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Search is on for Volunteers to

Record Technical Texts

The Recording for the Blind (RFB), a private, non-profit agency based in Princeton, N.J., is desperately seeking volunteers to record technical material. RFB loans recorded educational books to the blind and other 'print-handicapped' people.

Georgia Larsen, director of the recording program at RFB, originally contacted Randy W. Dipner, chair of ACM SIGCAPH (Special Interest Group for Computers and the Physically Handicapped), for his assistance in funneling volunteers to RFB.

Because of the abundance of texts and materials of a scientific and technical nature, RFB is looking for volunteer scientists and engineers knowledgeable of the material they would read for the recordings. RFB reports that "15 years ago not more than 20 percent of the books requested from RFB were of a technical nature. By comparison, during the past academic year, almost 60 percent of book requests fell into that category."

Minimal requirements are a donation of 1 1/2-2 hours each week, on a continuing basis, for recording material. Dipner says no "speaking" or "voice" talent is required to volunteer for recording the tapes, and Larsen says training is provided. Volunteers will work in teams of two. There is no deadline for volunteering. RFB has about 4,000 volunteers and 31 recording studios located across the country.

Georgia Larsen may be contacted at Recording for the Blind Headquarters at (609) 452-0606. Her address is 20 Roszel Road, Princeton, NJ 08540.

The cities where recording studios are located and contact numbers are:

Arizona Phoenix (602) 273-7084 Peoria (602) 977-6020

California Los Angeles (213) 664-5525 Inglewood (213) 641-3537 Pomona (714) 624-4156 Palo Alto (415) 493-3717 Santa Barbara (805) 687-6393

Colorado Denver (303) 388-6594

Connecticut New Haven (203) 624-4334

District of Columbia Washington (202) 244-8990

Florida Coral Gables (305) 666-0552

Georgia Athens (404) 549-1313

Illinois Chicago (312) 236-8715 Univ. of Chicago, Chicago (312) 288-7077 Winnetka (312) 446-3338 Orland Park (312) 349-9356 Univ. of Illinois, Champaign (217) 333-4610 Naperville (312) 420-0722

Kentucky Louisville (502) 895-9068 Univ. of Louisville, Louisville (502) 588-5856

Massachusetts Cambridge (617) 577-1111 Lenox (413) 637-0889 Williamstown (413) 458-3641

Michigan Wayne State University, Detroit (313) 833-0048 East Hills Middle School, Bloomfield hills (313) 335-3560

New Jersey Princeton (609) 921-6534

New York New York (212) 557-5720

Pennsylvania University City Science Center, Philadelphia (215) 382-1100

Tennessee Oak Ridge (615) 482-3496

Texas Austin (512) 477-9390

Virginia Charlottesville (804) 293-4797

Dipner can be contacted at CTA Inc., 7150 Campus Drive, Suite 100, Colorado Springs, CO 80920; (719) 590-5100.

SIGAda and SIGMOD Elect New

Officers

The following individuals are the newly elected officers to ACM SIGAda and SIGMOD who will serve from July 1, 1989 to June 30, 1991. Ballots are kept on file at ACM Headquarters for six months in case of questions.

SIGAda

Chair Mark S. Gerhardt ESL Sunnyvale, CA (408) 738-2888, ext. 2459

Vice Chair for Meetings and

Conferences

Charlene Roberts Hayden 77 Beaumont Avenue Newton, MA 02160 (617) 332-6612

Vice Chair for Liaison

Edward Colbert Absolute Software Company, INc. 4593 Orchid Drive Los Angeles, CA 90043-3320 (213) 293-0783

Secretary

Norman H. Cohen IBM T.J. Watson Research Center P.O. Box 218 Yorktown Heights, NY 10598 (914) 945-2947

Treasurer

Hal Hart TRW, R2/1086 One Space Park Redondo Beach, CA 90278 (213) 812-0661

International Representative

John Garth Glynn 16 Glade Close CWMBRAN GWENT NP44 4TF United Kingdom 44-6333-71111

SIGMOD

Chair Won Kim MCC 3500 W. Balcones Center Drive Austin, TX 78759 (512) 338-3439

Vice Chair

Laura Haas 7139 Wooded Lake Drive San Jose, CA 95120 (408) 997-7860

Secretary/Treasurer

Michael j. Carey Computer Sciences Department University of Wisconsin 1210 West Dayton Street Madison, WI 53706 (608) 262-1204

Corrections

An article in the April issue of Communications (p. 513) incorrectly identified Peter J. Denning's place of employment. He is director of RIACS, an institute of the Universities Space Research Association (USRA), which is located at the NASA Ames Research Center. Communications apologizes for the error.
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