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Concurrent Program Session

Listen to This: Finding Audiobooks in Languages Other Than English

Friday, March 23, 2018, 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM

Pennsylvania Convention Center, 202 AB

Some readers listen to audiobooks for pleasure. Some listen to multitask. For people who cannot read the printed page for a physical reason, including blindness, low vision, physical handicap, and reading disabilities, audiobooks are a necessity. Audiobooks listeners are all ages and speak a variety of languages, but finding audiobooks in languages other than English can be challenging. Discover various resources for these audiobooks, including the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped.

At the end of this session, participants will:

1: Understand the national and international copyright concerns and challenges in finding and acquiring audiobooks in foreign languages 2: Be able to find commercial audiobook vendors to purchase audiobooks in foreign languages 3: Be able to identify and connect print disabled readers to non-commercial audiobook providers such as the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped

The session organizer(s) identified this session as appropriate for:
Level 2: People with some knowledge, who want to increase their understanding.

This session will have: Medium interaction (example: single speaker/panel with questions or discussion throughout)

Handouts: Download 1  

Track: Plan

Tags: Collections/Tech Services, Accessibility (ADA-compliance), Collection Development, Multicultural Services, Partnerships and Collaboration, Special Needs Populations


Elizabeth Burns, Head of Reader Services
New Jersey State Library Talking Book & Braille Center , Trenton , NJ

Elizabeth Burns is the Head of Reader Services and Youth Services at the New Jersey State Library Talking Book & Braille Center. She has presented at ALA and state library programs on topics ranging from popular culture in libraries to best books for teens. Liz's articles on a variety of subjects have appeared in The Horn Book and School Library Journal.

Luz Troiano, Hispanic Outreach Coordinator
New Jersey State Library Talking Book & Braille Center , Trenton , NJ

Luz Sanchez Troiano is the Hispanic Outreach Coordinator at the New Jersey State Library Talking Book & Braille Center. Luz coordinates outreach to Spanish speaking communities in New Jersey, as well as providing reader's advisory to readers of all ages for audiobooks and Braille books.

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