INSIGHT

A MONTHLY NEWSLETTER OF THE SPECIAL NEEDS LIBRARY OF NORTHEAST GEORGIA

The Special Needs Library of Northeast Georgia is a part of your public library and the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, serving Banks, Barrow, Clarke, Elbert, Franklin, Greene, Gwinnett, Habersham, Hancock, Hart, Jackson, Jasper, Madison, Morgan, Oconee, Oglethorpe, Putnam, Rabun, Stephens, Walton and White counties. We do not endorse any product or service mentioned in this newsletter.

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Email: specialneedslibrary@athenslibrary.org

Staff: Stacey Chandler, Lavern Gordon, Claudia Markov, Pete Hayek


FEBRUARY 2005

Flash Technology: The Perfect Fit for NLS

The format for future digital books produced by NLS will be “flash memory” cartridges. NLS considered the CD format but quickly learned from patrons the difficulty of handling CD’s and how easily they are damaged. CD players are fragile as well and repairs are expensive.

The flash memory cartridges will be about 2 x 3-1/2 inches in size and thicker than a standard credit card. Flash memory is more durable, easier to handle and simpler to use than other digital media. Each cartridge has a “plug” where it connects into the digital playback machine (to be produced by 2008). The cartridge will be big enough to have a print and Braille label with author, title, book number, chronological numbering of the flash cartridge (i.e., 1 of 1; 1 of 2, etc.) and the copyright. An entire cartridge can be played from beginning to end without having to change any switches or turning the cartridge over. The player will always keep track of where the reader left off. Stay tuned for more updates as progress continues at NLS.

Celebrate Black History Month

In Honor of Black History Month, we offer these titles on African-American Heritage and the Civil Rights Movement.

Braille Literacy

NLS has updated this reference circular which lists instructional materials, supplies and writing equipment currently available for learning Braille, and cites sources about Braille literacy. The resources given are intended to assist sighted individuals who are interested in learning Braille or want to transcribe print materials into Braille; instructors who teach Braille; persons with visual impairments who are interested in learning to read and write Braille; and family members, friends and professionals who desire information about Braille literacy. Give us a call if you would like to request reference circular No. 04-03.

Braille International, Inc. offers a free NASCAR racing schedule in Braille. The schedule includes the NASCAR Nextel Cup, NASCAR Busch Series, and Craftsman Truck Series races. For more information, call Linda at (888) 336-3142, or email linda@brailleintl.org

A new set of scripts for JAWS allows for easier web searches with Google. The scripts allow the user to open the Google web site, move to the search field, and navigate easily through the list of search results. For more information, visit www.AccessiblePrograms.com/

Sike’s CD’s

Mr. Ike Alexander, a retired special educator/percussionist extraordinaire, has developed “A MADE-SIMPLE-SELF-TEACHING” tool which has proven highly useful in teaching the visually impaired student! This instructional CD is purely audio-logical and is ideal for visually impaired drummers. If interested in more information, please visit his website at www.cdbaby.com/ikealexander or you can reach him by phone at (706) 568-6100.

HELP!

Many of you still have books needed by other readers. Please return any finished books to us as soon as you can. Returning a title keeps other books coming to you also. So do not wait until all your books are finished but return as each one is done. This will enable everyone to enjoy all our titles.

Romantic Suspense

If you like romantic suspense, try one of these novels!