Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped Advisory Committee
Also known as:
MN Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped Advisory Committee
Blind and Physically Handicapped Library Advisory Committee
Function: Advises the staff of the Minnesota Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped on long-range plans and library services.
Effective September 1, 2007, the Minnesota Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped is renamed the Minnesota Braille and Talking Book Library (MBTBL). The library's name had not changed since it was established in 1933. In 2005, the Minnesota Legislature passed a law requiring state agencies to remove archaic or outdated language referring to people with certain disabilities. The statute identifies the term "handicapped" as an outdated term requiring the library to change its name.
The library's advisory committee suggested two possible names: the Minnesota Library for the Blind and Print Disabled, or the Minnesota Braille and Talking Book Library. Library patrons were allowed to vote on the two names or offer an alternative. 597 patrons voted and overwhelmingly selected Minnesota Braille and Talking Book Library as the revised library name.
Despite the name change, the Minnesota Braille and Talking Book Library mission remains the same, said MBTBL Library Program Director Catherine Durivage. The library staff will continue to provide library services to people who cannot read standard print material due to a visual or physical disability. (information from Radio Talking Book: Radio News, September 2007)
5 members (people who use the Minnesota Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped); appointed by commissioner of education; per diem and expenses.
Entries for this agency in the Annual Compilation and Statistical Report of Multi-Member Agencies Report:
2007, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1997, 1996, 1995, 1994, 1993, 1992, 1991, 1990.
Note: This report provides membership details as well as meeting information and a summary of the group's activities.
Note: The Legislative Reference Library may have additional reports on or by this group available through our catalog.
News clippings and documents. Agencies Notebook Collection, 2007.
Record last updated:
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