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Blind and Physically Handicapped Library Services, Mississippi Library Commission - AFB Directory Profile

General Information

Blind and Physically Handicapped Library Services, Mississippi Library Commission
3881 Eastwood Drive
Jackson, MS 39211-6473
(601) 432-4116 (Local)
(601) 432-4476 (Fax)
(800) 446-0892 (Toll-Free)
lbph@mlc.lib.ms.us
http://www.mlc.lib.ms.us/ServicesToLibraries/BPHLS.html

Brief Description

The Mississippi Library Commission serves as a free public library service for eligible Mississippi residents who are unable to read standard print due to a visual, physical or organic reading disability and for institutions which serve these eligible individuals (schools, hospitals, living facilities, etc.)

Serves as the Mississippi Regional Library for the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, Library of Congress. Provides descriptive video service to eligible Alabama residents.

Hours of operation: Mon.-Fri. 8:00 AM-5:00 PM.
Clients served on average per year: 6,089
Number of staff: 8
Staff description: 2 professional librarians, 5 paraprofessionals, 1 technician
Geographic area served: Mississippi. Braille readers receive services from Utah.
Publications: The Reading Light quarterly newsletter, patron handbook, descriptive video catalogs, digital book bibliographies, subject bibliographies, and service brochures all in accessible formats.

Staff

Jerry Roberts, Circulation Services Manager, (601) 432-4094, jerry@mlc.lib.ms.us
Shellie Ziegler, Director, (601) 432-4123, szeigler@mlc.lib.ms.us

Services Offered

Services for Adults

  • Library Services
    • Provides talking books, talking book players, digital books, descriptive videos, large-print books, and locally produced audiocassettes for people with visual impairments, physical limitations, and reading disabilities from an organic dysfunction. Also serves institutions (with eligible individuals) including libraries, schools, senior citizen centers, military retirement homes, adult daycare centers, children's daycare facilities, nursing homes, senior retirement centers. Provides descriptive video service to eligible residents of Alabama.
  • Services for Seniors
    • Provides talking books, talking book players, digital books, descriptive videos, large-print books, and locally produced audiocassettes for individuals meeting the requirements set forth by the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, Library of Congress.

Services for Children

  • Library Services
    • Provides talking books, talking book players, digital books, descriptive videos, large-print books, and locally produced audiocassettes for people with visual impairments.
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