Maine State Library Outreach

Contact: Megan Humphrey
312-280-4020
mhumphrey@ala.org

For Immediate Release
December 2002

Maine State Library Outreach: You CAN get there from here @ your library™


"You CAN get there from here . . .@ your library™" is the message that Maine State Library Outreach is sending out to blind, visually impaired, and geographically isolated citizens throughout the state.

Outreach Services provides Books By Mail, Talking Books, and Large Print materials to the people who need them, and now it's going digital.

Books By Mail--which has been in existence since 1981, when it replaced the bookmobiles--will soon be available via Maine InfoNet. The service is in the process of joining Minerva, the state's online consortium, which means that by Summer of 2003 anyone who is without a full-service library can request their materials interactively online. Current Books By Mail users will be getting a survey in January which will gather email addresses and important feedback as to how citizens think the service should work.

Talking Books users can now request their books online, using an interactive form. Titles and book numbers can be found using the National Library Service Web site; the information can then be entered into a form on the Maine State Library Outreach Services' Web site. Both sites are accessible to the blind and others using screen reader technology or web braille.

Awareness about the resources available through the Maine Online Databases will be a part of MSL Outreach efforts to help users see how "You CAN get there from here . . . @ your library." For more information, see the MSLO web site at www.maine.gov/msl/outreach.