Audio Format and Budget Transitions: An Interactive Q&A

Saturday, June 23, 2012 - 10:30am to 11:30am
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Moderator: Michele Cobb, President, Audio Publishers Association
Speaker: Michael Ciccone, Director of Collections, The Hamilton Public Library
Speaker: Valerie Piechocki, Chief of Materials Management, Prince George's County Memorial Library System

An interactive Q&A on the transition in formats in the audio industry from hard goods (CDs) to digital and how this has affected budget allocations. Librarians who buy in both the CD and digital format will discuss how they determine what to buy and how they foresee the coming changes in their budgets. APA President Michele Cobb will moderate and provide industry statistics that will help librarians in their planning.

Valerie Piechocki is currently the Chief of Materials Management for the Prince George's County Memorial Library System. She has held a variety of positions in public, academic and special libraries in Maryland. She was an early adopter of digital audio both personally and for PGCMLS and looks forward to the seamless synchronization of high quality e-audio with e-pub.

Michael Ciccone is currently the Director of Collections at The Hamilton Public Library in Ontario. Previously he was the Associate Director of Collections at the DC Public Library and the Head of Acquisitions for the branches of The New York Public Library.

Michele Lee Cobb has served with the Audio Publishers Association (APA) board since 2001, as a director and officer, and is currently President. She is also VP – Sales & Marketing for AudioGO (the home of BBC Audiobooks and Audio Bookshelf).

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Thursday, May 17, 2012 - 10:10am PDT
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