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Wisconsin Talking Book and Braille Library - AFB Directory Profile

General Information

Wisconsin Talking Book and Braille Library
813 West Wells Street
Milwaukee, WI 53233-1436
(414) 286-3045 (Local)
(414) 286-3102 (Fax)
wtbbl@milwaukee.gov
http://talkingbooks.wi.gov

Brief Description

The Wisconsin Talking Book and Braille Library (WTBBL) provides Braille and recorded books and playback equipment for those Wisconsin residents who for any physical reason cannot read normal print. As part of the Talking Book Program of the Library of Congress, the Wisconsin Talking Book and Braille Library (WTBBL) circulates digital books, recorded cassettes, Brailled materials, and playback equipment provided by the federal government. In addition, the WTBBL circulates digital books, recorded cassettes and Brailled materials about Wisconsin or by Wisconsin authors, as well as audio-described videotapes and DVDs.

Hours of operation: Mon.-Fri. 9:00 AM-5:00 PM.
Clients served on average per year: The WTBBL provides service to nearly 5,500 individuals, schools, libraries and hospitals.
Number of staff: 15
Staff description: 3 librarians, 3 reader's advisors, 2 audio machine technicians, 1 office assistant, 1 clerical supervisor, 4 library circulation assistants, 1 circulation aide (half-time).
Geographic area served: Wisconsin. Braille readers receive service from Utah.
Publications: Bulletin Board - a quarterly newsletter in large type, braille, recorded or electronic formats. Subject catalogs in large type, braille, recorded or electronic formats. On-line public access catalogue (OPAC) http://wmbph.mpl.org/opac.

Staff

Linda Vincent, Management Librarian, (414) 286-3010, lvince@milwaukee.gov

Services Offered

Services for Adults

  • Library Services
    • As part of a national network cooperating with the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS), the Wisconsin Talking Book and Braille Library (WTBBL) provides audio books, the digital playback equipment, and brailled materials to persons, living in Wisconsin, who cannot see regular print or handle print materials. The WTBBL also circulates audio-described videotapes and DVDs. WTBBL patrons receive and return books and equipment, postage-free through the U.S. Postal Service.
  • Reading Services
    • NFB-Newsline is a special service to Wisconsin residents that offers users the opportunity to "read" newspapers from any touch-tone telephone, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • Services for Seniors
    • Offers Newsline for the Blind, on-demand service in users can access and select from over 240 newspapers and magazines via telephone.

Services for Children

  • Library Services
    • As part of a national network cooperating with the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS), the Wisconsin Talking Book and Braille Library (WTBBL) provides audio books, the digital playback equipment, and brailled materials to persons, living in Wisconsin, who cannot see regular print or handle print materials. The WTBBL also circulates audio-described videotapes and DVDs. WTBBL patrons receive and return books and equipment, postage-free through the U.S. Postal Service.
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