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New BARD Additions – December 2018

Posted by: Katie Rodda

This blog gives an overview of the digitized material added to BARD (Braille and Audio Reading Download) in December 2018.

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New BARD Additions: October 2018

Posted by: Katie Rodda

This is a guest post from Hannah Noel, a West Coast native currently living in North Carolina. She is a recent graduate of UNC Chapel Hill’s School of Information and Library Science, where she earned her MSLS and focused her studies on archival work in an arts and museum-specific context. She is interning at NLS at the …

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Braille Music Transcriber and Renaissance Woman, Karen Gearreald, Part 2

Posted by: Donna Koh

Continued from last week. Part 2 Q. What percentage of students who enroll in the program become LOC certified braille music transcribers? What are the most common obstacles to successfully completing the program? A. After concentrated study for a length of time ranging from several months to several years, about 50% of enrollees achieve certification …

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Braille Music Transcriber and Renaissance Woman: Karen Gearreald, Part 1

Posted by: Donna Koh

Part 1 Karen Gearreald has been an NLS patron since 1951, and when the Music Section was established in 1962, she enrolled for music services. She currently serves as a braille music advisor and instructor for the Library of Congress (LOC) Braille Music Transcription Certification program. While I initially contacted Karen to interview her about her …

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Participate in the Music Braille Code Conference Call!

Posted by: Gilbert Busch

This blog post is concerned with the 2015 Braille Music Code, and where to obtain a copy. In addition, there is information about an upcoming conference call for those wishing to discuss braille music topics. The announcement comes from BANA, the Braille Authority of North America. BANA is the organization which makes decisions about contractions, formatting, …

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Progress around the World in Braille Music

Posted by: John Hanson

People and music are everywhere. Written music is an international language, including braille music notation. And there are individuals, groups and organizations around the world working to create and/or disseminate braille music. The NLS Music Section is one of those players. We are not alone. Last week I received a written inquiry from the Siloam …

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Braille Music Transcribers

Posted by: John Hanson

Transcribers. Where would we be without them? All of us who provide braille music, or who need and use braille music, are indebted to the labors of braille music transcribers. So how do you become a music transcriber? (Hint: We need more.) The first step is to take and pass the literary braille course, offered …