Identification of Download-Only BARD Books
 
Resolution 2014-12
 
Whereas, the American Council of the Blind wishes to acknowledge a whole host of positive developments that have occurred since the arrival of the current director of the National Library Service (NLS); and
 
Whereas, these include but are not limited to the sponsorship of the Braille Summit, the launch of BARD (Braille and Audio Reading Downloads) Mobile, an increase in the number of BARD books produced each year, and a significant effort to explore new roles that NLS might play within the blindness community; and
 
Whereas, BARD continues to evolve in many positive ways; and
 
Whereas, many books which are being reissued from earlier cassette versions are only available for download and are not being made available on cartridge; and
 
Whereas, there is no specific information on BARD that differentiates between those that are available on cartridge and those that are only available for download; and
 
Whereas, it may be possible to infer from the book number which titles can only be downloaded;
 
Now, therefore, be it resolved by the American Council of the Blind in convention assembled on the 18th day of July, 2014, at the Riviera Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada, that this organization request that NLS include a separate element for each title which indicates whether it is available on cartridge or only available for download; and
 
Be it further resolved that a copy of this resolution be forwarded to Karen Keninger, Director of the National Library Service at the Library of Congress.
 
Adopted.
 
Ray Campbell, Secretary