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ERIC Number: ED424859
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Jul
Pages: 43
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
A Study of Audiobook Users at the Salem, Ohio Public Library.
Yingling, John
This paper reports on a study in which data on audiobook borrowers' backgrounds, borrowing practices, and desires were collected, in order to assist library staff in making informed collection development decisions and being responsive to patron needs. Participants were patrons of the Salem Public Library (Ohio). An anonymous questionnaire was used to build personal profiles of patrons and their audiobook borrowing practices. Findings indicated that patrons prefer unabridged audiobooks; place little importance on an actor or actress reading a book; and check titles out primarily based upon the subject. In addition, a significant number of audiobook borrowers never use the print area of the library. Almost as many patrons primarily listen to audiobooks at home as listen while driving to work or driving a vehicle as a main part of their occupation. Ten tables present data on: preference for abridged/unabridged edition, age range of respondents, activities while listening, educational level of respondents, genre preferred, importance of actor/actress as reader, number of audiobooks borrowed, number of print books borrowed, reason for selecting an audiobook, and sex of respondent. The questionnaire and cover letter are appended. (DLS)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Ohio