Vol. 5, No. 2

October 1998


Grant Approved, Library on the Move

The Pinellas Talking Book Library (TBL) will be the first subregional library in Florida to join the Bureau of Braille and Talking Book Library Services (Bureau) in an innovative, statewide computer network. A $56,000 grant from the Library Service and Construction Act, administered by the State Library of Florida, will support hardware, software licensing, training, and infrastructure acquisitions necessary for sharing client and collection records with the Bureau. "Our KLAS database from Keystone, Inc. will improve staff efficiency and offer clients new options for searching the talking book catalog and placing orders by telephone," said Greg Carlson, Talking Book Librarian. "We will keep our readers informed of our progress and changes to their service as we implement new technologies and procedures," Carlson added.

The TBL will also be moving to Clearwater perhaps as early as Spring 1999 with the Pinellas Public Library Cooperative’s administrative offices. Previous reports of relocation to Dunedin proved premature. The move will double our space, making larger collections and programming possible. We will share more details with you over the next several months. The new library’s address will be 1330 Cleveland St. on the corner of Lady Mary Boulevard. The building is now occupied by the Clearwater/Dunedin Realty Association.

The Montana Association for the Blind (MAB) has published a large print, 36 point type, cookbook with 140 recipies supplied by members and friends of MAB. Copies are $10 and are eligible for free matter mailing. Contact MAB for orders or for more information, 406.723.3383.

For computer users, Asssistive Media of Ann Arbor, Michigan, provides audio access to selected magazine articles each month. Readers need a 28K modem or better and RealAudio Player, software that can be downloaded from the Assistive Media site. Previous months have featured articles from Wired, New Yorker, and Harper’s Magazine. You can find Assistive Media on the web at http://www.assistivemedia.org.

Staff Changes

Please welcome Rick Griffing to the Pinellas Talking Book Library. Rick is our new office manager, and his voice may already be familiar to some of you. Besides learning the duties and roles of his position, Rick has faced the added challenge of bringing harmony and order to an office that has been unoccupied for one year. Twice a week he also travels to the University of South Florida for classes in the School of Library and Information Science master’s program. "I am happy to be working at the Pinellas Talking Book Library. I look forward to being of service and obtaining practical library experience in the process," Rick said.

Library Assistant Joan Dye, who had primary responsibility for clients with surnames beginning A through L, has left the TBL for new opportunities in Tampa. Joan combined a strong service ethic with a warm and empathetic personality. We wish Joan good luck with her studies at USF, and thank her for sharing her skills and talents with the talking book program. Martha will assist Joan’s clients until the Library Assistant I position is filled.


Built to Last

With the library preparing for a move to larger quarters in Clearwater next year, we decided to highlight books that celebrate builders, their designs, and structures. Architecture, viewed as practical or aesthetic, influences our lives as few other human creations. To order the following titles mail the enclosed form or call/email/fax the library with your requests.

Many Masks: A Life of Frank Lloyd Wright

by Brendan Gill

RC 27227

The turbulent career and private life of the gifted American architect including the author’s personal insights into Wright’s creative and cantankerous personality.

City Life: Urban Expectations in a New World

by Witold Rybczynski

RC 42825

A discussion of the design of U.S. cities including the 1950's urban renewal movement, garden suburbs, and the rise of shopping malls.

From Bauhaus to Our House

by Tom Wolfe

RC 17321

A social journalist looks askance at the ascetic impersonality of American architecture in the last fifty years.

Jefferson and Monticello: The Biography of a Builder

by Jack McLaughlin

RC 29126

A detailed examination of Thomas Jefferson’s home which reflects not only social and architectural theories but also his own democratic principals.


by Karl Sabbaugh

RC 32438

A behind the scenes detailed account of the complex achievement of the building of Worldwide Plaza, the skyscraper that replaced Madison Square Garden.

Dream House: On Building a House by a Pond

by Joe Coomer

RC 35980

The agonies and thrills of designing and building a Victorian dream house.