On Track...with Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic

By Annemarie Cooke, RFB&D Sr. External Relations Officer

We at Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic are delighted with this opportunity to communicate with you during the times between the National Federation of the Blind's Washington Seminar and the national convention.

For those of you who don't know about us already, just a few quick facts: RFB&D is the largest library of academic textbooks on tape. If you're a student, either full- or part-time, on any academic level from K-adult, RFB&D is a valuable resource. Our library has 77,000 texts on tape and on computer disk.

For additional information and an application for service, check out our website at http://www.rfbd.org. You also can call our Member Services department toll-free at 1-800-221-4792. If you have specific questions and want to speak directly with me, call me at (609) 520-8079 or e-mail me at acooke@rfbd.org. We'll be using this page to let you know what's new at RFB&D, including new products and services.

GOOD-BYE TO RITCHIE AND PAM:

By the time you read this, we will have a new CEO. Ritchie L. Geisel, whom many of you know, has served RFB&D as president and CEO for nine years. He and his wife, Pam Wilkison Geisel, are moving to Los Angeles where he will assume leadership of the Crippled Childrens' Society, an organization that provides a variety of educational, rehabilitation and other services to people with a range of disabilities. Both Ritchie and Pam hold as a personal priority the opportunity to make a positive difference in the lives of others. Many of you may remember Pam as RFB&D's former Director of Consumer Outreach. As this is written, a national search for Ritchie's successor continues. Ritchie will begin his new post on November 1.

$50,000 IN AWARDS FROM RFB&D!:

Are you an RFB&D member who is blind or visually impaired and in your senior year of college? Then you just might be eligible for the Mary P. Oenslager Scholastic Achievement Awards which total $30,000.

Winners must have a B average or better and demonstrate outstanding leadership, enterprise, and service to others. Candidates must be students at a four-year U.S. college or university. Many of our SAA winners are Federationists! If you have a specific learning disability and are a senior in high school, you may be eligible for the Marion Huber Learning Through Listening awards. The same criteria is used in selecting the top three RFB&D members who will win a total of $18,000.

For information and an application, check out our website, http://www.rfbd.org, or call our Member Services department, 1-800-221-4792. This year, the entry deadline is February 21, 1999.

REFERENCE LIBRARIAN ON CALL:

Need assistance with a paper or project for school? Or perhaps you're interested in what books RFB&D has in a specific subject area. Assistance is at hand with our reference service. A reference librarian can prepare a bibliography for you, send it to you via e-mail or snail-mail in hard copy and order the books for you. Reach our reference department by phone directly at (609) 520-8031 or by e-mail at reference@rfbd.org.

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