[nfbwatlk] FW: [Dtb-talk] FW: Perkins SHELF Project Offers Free Book Downloads

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Wed Aug 31 20:15:33 UTC 2011

This release is being distributed today through Perkins media outlets:

For Immediate Release

August 31, 2011
CONTACT:  Marilyn Rea Beyer
marilynrea.beyer at Perkins.org

Perkins SHELF Project Offers Free Book Downloads

Audio books from Perkins Braille & Talking Book Library are now online.

Watertown, MA - The Perkins Braille and Talking Book Library (the Library)
is the first in the nation to offer patrons The SHELF Project, a new
download service for digital audio books produced at Perkins own recording
studio on the Perkins School for the Blind campus in Watertown, MA. 

The SHELF Project (SHared ELectronic Files) provides an online catalog of
locally-recorded digital audio books, plus the capacity to download and play
them on a variety of devices available to eligible Library patrons.
Individuals who are unable to read standard print materials may be eligible
to use Perkins SHELF and other free services from the Library. Eligibility
details are online at www.perkinslibrary.org.

Massachusetts is the first state to make its locally-produced audio books
available on the national SHELF Project developed by Keystone Systems. Other
libraries' content will soon come onboard and users will have access to that
content in addition to Massachusetts titles. Talking book versions of
national best-sellers and other high-demand books are available through the
Library's affiliation with the Library of Congress in Washington, DC. Books
by local authors and titles of particular interest to Massachusetts readers
are recorded by volunteer narrators at Perkins Watertown recording studios. 

Interested borrowers can access Perkins SHELF Project through the Library's
online catalog www.perkinslibrary.org. Using the Perkins SHELF Project,
patrons can browse the collection and download a desired title immediately.
"We at Perkins Braille and Talking Book Library are very excited that this
is the first library to make locally-recorded titles available to borrowers
for download through Perkins SHELF," says Kim Charlson, Library Director.
"We worked with Keystone Systems, the provider for our Library's automation
system, to incorporate this functionality into our already existing online
catalog for user convenience."

Keystone Systems, Inc., in Raleigh, N.C. is a leading provider of software
and services for libraries with distinctive needs. "The SHELF Project will
be a repository for sharing locally recorded titles from across the country.
The fact that Perkins has taken the lead on the SHELF Project will be
instrumental to its success. Without their expertise, feedback, input and
support, it would not have been possible to launch such an ambitious
program," says James Burts, Executive Vice President, Keystone Systems.
States that have already committed to putting their titles on SHELF include
Utah, Idaho, Colorado, Missouri, Vermont, Maryland, plus the Braille
Institute of America in southern California. Several other states will soon
add their locally-produced titles to the SHELF Project. More than one
thousand titles will be available for Perkins and other states' libraries on
the service. 

Patrons can email download-support at perkins.org or call (617) 972-7240 for
details about Perkins SHELF Project.

Perkins School for the Blind, the nation's first school for students who are
blind or visually disabled, provides education and services to help build
productive, meaningful lives for 145,000 children and adults who are blind
or deafblind, including those with additional disabilities in the U.S. and
65 countries worldwide. Founded in 1829, Perkins pursues this mission around
the world, in the community, and on campus. Learn more online at

Keystone Systems, Inc., a leading provider of accessible library software
since 1983, provides software and service solutions to libraries with
complex demands. Keystone developers have created a powerful, yet elegant
library automation system, which has the flexibility to meet the specific
needs of special, academic, and public libraries. For more information about
Keystone Systems or KLAS, visit www.klas.com.


For more information on Keystone Systems, Inc., contact: Andrea Ewing
Callicutt 800-222-9711 or acallic at klas.com

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