Liz is the Youth Services Consultant for the New Jersey State Library's Library for the Blind and Handicapped. Liz is active in YALSA and in the YA Services Section of the New Jersey Library Association. She was a member of the 2009 Michael L. Printz Award Committee. Along with co-author Sophie Brookover, she wrote Pop Goes the Library: Using Pop Culture To Connect With Your Whole Community, published in 2008 by Information Today. Liz blogs at Pop Goes the Library (www.popgoesthelibrary.com) and Tea Cozy (yzocaet.blogspot.com). She holds an MLIS from Rutgers University, SCILS, and a JD from Villanova Law School, Villanova University. Buffy the Vampire Slayer is her favorite television show. Ever. Her favorite book is... well, it's impossible to pick just one. Or two. Or ten.

Printz Field Nominations

Do you have a book that you think is the perfect Printz book? If so, nominate it!

That’s right, the’ Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature accepts field nominations. Meaning, people outside the committee can nominate a book.

I am fortunate enough to be on this year’s committee. Discussions and the nomination list are top-secret, so I cannot share with you the titles being discussed.’ I will ask you not to make any assumptions, so if you have read a real “winner” please nominate it.

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What’s Your Fandom?

Are you a Slytherin or a Gryffindor?’  Would you rather hang out with B or S or J?’  Which would you rather be, a vampire or a werewolf?

Fandom, according to Wikipedia, is “a term used to refer to a subculture composed of fans characterized by a feeling of sympathy and camaraderie with others who share a common interest.” You’d think wikipedia would be a little less dry…

Fandom happens when you love a book so much you cannot stop thinking about it. You want to discuss minute details with other fans.’  You want to immerse yourself in its world, maybe even dress like the characters dress and live like the characters live.’  Fandom happens when you’re so intrigued by a world that you start thinking of other stories that could take place in it.

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Library Accessibility –What You Need to Know

The Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) has put together a toolkit for libraries called Library Accessiblity – What You Need to Know. There are fifteen specific tipsheets, covering areas from’ patrons with’ cognitive, mental, or emotional illnesses to patrons who need assistive technologies and patrons with physical disabilities.

Many, if not all, the tips apply to Teen Services. For example, instead of asking the age or grade of a patron, ask for the name of a favorite book to determine reading level. Encourage teens with disabilities to volunteer. Reach out to teens who are homebound or are in’ institutions.

Digital Talking Books

As I explained in my last post, the audiobook program run by the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically’ Handicapped (NLS) is called the Talking Book program.

Lindsey Dunn broke the news about how the Digital Talking Books and System is moving forward — in a nutshell, switching from cassette books and players to digital books available on cartridge or via download and listened to on digital players.

I’m happy to share with you the Press Release from NLS which provides more details on the program, available at NLS Flash. It includes a photo of a NLS customer using the new digital player. Once more information becomes available, I’ll post that, also. In the meanwhile, if you have questions about the program or the new player or the download program, let me know!

Also, as a reminder,’ Talking Books is a free library service that is open to all people whose low vision, blindness, or physical handicap makes it difficult to read a standard printed page.’ The service includes the loan of the player.

Library Services for the Blind & Handicapped

I’m going to use my first post here to both introduce myself and my library. I’m starting off with a bit of an explanation, so when I post about offering services to and materials’ for “blind and other physically handicapped persons“‘ you’ll know where I’m coming from.

I’m Liz Burns; and I’m the Youth Services Consultant for the’ NJ State Library’s Library for the Blind and Handicapped (NJLBH). I work with patrons from ages 3 to 18.

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