WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Commander, Navy Installations Command's Navy General Library Program (NLGP) announced the release of the new Navy e-Reader device, or NeRD, May 7.
The NeRD was developed in conjunction with the NGLP and is an essential component of the U.S. Navy's Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) program. With its array of preloaded titles-all accessible through a single, portable device- the NeRD delivers e-book content to encourage leisure, entertainment, and promote professional growth. The NeRD augments the NGLP's range of library services, which includes web-based digital library access to service members and their families at no charge.
"Commander, Navy Installations Command is constantly looking for innovative ways and leverage the latest technologies to provide our Sailors and their families around the world with new tools and resources that can enrich their lives," said Nellie Moffitt, CNIC's Navy General Library program manager. "NeRD addresses this goal head-on, with a library of digital titles in a convenient and secure package that circumvents longstanding NGLP challenges in content storage."
By integrating the NeRD into the NGLP, CNIC addresses a challenge common to outfitting maritime vessels with library collections-storage restrictions. Sailors have limited access to the Navy's Library Multimedia Resource Center (LMRC) as a result of physical storage restrictions. NeRD addresses this requirement by consolidating a library that accommodates vessel restrictions in a user-friendly, mobile format.
The Navy's library program has e-books and audiobooks available online for service members and their families. The e-reader came about after they requested the same access on ships.
"Since we have the digital product available while Sailors are on shore, we wanted to find a way to get digital accessibility while Sailors are on ships," says Nilya Carrato, program assistant for the library program. "They can keep 300 books, that would have taken up their entire library locker, in their Sailors' pockets now."
The Navy is making 385 devices at first, with more to follow, with five being sent to each submarine in the Navy to be shared among the crew.
The NeRD includes most of the 18 titles that comprise the Chief of Naval Operations Professional Reading Program (CNO-PRP).
According to the Naval War College CNO-PRP Program Manager, Professor John Jackson, "The CNO-PRP exists to encourage the reading of books of a professional nature by Sailors throughout the Navy. We salute the NGLP for inventing the NeRD as yet another way to get the written word into the hands of the world's greatest mariners! The NeRd and the CNO-PRP are two examples of the way in which the U.S. Navy invests in the professional development of our Sailors. "
For more information regarding the Navy Library program visit http://www.navymwr.org/libraries/digital.
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This story was updated on May 12, 2014.