Friday, September 16, 2005

One Book Many Formats: The Magic of Multimedia

Wednesday, September 28 from 9:00 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.

One Book, Many Formats: The Magic of Multimedia

Audio books in all formats are currently a red hot technology in libraries, the general consumer market, and for the visually impaired. Soon libraries will be able to offer other exciting new medias on the Internet, including video on demand and ebooks with interactive audio and video. We will explore all the exciting new formats for ebooks and audiobooks which create a personal and customized reading experience for all those who have trouble with regular print because of a visual, physical, or learning disabilities. Books in these new formats also benefit and make reading more fun for children and adults who have trouble reading, who are learning English as a second language, or who just want to listen to audiobooks for entertainment.

Join us for the second Annual Audio Ebook Expo to be held in East Peoria at the Alliance Library System on Wednesday, September 28 from 9:00 a.m. - 3:45 p.m. You will hear from a variety of experts in the field and get the wonderful opportunity to experience these new technologies. The workshop is sponsored by the Alliance Library System, Mid-Illinois Talking Book Center, and the Illinois State Library Talking Book and Braille Service. The workshop will also be broadcast online for people who wish to attend the programs from their desktops.

Speakers include Geoff Freed, WGBH; Tom Peters, TAP Information Services; Steve Potash, OverDrive; Judy Dixon, Library of Congress/NLS; Paul Cappuzzello, OCLC; Bill Harroff, McKendree College; Charlotte Johnson, Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville; Nancy Gilfillan, consultant; and Sharon Ruda, Director, Illinois State Library Talking Book and Braille Service.

More information on the program can be found at the event website. Cost to attend the in-person event is $10 for a cost recovery lunch. There is no cost to attend online or for talking book readers. To register for the in-person event, please go to CLEO or you can also register for the in-person or online

To attend online, go to the OPAL auditorium type your name and click enter. A small software applet will download to your machine as you go into the online room.

One question I doubt will be discussed but one we should consider is how are we going to provide access to these?

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