[nfbwatlk] Fwd: [Chapter-presidents] NLS Oral History Project

Mike Freeman k7uij at panix.com
Tue Jun 14 15:52:08 UTC 2011

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> From: "Ewell, Jason" <JEwell at nfb.org>
> Date: June 14, 2011 5:33:42 PDT
> To: "Chapter-Presidents at NFBNet.org" <Chapter-Presidents at NFBNet.org>
> Cc: "Morman, Ed" <EMorman at nfb.org>
> Subject: [Chapter-presidents] NLS Oral History Project
> Reply-To: NFB Chapter Presidents discussion list <chapter-presidents at nfbnet.org>

> Chapter presidents:
> Are you and some of your chapter members patrons of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped? Would you like to help the NLS with a project? Ed Morman, Director of our Jacobus tenBroek Library at the Jernigan Institute, describes one way that we can show our appreciation for NLS's years of high-quality service to the blind. Please pass this announcement along to your chapter members. Here is what Ed says:
> MaryBeth Wise, a network consultant at the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, has begun work on an oral history project about the NLS.  The purpose of this project is to create a historical record of the personal stories, challenges, and triumphs experienced in the development of the Braille and Talking Books programs.  Ms. Wise is particularly interested in the transition to digital technology and wishes to interview a sampling of stakeholders in the work of the NLS-including NLS staff, narrators, and, of course, patrons of the service.
> In order to speak with as many NLS patrons as possible in a short period of time. Ms. Wise is planning to join us in Orlando, where she hopes to interview a cross-section of Federationists who use NLS services.  Ms. Wise has already interviewed Marc and Patricia Maurer, both of whom enthusiastically support her efforts.
> I am writing to you today to ask you to identify NLS patrons in your affiliate who might be interested in being interviewed.  Ms. Wise would like to speak with long-time patrons who accessed audio books on disc, cassette, and digital formats, as well as younger patrons who began accessing NLS services more recently. She is also interested in individuals with varying levels of experience with computers and technology-from those who do not have internet access and do not use computers at all, to individuals who use many technologies to access information. The interviews will be one-on-one and will last approximately 30 to 45 minutes.
> Individuals interested in scheduling an oral history interview should contact MaryBeth Wise at 301-651-6861 or by email at mbwise1 at verizon.net<mailto:mbwise1 at verizon.net>.  Interviews will be scheduled throughout the convention at any time other than when general sessions are happening.  The room is not yet set, but it will be in a convenient place in the convention hotel.
> Thank you for your cooperation.
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