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Province of British Columbia
Ministry of Community, Aboriginal and Women's Services
Public Library Services Branch
- Establishment of a coordinated program with shared responsibilities among federal, provincial and local levels of government…
- Released by National Librarian in 1976
- Produce at minimum 200 titles annually;
- Recreational/Informational collection - public library users;
- 2 track cassette
- Titles selected by a regional committee of librarians, all of whom work with users of the service;
- Many titles recorded are requested by users;
- Coordinate production with CNIB and other Canadian producers.
- Recorded in acoustic studios in Burnaby;
- contract narrators (12) with theatre or broadcasting backgrounds;
- Analog recording on open reel; distribution on 2-track cassette;
- Cassette Sub-master created;
- Production shared with CNIB;
- Two copies deposited with National Library;
- Copies of all production provided free of charge to large BC public libraries;
- Replacements provided free of charge to BC public libraries.
- Medium and small public libraries receive deposit collections from the Loan Collection maintained in Burnaby;
- Individuals in areas of the province without public library service receive mail service from the Loan Collection.
- 24 libraries with permanent collections;
- 34 libraries with deposit collections;
- approx. 12,000 titles available;
- approx. 6,000 users read Audiobooks;
- Average circulation: 41 books per borrower
- Sales to Canadian libraries since 1981;
- National Sales catalogue twice annually;
- $6.50 per cassette
- Replacements service
- 25+ years - another National Library Task Force.
- Time of critical need for users and producers.
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