The Patron Advisory Council (PAC) of the Washington Talking Book & Braille Library provides recommendations on practices, policies, and goals of library services to individuals who are blind, visually impaired, deaf-blind, physically disabled, or reading disabled. Council members serve as advocates in promoting library services and being active in outreach efforts on behalf of WTBBL.
PAC membership represents the diversity of WTBBL users through such factors as patron eligibility, geography, experience, and library usage. Members serve three-year terms and may serve a second consecutive three-year term. Terms begin January 1.
Members meet three times a year in February, June and October. Meetings are open to all to attend and details about the meetings will be sent out on the WTBBL listserv. All meeting minutes are available by request by calling (800) 542-0866.
Membership consists of the following:
• a patron who is blind
• a patron who is visually impaired
• a patron who is deaf-blind
• a patron with a reading disability
• a patron with a physical disability other than blindness that makes holding a book or turning pages difficult
• a patron who is an adolescent or the parent of a child who is a patron
• a patron who is a veteran
• a representative from the Washington Council of the Blind
• a representative from the National Federation of the Blind of Washington
• general patron representatives
Bylaws of the Patron Advisory Council:
Available for download: Mp3 file, Word Document, Adobe PDF, Electronic Braille.
Applying for the Patron Advisory Council:
The PAC has an opening for one general patron representative. A notice of openings on the Council is sent to all Library users electronically, giving them an opportunity to apply for membership. Applications must be received before November 15, 2018. A membership committee made up of current PAC members will make membership selection by the end of the calendar year.
Please complete the application form found at https://bit.ly/2ey5xgv if you are interested in becoming a WTBBL Patron Advisory Council (PAC) Member.
Current Members 2018:
Jonathan Blake (Sedro Woolley)
Ryan Bondroff (Seattle)
John Buckmaster (Spokane) – Vice Chair
Sharon Cordova (Puyallup)
Chris Coulter (Everett) - Chair
Frank Cuta (Benton City)
Leslie Fitzpatrick (Vancouver)
Reginald George (Yakima)
Annee Hartzell (Walla Walla) – Secretary
Stephanie Lucash (Seattle)
Gary Mackenstadt (Sequim)
Dierdre Maxwell (Tacoma)
Heather Mears (Walla Walla)
Magdalen (Maida) Pojtinger (Kent)
Betty Watson (Vancouver)