Talking Books News

Assistive Technology Conference of New England (ATCNE)

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On Friday, November 30, 2018, the ATCNE was held at the Crowne Plaza hotel in Warwick, RI. "The Assistive Technology Conference of New England is dedicated to technology, people with disabilities, families and professionals. Since 1988, Rhode Island’s annual conference on assistive technology has offered state-of-the-art workshops, information and exhibits on the technologies that enhance and change the lives of persons with disabilities of all ages. Attended each year by hundreds from Rhode Island, New England, and beyond, the conference focuses on uses of technology in education, communication, employment, recreation, home, and independent living." (ATCNE, 2018)

New England and Rhode Island Library Association Joint Conference 2018

Marilyn Stevenson of New Hampshire, Vincent Livoti of Vermont and Alicia Waters of Rhode Island presented “A Tale of Three Cities: Spotlight on Special Services” at the NELA (New England Library Association) and RLIA (Rhode Island Library Association) Annual Conference in October. The presentation focused on several National Library Service initiatives, including Duplication on Demand, increasing access to digital services and rural outreach programs. It was followed by a lively question-and-answer period from a full audience. Each regional librarian highlighted work in their own respective states and connected those efforts to the broader goals of the NLS. This group project helped increase regional awareness to the depth and breadth of the services we provide across New England and around the country.

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NLS and Its Library Network Look to the Future at the Nashville Conference.
The National Library Services (NLS) has proposed a number of great initiatives for the improvement of NLS services. Read more about this in the July-September NLS Newsletter article.

Marrakesh Signed Into Law
S. 2559, the "Marrakesh Treaty Implementation Act," which provides for the implementation of the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired or Otherwise Print Disabled was signed into law by President, Donald J. Trump on October 10, 2018.

Talking Times Fall 2018
The Fall 2018 edition of the Talking Books Library and the RI Office & Information Services newsletter is now available. The newsletter includes information about IN-SIGHT book club, services for veterans, and much more.

Making the Promise of Marrakesh a Reality
Countries that ratify the Marrakesh Treaty add provisions in their copyright laws to permit reproduction and distribution of books in accessible formats. NLS Director Karen Keninger has been in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, this week for a meeting of the Libraries Serving Persons with Print Disabilities (LPD) section of IFLA, the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions. [August 30, 2018]

National Library Service Newsletter (NLS)
To find out what is happening at NLS and how they are working to improve programs and services for members, visit the NLS website site where you can also gain access to the archives of all previous newsletters.

2019 Rhode Island Latino Books Month Nominees
Here are the 2019 Rhode Island Latino books month nominees. You may download some of these titles from BARD. For questions, call us at 401-574-9310 or email us.