The Future of Libraries

Imagine a time when you could get any audio book you want to read from the library without having to physically visit the library to lend the audio books.

Well, imagine no more because it is now possible.

Public libraries from New York City to Alameda, California are now leading the packs of libraries that have begun allowing members to download audio books which they can listen to on their Personal Computers or portal audio book players such as PDAs — all from the comfort of their homes or offices.

From Tom Clancy’s techno-thrillers, Arabic, Spanish, French tutorials to as many titles as possible, librarians can now enjoy the best of audio books without having to leave their homes or offices.

What better way for libraries to stay needed and relevant in the new digital age than this?

With the Internet, many people are beginning to lose interest in the libraries, but this move will help the libraries to retain their memberships.

When asked what prompted this development, Barbara Nichols Randal, the director of the Guilderland Public Library in suburban Albany, explained that they took the needs of their younger readers and other people that were too busy to visit the library into consideration before coming up with this move.

Specifically, she said, “This is a way for us to have library access 24/7″.

For example, the Madison Public Library has access to a subscription database of audio book content. It provides this service for people who want to access this information from the comfort of their homes or offices, without having to physically visit the library.

The name of this subscription database of audio book content is OverDrive.

Anyone that has a LINK library card and access to the Internet can benefit from using OverDrive.

Note that while some of the libraries allow you to download and even copy their audio books into your PC and/or other portable CD or MP3 players, others don’t.

With those that do not allow downloading or burning of their audio books, you will only be able to read them on your computer… while being connected to the Internet.

Whichever service or library you prefer, the point is that you can benefit from the audio book without leaving the comfort of your home or office.

Take the time to search for the particular library that you prefer and register with them. Some of them offer free registration for particular periods of time, while others charge a token fee to access their database of audio books.

Tips on Picking Antique and Collectible Books

Purchasing “old things with class” is somewhat defined as antiquing, the act of shopping for antiques. When out antiquing, antique and collectible books are among the many things an antique-er is bound to find. With the various books, ranging from fiction to fantasy, antique-ers are sure to find in an antiquing excursion, building up a library made up of antique and books isn’t exactly a bad idea, as antique books stand to have more value compared to “regular” books.

Here are some tips in helping you build up your very own antique and collectible books library. A handsome book library is known to stimulate absorbing conversations between guests and host, or hosts, with antique books bearing more “conversation value”.

Focus on Your Interests

When out looking for books, focus on those which run along your particular interests. Pick the kind of books you are going to read, not just for the sake of reading them, but for the value of reading them, regardless of how outdated the books are. Size up other books with titles which don’t necessarily interest you for potential value, should you actually come across such an item.

Consider the Condition

Consider the condition of these dated books before going out of your way to actually purchasing them. Incomplete volumes, torn pages, dog eared books and marked or soiled antique books are not exactly the most sought after, unless they are truly great rarities. Ideally, if you find an old book complete with dust cover, it would be a good idea to invest on it.

First Editions

Know the difference between first editions and other editions of various books. First editions are not exactly the first published copies of a book, rather the first run of the book. Inspecting the book’s date, one would know what edition the book is. If it’s a first edition, it’d be a good deal to purchase it.

Landmark Books

Books that actually made an impact in its run are oftentimes dumped because of lack of knowledge regarding them. It would be a good idea to brush up on your book-know how-database, as you could be discarding that “The Origin of Species” by Charles Darwin, for some Condensed Reader’s Digest. A big mistake when out looking for collectible books.

Benjamin Franklin once said, “Write things worth reading, or do things worth writing.” When one is out antiquing for antique and collectible books, learn to size up titles, as well as keep yourself aware of the what is what in the world of books. Armed with this knowledge, one could easily spot that perfect book worth reading, and worth keeping.

Oklahoma City Metropolitan Library System

The Oklahoma City Metropolitan Library System is one of the branches of the Metropolitan Library System which consists of 12 full-service libraries spread out all over Oklahoma County, as well as five smaller extension libraries. The Metropolitan-Library-System contains more than one million books and materials such as newspapers, magazines, videos and books on tape, all of which cover subjects for adults, kids and teens.

The customers of this library-system are citizens of Oklahoma County, individuals who live in the county or attend school in Oklahoma County, or own property here in Downtown OKC, OK. The Metropolitan Library System also features a reciprocal borrowing arrangement with the Pioneer Library-System. The latter system has libraries in counties including Cleveland, McClain and Pottawatomie.

As part of this arrangement, the services of the Metropolitan-Library-System are also extended to the citizens of these counties serviced by the Pioneer Library-ystem and individuals who attend school in Blanchard, and who possess a valid borrower’s card of Pioneer Library. Individuals not meeting any of these requirements are offered an Annual Fee card to purchase. The Metropolitan-Library-System also maintains Outreach Collection in nursing homes and retirement centers. It also funds a “Books by Mail” service for shut-ins.

The Oklahoma City Metropolitan Library System offers knowledge and valuable information to those who seek them in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Visitors to Oklahoma City meeting the above requirements can increase their knowledge base though the Oklahoma Metropolitan-Library-System’s services. Hotels in Downtown OKC offer visitors great comfort, convienience and hospitality, blended with affordability.