If you didn’t already know, Taylor Community Library is home to an award-winning outreach center for the National Library Service for the Blind & Print-Disabled. Through this program, we serve all visually-impaired residents of Wayne County by sending free audiobooks and braille reading materials through the mail.
This Spring, TCL and all Michigan Braile & Talking Book libraries switched to a great new system called Duplication on Demand (also known as DoD). DoD will allow us to send our patrons any book in our collection that they request right away. There’s no waiting for other patrons to return a physical copy; books are always available!
DoD enables us to download several books onto a single cartridge for our patrons. Although this is different from the way we’ve done things in the past, this means more reading with less hassle! We can also put an entire series on one cartridge—in order. Settings can always be changed by request (i.e patrons can request fewer titles per cartridge, favorite subjects/authors to receive, etc.).
If you are a BTB patron, here’s what to expect when you start getting DoD cartridges:
- Each patron can have up to three cartridges checked out at once with several books on it. Our default is 10 books per cartridge, but if you want more, just ask!
- Listen to each book on the cartridge in the order it was downloaded, or use bookshelf mode on your machine to skip through titles to choose your listening order.
- The mailing container will have a folded book card (in print only) listing the titles that are on the cartridge. This card can now be thrown away, no more flipping cards to return books!
- The new loan period for cartridges is 60 days, with an option to renew for another 60 days, so you will have plenty of time to read all of the books on the cartridge.
- Once a cartridge gets back to us, we will send you another one! It’s very important to send cartridges back right away to prevent gaps in service.
With these new changes, feel free to reach out with any questions. If you or someone you know is experiencing vision loss, please consider looking in to this free federal program.