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Attention: All patrons who order talking books online

September 18, 2012

Our talking book center has been notified of an issue with our Online Public Access Catalog – OPAC.


If you reserve a book through the OPAC, and it is book that is only available as a direct download from the National Library Service for the Blind Physically Handicapped Braille and Audio Reading Download – BARD- it is put on your request list.  Because it is a “download only” book, you will not get this book through the mail from a Talking Book Library. Currently there is no way to stop this. Our circulation system vender has assured us a new version of the OPAC will have a change in place to stop this from happening.

If you order books through the talking book OPAC, we suggest you use the “advanced search” and limit the choice to “AVAILABLE ITEMS” only. This will stop any book that is “download only” from being added to your request list.

Please continue to use the OPAC. Look for numbers that begin with 69 or higher since these numbers are more likely to be available. Also, choose books that start with the letters DB for Digital Book. These books are recorded in the newest format and are compatible with the digital talking book machine that is available at this time.

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