June 9, 2011
The Audiobook Publishers Association is sponsoring a video contest as part of the Get Caught Listening Campaign.
Someone always has to do a jaunty rap bit it seems…
This one proves a first line can make or break an audiobook. I recognized only a few. “It was the best of times…” is not included.
I like this one but it seemed to be going someplace funnier…
September 17, 2010
Library Journal’s collection development feature for September is relaxation and meditation. My hazy memory of the last time I helped a customer try to locate materials on this subject, was that this stuff can be hard to find.
I select media so I was happy to see a small segment devoted to media both CD and DVD. I’ve submitted a cart for both music for meditation as well as DVD on the topic. These should be in the catalog sometime later this month.
Music for meditation
|ALL ONE||KRISHNA DAS|
|CHAKRA HEALING||DEAN EVENSON|
|DR. ANDREW WEIL PRESENTS VIBRATIONAL SOUND HEALING||KIMBA AREM & ANDREW WEIL, M.D.|
|HEALING THE HOLY LAND||DEAN & DUDLEY EVENSON|
|INTO LIGHT||DEVA PREMAL|
|IRELAX: LEAVING THE WORKDAY BEHIND||VARIOUS ARTISTS|
|KOYASAN: REIKI SOUND HEALING||DEUTER|
|LOVE SONGS TO THE DARK LORD||BHAGAVAN DAS|
|MANTRAS FOR PRECARIOUS TIMES||DEVA PREMAL|
|MEDITATION MOMENT||DEAN & DUDLEY EVENSON|
|MUSIC FOR BABIES||STEVEN HALPERN|
|MUSIC FOR ZEN MEDITATION||RILEY LEE|
|RELAXATION SUITE||STEVEN HALPERN|
|SHAKUHACHI WATER MEDITATIONS||RILEY LEE|
|ULTIMATE MOST RELAXING NEW AGE PIANO||VARIOUS ARTISTS|
DVDs to help you unwind
|ESOVISION – AFRICA|
|ESOVISION – BIRD SONG|
|ESOVISION – CANYONS|
|ESOVISION – CARIBBEAN DREAMS|
|ESOVISION – CELTIC DREAMS|
|ESOVISION – DESERT OASIS|
|ESOVISION – ETERNAL ICE|
|ESOVISION – FLOWER MEADOW|
|ESOVISION – LIJIANG RIVER|
|ESOVISION – MOUNTAIN HIGH|
|ESOVISION – NIAGARA FALLS|
|ESOVISION – OUT OF AFRICA|
|ESOVISION – RAIN FOREST|
|ESOVISION – SAHARA|
|ESOVISION – SAND DUNES|
|ESOVISION – SAVANNA|
|ESOVISION – THE FOREST|
|ESOVISION – THE SEA|
|ESOVISION – WATER MEADOW|
|ESOVISION – WINTER WONDERLAND|
Esovision is the publisher of these videos, so I suspect that when they land in the catalog the titles will just say “winter wonderland” or “water meadow” making the subject headings important in finding this material.
posting by jim
July 21, 2010
Linda Holmes of NPR wrote: Why the next big pop-culture wave after cupcakes might be libraries in the blog Monkey See. She shares many great videos about libraries found on the web:
Old spice guy on Libraries:
- Brigham Young University homage of the Old Spice ad
- If you have been living in a cave and haven’t seen it, here is the original commercial
- UW iSchool students singing Lady Gaga
Holmes writes that Libraries are getting a lot of exposure right now. Why? Some of her examples:
- Librarians know stuff
- Librarians are green and local
- Libraries will give you things for free
(M)ark my words, once you’ve got Old Spicy on your side and you can sell a couple of YouTube parodies in a couple of months, you’re standing on the edge of your pop-culture moment. Librarians: prepare.
posting by Lorraine
May 19, 2010
in a good book. i may have given up on the show (i stopped watching this year, despite enduring season 2), but i can certainly appreciate the nod to literature. as fans of the show know, “Lost” is full of books which has sparked speculation on the meaning of the particular books chosen, as well as book clubs. executive producers and writers for the show, Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse, self-identify as readers. Lindelof explains:
We pick the books with a great deal of meticulous thought and specificity and talk about what the thematic implications of picking a certain book are, why we’re using it in the scene and what we want the audience to deduce from that choice.
“The Stand” had a heavy influence on beginning episodes. some of the titles that impacted or were referenced on the show include “Watership Down,” “The Odyssey,” “Catch 22,” “The Fountainhead,” “Alice in Wonderland,”
and “A Wrinkle in Time” to name a few. the unofficial count is more than 70 books over the 6 seasons. there is a lot of time on the island to read.
(via Shelf Awareness)
posting by marin
March 15, 2010
the students at Ocoee Middle School, with the help of Full Sail University, created a flash mob interpretation of the Black Eyed Peas “I Gotta Feeling” called “Gotta Keep Reading.” it caught the attention of Oprah – the Black Eyed Peas did a flash mob performance of their song to kick-off this season of The Oprah Show.
Oprah interviewed the students on Friday’s show via satellite and delivered the news that along with the help of a corporate sponsor, the school’s library will receive 2,000 new books and brand new computers. pretty cool.
(via American Libraries)
posting by marin
January 5, 2010
The Wrap posted ‘Twilight’: The Reality Show? stating that our own Forks, WA (location of the Twilight books) may become the setting of a new reality show. This project is being considered because of the interest in all things related to Stephenie Meyer’s series.
