BARD (Braille and Audio Reading Download)

Digital books and magazines from the National Library Service (NLS) in Washington, D.C. are available for download from the NLS BARD main page.  You can listen to your downloaded books on the digital player that TBBL provides, or, for even more flexibility, you can get the free BARD Mobile app, for either iOS/Apple or Android devices, and listen to your books via your smartphone or tablet. BARD Express, a program that makes downloading easier, is also available to all BARD members.

There are more than 80,000 digital books and over 60 magazines available for download from this site, and new titles are constantly being added. Digital braille books can also be downloaded via BARD.

Don’t forget about the Talking Book and Braille Library available through the New York State Library. The New York State Talking Book and Braille Library (TBBL) lends audio and braille books and magazines to eligible residents of upstate New York who have a qualifying print disability.


Brooklyn Public Library launches online information literacy course for K-12 educators

Check out an exciting new project from Brooklyn Public Library. The Teacher Lab online course introduces K-12 educators to essential library, research and information literacy skills … for themselves as well as for their classrooms. This free course is an orientation to using a library & archive, educational databases, open web resources and more, and includes lessons about evaluating resources, writing citations and annotations, teaching with text sets and the cycle of research and inquiry as laid out in the NYS Information Fluency Continuum. Educators leave with many new skills and a much better understanding of why true collaboration with a librarian is necessary in order to help students navigate today’s world of information.
Course graduates are eligible to earn 12 CTLE credits – please share with the educators in your communities. We can offer standard professional development certificates as well. Feel free to enroll and take a look around. Enrollees have free access to all course lessons and are not obligated to complete any coursework.

State Librarian Announces Federal Approval of New York Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) Plan

September 29, 2017

State Librarian Announces Federal Approval of  New York Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) Plan

Assistant Commissioner for Libraries and State Librarian Bernard A. Margolis announced today that the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has approved New York State’s Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) Five-Year Plan (FY 2018 – FY 2022).  The new Plan takes effect October 1, 2017.  An approved Plan is one of the requirements for the receipt of the $8 million in annual federal funding for library services allocated to New York under the LSTA Grants to the States Program.

The IMLS letter of approval and the new Plan are now available on the State Library’s website at

The new Five-Year Plan describes New York’s statewide library infrastructure which includes the New York State Library, 73 State-supported library systems and some 7,000 local libraries. The Plan also summarizes the library service needs identified for the State and the ways in which the State Library plans to use federal Library Services and Technology Act funds to meet those needs. The Plan details the goals, activities, and key output and outcome targets for the next five years.

“Federal LSTA funds are critically important to the effective delivery of library services to New Yorkers of all ages,” said Margolis.  “As State Librarian, I appreciate the hard work of our internal LSTA Five-Year Plan Leadership Team in coordinating the development of this new Plan.  The LSTA Committee of the Regents Advisory Council on Libraries (RAC) provided expert guidance and key stakeholders in the library community offered input and advice on critical library service needs.  The State Library looks forward to continuing our collaboration with New York’s libraries, library systems and other partner organizations to implement this exciting new Plan.”

For questions about the Five-Year Plan please contact Amy Heebner, LSTA Coordinator, Division of Library Development, New York State Library at or 518-474-7890.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services, now celebrating its 20th Anniversary, is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s approximately 123,000 libraries and 35,000 museums. Its mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. Its grant making, policy development, and research help libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive. To learn more, visit

The New York State Library has served New Yorkers, state government and researchers from throughout the United States for almost 200 years.  In its leadership role, the State Library works in partnership with the State’s 73 library systems to bring cost-effective, high-quality library services to the millions who use New York’s 7,000 libraries.  Staff experts from the State Library’s Division of Library Development work with librarians, trustees, school administrators, public officials and local leaders to solve problems and find new ways of supporting the development and improvement of public, school, academic and special libraries across New York.  Policy development, consulting services, grants management and coordination of statewide library services help New York’s libraries take full advantage of state, federal and private funding programs.  One of the nation’s leading library development agencies and research libraries, the New York State Library is located in Albany, New York and is a program of the State Education Department. To learn more, visit

Woodstalk Live Presents: Truth or Consensus: Survival Tools in the Age of Fake News (Interactive Roundtable)

“In the ever-changing world of news media, where do we get our facts, how can we tell if they are true? This 2-hour entertaining and interactive roundtable will focus on the perplexing issue of factual reporting, the role of satire, how to be an informed citizen and the influence of 1960’s newsmakers and satirists.”

Bethel Woods Center for the Arts