Texas State Library and Archives Commission, Talking Book Program - AFB Directory Profile

General Information

Texas State Library and Archives Commission, Talking Book Program
1201 Brazos Street
Austin, TX 78711-2927
(512) 463-5458 (Local)
(512) 936-0685 (Fax)
(800) 252-9605 (Toll-Free)

Brief Description

Regional Library.

Hours of operation: Mon.-Fri. 8:00 AM-5:00 PM.
Clients served on average per year: 18,000
Number of staff: 50 FTEs
Staff description: Librarians, library assistants, paraprofessionals, clerical personnel.
Geographic area served: Texas.
Publications: "Spotlight," which features recordings from the recording studio; quarterly newsletter; publications for librarians, teachers, and parents.


Dina Abramson, Librarian, Disability and Information Referral Center, (512) 463-2831, tbp.services@tsl.texas.gov
Stacey Hathaway-Bell, Manager, Reader Services, (512) 463-7081, shbell@tsl.state.texas.gov
Jaclyn Owusu, Public Awareness Coordinator
Ava Smith, Director, (512) 463-5428, amsmith@tsl.texas.gov
Kathleen Walls, BARD Administrator, (512) 463-5458, TBP.BARD@tsl.texas.gov

Services Offered

Services for Adults

  • Information and Referral
    • Disability and Information Referral Center (DIRC) is available to general public. Staffed by a librarian. Provides information and referrals on a wide variety of health and disability topics.
  • Library Services
    • Reading materials and playback equipment provided free to registered patrons. Reading materials include fiction, popular non-fiction, and magazines. Materials available on digital cartridge, by Internet download, in large print, Braille, and by i-device app. Digital talking book machines provided at no cost. Referrals to other services, such as Learning Ally, Bookshare, and Newsline.
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