Re: [Videolib] Audio Books and Academic Libraries

Date: Wed Jul 01 2009 - 13:11:06 PDT

We have a small selection of audio books on CD. I have elected to limit
the collection to classics and popular
inspirational/non-fiction/business titles. We aren't going into the
mysteries, etc as the public library does a fine job of that. We are
very selective in what we acquire because it can be a real Pandora's


Christine C. Godin

Dean of Learning Resources

Adjunct Faculty, Theatre

Northwest Vista College

3535 N. Ellison Dr.

San Antonio, TX 78251

210.486.4572 voice

210.486.4504 fax


[] On Behalf Of Seay, Jared
Sent: Wednesday, July 01, 2009 3:05 PM
Subject: [Videolib] Audio Books and Academic Libraries


Hey, though not exactly video related, I have a question about audio
books (sort of video with sound only...sort of). Anyway, naturally,
being the "media librarian" person I have been tasked with bringing (or
not) our library into the audio book age. We currently do not collect
audio books. Our director has historically had this "thing" against
having audio books (books on tape back in the day) in an academic
library (at least philosophically). Thus, we have nary a single audio
book. Our head of collection development and I are conspiring to bring
these audio book things into our library. But, we need some information
on justification, explanation of how they are being used in academic
libraries, why they are being used, and -VERY IMPORTANTLY - what FORMAT
is being used (CD, MP3-CD, download, streaming, or what).


Also, are these audio books in the regular collection or (like most
public libraries) are they shelved separately? Are they put in the
video/media collection? Any insights, suggestions, or stories of renown
would be helpful. Thanks.




Jared A. Seay

Reference Librarian

Head, Media Collections

Addlestone Library
College of Charleston

Charleston, SC 29424


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