The audiobook industry continues to grow in near-equal measure in both the library and retail sectors, with the Audio Publishers Association (APA) ballparking sales at an all-time high of $1.2 billion. Libraries are in a real position to take advantage of the trend. Yet with diminished AV budgets, limited title and format availability, and a constant influx of competing downloadable and streaming offerings from the consumer realm, the prospect can be daunting. For libraries wanting to reap the benefits of increased awareness and discovery of their audio holdings, LJ spotlights some best practices in audiobook promotion, discusses some of the challenges inherent to the medium, and proposes new ways of thinking about audio that might even make it a catalyst for moving print.
Among the topics of discussion at LJ‘s latest Design Institute (DI), a daylong seminar on building and design hosted at the Hughes Main Library of the Greenville County Library System (GCLS) in early November, were the challenges of urban vs. rural development and of responding to changing user needs. The event was the eighth in […]
A collaborative approach to sustainable building at LJ’s sixth Design Institute, in Dallas On December 11, 2009, the same weekend that the UN Climate Change Conference was taking place in Copenhagen, approximately 90 librarians, library board members, architects, and vendors from 12 states convened for their own ecominded summit at the Dallas Public Library’s (DPL) […]
LJ’s second Design Institute tackles the ins and outs of sustainable buildings On December 11, approximately 115 librarians, architects, and planners convened at the Chicago Public Library‘s (CPL) Harold Washington Center for LJ‘s second Design Institute (DI). Through a daylong series of green-themed presentations, panels, and breakout sessions, they conferred on the latest developments, options, […]