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Campus Community Update # 261

March 10, 2011

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Long Commute? Look to Audiobooks To Relieve Stress and Tedium

Commuter traffic. Overpass construction delays. The search for parking. It’s not a pretty picture, and it can add up to lots of wasted time. The Library can help you make productive use of that time, while relieving some of the tedium of a daily commute. Our audiobook collection is at your service. It’s located on Lower Level, and you can choose from:

  • A full range of content, from recent fiction and non-fiction best sellers, to literary classics, to children’s and young adult titles, to plays and poetry.
  • Formats to fit your need: audiocassettes or CD’s for your car’s player, or new “Playaway” MP3 devices that combine recorded book and player in one compact tiny clip-on unit.

The Latest Choice: Overdrive

Members of the campus community can expand their audiobook choices even more thanks to our neighbors and partners at the Long Beach Public Library. Overdrive is an online service that provides downloads of audiobooks to a choice of personal MP3 devices. Users also can burn select titles to a CD. Many types of devices (Zune, IPhone, IPod, Creative, etc.) are supported. One selects a book, downloads it through the public library’s portal, and it’s yours to enjoy for the loan period, after which it will “expire,” after which it no longer can be played. Obtaining the Overdrive downloads is totally free to LBPL card holders and can be done from any web-enabled personal computer. Read all about it and see what Overdrive can deliver at the LBPL web page http://www.lbpl.org/.  Look for “Databases ”on the left side of the screen, then click “Audiobooks for Download.” The “Quick Start Guide” on the left side of the screen will answer all your questions.

Good news: CSULB students and employees are welcome to apply for a free LBPL library card. Complete the application form http://www.lbpl.org/info/get_a_library_card.asp and bring it to any LBPL site. Neighborhood libraries close to CSULB include Los Altos, El Dorado, Bayshore, and Brewitt http://www.lbpl.org/location/library_locations.asp

For more information contact Cathrine Lewis Ida: clewisid@csulb.edu