National Literary Society of the Deaf
Established February 6, 1907




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To carry out the NLSD mission, NLSD will collaborate with:

Library of Congress through its Center for the Book and Workforce Diversity Office
Annual Event March 13 - April 15 since 2006
In 2007 NLSD was invited to become a reading promotion partner of the Center for the Book.
National Access: Internet

National Association of the Deaf through Library Friends Section
Members may be speaker, program planner, and/or fundraiser working with local public libraries for observing Deaf History Month and other deaf-related annual events.
NAD Ad Hoc Committee on National Deaf History Month developed the Deaf History Month Kit in 2006.
National Access: Internet

American Library Association through its division, Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies/Library Serving Special Populations Section/ Library Service to People Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing Forum
NLSD and its partners publicize resources for promoting deaf culture, books and literacy through programs and exhibits at national conferences and public places
National Access: Internet

Friends of Libraries for Deaf Action through THE RED NOTEBOOK
FOLDA has four directories listing organizations, speakers, books and workers.
National Access: Internet
State Center Affiliates through public libraries activities
Since 1984, fifty states and the District of Columbia have established (see Guidelines) statewide book centers that are affiliated with the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress
NLSD will provide assistance to cosponsors of local public libraries in their needs of resources
National Access: Internet

American Library Association (ALA)
Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA)
Libraries Serving Special Populations Section (LSSPS)
Library Service to People Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing Forum (LSDHHF)    (membership organization)

ASL Access 
            Contact: Chris Wixtrom, founder and CEO
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Described and Captioned Media Program, US 
            Contact: Bill Stark, Project Director
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Gallaudet University Library 
            Contact: Tom Harrington,
Reference and Instruction Librarian
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Gallaudet University Video Library
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General Services Administration, US
            Information and services related to US federal government. 
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Library of Congress -- Resources that will benefit all groups of people in the nation.

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, US   
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Rochester Institute of Technology / Wallace Memorial Library / National Technical Institute for the Deaf /  Deaf Studies
            Contact: Joan Naturale,
Reference Librarian
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            See also Joan Naturale 's Library BLOG.

The Red Notebook: Deaf Awareness Begins @ your library   (
Ordering information

NLSD in the News

MDAD News, a publication of the Maryland Association of the Deaf (MDAD) Winter 2006-07

"National Literary Society of the Deaf Honors the Late Leon Auerbach, Former Deaf Leader in Maryland," by Barbara Blakeman, MDAD Board Member Blakeman is also the chair of FOLDA-MD. 

On Saturday, December 16, 2006 at the Silver Spring Community Library in Silver Spring, MD, the NLSD hosted a program in honor of Leon on his 90th birthday anniversary (July 16, 1916) and his 15th death anniversary (March 19, 1991). NLSD also helped MDAD celebrate its 50th anniversary (inc.1956). Leon, a native New Yorker and a graduate of both Fanwood School (White Plains, NY) and Gallaudet University, served two terms (1971 and 1973) as MDAD president. Guest Speaker: Raymond Kolander, a retired Gallaudet professor and close friend of Leon, highlighted Leon's life recognizing his valuable contribution to Maryland and notable leadership. Kim Pudans-Smith, who worked on MDAD’s 50th anniversary gala, said she found many articles of MDAD newsletters that Leon wrote and wanted to share one with the audience. It was said: "Irregular hours, no pay, no vacation, no paid holidays, no nothing except the great, great reward - knowledge .."   Leon's daughter, Debbie and her husband, John Giancoli of Silver Spring, MD, also attended the event. 
Submitted June 2007

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