Friday, November 27, 2009
#22 Audiobooks (or "The end is in sight ")
A division of OCLC, NetLibrary is the portal through which patrons can access their library's digital resources, including eBooks, eAudiobooks, and eJournals. With so many of us holding, our lives in our hands through palm-sized technology, NetLibrary offers another way to access information remotely and digitally. Patrons check out an eBook or another digital resource much like they would a print resource. A library's digital catalog offers much of the same searching capabilities as a WebPac. Once a title is selected, the patron keys in a library card number, and continues on to download the material to a computer or other device. Very simple. For those with long commutes to and from work, a lot of travel time, or no time to sit and read, digital resources can fulfill a need for information (and reading) that wouldn't be possible with traditional library materials. My library currently uses OverDrive (and cancelled NetLibrary). This interface also offers downloadable videos and music for library cardmembers. One thing about using digital resources at your library-it won't work with Kindle, which requires that you purchase all content at Amazon.com.