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National Network for Equitable Library Services (NNELS)

It is estimated that there are more than three million Canadians with print disabilities, but less than 5% of published material is available in accessible formats.  Improvement in digital delivery provides libraries with an opportunity to make additional materials more widely available to this underserved population.

The National Network for Equitable Library Services (NNELS) provides access to a growing collection of downloadable audio books and other accessible formats restricted to the print disabled, made available through the SILS catalogue in Saskatchewan.

NNELS materials are being housed in a digital repository called the Canadian Accessible Library System (CALS), built by the BC Libraries Cooperative, with the support of the Provincial and Territorial Public Library Council (PTPLC).  Additional content is also being made available through membership in the Commonwealth Braille and Talking Book Cooperative (CBTBC), a service provided by the Association for the Blind of Western Australia.

Who can access NNELS material?

NNELS materials have been produced for the print disabled community. A print disabled patron is defined in the Canadian Copyright Act as a person with an impairment that prevents or inhibits them from reading a literary, musical, dramatic or artistic work in its original format and includes a disability resulting from:

  1. Severe or total impairment of sight or hearing or the inability to focus or move one's eyes
  2. The inability to hold or maniipulate a book
  3. An impairment relating to comprehension

A person meeting one of these criteria can fill out a Self-Declaration form at their local library. The print disabled status will be added to his/her card and the corresponding barcode and PIN can be used to access NNELS material.

Self-Declaration form

Competent Authority form

How can I find NNELS material?

NNELS material can be found in the SILS catalogue. Patrons can search the SILS catalogue on their local library websites or at their local library.  The results of a keyword search can be limited in the left hand column under format.  NNELS material is available in the following three formats: RESTRICTED EAUDIO, RESTRICTED EBRAILLE, RESTRICTED ETEXT.

How much material is available?

In January 2014, over 800 records were added to the SILS catalogue. New material will be added to the catalogue on a monthly basis with a projected total of 20,000 items by summer 2014.

What kind of content is available?

Material is available currently in adult fiction Daisy audio, from Australian publishers.  There is some juvenile e-Braille and e-Text by American authors.

How can I listen to an NNELS talking book?

Patrons with print disabilities can download the restricted e-Audio file onto an existing listening device including an iPod, iPad, iPhone, Tablet or Victor Stream Reader.

Transferring NNELS Titles to IPad (or Iphone) with a USB Cord/ iExplorer

Before you can begin, you will need the following:

  • The Device itself
  • The Device's USB cable
  • iExplorer software installed on computer (Demo mode)
  • A downloaded and unzipped NNELS MP3 title on desktop

Directions for Transferring

  1. Click on the iExplorer icon on desktop. You should see a window welcoming you to iExplorer
  2. Click "Continue in Demo Mode"
  3. On the left side of screen, you will see the file directory for the Ipad (or Iphone)
  4. Click "Apps"
  5. Click "Daisyworm"
  6. Click on the "Documents" folder
  7. Drag NNELS MP3 folder into the Documents folder (which is already open). You will see that the file is being copied if you look at the status bar on the bottom of the window.
  8. Next, go the Ipad and open up the DaisyWorm app.
  9. Select "Booklist" - this will display the title you just transferred, along with any other titles that are loaded on the Ipad.

Directions for playing a title

  1. Open the Daisyworm App on the Ipad.
  2. Select "Booklist." You will now see any and all NNELS titles that are loaded on the device are listed.
  3. Select the title you would like to play. A check mark will be displayed on the right side.
  4. Next, select "Navigation". If it is the first time the title is being played on the device, you may see a message telling you that it may take a moment for it to load.
  5. The name of the title will be displayed at the top of the screen. Press the "play" button to begin. Use the navigation buttons to skip forward or backward.

Directions for deleting a title

  1. Connect the device to the computer using the USB cable.
  2. Open iExplorer on computer
  3. Click "Continue in Demo Mode"
  4. On the left side of screen, you will see the file directory for the Ipad (or Iphone)
  5. Click "Apps"
  6. Click "Daisyworm"
  7. Click on the "Documents" folder
  8. You will now see any and all titles loaded on the Ipad. Use the computer mouse to right click on the title you wish to delete and select "delete"

Transferring NNELS Titles Using ITunes

Before you can begin, you will need the following:

  1. The device itself
  2. The device's USB cable
  3. ITunes installed on the computer
  4. A downloaded and unzipped NNELS MP3 title on the desktop

Directions for Transferring:

  1. Connect the Ipad to the computer using the USB cable
  2. ITunes should open automatically, but if not then you will need to open it manually
  3. Select the "Ipad" button with the arrow on the upper right hand side of the ITunes screen. It looks like this:
    ipad button

This will bring up the menu options for your Ipad. It looks like this and is located near the top of the screen:
summary button

  1. Select "Apps" from the menu for the Ipad
  2. Scroll down to "File Sharing"
  3. Click the "Daisy Worm App". It should be highlighted in blue now. To the right, you will see a box listing any and all Daisy Worm Documents already loaded on the Ipad.
  4. Click the "Add" button. This will open the downloads folder on your computer.
  5. Select the NNELS title you would like to transfer to the Ipad.
  6. Click "Open." At the top of the screen you will see that the file is being transferred. It only takes a few seconds to complete.
  7. Once the transfer is complete you should see the file/book now listed under "Daisy Worm Documents"
  8. Next, go the Ipad and select the Daisy Worm App.
  9. Select "Book List" - this will display the title you just transferred along with any other titles that are loaded on the Ipad.

Directions for Deleting a Title

  1. Connect the Ipad to the computer using the USB cable
  2. ITunes should open automatically, but if not then you will need to open it manually
  3. Select the "Ipad" button with the arrow on the upper right hand side of the ITunes screen. It looks like this:

This will bring up the menu options for your Ipad. It looks like this and is located near the top of the screen:

  1. Select "Apps" from the menu for the Ipad
  2. Scroll down to "File Sharing"
  3. Click the "Daisy Worm App". It should be highlighted in blue now. To the right, you will see a box listing any and all Daisy Worm Documents already loaded on the Ipad.
  4. Click the name of the file/book you would like to delete. It should be highlighted in blue.
  5. Hit the "Delete" button on your keyboard
  6. ITunes will ask you if you are sure you would like to delete this item, select "Delete."


Contact for more information:

Kimberley Hintz
Public Library Coordinator
Provincial Library & Literacy Office
kimberley.hintz@gov.sk.ca 
306-787-2259