Re: [Videolib] Audio Books and Academic Libraries

From: Jana Atkins <>
Date: Wed Jul 01 2009 - 14:44:00 PDT

We also have a few, nothing collected in a deliberate manner recently. Most of ours are of the classics genre, non-fiction, and some language learning, although we've had a few others sneak through.

You can make an excellent justification for buying them by checking with the English department on their reading lists, and using ADA as a justification. Sure, computers have lots of assistive technologies to help readers with low vision, but would you rather hear a computerized voice read Oliver Twist, or would you rather hear it from Flo Gibson, with all the vocal inflection and tonal quality the book deserves (assuming she treats it that well)? I'm thinking even the worst monotone is better than any computer. And the schools have not been teaching Braille as widely in recent years as in the past due to the availability of audio books and assistive technology.

Jana Atkins, B.M., M.L.S.
Performing Arts/Multimedia Librarian
University of Central Oklahoma
Max Chambers Library
100 N. University
Edmond, OK 73034

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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