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Expanding the BARD Collection. Network-Produced Audiobooks. Currently on BARD. 1,281 braille books and 8 braille magazine titles 17 audiobooks and 10 audio magazine titles 10 DBNs (MSCE QA books) 7 DBCs (Pre-pilot books) 10 Magazines (MSCE QA magazines). Currently on BARD—Audio.

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expanding the bard collection

Expanding the BARD Collection

Network-Produced Audiobooks

currently on bard
Currently on BARD
  • 1,281 braille books and 8 braille magazine titles
  • 17 audiobooks and 10 audio magazine titles
    • 10 DBNs (MSCE QA books)
    • 7 DBCs (Pre-pilot books)
    • 10 Magazines (MSCE QA magazines)
currently on bard audio
Currently on BARD—Audio
  • MSCE QA program (DBNs)
    • Oklahoma (OK1A)
    • Florida (FL1A)
    • Missouri (MO1A)
    • New York (NY1A)
  • Pre-pilot (DBCs)
    • Massachusetts (MA1A)
    • Montana (MT1A)
    • Iowa (IA1A)
    • Washington (WA1A)
    • South Carolina (SC1A)
    • Texas (TX1A)
    • Michigan (MI1A)
currently on bard braille
Currently on BARD—Braille
  • Washington
  • Arizona
  • North Carolina
  • Georgia
  • Hawaii
  • Florida
  • Utah
  • Iowa
  • Massachusetts
  • Wisconsin
  • South Dakota
audiobooks on bard
Audiobooks on BARD
  • Two types of network-produced audiobooks on BARD
    • DBCs
    • DBNs
  • History
    • Braille in BARD
    • Network Bulletin 12-02
dbc prefix
DBC Prefix
  • Meets requirements of NS01 and NS02
  • Submitted to NLS by producing library
dbn prefix
DBN Prefix
  • Meets contractor requirement specifications
  • Reviewed by MSCE through the QA program
  • Reviewed by NLS QAS
  • Submitted to BARD by MSCE
dbc requirements
DBC Requirements
  • NS01: Requirements for Locally Produced Digital Talking Books
    • Compliant with ANSI/NISO Z39.86-2002
    • Book number: DBCnnnnn
    • Well-formed and valid OPF, NCX, and SMIL
    • Contains specific metadata
  • NS02: Requirements for Protecting and Uploading Locally Produced Digital Talking Books
    • Protected DTB
    • Zip file structure
    • File named DBCnnnnn.pdtb.zip
    • Catalog record
    • Uploaded to network site
pre pilot
  • In August of 2013, NLS conducted a pre-pilot for posting DBCs on BARD.
  • The purpose of the pre-pilot was to refine the requirements and specifications and to test the internal procedures.
  • We also learned a lot about some of the misconceptions and miscommunications.
pre pilot what we learned
Pre-pilot—What we learned
  • Encryption issues
    • MIME type
    • Renaming output
  • Testing NLS processes
  • Delivery issues (Fed Google Docs)
  • In March of 2014 NLS announced the pilot.
  • The purpose of the pilot is two-fold.
    • Training in processes, technicalities, and requirements for posting audiobooks to BARD
    • Certification for posting materials to BARD
  • Three phases of the pilot:
    • Evaluation
    • Upload
    • Verification
phase 1 evaluation
Phase 1: Evaluation
  • Review requirements in NS01 and training materials
  • Select born-digital audiobook
  • Receive DBC numbers from BCS
  • Assign number to book
  • Fill out and submit catalog Completion Form
  • Load properly named, protected zip file and unprotected files of book on cartridge
  • Attend video conference with Phillip Carbo
  • Send to Chris Mundy to evaluate against the NLS Checklist
phase 1 evaluation1
Phase 1: Evaluation
  • Evaluation checklist is divided into two sections: Requirements and Recommendations
    • Requirements are necessary for posting to BARD
    • Recommendations are suggestions for improving the quality of your book
evaluation checklist
Evaluation Checklist



Based on NG04


Sound quality


Agreement with print book

DTB-naming convention

Overall quality

  • Based on NS01 and NS02
    • OPF, NCX, SMIL
    • Encryption
    • Zip structure
    • Naming convention
phase 2 upload
Phase 2: Upload
  • Review requirements in NS02 and training materials
  • Set up a Google account
  • Regional librarian—send required information to [email protected]
  • Ensure proper protection/encryption, zip structure, file name
  • After access is granted to upload site, upload zip file of book to your library’s folder
phase 3 verify
Phase 3: Verify
  • Log into BARD
  • Go to the Admin Home page
  • Under the Network-produced material approval pages heading, select the Network-produced material approval tool link
  • From the approval screen select DBC from the Prefix drop-down menu and/or Awaiting approval from the Status drop-down menu.
  • Your book will display. Select the link verify [title] in the summary listing of your book
  • Review the bibliographic data and download the book to verify that it performs as expected
  • Select Approved from the drop-down menu and select update
  • Your book is now available to all BARD users
open submission
Open Submission
  • Libraries who are certified by the pilot or pre-pilot process may upload audiobooks at their leisure
  • With the exception of the evaluation, the steps we have just outlined will be the process you use to submit audiobooks to BARD
    • Fill out and submit the completion form
    • Upload properly named, encrypted zip file to the network upload site
    • Log in to BARD and verify your book
audio magazines why are they different
Audio MagazinesWhy are they different?
  • Magazines do not have catalog records
  • BARD gets all information from file name and OPF
  • We will be developing requirements for non-MSCE QA magazines in the near future
  • 10 network-produced magazines, that have passed the MSCE QA program are currently on BARD
library recording programs
Library Recording Programs
  • Why have a recording program in your library?
    • Engaging volunteers
    • Win/Win
  • NLS resources
    • Chris Mundy
    • Phillip Carbo
    • NLS studio
    • Documentation
  • Audiobook production tools
    • Now easier and less expensive than ever to digitally record and make DTBs


Paula Bahmani

Phillip Carbo

Christopher Mundy

Steve Prine