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CSUN: It Won’t be Hard to Access BARD with the Upcoming iOS App from NLS

February 27, 2013 • Darrell Shandrow Hilliker

In this approximately 26-minute podcast, Allison Hilliker and Darrell Shandrow are honored to speak with Judy Dixon, Consumer Relations Officer with the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, all about the upcoming release of the agency’s BARD Mobile app for reading Braille and digital talking books on the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch.

Judy gives us a firsthand look at an alpha-test version of this exciting new app, so you won’t want to miss this show!

We love hearing from our listeners! Please feel free to talk with us in the comments. What do you like? How could we make the show better? What topics would you like us to cover on future shows?

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We thank Jeff Bishop for doing the post-production work on our CSUN 2013 podcasts.

GAO Releases Report on NLS Plans for Digital Conversion of Talking Book Program

June 14, 2007 • Darrell Shandrow Hilliker

The GAO has just released its highly anticipated report covering plans by NLS to convert the Talking Book Program to a Flash based digital format. In summary, the report seems to criticize the costs associated with current NLS plans, suggesting potentially more cost-effective alternatives. A brief analysis of this report indicates that many of the recommended alternatives may be just as accessible as current plans. It also seems NLS agrees with the findings in the report and will take steps to address the concerns outlined. One is left to wonder if there will be a delay in implementation of the digital conversion and/or the needed funding of this project in light of this report. The language of this report is rather neutral when compared with other communications on this issue in the blind community.