• 39th CSUN Assistive Technology Conference - March 18-22, 2024 at the Anaheim Marriott

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BARD 2.0: A Website Modernization

Date & Time
Wednesday, March 20, 2024 - 2:20 PM PDT  
Platinum 2  

The Braille and Audio Reading Download, (BARD), website, a service of the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled, (NLS), first went live in 2006. The BARD website has recently been updated to offer NLS patrons expanded functionality and will serve as a gateway to expanded services in the future. NLS patrons are able to search for and discover BARD books and magazines better than ever before.

Some of the features of the new website include:

  1. A reorganization of the Wish List, Reading History, Subscriptions, and Account Settings under one menu.
  2. Book lists such as Recently Added Books and Magazines, Most Popular Downloads, and Wish Lists have new sorting capabilities, patrons can search through these lists, and refine the results by format, language, and subject.
  3. BARD uses an updated Solar search engine, so finding books is now easier than ever before.
  4. Perform advanced searches to look through the catalog, including the world’s largest Braille music collection.

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  • Higher Education
  • Disability Specific
  • K-12 Education
  • Healthcare & Rehabilitation
  • Entertainment & Recreation
Audience Level
Session Summary (Abstract)
Come see the new BARD website and what it has to offer NLS patrons. More features, more flexibility, more books. This session will demonstrate how the BARD website gives NLS patrons a better web experience, and a glimpse into future NLS services.  
Primary Topic
Blind/Low Vision  
Secondary Topics
  • Captions & Transcription
  • Design
  • Independent Living
  • Product Demonstration
Session Type
General Track  


  • Zhi Huang
    National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled, Library of Congress
  • Donald Olson
    National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled, Library of Congress

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