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Background
Recorded materials loaned free (by the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, Library of Congress), are available on digital talking-book cartridges and audiocassettes. Both digital and cassette recordings require specially designed playback equipment that is loaned free to eligible individuals and institutions.

Every patron is allowed to have one Cassette Book Machine (cassette player) and one Digital book machine (either Standard or Advanced).

The Talking Books and Braille Library is currently transitioning from cassette books and cassette players to digital cartridges and digital players, a process that will take several years to complete. There is a waiting list for Digital Players. Please contact your reader advisor to get your name put on the waiting list. The Library asks that you hold onto your cassette player even if you receive the new digital player since a large portion of the collection remains on cassette tape.

Your playback equipment comes with both recorded, large print, and Braille instructions. If you have questions regarding the instructions, call your reader advisor. Please keep the box in which your machine arrived. DO NOT THROW AWAY THE BOX OR THE RETURN CARD THAT IS ATTACHED. You may need to return your machine at some point if it breaks.

Recorded books from TBBL will only play on the equipment provided. Our cassette books and digital cartridges are recorded at special speeds. For example, the unique four-track format of our cassette tapes allows us to put more material on each tape, reducing the number of tapes needed to record a book. This special format also protects the copyright.

The Playback Equipment

Digital Standard Player
• Plays NLS digital talking books;
• Has eight controls;
• Includes a variable speed control that permits speeding up or slowing down playback speed without changing the pitch;
• Is portable;
• Is equipped with a rechargeable battery and an electrical cord; and
• Includes built-in audio instructions for using the digital machine.

Digital Advanced Player
• Plays NLS digital talking books;
• Has thirteen controls, including a row of controls for setting and retrieving bookmarks and navigating through the structured levels of a book;
• Includes a variable speed control that permits speeding up or slowing down playback speed without changing the pitch;
• Is portable;
• Is equipped with a rechargeable battery and an electrical cord; and
• Includes built-in audio instructions for using the digital player.

Cassette Book Machine
• Plays 2-track and 4-track audiocassettes at 15/16 ips and 1-7/8 ips;
• Has ten controls;
• Includes a variable speed control that permits speeding up or slowing down playback speed;
• Is portable;
• Is equipped with a rechargeable battery and an electrical cord;
• Includes separate instructions for using the cassette machine: instructions for using the cassette book machine.

For additional information about playback machines, their use, maintenance or repair contact the Head of the Machine and Materials Unit at (225) 342-4945 or toll free at (800) 543-4702.

Special Accessories for Cassette Players
Special accessories for cassette players are available. Some accessories require a separate application form. Currently there are special accessories for the digital talking book players in development by NLS. Please contact SBPH if you are interested in receiving any of the following special accessories:   

• Amplifier (only for profoundly hearing-impaired individuals);
• Breath Switch (only for individuals confined to bed);
• Extension Levers (for individuals who have limited use of their hands);
• Headphones (for individuals in institutional settings);
• Pillow Speaker (only for individuals confined to bed);
• Remote Control Unit (only for individuals confined to bed);
• Solar Panel Battery Charger (is for readers who do not have access to electricity); or
• Accessories are on loan to you for as long as you are using the program

Additional Information:
Bookshelf
Braille and Audio Reading Download (Bard)
Computer Expertise
Digital Talking Books
NLS Type Digital Cartridge
Returning Your Machine
Standard USB Flash Drives



TBBL Disaster Information

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       Print list of Louisiana specific resources. Will open as a Word document.

       Print list of resources for elderly or those with disabilities. Will open as a Word document.

 

Emergency weather alerts and 7-day forecasts

NFB-NEWSLINE

https://nfb.org/nfbnewsline#Weather

 

Emergency Preparedness - American Foundation for the Blind

http://www.afb.org/section.aspx?SectionID=65&TopicID=400&DocumentID=3242

 

Emergency Preparedness for your Service Animal or Pet Compiled by the American Council of the Blind 

https://www.surpriseaz.gov/DocumentCenter/Home/View/2918

 

NFPA's Emergency Evacuation Planning Guide for People with Disabilities

http://www.nfpa.org/evacuationguide

 

Preparing for Disaster for People with Disabilities and Other Special Needs

American Red Cross

http://www.redcross.org/images/MEDIA_CustomProductCatalog/m4240199_A4497.pdf

 

Disaster Risk Management for Health:

PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES AND OLDER PEOPLE

http://www.who.int/hac/events/drm_fact_sheet_disabilities.pdf

 

Fire safety outreach materials for people with disabilities

https://www.usfa.fema.gov/prevention/outreach/disabilities.html

 

Emergency Preparedness and People who are Blind and Visually Impaired

http://www.njcounciloftheblind.org/brochures/emergency_preparedness_and_people_who_are_blind_and_visually_impaired.htm

 

Emergency Preparedness Guide For People Who Are Blind or Have Low Vision

https://www.ok.gov/health2/documents/Resource%20book%20for%20Blind%20and%20Low%20Vision.pdf

