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Sunday, March 13, 2005

Innovative use of ipods in Library

As Librarians, it is our constant challenge to be able to bring material to the patron in the most user-friendly and accurate way possible. We are always on the lookout for better and more efficient, effective ways of matching client with material whether it is information bytes or reading material. Thankyou then, to South Huntington Public Library which is on Long Island, New York for leading the way with ipods. I knew about ipods and their potential in the music field, but did not know that any were available for use in, or loan from, a library. But it goes beyond that. As I reported in News Bytes, on an article entitled Library Shuffles Its Collection ,
the library ran a pilot program using the portable MP3 devices to store audio books downloaded from the Apple iTunes Music Store. They started with six shuffles, and now are up to a total of 10. Each device holds a single audio book.” So they have extended the concept to invlude using the technology to making audio books available in what seems to be a fr more user-friendly format. Listen here to an interview with the library’s director.


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