Rediscovering the Power of Audiobooks eCourse

Rediscovering the Power of Audiobooks: Collection Development, Readers’ Advisory, Programming, and More eCourse

You must complete your registration in advance of the eCourse by following the instructions contained in the PDF download that accompanies your purchase. The download can be found on the final confirmation screen after you complete your purchase and may also be accessed from your account. Select "My Account" and then select the "Files" tab to see all of your digital downloads.

$175.00
ALA Member: 
$ 157.50
Item Number:
1541-9386
Dates: 
From:  May 6, 2019
To:  June 2, 2019
Delivery Method: 
Asynchronous
Credentials: 
Attendance Cert.
Duration: 
4 weeks
Estimated Hours of Learning: 
24 Hours
Publisher: 
ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions
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According to Pew Research Center, almost one out of every five Americans listens to audiobooks. With audiobooks’ rise in popularity, it’s important for us to ensure they’re a significant part of our library collections. With the ubiquity of smartphones, there are new technology and formatting options that are changing the game, not only in terms of collection development but also in terms of cataloging.

In this new 4-week eCourse, instructor Francisca Goldsmith provides you with an overview of audiobooks from a technical and collection development perspective. Throughout the course, you’ll gain familiarity with technical and functional terminology and format assets as well as gain awareness of various material and online delivery systems, their benefits, and challenges. Goldsmith covers everything from collection development and maintenance to advisory work and programming.

After participating in this eCourse, you will be able to

  • Recognize a variety of personal preferences/habits/strengths in format choices;
  • Discern format-specific reviewing and incorporate value-added resources into selection;
  • Balance users’ reliance on catalog for discovery with cataloging possibilities at the local level;
  • Conduct listener advisory interviews;
  • Promote audiobooks in both reader-directed and other library programming, including makerspace and STEAM activities;
  • Maintain awareness of regional and state audiobook subscription options; and
  • Follow format awards for collection building and advisory awareness.

Upon purchase you will receive a registration PDF in the form of a digital download. This PDF contains a link to our Registration page and a password. You must download this PDF and follow the instructions in order to complete the registration. The download link can be found on the final confirmation screen after you complete your purchase, and may also be accessed by selecting "My Account" at the top of your screen and then selecting the "Files" tab. Confirmation with login instructions, reminders, and alerts will go to the email address used in the registration.

How this eCourse Works
The eCourse begins on May 6, 2019. Your participation will require approximately four to five hours a week, at times that fit your schedule. There are no live sessions. All activities take place on the website, and you will be expected to

  • Read, listen to or view online content
  • Post to online discussion boards
  • Complete weekly assignments or activities

Instructor Francisca Goldsmith will monitor discussion boards regularly during the 4-week period, lead group discussions, and will also answer individual questions. All interaction will take place on the eCourse site, which will be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It's recommended that students log into the site on the first day of class or within a few days for an overview of the content and to begin the first lesson.

User Requirements

Participants will need regular access to a computer with an internet connection for online message boards participation, viewing online video, listening to streaming audio (mp3 files), and downloading and viewing PDFs and PowerPoint files. ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions eCourses are fully compatible with Windows and MacOs.

Bulk Orders

This eCourse is licensed for a single user. For pricing on bulk purchases in excess of $1,000, please contact us for more information.

Week 1: Format as vessel for exposition and performance
Week 2: Collection development and maintenance
Week 3: Advisory work and other programming
Week 4: Learning more about transmedia literacy and ongoing professional skill building

Francisca Goldsmith

Francisca Goldsmith has worked in public and academic libraries across North America for more than 25 years before becoming a full-time library staff development consultant and instructor. Recently, her focus has been on supporting public library staff and administrators in responding to community needs for access to healthcare information and expanding librarian and educator awareness of multi-modal literacy needs in both youth and adult communities. Her library experience and consulting includes frontline reference work, collection management, branch services management, and teen services development and advocacy. She is the author of The Readers' Advisory Guide to Graphic Novels, Second Edition (ALA Editions, 2017).

If you have any questions about this eCourse, please contact us at elsmarketing@ala.org.

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Accommodations are offered based on user needs. For transcription or other accessibility requests, please contact us at elsmarketing@ala.org.

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