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Collection Development Policy

Florida Bureau of Braille and Talking Book Library, Daytona Beach, Florida

The Florida Bureau of Braille and Talking Book Library follows the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) 6.1 Selection Policy for Reading Materials, which states: "Regional and subregional libraries provide an additional source of materials by producing books of local and regional interest, and those of recreational or informational interest not provided for in the NLS collection. Network libraries make these titles accessible nationwide by sending bibliographic data to NLS for inclusion in the Union Catalog, and by providing interlibrary loan copies on request.”

Material selection is intended to respond to the educational, informational, and recreational needs of patrons. Program users should have access to the same types of books and information available to the general public through public libraries.

Selection of material is not to be interpreted as an endorsement of the views expressed therein. Items selected, after due deliberation and in accordance with this policy, are reproduced in their entirety and remain in the collection even if they are offensive or unacceptable to some readers. The library follows the American Library Association's Library Bill of Rights and Freedom to Read Statement.

Textbooks, which are not generally part of the NLS collection, are available through nonprofit organizations such as Recording for the Blind, the American Printing House for the Blind, and the National Braille Association. Production time averages 9 months to one year, including multiple steps of narration, monitoring, reviewing, editing, and duplication for audio. Braille production includes creating an accessible copy, transcribing, proofreading, and corrections.

Selection Guidelines:

  1. Regional Interest: Florida authors, subject matter, and award winners are the primary focus of the library’s locally produced materials.
    1. The Sunshine State Young Readers Award (SSYRA) Program is a statewide reading motivational program for students in grades 3 through 8, sponsored by the Florida Department of Education (DOE) and Florida Association for Media in Education (FAME).
    2. Coordinated by the Florida State University Libraries, the Florida Book Awards is the nation’s most comprehensive state book awards program. It was established in 2006 to celebrate the best Florida literature.
  2. Patron Requests: Special interest or accessibility requests will be considered. If local production is not possible, every effort will be made to provide the patron the material through a different medium or cooperation with local public library system.
  3. The Library records material using primarily volunteer narrators. Due to circumstances such as scheduling and other resource limitations, some considerations may be delayed or not selected. All material will be reviewed to ensure the format is able to be laid out in a manner for a clear understanding of the text.
  4. Due to the differing standards of editing, self-published books may not be able to be produced.
  5. Books from an established publisher with favorable reviews in standard reviewing sources (i.e. Booklist, Library Journal, School Library Journal) are given precedence.
  6. Special collections may be developed, such as Multiple Books on One Cartridge, to meet circulation needs. These will be determined by the local catalog system (Keystone Library Automation System or KLAS) and its listing of popular authors, series, and the unfilled request/reserve queue.
  7. Published, print copies must be available. The Recording and Brailling Consideration Form should be submitted with one copy of the book. If not accepted, the Library will return the book sent for review.

-adapted from NLS Network Library Manual; 6. Book and Magazine Collections; 6.1 Selection Policy for Reading Materials, April 7, 2017