The following email was sent out to patrons of the Talking Book Library of Texas on March 1st. Those in other States may want to check in with their own local libraries if they have not seen a message, like the one listed below, if they are interested in participating in the survey. We ll update this story with more information as it comes along, but for now, here is the text of the email sent to Texans. Note that contact information for the NLS program in your state will be different than that listed here.
"Beginning in early March, a sample of 10,000 reader/patrons across the country who currently use services provided by the Library of Congress s National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped also known as NLS will be invited to participate in a nationwide survey.
The information collected from this survey will guide NLS as they move forward on a variety of projects to enhance and expand the braille and talking- book program.
As a part of NLS s cooperating network of libraries, the Texas State Library and Archives Commission s Talking Book Program encourages invited patrons to respond to the survey at their earliest convenience.
Insights gathered from this survey will help us better understand the needs of all of our patrons. You may receive an invitation by mail, email, or phone.
In order to ensure ease of use, readers selected for the survey will be given the option of responding in a number of ways to their invitation. Once you have received your invitation, if you have questions, please feel free to contact Gallup Support at email@example.com or call 1-888-297-8999.
Talking Book Program
Texas State Library and Archives Commission"
I'm very happy that NLS is doing this survey. Your post seems to put forth the idea that they are looking for volunteers to participate; do you have any reason to think that's the case? I would think that Gallup and NLS would select participants based on a whole bunch of different factors and that, in order to ensure that the sample is representative of NLS patrons as a whole, they would not accept volunteers.
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Joe Steinkamp is no stranger to the world of technology, having been a user of video magnification and blindness related electronic devices since 1979. Joe has worked in radio, retail management and Vocational Rehabilitation for blind and low vision individuals in Texas. He has been writing about the A.T. Industry for 15 years and podcasting about it for almost a decade.