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Mundy Wins Prestigious Francis Joseph Campbell Award

Chris Mundy, quality assurance specialist at Multistate Center East (MSCE), a division of Clovernook Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired, is the 2014 recipient of the Francis Joseph Campbell Award, presented by the Association of Specialized and Co¬operative Library Agencies (ASCLA). ASCLA is a division of the American Library Association (ALA). The Francis Joseph Campbell Award—named after the American educator who co¬founded England’s Royal National College for the Blind—is presented each year to a person or institution that has made an out¬standing contribution to library service for blind and physically handicapped people. Mr. Mundy recently received the award which included a medal and citation during the ALA’s National Conference in June. Mr. Mundy was selected for the award for sharing his technical expertise in the production of quality audio materials through workshops, developing guidelines and consulting with the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) volunteer recording studios. His contributions enhance and expand collections that offer a wide variety of materials to blind and visually impaired patrons. Past award recipients include Senator John Chafee for his leadership regarding copyright legislation that supports timely availability of books in specialized format, and Ray Kurzweil for his innovative text-to-speech and OCR scanning technologies. Mr. Mundy works with NLS volunteer recording studios around the country regarding technical specifications and artistic interpretation of their recorded books and magazines. He is instrumental in assisting these studios in the preparation of their digitally recorded audio books and magazines to be made available on BARD, the NLS patron download site. Representative titles include “Smithsonian”, “National Geographic Traveler”, “Southern Living”, “Audubon”, and “Cowboys and Indians”. Mr. Mundy also assists with the development and recording of audio books by local authors as well as topics of geographic interest. Mr. Mundy views this year’s Francis Joseph Campbell Award as incentive to expand volunteer recording studios’ selection and availability of reading materials in specialized format.

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