A Newsletter of the Wisconsin Regional Library for the Blind & Physically Handicapped
Winter 1997 (Volume 15, Number 3)

"The Adventures of a Talking Book"

What happens to a talking book after you mail it back to the library? Since talking books are 4th class mail, it may take a few days before the post office delivers it to the library. Your returned book then is included with hundreds of others we receive each day, and is checked back in by barcode ID (the white strip on the side of the container). Each book first is inspected by library staff to make sure the contents are in order; tapes in need of rewinding are rewound; tapes in need of repair are scanned into repair status and placed in a holding area. Books that are in good condition are scanned back into the system and added to our "turnaround" holding shelves for possible selection the next day. Books not selected by the automation system are reshelved into the main collection each day.

Library users can see that many of the cassettes are indeed "well-travelled" individuals, returned to the library one day and selected and sent out the next! Since the tapes are circulated so frequently, it isn't surprising that they eventually develop defects. If you experience problems with a cassette, sometimes they may be corrected by using these tips: (1) a loose tape may be tightened by turning the left spoke of the cassette clockwise; (2) a tape with static buildup may be tapped gently several times flat against a table top; (3) a tape that sounds like Donald Duck might be in a machine set at the wrong speed. Both the variable speed control and the speed switch must be to the left to play LBPH tapes.

If these tips don't help, please place a rubber band around the individual cassette--NOT the container--and place the banded cassette inside its container on top of any others. If you would like a repeat of the defective title, please phone to request it, rather than inserting a note in the container.


In recognition of Wisconsin's Sesquicentennial celebration in 1998, the Regional Library is reissuing updated versions of the popular bibliographies Wisconsin: Books by Wisconsin Authors and Books about Wisconsin, Its Ecology, History & People and Kespeadooksit: the Story is Ended--Native American Materials in Print-Handicapped Formats. These newly expanded versions contain listings for twice as many titles as those listed in the first editions. Library users may order copies in large print, cassette, or Braille versions, or have the text e-mailed to an online address.

The Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Blindness and Low Vision at Mississippi State University, in cooperation with NASA, has a project that makes internet resources more accessible to the blind. It's called Iliad--a search engine accessed through e-mail for use by those who are not equipped to use Web search engines. Iliad is an electronic information assistant that retrieves and processes information from the internet. For instructions on using it, send e-mail to: iliad@algol.jsc.nasa.gov with the subject line "start iliad" [no quotes]. For more information about starting an Iliad search, send e-mail to: bsc2@ra.msstate.edu.

The Center for Deaf-Blind Persons in Milwaukee now offers community support services at no charge. Assistance is available to youth and adults with a combined vision and hearing impairment. Services include shopping with a sighted guide and apartment searches (newspaper ads, description of apartment and neighborhood). For further information please phone 414-481-7477 or e-mail to: rsilver@execpc.com.

Ann Morris Enterprises has a new catalog (showcasing the Braille Money Maker, talking compass, talking microwave, computer games, and other 500 other items). Request your free copy in large print, 4-track cassette, or MS/DOS disc from Ann Morris Enterprises, 890 Fams Court, East Meadow, NY 11554 or e-mail to: annmor@netcom.com. Toll-free: 1-800-454-3175.

The Elvehjem Museum of Art, 800 University Avenue, Madison, Wisconsin is offering a newly revised self-guided audiotape tour of the permanent collection. It lasts 43 1/2 minutes. The audiotape tour script also is available in Braille or large print. The audio tour may be rented daily for one dollar ($ 1.00), to cover batteries, from the Museum Shop.

L.A. Theatre Works is pleased to announce their new website . This site provides detailed on-air broadcast dates and selections of audiocassettes from their catalog. (L.A. Theatre Works donated five plays to the Regional Library in 1996: RC 4021, Brighton Beach Memoirs; RC 4024, The Great Tennessee Monkey Trial; RC 4022, Park Your Car in Harvard Yard; RC 4025,Mr. Rickey Calls a Meeting; and RC 4023, "Night Mother."


[Note: as of October 2002, all the links listed here were dead, so they have been eliminated. You may be able to find them again with a search on Google.]

Cookbooks are among the most popular items of printed material. They range from large hardcover tomes covering every type of food to pamphlets published by community organizations, trade associations, and appliance manufacturers. While there are few, if any, of the comprehensive, bestseller type of cookbook on the Internet, there is an enormous variety of culinary information available, and much of it can be found in some rather unlikely places such as the web sites of television cooking shows, recipe contests, and embassies of foreign nations. The following list represents a sampling of the type of material available, and is a continuation of the listing published in our Summer and Autumn issues.

University-Based Cooking Sites

Agrigator: Agricultural and Related Information Index
Cardiff University of Wales
Dinner Co-op Recipe Collection
Florida Agricultural Information Retrieval System (FAIRS)
Food Operations Recipe Collection
MSU-Bozeman Library: Agricultural Databases
Mississippi State recipes
National Dairy Database
The Network Cookbook (University of British Columbia)
Recipe Index from North Carolina State
Recipes from Millsaps College (Jackson, Mississippi)
SOAR: Searchable Online archive of Recipes
The University of Minnesota Recipe Gopher
Veggies Unite

Specific Foods

The Bagel Page
The Book of Tofu
Egg Farm Dairy Cook Booklet
French cheese: history, variety, taste, tips
Goat Cheese
Ice Cream Recipes and Links
An Ode to Olives
On-line Turkey Recipes
Pasty Recipes
Salmon Recipes
The Strawberry Facts Page
The Village Bakery

BULLETIN BOARD is published four times a year by the Wisconsin Regional Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. It is available in large print, braille, and audio-cassette editions. The Wisconsin Regional Library makes no recommendations or endorsements concerning any products or services which may appear in this publication.

Wisconsin Regional Library for the Blind & Physically Handicapped
813 West Wells Street
Milwaukee, WI 53233-1436
1-414-286-3045 (in Milwaukee)
1-800-242-8822 (in Wisconsin)
1-414-286-3548 (TDD)
1-414-286-3102 (FAX)
cpirtl@mpl.org or mvalan@mpl.org (e-mail)

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