Evaluating
        Audiobooks
Selecting the Best for Children and Teens
              ALA Annual 2009
Presenters and 2008 Odyssey Award Committee
Jerene Battisti, Education and Teen Services Coordinator, King County Library ...
Why audiobooks? Listening…
•Increases fluency
•Expands listening skills
•Raises reading comprehension
•Enlarges vocabulary...
Behind the Glass Booth
•Clean, crisp sound
•Periods of silence, range of dynamics
•Consistent volume levels
•Free of sibil...
Audiobook Awards & Recognitions
•ALA’s Odyssey Award for Excellence in Audiobook Production
      Monday 3:30-5:30pm McCor...
Door to Cultures
Voice of Region
Earphone English
W s yslis ningisP
 ho a    te      ASSIVE?
Who is the audience for this
audio?
What is your reaction to this clip?
Matching character to voicing
Voicing the character
Narrator Match
Considerations
 Quality

P c
  a ing

P s
  hra ing
Music
Music and Rhythm
 Old Bo J hns n
        b o o       Be p
                       Bo
Your best resource?
 http ud b o r.b o to
      ://a io o ke o klis nline o /
                               .c m
Happy
Listening!
Evaluating Audiobooks: Selecting the Best for Children and Teens ALA Annual 2009
Evaluating Audiobooks: Selecting the Best for Children and Teens ALA Annual 2009
Evaluating Audiobooks: Selecting the Best for Children and Teens ALA Annual 2009
Evaluating Audiobooks: Selecting the Best for Children and Teens ALA Annual 2009
Evaluating Audiobooks: Selecting the Best for Children and Teens ALA Annual 2009
Evaluating Audiobooks: Selecting the Best for Children and Teens ALA Annual 2009
Evaluating Audiobooks: Selecting the Best for Children and Teens ALA Annual 2009
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From a presentation at the American Library Association Annual conference 2009. Find more information on the July 12, 2009 Audiobooker blog post at http://audiobooker.booklistonline.com

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Evaluating Audiobooks: Selecting the Best for Children and Teens ALA Annual 2009

  1. 1. Evaluating Audiobooks Selecting the Best for Children and Teens ALA Annual 2009
  2. 2. Presenters and 2008 Odyssey Award Committee Jerene Battisti, Education and Teen Services Coordinator, King County Library System, Issaquah, WA Mary Burkey, Library Media Specialist, Olentangy Local Schools, Columbus, OH Francisca Goldsmith, Director of Branch Services at Halifax Public Libraries, Halifax, Nova Scotia Natalie Hoyle, LMC Director, Spring Brook Elementary, Naperville, IL District 204 Teri Lesesne, Professor of Library Science, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX Connie Rockman, Children's Literature Consultant, Stratford, CT Sylvia Vardell, Professor of Library Science, Texas Woman's University, Denton, TX Also Sharon Grover, Head of Youth Services, Hedberg Public Library, Janesville, WI Merri Lindgren, Librarian, Cooperative Children's Book Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison Sue-Ellen Beauregard, Booklist, Chicago, IL
  3. 3. Why audiobooks? Listening… •Increases fluency •Expands listening skills •Raises reading comprehension •Enlarges vocabulary •Boosts pronunciation skills •Supports struggling readers •Expands literary experience for proficient readers •Improves test scores
  4. 4. Behind the Glass Booth •Clean, crisp sound •Periods of silence, range of dynamics •Consistent volume levels •Free of sibilant or plosive microphone pick-ups •Limited off-mic voice, dry or juicy mouth, swallowing •Sloppy production: too loud or intense missing or repeated text obvious dubbing abrupt or lengthy chapter breaks •Packaging correctly notes •title, author, and readers’ names •accurate running times or notice of abridgement •Readalongs no mismatch between words, pictures, & sound effects Page turn signals allow time to explore illustration, text
  5. 5. Audiobook Awards & Recognitions •ALA’s Odyssey Award for Excellence in Audiobook Production Monday 3:30-5:30pm McCormick West W-470b •YALSA’s Amazing Audiobooks •ALSC’s Notable Children’s Recordings •Booklist Magazine’s Voice of Choice •Audio Publishers Association’s Audies Awards •Grammy Awards for Spoken Word •Publishers Weekly’s Listen Up Award •AudioFile Magazine’s Golden Earphones •AudioFile Magazine’s Golden Voices
  6. 6. Door to Cultures
  7. 7. Voice of Region
  8. 8. Earphone English
  9. 9. W s yslis ningisP ho a te ASSIVE?
  10. 10. Who is the audience for this audio?
  11. 11. What is your reaction to this clip?
  12. 12. Matching character to voicing
  13. 13. Voicing the character
  14. 14. Narrator Match
  15. 15. Considerations  Quality P c a ing P s hra ing
  16. 16. Music
  17. 17. Music and Rhythm  Old Bo J hns n b o o  Be p Bo
  18. 18. Your best resource?  http ud b o r.b o to ://a io o ke o klis nline o / .c m
  19. 19. Happy Listening!

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