Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Can't judge a book by its cover? Listen to a review!

Do you want to know if that book you're thinking of reading is worth the time you'll need to invest in it? One of the many things Library Materials Services does is to add URLS (a link you can open) to each bibliographic record that has a review.

The reviews can be audio or video and they are made by your fellow staff members, such as Joanne Pulcino, Donna Geesaman, Terri Clark, and others. Once the reviews are recorded, the web staff sends a list to LMS and we enter the information into the record for that title.

How to find these titles? Do some subject searches for Books with audio reviews, or Books with video reviews. There you'll see them divided by adult, child, and teen. Choose a title, and click on the underlined link to see or watch the review.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Bring on the popcorn!

Do you know that we offer movies that are described for people with visual disabilities? Unlike closed-captioning which allows those with hearing impairments to follow the dialogue, described films have a voice-over narrating actions, costumes, gestures, and scene changes. These are just a few of the elements that, when narrated, engage a viewer who is blind or visually impaired with the story unfolding on the screen.

Many of these films are documentaries on topics as varied as volcanos, killer ants, Little Big Horn, dogs, Einstein, and lost treasures. The collection also includes feature films such as Anna Karenina, Elizabeth I, and United 93. To find a complete list, enter a subject search for Video recordings for people with visual disabilities.