The on-demand lending of audio-books - recent innovation at the Estonian Library for the Blind.

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The on-demand lending of audio-books - recent innovation at the Estonian Library for the Blind. Twin Cities Conference: Innovation into Practise- New Service Concepts, Helsinki and Turku, Finland, 13-16 May 2009

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The on-demand lending of audio-books - recent innovation at the Estonian Library for the Blind.

  1. 1. THE ON-DEMAND LENDING OF AUDIO BOOKS – RECENT INNOVATION AT THE ESTONIAN LIBRARY FOR THE BLIND MARJA KIVIHALL Twin Cities Conference May 13-16, 2009, Helsinki and Turku
  2. 2. Historical background <ul><li>1947 – establishment of the Estonian Library for the Blind in Tallinn; </li></ul><ul><li>1947-2003 – functioning as part of the blind people’s enterprise and as a foundation ; </li></ul><ul><li>2004 – becoming the branch of the Repository Library of Estonia . </li></ul>
  3. 3. H oldings <ul><li>Audio books </li></ul><ul><li>(2 5 00 titles) </li></ul><ul><li>Braille books </li></ul><ul><li>(650 titles) </li></ul><ul><li>Tactile books </li></ul><ul><li>(60 titles) </li></ul>
  4. 4. S ources of increasing library holdings <ul><li>Library production </li></ul><ul><li>(about 100 audio book and 70 braille book title s in a year) </li></ul><ul><li>P urchases </li></ul><ul><ul><li>(230 titles in 2008) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>D onations </li></ul><ul><li>(215 titles in 2008) </li></ul><ul><li>B ook exchange </li></ul><ul><li>(receiving 26 audio books in 2008) </li></ul>
  5. 5. Patrons <ul><li>Over 400 patrons in Estonia and Canada ; </li></ul><ul><li>Library users range from schoolchildren to retired people; </li></ul><ul><li>Patrons are mainly visually impaired people; </li></ul><ul><li>O ther impairments (e.g. dyslexia, intellectual disability) are also represented. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Library services <ul><li>L ending literature at the library ; </li></ul><ul><li>L ending books, newspapers and magazines by mail ; </li></ul><ul><li>S ending electronic newspapers by e-mail ; </li></ul><ul><li>I nterlibrary lending ; </li></ul><ul><li>Providing a ccess to the system for reading electronic texts . </li></ul>
  7. 7. Innovations since 2006 <ul><li>P roduction of audio books on CDs in mp3 format instead of cassettes ; </li></ul><ul><li>M aking tactile maps and pictures for the braille textbooks ; </li></ul><ul><li>D igiti z ation and restoration of old audio books ; </li></ul><ul><li>L ending literature using the Internet based electronic catalogue URRAM instead of K irjasto 3000 programme ; </li></ul><ul><li>I mplementing the on-demand lending system ; </li></ul><ul><li>P roviding access to the system for reading electronic texts . </li></ul>
  8. 8. Reasons for implementing the on-demand lending <ul><li>E xample of the effective library service in Finland ; </li></ul><ul><li>H igh expenses of postal services for the blind in Estonia . </li></ul>
  9. 9. P reconditions for implementing the on-demand lending <ul><li>P roduction of digital talking books on CDs ; </li></ul><ul><li>S uppl ying the tool for burning and duplicating CDs . </li></ul>
  10. 10. Some photos <ul><li>Duplicator </li></ul>
  11. 12. Number of the on-demand book loans September 2008 - April 2009
  12. 13. Number of the on-demand book title s <ul><li>September 2008 - 300 </li></ul><ul><li>May 2009 - 8 26 </li></ul><ul><li>( including 702 Estonian-language and 1 24 Russian-language talking books ) </li></ul>
  13. 14. Advantages of the on-demand lending <ul><li>User-friendliness - talking books are sent directly to patrons’ homes ; </li></ul><ul><li>Saving money - sending literature on CDs helps to reduce postal expenses . </li></ul>
  14. 15. Disadvantages of the on-demand lending <ul><li>Limited selection of literature – on-demand talking books form only one third of the whole audio book collection ; </li></ul><ul><li>Frequency of sending books to patrons – literature lending is too rare for the patrons with high needs for reading; </li></ul><ul><li>Re cording of loans – loans are inserted manually into the electronic catalogue instead of automatic al recording. </li></ul>
  15. 16. Good news! <ul><li>In October 2008, the Estonian Librarians Association’s award “Deed of the year 2008” , was given to the Estonian Library for the Blind for the effective and remarkable action in the category of special libraries. </li></ul>
  16. 17. Thank you for your attention!

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