Beginning February 15, 2010, Western Carolina University’s Hunter Library offers patrons access to a newly-acquired collection of 750 downloadable audio books. These books have been made available through NC LIVE, North Carolina’s statewide online library, with a Library Services and Technology Act grant from the State Library of North Carolina.
These audio books are compatible with both PCs and Macintoshes and are transferable to most MP3 devices, including iPods. Book subject areas focus primarily on classic literature, history, biography, and language learning. The books are available to patrons both within Hunter Library and outside the library via an Internet connection. Hunter Library patrons have free, online access to the collection through the library’s website (WCU login will be required for off-campus users).
As a participant in the NC LIVE Audio Book pilot program, Hunter Library is one of the first libraries in North Carolina to have access to this collection of audio books. Later this spring, NC LIVE will extend the program and make the collection available to all libraries across the state. NC LIVE purchased the audio books through Ingram Digital and is making them available through the MyiLibrary® Audio Books platform. MyiLibrary® is the Ingram Content Group’s industry-leading e-content aggregation platform for public, academic and professional libraries around the world.
Members of the Hunter Library staff are excited to offer the new content to their patrons, and are interested in hearing what patrons have to say about the collection. Feedback and questions can be directed to Metadata Librarian Anna Craft.