Jenny Levine, The Shifted Librarian announces ListenIllinois, a project with 12 Illinois libraries in partnership with ListenOhio, a collaborative multi-type library project which enables libraries to offer their patrons digital audiobooks from Audible.com. Libraries from three Illinois library systems are participating: Suburban Library System, Heritage Trail Library System, and DuPage Library System. Congratulations to Jenny on a truly innovative, and trail-blazing effort! Be sure to read today's entry for more details on this exciting project! Go, Jenny, go!
Denise Koufogiannakis from the University of Alberta was generous to share some information their library uses on cataloging PDA resources. She and colleagues have an article which will be published in 2005 by Haworth Press, but you can access the article on the Alberta website. Here is what Denise has to say: "Hello all,
At the University of Alberta we do catalogue PDA resources, particularly titles we loan that are on expansion cards. We discuss this in an article which was completed this past summer, but which won't be published until January 2005 in the Acquisitions Librarian. However, we do have permission from Haworth to post a pre-print of the final copy on our website, which you can find at:
VISUALLY IMPAIRED PERSONS INVITED TO TRY “INFO-EYES” ONLINE REFERENCE SERVICE
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois—Visually impaired persons in a number of states are being asked to participate in a six-month pilot project involving an online information and virtual reference service designed specifically for the visually impaired.
“Info-Eyes” (http://www.infoeyes.org.) allows a visually impaired customer to get assistance using the Internet, finding information on the Internet and in periodical databases and reader advisory service. Librarians will provide services that include voice over IP, co-browsing, and application sharing. Customers will be asked to evaluate the service and resources to help librarians in developing the service. Hours of service will be posted on the web page. If customers want service outside of those hours, they can schedule an appointment or a reference session.
The project was developed under the leadership of the Illinois State Library Talking Book and Braille Service, with Question Point Enhanced software and resources provided by the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC). Libraries participating in the project, which will run from January to July 2004, include: the Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library in New York City, the Indiana School for the Blind, the Iowa Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, the Library of Congress, Maine State Library Outreach, Illinois State Library, Mid-Illinois Talking Book Center, Nevada Talking Book Services, Perkins Braille and Talking Book Library, Southern Illinois Talking Book Center, Texas State Library and Archives Commission, and the Wolfner Library for the Blind in Missouri.
As the project develops, more information will be posted on the website. Tom Peters of TAP Information Services is the project evaluator and will write an evaluation of the project, which will be made available when the project ends. Persons with questions about the service may contact Sharon Ruda (firstname.lastname@example.org) of the Illinois State Library Talking Book and Braille Service, Lori Bell (email@example.com) of the Mid-Illinois Talking Book Center or Diana Brawley Sussman (firstname.lastname@example.org) of the Southern Illinois Talking Book Center.
The Illinois State Library Talking Book and Braille Service is also overseeing and participating in a one-year, multi-state pilot project offering digital talking books to visually impaired and physically challenged library users.