New eCourse: Rediscovering the Power of Audiobooks

For Immediate Release
Wed, 03/20/2019


Colton Ursiny

Office Coordinator

ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions

Chicago—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new facilitated eCourse, Rediscovering the Power of Audiobooks: Collection Development, Readers’ Advisory, Programming, and More. Francisca Goldsmith will serve as the instructor for a 4-week facilitated eCourse starting on Monday, May 6, 2019.

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.

eCourse outline

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

About the Instructor

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).

Registration for this ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions facilitated eCourse, which begins on May 6, 2019, can be purchased at the ALA Store. Participants in this course will need regular access to a computer with an internet connection for online message board participation, viewing online video, listening to streaming audio (MP3 files), and downloading and viewing PDF and PowerPoint files.

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