Braille & Talking Book Program | Collections
The following formats are available to the patrons of the South Dakota Braille & Talking Book Program:
- Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD)
- Braille and Talking Book Online Catalog (WebOPAC)
- Descriptive Video
- Latest Books
- Web-Braille: Catalog Information
The South Dakota Braille & Talking Book Program (B&TB) maintains a small Braille collection. Most of the Braille books in the collection are braille children's books. A large portion are books with both print and Braille (twin vision).
Most Braille books are provided directly to South Dakota borrowers from the Western Braille Center in Salt Lake City.
The B&TB Program has a contract with the Utah Braille and Talking Book Program for additional braille books. The Utah B&TB has the largest braille collection in the world and can be used by any of our library patrons who can read braille. Once the application process is complete, a staff person will work with you on the ordering process. If you have any question or comments please email firstname.lastname@example.org .
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BARD: Braille & Audio Reading Download
Download talking books from home!
Your SD Braille & Talking Book Program digital player will play downloaded books from BARD (Braille and Audio Reading Download)
BARD has over 20,000 digital books and 40 digital magazines!
Download from BARD twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week!
- A high-speed Internet connection
- An email address
- USB standard flash drives (flash drive insert located on right side of digital player behind headphone plug-in)
- Knowledge of navigating the Web, filling out online forms, downloading large items and unzipping files
Contact the Braille & Talking Book Program to find out how to download books from BARD: 1-800-423-6665
The Braille and Talking Book WebOPAC is an Internet based online catalog and ordering site. If you are a registered patron of the B&TB Program, you can now have access to our full holdings catalog in one place at any time.
To use this web site, you must have an Internet connection. The site can be read by most available Internet web browsers. Special care has been taken to make this site accessible for most technology.
To order books from the site:
- you will need to call the B&TB Program at 1-800-423-6665
- Verify your ten-digit identification number for your account, and
- Obtain a password.
When you enter the online catalog, the system will not prompt you for your User ID and Password until you order a book.
Anyone may check the WebOPAC and search by author, title, subject, narrator, series, and annotation. However, only active library patrons with a User ID and a Password may order books.
For first time users there is a help button on the bottom of the catalog screen. This may be helpful in using the on-line system. If you have questions about this exciting new part of our service, or would like a User ID and Password, please call us toll-free at 1-800-423-6665 or e-mail email@example.com .
Borrow great blockbuster movies on DVD from the South Dakota Braille and Talking Book Program! The movies are especially for the enjoyment of people who are blind or visually impaired. The movies carefully describe the visual elements of the movie-action, characters, locations, costumes, and sets-without interfering with the dialogue or sound effects. To enjoy these movies and hear the descriptions, all you need is a regular DVD player and a television.
- You may borrow one or two movies at a time and put others on your request list
- The loan period is two weeks. We have only one copy of each movie so please return videos promptly so that others have a chance to enjoy them too.
- There is a replacement fee (the cost of replacement plus a $7.00 processing fee) for damaged or lost DVDs.
- If you are experiencing trouble with the videos or have any questions about descriptive videos, please contact the Braille and Talking Book Program at 1-800-423-6665, option 1 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org .
Many periodicals are available in a variety of formats. Contact Braille and Talking Book Program at 1-800-423-6665 or e-mail email@example.com for more information about available magazines including a list of magazines both free and by paid subscription.
Various professional sports schedules are available each year shortly before the start of each sport's season. Listings of games for six national sports leagues: American Baseball League, National Baseball League, National Basketball Association, National Football League, National Hockey League, and Women's National Basketball Association.
Web-Braille is a free Braille book and magazine delivery service available through the Internet. Only qualified Library for the Blind users can access it. With Web-Braille, you can go onto the Internet and download your own copy of a book in Braille format. There are over 1,000 titles available for younger readers, with over 4,400 total titles available. You will need access to the Internet, an e-mail address, and a Braille output device. Web Braille can be read on any machine that has a Braille display. After you sign up, you will receive instructions by e-mail.
What is available to download?
- Books. The books currently available include press-braille books produced by NLS since 1992. A few hundred older titles are also available. Titles not included are grade 1, foreign-language, and print/braille books.
- Magazines. All NLS-produced braille magazines are available on Web Braille. To download magazines, go to the current online issue of Braille Book Review , then go to the bottom of the page, to “Braille Magazines.” Follow this link to download magazines. Get notification by e-mail when the latest edition of your magazine is available on Web Braille!
- Music materials. Web Braille music includes music scores and books about music, popular music lead sheets, and a music magazine.
- Sports schedules. Baseball, basketball, football, and hockey sports schedules are available to download online. They are found in the latest version of Braille Book Review , in the Braille magazines area, at the bottom of that page.
To register for Web-Braille, eligible program users must first contact their cooperating network library and provide the library with an e-mail address and a six-to-eight-character password. When the subscription is activated, the new subscriber will receive access instructions by e-mail.
Braille and Talking Book Strategic Plan 2015-2018
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Volume 10, Issue 3 | Fall 2015
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