DifferentiationESL and Special Needs Audio books provide an option for meeting individual interests. “They are invaluable to special needs and ESL students as well as reluctant readers.” (Pat Yosca, Lynbrook, NY)
SteadyReader • Support struggling readers with popular titles recorded at a slower pace • Recorded at a 10 - 15% slower rate Available from “Recorded Books”
Purchasing Your CollectionWhere Do the Funds Come From? Grant opportunities • Recorded Books • Va. Beach, Building Futures Grant • Other grant sources PTA funds Library budget
What Is the Best FormatFor the Collection? • Cassette? • CD? • Downloadable? • Playaway?
Playaway audio books (Self contained digital audio books) http://www.playawaydigital.com
Collection Development • Catalogs and websites • Local bookstores • Evaluations in journals • Recommendations of others • Replacement policy
Managing Your CollectionSome Considerations • Should you check out to students? • Should you purchase & provide players? • What is the replacement policy of vendor? • Should Teachers/Readers guides be purchased?
Suggestions for a Successful Audio Book Collection • Promotion: • Check out to students • Match audio books with the books in the collection • Input from staff including the specialists, parents, kids, etc. • AM TV show • Newsletters • Webpage • Displays • Bookmarks
Patrons’ Response • Students ask for more titles • Making suggestions for purchase • Some take the book and the audio version • Parents are impressed • Ask for more selections
Future Trends • Digital media becoming more widely available. Cassettes are being phased out. • Some public Libraries are starting to offer free downloadable books to patrons. Schools can also purchase plans that allow you to download books. • Not all MP3 players will play all audio files. “Recorded Books” will not play on ipods. Check the Recorded Books website for specs on players. Audible will work on ipods but at this time there is no subscription plan available for schools.
The Research Basis Audio editions of all books model fluency and support independent reading. • Widely practiced, research based instructional strategy • Reengages below leveled readers • Accelerates gains in comprehension, fluency, and vocabulary development • Facilitates group listening, Literature Circles, and individual practice (Information courtesy of Rod Pavao of “Recorded Books”)
Biblilography *sound files non-transferable Anderson, R.C., Hiebert, E.H., Scott, J.A., & Wilkerson, I.A. Becoming a Nation of Readers. Washington, D.C. National Institute of Education, 1985. Audible. http://www.audible.com Avi. The Fighting Ground. 1984. Read by George Guidall. RecordedBooks Steady Readers. Recorded Books, LLC. 1998. Armbuster, Lehr, and Osborne, 2001. Recorded Books Work! Research and Results, 2006. Boston Public Schools, July 2003. Recorded Books Work! Research and Results, 2006. Curtis, Christopher Paul. Bud Not Buddy. 1999. Read by James Avery. Sample MP3 file. Oct. 2006. Listening Library. http://www.randomhouse.com/audio/listeninglibrary/ Kuhn and Stahl, 2000. Recorded Books Work! Research and Results, 2006. Listening Library. http://www.randomhouse.com/audio/listeninglibrary/ Pavao, Rod. Recorded Books, 2006. Playaway. http://www.playawaydigital.com/libraries/ Recorded Books. http://www.recordedbooks.com Rowling, J.K. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. 1997. Read by Jim Dale. Sample MP3 file. Oct. 2006. Listening Library. http://www.randomhouse.com/audio/listeninglibrary/ San Diego Schools, July 2003. Recorded Books Work! Research and Results, 2006. Senechal and Cornell, 1993. Recorded Books Work! Research and Results, 2006. Serafini, Frank Dr. Audibooks and Literacy: An Educator’s Guide to Utilizing Audiobooks in the Classroom. New York: Listening Library, 2004. Stahl, Richek, and Vandevier, 1991. Recorded Books Work! Research and Results, 2006. *A special thank you to Jim Weiss and Greathall Productions Inc. for supplying us with CD’s to hand out. Thank you to Recorded Books for the Recorded Book prizes. Thank you to Findawayworld for the Playaway to demonstrate. Thank you to Live Oak Media for catalogs and audio book kits to be used as give aways. Thank you to Barnes & Noble in Virginia Beach for supplying us with bags to distribute the CD’s and handouts in.