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Audio Content at Thomas Ford Memorial Library



Update from comments: someone asked what a p-slip was. Here’s a definition (from http://www.library.cornell.edu/tsmanual/jargon.html): “A plain piece of paper the size of a catalog card, sometimes with punched hole for use in a catalog drawer.” It’s the little piece of paper by the library computer that you can write a call number on… often, it was an old catalog card. Not sure what the “P” stands for, though.

Aaron at walking paper just posted about adding teen audio reviews on his library’s website. That SO rocks! Teens will listen – if for no other reason than someone’s friend says “hey, you can hear my voice at the library’s website… cool!”

I really think audio content should be included on a library’s website – it just makes sense. Why just type, when one can click and hear something? Especially for, say, introducing new music. With books, you can include a few choice quotes. But with music, why not take a 10-second sample of a CD and drop it online with a review of the CD (and with some teen audio reviewers, too, in Aaron’s case)?

Very cool.

Also – Aaron mentioned in passing that he’s refusing to use the silly term YA/Young Adult for teens. Another good thing. Now if we can just get rid of other terms, like “Audio Visual,” “pathfinder,” and “p-slips.”

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  • http://www.walkingpaper.org aaron

    David,

    I’m happy you like the audio content. When I read your post I had a ‘palm against the forehead’ moment regarding including snips of music in the CD reviews! Thanks for the idea.

  • http://www.walkingpaper.org/ aaron

    David,

    I’m happy you like the audio content. When I read your post I had a ‘palm against the forehead’ moment regarding including snips of music in the CD reviews! Thanks for the idea.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/3387961 lislemck

    I agree that audio content on library websites is a great idea, and that calling teens teens works much better than YA. I like pathfinder–it’s evocative for me. But I have to ask, what’s a p-slip?

  • Emily

    P slips
    P stands for paper
    Made famous in the 1970s at the Library of Congress

  • Emily

    P slips
    P stands for paper
    Made famous in the 1970s at the Library of Congress

  • http://www.davidleeking.com/ David Lee King

    Emily – thanks!

  • http://www.davidleeking.com David Lee King

    Emily – thanks!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/3387961 lislemck

    I agree that audio content on library websites is a great idea, and that calling teens teens works much better than YA. I like pathfinder–it's evocative for me. But I have to ask, what's a p-slip?