read for the discussion, please contact the library.

Consumer Advisory Committee Member Openings

The Consumer Advisory Committee of the Utah State Library for the Blind and Disabled meets twice a year. The purpose of the Consumer Advisory Committee is to provide feedback and advice to the library about services provided by the library. The committee may also make recommendations about library services to the Utah State Library Board. The Consumer Advisory Committee does not set policy or establish rules or regulations for the library. Consumer Advisory meetings are either held electronically or at the State Library building in Salt Lake.

There are 4 positions currently open. One of the positions is for a patron with a learning disability, one is for a patron with a physical disability, one is for a patron with a visual disability and one is for the parent of a child patron of the Library. Appointment to this Committee involves a 4 year commitment, which begins in the Fall of 2015.

If you are a Utah patron of the Library for the Blind and Disabled or the parent of a child Utah patron and would like to serve on this Advisory Committee, please send a letter of interest and a brief resume by May 1, 2015 to:

Julie Anderson
Utah State Library for the Blind and Disabled
250 North 1950 West, Suite A
Salt Lake City, UT  84116-7901

Or email her at

Volunteer Spotlight

Thomas T. Williams

Tom Williams passed away on March 7, 2015, a few days shy of his birthday. Tom was a dedicated and reliable reader and editor in our recording studio for more than 5 years. He narrated more than 100 books and worked as the editor on many more. He generously shared his vast knowledge of the recording software and the processes of reading and editing books with others needing his help.  According to his fellow reader, David Toronto, Tom was “the heart and soul of the reading program.” Tom had a degree in linguistics, and his love for words and the structure of language made for many interesting conversations. Tom continued working in our recording studio until early this year. We miss his dry sense of humor and cheerful presence in our recording rooms. Rest in peace, Tom.

Interested in Large Print Books?

The large print book collection continues to grow! You may now choose from nearly 14,000 titles covering a variety of fiction genres and nonfiction topics. The books are printed using 14 to 16 point font, depending on the publisher. Books will come to you in zippered mailing pouches specially designed for secure sending and easy returning. The check out period is up to 8 weeks.

You can request printed catalogs listing the large print books by genres such as romances, mystery and detective novels, western and adventure stories, biographies, history, and more. You can also search for available titles in our large print book collection via our online catalog, by selecting large type media. If you would like more information or want to sign up to receive large print books, please contact the library.

Silver Screen: Books About Movies

Do our movies shape our culture or does our culture shape our movies? Whichever you think is correct, movies are one of the most influential art forms in our world. Whether you want to know more about that influence or just like reading about your favorite star, chances are the Library will have something for you. Here are just a few examples from our collection:

DB078869 The Greatest Movies You'll Never See.
Films that were never released.

DB079606 Robert Redford: The Biography.
Biography of one of Utah’s biggest stars.

DB074277 The Garner Files.
James Garner recounts his reluctant route to stardom.

DB067367 Leni: The Life and Work of Leni Riefenstahl.
Biography of the influential and controversial German filmmaker.

DB071337 The Men Who Would Be King.
The founding and eventual failure of the Dreamworks studio.

DB073776 Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend.
From a 1918 battlefield through the 1950’s.

DB078587 The $11 Billion Year: From Sundance to the Oscars.
2012 was a record breaking year for domestic ticket sales.

DB076434 The Big Screen: The Story of the Movies.
A history of the movies that also assesses their influence on society.

Digital Cartridge Magazines

The loan period for magazines circulated in cartridge format has recently increased. The loan period for cartridges containing weekly magazines only has increased from one week to three weeks. The loan period for cartridges containing both monthly and weekly magazines has increased from four weeks to seven weeks. The loan period for magazines does not include two weeks of travel time, one week for the magazine to travel from the producer to patrons, and one week for the magazine to travel from patrons back to the producer.

With mailing time, the weekly magazine loan period is now a total of five weeks from delivery to return. The monthly magazine loan period including the mailing time is now nine weeks from delivery to return. If you are not currently subscribed to receive magazines and would like to be, please contact the library. If you are subscribed to magazines and would like to cancel one or more of your subscriptions, please contact the library.

Utah Produced Digital Cartridge Magazines

This summer the library will begin using  peach colored cartridges for the magazines produced locally. The peach colored cartridge will have the same shape and labeling as the cartridges that are currently used, and will play in the digital playback equipment just as the other cartridges do. Some of the magazines titles that will be put onto the peach cartridges include: Utah Historical Quarterly, Salt Lake City Magazine, Sunset, Wyoming Wildlife, and Utah Valley Magazine. The peach cartridge magazines will need to be returned to the library when you are finished reading them. If you would like to subscribe to one of the magazines mentioned in this article, please contact the library.


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The See Note Newsletter is provided by the Utah State Library Division, a division of the Utah Department of Heritage and Arts.

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