Re: [Videolib] Audio Books and Academic Libraries

From: Stanton, Kim <>
Date: Wed Jul 01 2009 - 14:18:15 PDT

We also have a fairly small audio book collection. It's housed and managed within the media collection (closed stacks) and consists of LPs, audiocassettes, CDs and Playaways (pre loaded, self contained digital players). The content is about equal parts foreign language learning, classic fiction and popular fiction/nonfiction. The foreign language learning has definitely had the highest circ over the last few years.

We've considered subscribing to a streaming audio book vendor for more classical/ popular titles, but our local public library provides this service so we haven't yet made the commitment to online audiobooks.

Kim Stanton

Digital Media Librarian

Media Library

University of North Texas

P: (940) 565-4832

F: (940) 369-7396

From: [] On Behalf Of GODIN, CHRISTINE
Sent: Wednesday, July 01, 2009 3:11 PM
Subject: Re: [Videolib] Audio Books and Academic Libraries

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 box.

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

From: [] On Behalf Of Seay, Jared Alexander
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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