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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 DTBhelp@loc.gov

  • 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