Re: [Videolib] Audio Books and Academic Libraries

From: Gail Fedak <>
Date: Wed Jul 01 2009 - 14:41:09 PDT

We began purchasing all genres 17-18 years ago. This past year we spent
approximately $.06 per FTE on audiobooks, all in CD format. Students would
probably love downloads or streaming, but I do not have the money to put
into the licenses these formats require. If your school has a summer
reading program for incoming freshmen and transfer students, you might
suggest getting a copy or two of the selected title in audio format. We do
that to support academics. Beyond that our audio purchases are not designed
to support academic programs. At our level of spending, I do not feel that
we are compromising the academic media collection. By not limiting genres,
we serve a broad base of patrons, many of whom may not use the public
library. Our media library is a separate entity from our main library, so
audiobooks are not filed with the main collection. Ours is also a totally
closed stacks collection, so patrons must browse through the online database
for what we have. We don't even have room to display the jackets so they are
accessible to patrons. So far we have had reasonably good success
circulating the audiobooks. I know I am hooked on them and would be very
disappointed if I had to go to the public library for some genres.
Good luck,

Gail B. Fedak, Director
Media Resources
Middle Tennessee State University
1301 E. Main St., P.O. Box 33
Murfreesboro, TN 37132
phone 615-898-2899
fax 615-898-2530



[] 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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