Announcements and Notices

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Topic for June’s Many Faces of BARD program

The topic for The Many Faces of BARD program on June 8, 2023, will be BARD: Advanced Search Tips from an Expert. The program will begin at 7:00 p.m. eastern time and last for one hour. This program will be recorded.

For this session, our presenter will be Catherine O’Connor, a Collections Development Section librarian with more than 30 years of experience. Internally, she is our go-to person for search tips and tricks. After the presentation, we will answer questions about the presentation or any general BARD questions. 

The session can be joined by going to  The complete Zoom invitation is below.

The Many Faces of BARD is open to all patrons as well as network librarians, so we encourage you to spread the word about this program on social media, in your newsletters, on your websites, and in your other outreach efforts.

Notice to attendees:

Remember that the meeting is recorded. Do not speak if you do not wish to be on the recording. If you wish to speak, you may request to do so by raising your hand. On a PC, press Alt Y to toggle raising and lowering your hand; on a Mac, press Option Y; and if dialing in via telephone, press Star 9. To mute or unmute yourself on a PC, press Alt A; on a Mac, press Command-Shift A; and on a telephone, press Star 6. If you choose to dial in to the call, use the telephone numbers provided below. The ID will not work with standard

Meeting URL:  
Meeting ID: 161 280 7633
Passcode: 508262
Join by Telephone
Dial: +1 646 828 7666 US (New York)
+1 646 964 1167 US (US Spanish Line)
Meeting ID:         161 280 7633

NLS: Braille on Demand: Get 5 each month to keep

You may request up to 5 titles per month with the updated Braille on Demand program from NLS, these are books you can keep!
The form to request a braille-on-demand book can be found at
Patrons may complete the form themselves or contact their network library for assistance. They may also contact NLS Reference at for assistance in completing the form.

Longer Book Descriptions

NLS is now using publisher-provided book descriptions for new titles added to the collection in Braille Book Review, Talking Book Topics, and on BARD and in the catalog.
These publisher descriptions are longer and present richer, more detailed book descriptions to NLS patrons that is routinely used by other libraries and book providers. These descriptions provide more insight into book topics and will make it easier for patrons to identify and search titles of interest.

Continued audio and braille production delays

NLS continues to experience book and magazine production delays that impact the timely upload of materials to BARD and the physical distribution of materials to patrons. The delays have been caused by ongoing problems with the new production and inventory control system that NLS began using last year. Producers are diligently working through the resulting backlog, with priority being given to new books added to the collection and bestsellers. We apologize for the impact these production delays are having on patrons, and assure you that we are working with all parties to reduce the backlog as quickly as possible.

New Improved NLS Catalog

Finding your next great read is easier than ever with the new NLS Catalog search features! NLS Catalog boasts a new, clean design and advanced search functionality, direct links to BARD from catalog listings for quick downloads, and for the first time, patrons can directly request books to add to our collection! Patrons will also find links to contact a librarian and other resources to get the most out of NLS. Start exploring the catalog here:

Get NLS News in your Inbox!

Want to get the latest news and updates from the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled? NLS’s Patron Engagement Section now hosts an announce-only listserv that will include announcements about NLS programs, services, and products that might be of interest to patrons. New announcements will be posted to the list few times a week. If you are interested in signing up for this listserv, please send your name and email address to the Patron Engagement Section at You will be able to unsubscribe yourself from the list at any time. So email now!

Getting Help Downloading

Technology is wonderful when it works. However, when something goes wrong, sometimes it can seem as though it takes forever to get the right help.

Email for immediate help straight from the experts. Be sure to include the email address you use for BARD/BARD Express and specific details about what device you are using, and what error messages you are getting. You cannot give too much information!

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