Possibilities for the structure of the show include focusing on a group of high-school students (the real life Bella!), following one or more families who live in the town or a “Real Housewives” model, in which cameras tag along with several interesting personalities in the town.
The Peninsula Daily News wrote about the turn out for the audition.
The small logging town of Forks has been inundated with Twilight Fans over the last couple of years. The Forks Forum posted on Dec 30th that the visitor arrival count is up almost 500% at the Forks Chamber of Commerce for 2009. Both the Forks Forum and the Chamber of Commerce websites have specific links to Twilight related materials. Check them out.
If you want Twilight memorabilia see Dazzled by Twilight where you can shop online or at the two locations (Forks and Port Angeles).
My inlaws live near Forks and I have watched the Twilight phenomenom grow in the area. Some of my favorite places to find different (locally made) Twilight gifts or “Bella Blend” coffee is the Forks Thriftway and the Chinook Pharmace & Variety.
via Shelf Awareness
posting by Lorraine
January 5, 2010
errrr, scratch that, start them up again. it looks like there is a future for Kirkus after all: an undisclosed buyer is in talks to continue the publication. DailyFinance announced the resurrection and included a couple of memos, both internal and official (see below), from managing editor Eric Liebetrau:
From: Liebetrau, Eric
Date: Tue, Jan 5, 2010
Subject: news regarding Kirkus Reviews
I am writing to let you know that Kirkus is working toward an arrangement with an acquiring company to continue the publication of our outstanding pre-publication reviews journal. Details will be forthcoming in the next 2-3 weeks, but for now please begin sending galleys to the appropriate editors immediately. We will publish a second issue in January, and then reassess the situation and hopefully continue publication in February and beyond.
Given the time frame, we cannot accept adult galleys with a publication date of April 1 or earlier. Please only send titles publishing May and beyond. For more details on children’s and YA submissions, please contact Vicky Smith.
If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask, and please pass this along to colleagues, assistants, interns, etc.
(via Facebook and confirmed by PW)
posting by marin
October 22, 2009
Wall Street Journal and Mashable both had stories about the new technology called Keychest that the Walt Disney Company are eyeing as a way to get Mickey, Donald, Goofy, and the Disney character du jour into your smartphone, pc and television.
“Think of the service kind of like Microsoft’s Zune Marketplace — content you buy via your set-top box would also show-up on your mobile phone or on your computer. The advantage is that the content can be easy to access from multiple devices from the user, but the content provider ultimately has control over who gets to watch the content (making piracy much more difficult).
Even content purchased on physical media, like Blu ()-ray or DVD could still work with the Keyset system, because a customer could either type in (or in the case of Blu-ray, have the key transmitted over the Internet) a code that would then “unlock” viewing options for that product on different devices. For consumers, this would be like the iPod friendly digital downloads that now come packaged with many DVDs or Blu-ray discs. Only instead of a download, you could access the content over the cloud.
Of course, all of this content seems to be based on the idea of ubiquitous connectivity. How consumers would (or if they could) access content when not online (say you’re on a trip or in the car) hasn’t been discussed.”
What this means for the future of physical formats like blu-ray and DVD is anybody’s guess, but certainly one of the goals of a plan such as this is to push the movie download into the consciousness of mainstream America. Having that happen would have trickle down effects into the library market which potentially would be a good thing. As always though, the library market will be a much, much lower priority for distributors such as Disney whose primary audience is the consumer market.
And speaking of watching television on your PC. As a huge Husky fan, I was absolutely incredulous a couple weeks ago when the Huskies who were coming off their amazing upset over USC weren’t available on local television. Yeah, yeah, I know I’m the only one that cares, but stick with me… So I’m googling like mad to find out what’ s going on, and I came across (imagine the sound of trumpets and a ray of divine sunshine) Justin TV, which had the game on one of it’s streaming channels. I don’t pretend to know much about Justin TV, but it’s definitely cool and if you’re ever bored and have your laptop or a Windows mobile smartphone take a gander, there’s loads of entertainment, sports, live streams of technology conferences, and other good stuff. And not to be a hater, but you can’t access Justin TV on your iPhone or iPod touch because Apple won’t allow you to use Flash on your device. Can you say Fail?
posting by jim
October 13, 2009
With this growing listening population, it is good to consider the 2009 Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults compiled by YALSA:
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian by Sherman Alexie
The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson
The Burn Journals by Brent Runyon
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
The Compound by S.A. Bodeen
The Declaration by Gemma Malley
Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis
Fairest by Gail Carson Levine
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
How to Build a House by Dana Reinhardt
Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen
Nation by Terry Pratchett
Night of the Soul Stealer by Joseph Delaney
Sebastian Darke: Prince of Fools by Philip Caveney
Skybreaker by Kenneth Oppel
Slam by Nick Hornby
Story of a Girl by Sara Zarr
Tallgrass by Sandra Dallas
A Thousand Never Evers by Shana Burg
Sno-Isle has all of the titles in the list except The Burn Journals which is on order.
Going beyond the information about teen listeners, it is interesting to note that the APA survey also found that:
- 70% of listeners preferred unabridged recordings.
- The top five genres were: Mystery/Thriller/Suspense; General Fiction; Science Fiction/Fantasy; Biography/Memoir; and Classic Fiction.
- Listeners 18-24 prefered Science fiction/Fantasy while those over the age of 35 prefered Mystery/Thriller/Suspense and General Fiction.
via School Library Journal
posting by Lorraine