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Audiobooks

Province of British Columbia
Ministry of Community, Aboriginal and Women's Services
Public Library Services Branch


Audiobooks

  • Establishment of a coordinated program with shared responsibilities among federal, provincial and local levels of government…
  • Released by National Librarian in 1976

Audiobooks

  • 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.

Audiobooks

  • Recorded in acoustic studios in Burnaby;
  • contract narrators (12) with theatre or broadcasting backgrounds;
  • Analog recording on open reel; distribution on 2-track cassette;

Audiobooks

  • 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.

Audiobooks

  • 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.

Audiobooks

  • 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

Audiobooks

  • Sales to Canadian libraries since 1981;
  • National Sales catalogue twice annually;
  • $6.50 per cassette
  • Processed
  • Catalogued
  • Replacements service

Audiobooks

  • 25+ years - another National Library Task Force.
  • Time of critical need for users and producers.
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