Tuesday, June 30, 2009

WILBOR available to IHCC students and staff

Do you own an MP3 player and wish you could download books to listen to while walking, jogging or riding your bike this summer? Check out WILBOR.


Now you can check out audiobooks from your library at your home or office! As part of the WILBOR consortium, the IHCC Library offers audiobooks for its students and staff to download and listen. Your student/staff ID number is the “key” to downloading the audiobooks, from any computer that is connected to the Internet, at any hour of the day. From a website you can browse or search for a title you’d like to listen to, log in with your student/staff number plus a 0 (zero) on the end of the number, and download the title to your computer. You can then listen to the book on your computer, or transfer to an mp3 player to listen.
“This is a great way to make the library’s resources available to our users 24/7/365,” said Librarian Cheryl Talbert. “You don’t have to come to the library building to check out the audiobook, and you don’t have to return it. The book automatically “returns” to the collection for someone else to borrow.”
WILBOR's collection has fiction and nonfiction titles, as well as books for children and teens. Bestsellers and classics, history and humor, business and self help--you'll find them all in WILBOR. Books will check out for 1 week and the file will "expire" on your computer after 1 week, but when the books are transferred to a portable player you can listen to them at your leisure. Some titles can even be burned to CDs for your own, personal use. Most of the current titles are in wma format but WILBOR recently started purchasing MP3 formats as well, which can be transferred to iPod players.
The IHCC Library is one of 84 libraries in western, central, and southern Iowa that participate in WILBOR. For more information and to start downloading and listening, visit the WILBOR website at http://wilbor.lib.overdrive.com/ or the IHCC Library website at http://www.indianhills.edu/ihcc/Students/library.asp and click on the download audiobook icon on the right side of the website.


Update:
Most WMA Audiobooks are now iPod®-compatible – with a quick upgrade to OverDrive Media Console™ v3.2!With OverDrive Media Console v3.2 for Windows®, most audiobooks can now be transferred to the iPhone™ and the iPod®! In just a few clicks, send audiobooks to your Windows-formatted iPod using the built-in Transfer Wizard! The 'Plays on' icons at this site indicate whether titles are compatible with Apple® devices.

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