Braille and Talking Book Library (BTBL) User Advisory Council Inaugural Launch

In early 2014, following the example of NLS network libraries nationwide, BTBL launched a 7–15 member BTBL User Advisory Council (BUAC).

Please read the BUAC Bylaws, and if you're interested, we hope you will consider applying for this vital volunteer role.

Applications are accepted continuously throughout the year, with preferred consideration given to applications received by November 15, 2014. The November deadline gives us enough time to review and select applicants in time for a paid/reimbursable inaugural meeting at the California State Library in the early months of 2015. The application form is available here online:

The application is also available via Email, fax, or U.S. mail by contacting the library at or
(800) 952-5666.

The purpose of the Council is to provide advice to the California State Library (CSL) and BTBL. Council members have an opportunity to advise and make recommendations to BTBL and CSL management for improvements to library services. However, the Council is not a policy-making body.

We are seeking diverse Northern California geographical representation as well as print disability demographic representation. We truly encourage all who are interested to apply.

The council meets three to four times per year - via teleconference or online - with one annual expenses-paid, in-person meeting at the State Library in Sacramento. Councilor terms last for three years, with some one- and two-year terms in the first few years in order to achieve three-year staggered terms for the duration.

The initial applications were reviewed by a selection committee of BTBL staff. Responsibility to review future applications falls to the council.

If you have questions or comments, please contact BTBL Library Director Mike Marlin at the Email address or phone number listed above. Thank you!