Developing a Downloadable Audiobook Collection in an Academic Library
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Downloadable audiobooks are a relatively new addition to the ever-widening world of electronic resources available in libraries. Instead of checking out audiobooks as physical CDs, patrons are able to access them as digital audio files through the library's website. Once the patron "checks out" the audiobook online, it can be downloaded to a home computer, laptop, or a variety of portable listening devices (such as iPhones). Seeing electronic audiobooks as potentially very helpful for college students, two academic librarians at Southeastern Louisiana University developed a small collection as a pilot project for their library. This poster session illustrates their experience with starting the project, including the various questions and choices they encountered. How should a provider be chosen? What if funding is not available for a subscription service? Can the audio files be downloaded to any of the different mobile devices library users may own? The poster also highlights the selection process and the efforts the librarians made to choose audiobook titles that would be most relevant to academic coursework. The poster session will feature portable listening devices with selected audio clips in order to demonstrate usability and sound quality to attendees.
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