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Interchange Newsletter

Spring 2024







Changes to National Audio Magazine Distribution

The Talking Book and Braille Service (TBBS) has been chosen by the National Library Service (NLS) to participate in a pilot program to transition nationally-produced magazines from the Magazine on Cartridge (MOC) program to our in-house Duplication on Demand system. This pilot began March 1st, 2024.

Previously, TBBS relied on distributors to send nationally-produced magazines to you through the MOC program. These magazines came on a blue cartridge in a red box, and were sent from states outside Nebraska.

Now, those nationally-produced magazines will be sent to you directly from TBBS in Lincoln, Nebraska. These magazine cartridges will be identical to the book cartridges that you are used to receiving from us, which are peach colored cartridges that arrive in a white box. This distribution change will have no effect on the content of the magazines.

Currently, the cartridge introduction states that the cartridge “contains several books.” The introduction mentioning books will be present even if the contents of the cartridge are magazines. We appreciate your patience as we work with NLS and the other pilot libraries to update this message.

This change will allow for faster check-ins of your returning magazines, which should decrease the time it takes for you to receive new issues. Whenever you return your old magazines to us, a new issue will be automatically sent out, provided that a new issue is available.

Currently, this change only affects nationally-produced magazine titles. Our locally-produced magazines and newsletter will still arrive in a gray box, with a mailcard that needs to be flipped over when returning to us.

Our bimonthly audio catalog, Talking Book Topics, will continue to be mailed in its regular cardboard packet from outside Nebraska for the time being.

If you have any questions, or would like to subscribe to any audio magazines, please give us a call at 800-742-7691 or 402-471-4038. We can also be reached by email at nlc.talkingbook@nebraska.gov.


Magazine Update

American History will no longer be available as a print publication for our producers to narrate. The Spring 2024 issue will be the last issue available to our patrons in audio.


Patron Engagement Survey

Included in this issue is a Patron Engagement Survey. The National Library Service requires us to gather patron feedback once every three years.

You may respond to the survey by mail, by email, or online. You may also call and complete the survey over the phone with your Reader Advisor. However you choose to answer, your responses will be anonymous.

Please visit this link to complete the survey online: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2024talkingbooksurvey

Please complete the survey by May 31st, 2024. We appreciate you taking the time to share your thoughts and opinions with us.


New Books Added to Our Collection

DBC01891 In Reach by Pamela Carter Joern. In writing both rich and evocative, Pamela Carter Joern conjures the small plains town of Reach, Nebraska, where residents are stuck tight in the tension between loneliness and the risks of relationships. In the town of Reach connections may happen in surprising ways or lie achingly beyond grasp. Chosen as one of the 150 notable Nebraska books. Some strong language. Some descriptions of sex. Some violence. Adult Fiction.

DB115614 Running Dreams: An Immigrant’s Hurdles and Triumphs, After Blindness and Amputation by Carlos R. Servan. Nebraska Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired’s Executive Director, Carlos Servan’s memoir about overcoming adversity. After a life-changing injury, Carlos immigrates to the US, facing poverty, loneliness, and cultural barriers. Adult Nonfiction.

These locally-produced audiobooks, and more, can be found here. A complete listing of audio magazines – including new subscriptions! – can be found here.

Order Form and Mailing Instructions

Mark the books and magazines you wish to order, then put this page into an envelope and mail to:

Nebraska Library Commission
Talking Book and Braille Service
The Atrium, 1200 N St, Ste 120
Lincoln, Nebraska 68508-2023
(402) 471-4038 | (800) 742-7691

You can also order online by going to https://forms.gle/VPkHcXP4tnxYPMas7.