The complete schedule of upcoming OPAL public online events.
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Recordings and other documents about previous OPAL programs.
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Archive of Special Events, Workshops and Conferences
Web Accessibility: A Panel Discussion,
held on February 21, 2007. Sponsored by the Martin Luther King, Jr. Public Library
in Washington, DC.
Bill Moyers on America: Citizens Classes,
held on September 28, 2006.
Day of the Digital Audio Book held on February 16, 2006
Schedule for the Day
Session One: Introduction to and Overview of Digital Audio Books, presented by Lori Bell and Tom Peters
Session Two: Considerations for Libraries Thinking About Offering a Digital Audio Book Service,
presented by Lori Bell and Tom Peters
Session Three: So You Have Decided to Offer Digital Audio Books in Your Library,
presented by Lori Bell and Tom Peters
Follow-Up Discussion, held on February 28, 2006, facilitated
by Lori Bell and Tom Peters
Wiki World presentation by Meredith Farkas
held on Thursday, January 12, 2006
Text chat entries
made by the online attendees of the Wiki World presentation by Meredith Farkas.
Please note: Procedural messages, such as those announcing that someone had entered or left
the online room, have been edited out.
The Library Services for Older Adults presentation by Allan Kleiman
held on November 17, 2005
about library services for older adults
(14.6 MB file; playback time of 98 minutes)
Ten-Squared Induction Ceremony: To recognize the accomplishments and
love of reading of patrons who are 100 years or older,
the Washington Talking Book & Braille Library held
an induction ceremony for the 10-Squared Talking Book Club.
The Top Information Technology Trends panel discussion during the Annual Conference
of the Illinois Library Association, held in Peoria on October 13, 2005.
Second Annual Audio EBook Expo: One Book, Many
Formats: The Magic of Multimedia held on September 28, 2005
Welcome messages from Kitty Pope, Executive Director
of the Alliance Library System, and Sharon Ruda, Director of the Illinois State Library Talking Book
and Braille Service, followed by an overview of the digital audio book movement by Tom Peters of
TAP Information Services.
Judy Dixon from the National Library Service for the
Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) provided an update on the U.S. national digital audio book
initiative for print-impaired users.
Steve Potash from Overdrive discussed their ebook,
digital audio book, music, and video initiatives.
Geoff Freed from the WGBH/National Center for Accessible Media (NCAM) Beyond the Text Project discussed
ways to make multimedia (images, audio and video) used in e-books accessible to people who are deaf,
hard-of-hearing, blind or visually impaired.
Paul Cappuzzello demonstrated the OCLC
NetLibrary/Recorded Books downloadable digital audio book service for libraries.
William Harroff from McKendree College and Charlotte Johnson from Southern Illinois
University at Edwardsville explored
"Extraordinary Ebooks" containing multimedia.
Judy Dixon from NLS and Tom Peters from TAP Information
Services discussed the types of portable playback devices available for digital audio books.
"Project InSECT: The Business of Being an Artist,"
presented on August 10, 2005. Artist Jessa Huebing-Reitinger and
her husband James Reitinger discuss the business of being an artist.
Batter Up: Baseball at the Library of Congress, presented on
July 13, 2005 by Peter Armenti and Judy Graves from the Library of Congress
"Develop a New Image Through Photography," presented on June 2, 2005. Paul Wohlfeil, a professional
photographer who is legally blind, explains the basics of using photographs to communicate via
"Project InSECT: Setting up Artists-in-Residence
Programs at Your Library," presented on May 20, 2005. Librarians from the
Johnson County Library in Kansas discuss the work of artist-in-residence Jessa Huebing-Reitinger with
her husband and manager, James Reitinger.
Informal discussion of the major points and themes from the
OeBF/IDPF eBooks in Education Conference.
The conference was held on Thursday, April 14, 2005. The informal follow-up discussion was
held on Monday, April 18, 2005.
The Unique American Woman: Stories of Sisters, Wives, Mothers, and Friends, presented on
March 16, 2005 by Judith Graves and Peter Armenti from the Library of Congress
An introduction to blogs and audio blogs conducted on March 1, 2005 by the
Audiorecording of Intro to Blogs
(6.7 MB WMA file; playback time of 55 minutes)
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