Thursday, September 15, 2005

One Book Many Formats: The Magic of Multimedia

One Book Many Formats: The Magic of Multimedia

Wednesday, September 28 from 9:00 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.


Audio books in all formats are currently a red hot
technology in libraries, the general consumer market,
and for the visually impaired. Soon libraries will be
able to offer other exciting new medias on the
Internet, including video on demand and ebooks with
interactive audio and video. We will explore all the
exciting new formats for ebooks and audiobooks which
create a personal and customized reading experience
for all those who have trouble with regular print
because of a visual, physical, or learning
disabilities. Books in these new formats also benefit
and make reading more fun for children and adults who
have trouble reading, who are learning English as a
second language, or who just want to listen to
audiobooks for entertainment.

Join us for the second Annual Audio Ebook Expo to be
held in East Peoria at the Alliance Library System on
Wednesday, September 28 from 9:00 a.m. - 3:45 p.m. You
will hear from a variety of experts in the field and
get the wonderful opportunity to experience these new
technologies. The workshop is sponsored by the
Alliance Library System, Mid-Illinois Talking Book
Center, and the Illinois State Library Talking Book
and Braille Service. The workshop will also be
broadcast online for people who wish to attend the
programs from their desktops.

Speakers include Geoff Freed, WGBH; Tom Peters, TAP
Information Services; Steve Potash, OverDrive; Judy
Dixon, Library of Congress/NLS; Paul Cappuzzello,
OCLC; Bill Harroff, McKendree College; Charlotte
Johnson, Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville;
Nancy Gilfillan, consultant; and Sharon Ruda,
Director, Illinois State Library Talking Book and
Braille Service.

More information on the program can be found at the
event website at
http://www.mitbc.org/audiobookexpo/index.html.
Cost to attend the in-person event is $10 for a cost
recovery lunch. There is no cost to attend online or
for talking book readers. To register for the
in-person event, please go to CLEO at
http://www.alliancelibrarysystem.com/cleo/index.asp or
you can also register for the in-person or online
event at
http://www.mitbc.org/audiobookexpo/registration.htm

To attend online, go to the OPAL auditorium at
http://67.19.231.218/v4/login.asp?r=67955673&p=0
type your name and click enter. A small software
applet will download to your machine as you go into
the online room.

This exciting event will be fun and educational. For
more information, contact Lori Bell at the
Mid-Illinois Talking Book Center at 1-800-426-0709 or
via email at lbell@alliancelibrarysystem.com

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