Partnering with the National Library Service to Provide Materials and Services to People with Print Disabilities

On-Demand
Webinar
Learn how to partner with National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled to provide free reading materials in alternate formats.

Did you know that every state has at least one free talking book library to serve the print-disabled? These libraries serve patrons with low vision or blindness, reading disabilities (i.e. dyslexia, ADHD), or who struggle to comfortably hold a book. The National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled (NLS) believes in its mission—“That All May Read”—and wants to partner with public libraries to ensure that reading is essential and accessible to everyone.

The NLS regional libraries have access to a massive library of hardcopy and downloadable, accessible, navigable audio or braille books, digital playback equipment, and other assistive technology to distribute freely on long-term loan. All material is circulated at no cost through the Free Matter for the Blind postal subsidy. In this free on-demand webinar, learn how to partner with NLS to provide free reading materials in alternate formats to better serve your communities, empowering existing and prospective patrons to benefit as lifelong readers.

PLA members make it possible for us to provide continuing education opportunities like this webinar at no cost. We thank our members for their continuous dedication to the advancement of the public library field and our association.

Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of this on-demand webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled network of libraries around the U.S. and its intersectional mission with public libraries to create and maintain lifelong readers;
  • Empower patrons and stakeholders to apply for and receive free, alternate format, popular reading materials, and long-term loans of assistive technology devices; and
  • Discover the print disability movement and its growing importance, reach, and visibility within the public and library sphere.

Additional Resources

Who Should Attend

This on-demand webinar is intended for all public library staff and stakeholders.

Panelists

Morgan Rose Pershing (she/her) is the assistive technology librarian for the Braille and Talking Books Library in Sacramento, CA. She received her MLIS in 2006 and has since worked in special, academic, and public libraries; served all ages; and held positions from librarian to management. Morgan also teaches classes such as “Graphic Novels for Adults” and “Introduction to Adult Services” for San Jose State University’s MLIS program. She is a Transforming Life after 50 Fellow, a Eureka! Leadership Fellow, and was awarded the California Library Association's Member of the Year in 2018.

Mike Marlin (he/him) has served as the director of the California Braille and Talking Book Library (BTBL) since 2007. He is a legally blind librarian as well as a patron of the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled (NLS), for which BTBL is the Northern California regional library. Mike has worked in public and academic libraries, and in a previous life he was a producer and music host at public and community radio stations on both East and West coasts. Mike is a councilor-at-large for the American Library Association (ALA), where he advocates for accessibility and disability-centered librarianship; and he worked closely with ALA’s Washington Office to lobby for passage and ratification of the Marrakesh Treaty to facilitate cross border sharing of accessible works. In his spare time Mike plays jazz banjo and travels around with his yellow lab guide dog, Teddy.

As library director at Braille Institute, Lisa Lepore (she/her) oversees services in support of the call, “That All May Read,” the motto of the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled. Lisa sees librarianship as a public good and is dedicated to accessible libraries and the practice and pleasure of a reading life. Prior to Braille Institute, Lisa was library director at Antioch University, Los Angeles, and holds an MLIS (UCLA) and an MFA (Antioch University).

Presented By:

Event tags:
Equity, Diversity & Inclusion
Free
On-Demand
Online
Programs & Services
Public Library
Rural Library
Tribal Library
Urban Library
Webinar
May 22, 2024
1:00 - 2:00pm CDT

Vimeo

Free
Upcoming Events
12
Jun
Forum
Meeting

AASL will hold its annual virtual membership meeting on Wednesday, June 12, at 6:00 p.m. Central. The membership meeting

13
Jun
eLearning

The Baltimore Elementary and Middle School Library Project is a testament to what is possible when public, private, and

25
Jun
28
Jun
Conference

ACRL invites you to RBMS Momentum - Rare Books, Manuscripts, and Special Collections for an immersive exploration of how

25
Jun
28
Jun
Conference

An immersive exploration of how we can leverage the invaluable lessons, experiences, and progress of the past three

26
Jun
eLearning
Webinar

Learn how to help overcome barriers and consistently provide resources and support to African American writers.

27
Jun
02
Jul
Conference

Join us for top-quality education and best practices; featured thought leaders; and special programming for library

29
Jun
ALA Events

Tour of Geisel Library at UC San Diego with RMRT - Registration Required

29
Jun
ALA Events

RMRT Membership Meeting

29
Jun
ALA Events

RMRT Book Discussion: Our book discussions are an opportunity to share different books with a common theme. Come to our

30
Jun
ALA Events

Lecture by San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance and the Library at Beckman Conservation Science Center

01
Jul
31
Jul
eLearning

Learn about the ALA Ecosystem Initiative, an effort to strengthen library advocacy across library types through

09
Jul
eLearning

July 2024 Learning Live: READCON: A Curriculum for Library Readiness, Advocacy, and Community Empowerment During

10
Jul
eLearning
Webinar

Atypical managers share their strategies for success, tools for immediate action, and techniques for self-acceptance.

15
Jul
25
Aug
eLearning

In this eCourse, respected authority Hilda Weisburg will give school librarians concrete strategies for demonstrating

15
Jul
12
Aug
eLearning

"Who Manages, Who Leads Part Two" is a four-week program for managers and leaders to learn advanced theory and practice

23
Jul
eLearning
Webinar

Learn how to grow dementia-inclusive service in public libraries of all sizes, financial capacities, and community