The Popularity of Audiobooks in School and Public Libraries

Library Resources | Francisca Goldsmith| August 09, 2018

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EBSCO, Findaway and AudioFile Magazine are collaborating to help libraries deliver the appeal of audiobooks to their patrons. Read this blog post by a librarian, longtime multimedia reviewer and AudioFile Magazine Contributing Editor Francisca Goldsmith to hear more about audiobooks in libraries.

Whether you’re building a new collection, enhancing your community’s access to listening options, or in search of staff development help for listening advisory work, you’ll want to register for a webinar on August 22nd. EBSCO, Findaway and AudioFile Magazine are partnering to make all these aspects of audiobooks in libraries more achievable and more satisfying to library patrons, and we’ll be sharing how you can tap into these efforts.

We all know that audiobooks have been earning increasingly robust popularity and shares of publishing output. Audiobook listeners are readers, with 83% of frequent listeners also reading print books, according to the Audio Publishers Association’s 2017 Sales and Consumer Survey published in May. Public and school libraries are positioned perfectly to help these listening readers find what they’d like to hear next, from among more than 45,000 audiobook titles published annually. Audiobooks appeal to both dedicated print readers and those challenged by print, to listeners of every age and subject or genre interest, and to those who listen for entertainment and those who listen to learn. These facts will be discussed during the webinar, as will the roles that library vendors have in supporting librarians in this effort.

Public and school libraries are positioned perfectly to help listening readers find what they’d like most to hear next. - Francisca Goldsmith

EBSCO provides access to collection development tools and resources, including more than 114,000 audiobook options. Findaway supports EBSCO’s title catalog and AudioFile Magazine is leveraged for critical guidance in performance evaluation.  Findaway produces and distributes thousands of audiobook units annually. AudioFile Magazine reviews, across all audiobook publishers and producers, more than 200 audiobook titles monthly, and offers a database of more than 40,000 critical audiobook reviews.  AudioFile’s reviews concentrate on evaluating performance and fit of material to audiobook format, with experienced listeners and reviewers considering such aspects of each title as choices made in pacing, tone, voicing, additional sounds, authentic accents, and other criteria that create pleasing listening experiences.

Among our collaborative projects are regularly updated lists ideal for both collection development and listening advisory work, using AudioFile’s critical review expertise, Findaway’s collection, and EBSCO’s collection development portal. We’ll share details about each of these roles and how they build library staff capacity.

Sign up for the webinar today at https://more.ebsco.com/2018-08-22-ebsco-audiofile-findaway-webinar.html and mark August 22, from 2-3 pm Eastern Time on your calendar. As a thank you, AudioFile is offering free, year-long subscriptions to its digital magazine to all webinar registrants via EBSCO’s digital newsstand, Flipster

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Francisca Goldsmith

Francisca Goldsmith, librarian and longtime multimedia reviewer, is a contributing editor at AudioFile Magazine and consults widely on library staff development, social media, and multimedia literacies

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