 

8 Tips for Hurricane Preparedness if You’re Blind

https://brailleworks.com/8-tips-for-hurricane-preparedness-if-youre-blind/

 

Disaster Safety for People with Disabilities

http://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/disaster-safety-for-people-with-disabilities

 

Emergency Readiness for People with Disabilities

https://www.cdc.gov/features/emergencypreparedness/

 

Disaster Ready - Individuals with Disabilities

https://www.ready.gov/individuals-access-functional-needs

 

FEMA - accessible emergency management

https://www.fema.gov/disability

 

Kidney Community Emergency Response - KCER

http://kcercoalition.com/

The KCER Coalition provides technical assistance to End Stage Renal Disease Networks, kidney organizations, people on dialysis, and other groups to ensure timely and efficient disaster preparedness, response, and recovery for the kidney community. KCER HOTLINE 866.901.3773

 

Preparing for emergencies for people on dialysis

http://www.kcercoalition.com/en/resources/patient-resources/emergency-preparedness/

 

Other Emergency Assistance Links

 
 

Playback Equipment

Digital Standard Player

  • Plays NLS digital talking books;
  • Has eight controls;
  • Includes a variable speed control that permits speeding up or slowing down playback speed without changing the pitch;
  • Is portable;
  • Is equipped with a rechargeable battery and an electrical cord; and
  • Includes built-in audio instructions for using the digital machine.

Digital Advanced Player

  • Plays NLS digital talking books;
  • Has thirteen controls, including a row of controls for setting and retrieving bookmarks and navigating through the structured levels of a book;
  • Includes a variable speed control that permits speeding up or slowing down playback speed without changing the pitch;
  • Is portable;
  • Is equipped with a rechargeable battery and an electrical cord; and
  • Includes built-in audio instructions for using the digital player.

Cassette Book Machine

  • Plays 2-track and 4-track audiocassettes at 15/16 ips and 1-7/8 ips;
  • Has ten controls;
  • Includes a variable speed control that permits speeding up or slowing down playback speed;
  • Is portable;
  • Is equipped with a rechargeable battery and an electrical cord; and
  • Includes separate instructions for using the cassette machine: instructions for using the cassette book machine.

For additional information about playback machines, their use, maintenance or repair contact the Head of the Machine and Materials Unit at (225) 342-4945 or toll free at (800) 543-4702.

Special Accessories for Cassette Players

Special accessories for cassette players are available. Some accessories require a separate application form. Currently there are special accessories for the digital talking book players in development by NLS. Please contact the Talking Books and Braille Library if you are interested in receiving any of the following special accessories:

  • Amplifier (only for profoundly hearing-impaired individuals);
  • Breath Switch (only for individuals confined to bed);
  • Extension Levers (for individuals who have limited use of their hands);
  • Headphones (for individuals in institutional settings);
  • Pillow Speaker (only for individuals confined to bed);
  • Remote Control Unit (only for individuals confined to bed);
  • Solar Panel Battery Charger (is for readers who do not have access to electricity); or
  • Accessories are on loan to you for as long as you are using the program.
 

Background

Recorded materials loaned free (by the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, Library of Congress), are available on digital talking book cartridges and audiocassettes. Both digital and cassette recordings require specially designed playback equipment that is loaned free to eligible individuals and institutions.

Every patron is allowed to have one Cassette Book Machine (cassette player) and one Digital Talking Book Machine (either a Standard or an Advanced model).

The Talking Books and Braille Library is currently transitioning from cassette books and cassette players to digital cartridges and digital players, a process that will take several years to complete. Please contact your reader advisor if you would like to borrow a digital talking book player and digital books. The Library asks that you hold onto your cassette player even if you receive the new digital player since a large portion of the collection remains on audiocassette.

All playback equipment comes with recorded, large print, and Braille instructions. If you have questions regarding the instructions, please contact your reader advisor. Please keep the box in which your machine arrived. DO NOT THROW AWAY THE BOX OR THE RETURN CARD THAT IS ATTACHED. You may need to return your machine at some point if it malfunctions.

Recorded books from TBBL will play on the playback equipment loaned out to you. Our cassette books and digital cartridges are recorded at special speeds. For example, the unique four-track format of our cassette tapes allows us to put more material on each tape, reducing the number of tapes needed to record a book. This special format also protects the copyright.

 

Bookshelf

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You can store more than one book on the same storage device (such as a USB flash drive) but if you are using the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped’s Digital Talking Book Machine to play downloads, you must have a software update to use the Bookshelf feature to move between books. You can obtain the latest update at NLS DTBM Firmware if it is not already on your DTBM. With this update, you can access the Bookshelf feature on NLS’s DTBM by pressing and holding the Play/Stop key until it says “Bookshelf,” then using the FF and RW keys to move forward and backward between titles. When you reach the title you want, press “Play.” For commercially bought machines, check your machine’s documentation.

 
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