RE: [Videolib] Audio Books on CD

Bergman, Barbara J (
Wed, 3 Sep 2003 15:10:01 -0500

Having an audiobook collection has been a good thing for us.

We have 1500 audiobook titles that grew out the audio-visual collection.
In theory it's supporting the Education curriculum, but it's a popular
collection with everyone. We include a mix of childrens and adult books.

Since the collection has been around for several years, the audiobooks
circulate for the same loan periods as books.

CD versus cassette tape is a challenge--someone will always want the
other format. For that reason, include something in the bib record so
people can limit a search by CD or cassette, not just "sound recording."

I believe that we do all of our own selection, not a subscription.
Unabridged versions are purchased as much as possible.
Audiophile magazine is the main selection tool, plus the usuals like
Library Journal.

Let me know if you need more details,

Barb Bergman
Media Services Librarian
Minnesota State University-Mankato
(507) 389-5945

-----Original Message-----
From: R. Hertzler []
Sent: Wednesday, September 03, 2003 1:15 PM
Cc: Susan D. Kane
Subject: [Videolib] Audio Books on CD

Dear Videolibbers,

My colleague is considering adding audio books to our undergraduate
library collection at the University of Washington. She's curious about
academic library experiences with audio books so far. Did you purchase
go with a subscription service? How long do yours circulate? How many
you have? How much do you spend yearly? How do you select? Issues with
loss/replacement? Anything you'd care to share?

Randy Hertzler
UW Libraries Media Center
University of Washington

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