iPods in Libraries



Julie (Head of SJCPL's AV Area) and I have bantered about circulating MP3 players for months -- a rather cool idea. Kalamazoo PL has been doing it awhile. They link up to audible.com for content. My vote for a circulating player would be the iPod! Here's what I'd do in a perfect world:

Circulate 20 10GB iPods

Load 10 with the hottest AudioBooks going or collections of Audiobooks by super-hot authors -- purchased just for the iPod (you can't circulate something you've copied to MP3 format)

Load 10 with a sampling of the super-popular musical styles that people are into:

Pop/Rock
Country
Soundtracks
Show Tunes
Chillout
Classical

Hot Hits of 2003 (including new releases - Fleetwood Mac and Madonna anyone?)
"Now that's what I call..." with all 12+ volumes

etc...

When the selections have run their course, the iPods are updated with new stuff and the originating CDs can be put into the collection. Rock On!

Patrons would give a credit card deposit of $300 and receive the iPod, the AC plug adaptor and cable to charge it, a case, a car kit and directions.

I googled to see if any libraries are circulating iPods but I didn't get any good hits.

Posted: Sat - November 1, 2003 at 11:01 AM      


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