The pace of change in Christian Record’s lending library has picked up dramatically in the past few months. During several years of hard slogging, Christian Record’s staff progressed through the difficult work of identifying necessary software and hardware, working bugs out of systems, developing efficient patterns for doing the digital conversion from original analog tape files, and then recreating new and improved digital versions of the existing books. Now, finally, the books are moving rapidly onto library shelves and out the door to readers.
As of mid-October, 440 digital talking books had been released. Of these, 359 are new digital versions of . . .
Christian Record is celebrating the beginning of summer by unveiling its Inspiration Garden on June 23rd. This garden, located at the northwest side of the home office building, features plants that can be enjoyed by people of all visual abilities and include elements that can be touched, smelled, and heard.
The gardens came about as a result of a contest held by L Magazine, a monthly magazine produced by the Lincoln Journal Star. Christian Record and WICS Home for Girls, another local organization, were recognized as co-winners of the contest. Christian Record's prize is being installed by several local area landscape companies.
All who are in the Lincoln, Nebraska, area are . . .
I met Leanora at our recent retreat at Cohutta Springs. Her demeanor is one of an educated and proper lady. Leanora spoke to the audience about how she appreciates audio Vantage Point magazine and audio books from Christian Record Services for the Blind. She happened to mention she hasn't always been blind. As I listened to her, I hoped to meet one-on-one with her and find out more about Leanora.
Saturday night we sat down together and Leanora shared her story. For 18 years, Leanora had a distinguished career with IBM as a customer service representative, trainer, and public spokesperson. When IBM outsourced her job, she began her own consulting business. She specialized in the areas of change . . .
Christian Record Services for the Blind (CRSB) will soon release several hundred audiobooks in new digital versions for its lending library. The books have been digitally re-mastered, and will be uploaded onto digital cartridges and onto the CRSB website.
The cartridges, and also downloads of books from the website, will play on newly released digital players distributed by the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS). The players-following several years of design development-are now being made available on a permanent-loan basis by the NLS to all legally blind U.S. residents. The NLS is an arm of the U.S. Library of Congress.
Jim Jordan, a CRSB employee and an NLS client . . .
The many unique experiences of each camper who is blind or visually impaired all merge into a larger and more colorful pattern. Much as the pieces of an intricately handmade quilt would enhance each other.
Just take a moment to listen in to some of their voices during winter camp. They are sharing at group time about their day’s experiences. (When they aren’t out experiencing the snow, they tried new indoor experiences.)
Jonathan – “I went roller skating today. I managed to stay on my feet. I had a lot of fun today.”
Janet commented on her visit to the natural hot springs – “I had to face a fear today. I put my feet in the pool.”
Unexpected humor by Kevin who . . .