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Conference Chairs Meeting, November 19, 2014

Recorded by: Sharon Ruda

NLS Staff Present:

Richard Smith, Chief, Network Division
Steve Prine, Assistant Chief, Network Division
Vickie Collins, Head, Network Services Section
Meredith Beckhardt, Head, Reference Section
Paula Bahmani,

Network Chairs:

Sharon Ruda, Midlands Conference
Adam Szczepaniak, Northern Conference
Barbara Penegor, Southern Conference (for Craig Hayward)
Debbi MacLeod, Western Conference

NLS Updates: Richard Smith suggested that librarians post additional questions to LBPH before the next weeks call. Federal government is still under continuing resolution.

Thanks to the new reporting system, all of the network libraries sent in the statistics in a timely fashion so information will be up on the web site in a couple of months (instead of the years delay in the past).

Conference chairs questions and issues:

North Question: Updates on blank cartridges – What is the schedule?

NLS Answer: Distribution has been pushed back to April, working on final distribution numbers to libraries.

North Question: Update on Android – Is there a schedule yet?

NLS Answer: By the end of December, beta testing will begin with non-NLS individuals.

South Question: Recall numbers – Is there a firm number for recall yet?

NLS Answer: It hasn’t been finalized but will be less than original number.

South Question: Non-NLS braille books XESS – Can a school ship books to the same address as NLS books?

NLS Answer: It should be a local decision as to where to send the books. NLS will double check but they believe only NLS books can be sent through the braille XESS process.

South Question: WebReads transition – Is there a schedule of libraries to be followed in the transition process?

NLS Answer: Libraries will be involved per a list from NLS. Those libraries will be asked to complete transition by February.

West Question: What’s status of DTBM battery testers for repair groups and technicians?

NLS Answer: John Brown from engineering will answer next week at the monthly call.

West Question: What’s status of national outreach campaign?

NLS Answer: Jane said each region will report on it for the committee. She will talk about it at the next meeting.

Midlands Question: What is the status of delivery of currency reader?

NLS Answer: NLS hopes to start shipping currency readers in December. About 11,000 NLS patrons have them on order. MSC will send them out. PIMMS record will show when they have been sent to the patrons. Libraries can check for patron if unit not received, will know if there is a mailing problem and resend. Readers may get caught up in the holiday mail glut.

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