Audio booths latest addition to libraries


By Nicole Fowles - Glad You Asked



One of the things we pride ourselves on at the Delaware County District Library is our adoption of technological advances. We have a strong eBook collection, loan mobile hotspots, have full computer labs and strong Wi-Fi signals, and even loan video games for the newest game consoles. Now, we add to our list the DCDL Audio Booth.

Patrons who frequent our Orange Branch and Delaware Main libraries may have seen these large black “boxes” hanging around near the study rooms or in the computer lab with a “Coming Soon” sign. The DCDL Audio Booth is a sound isolation enclosure that patrons can use for a variety of audio needs including recording, webinars, voice-over work, translation services, radio and podcasting, audiology testing, and more.

The booths themselves can fit two to three individuals and come equipped with an iMac, Audacity recording software, a Blue Yeti microphone with a windscreen and pop filter, and headphones. Patrons interested in using a DCDL Audio Booth will be asked to reserve a space for a max of 2 hours at a time and will need to bring their own form of data storage, whether it’s a flash drive, external hard drive or cloud-based storage system like Dropbox.

Our IT department has been working hard to bring this amenity to our patrons and they are excited to see it come to fruition. We hope you find it a useful service and take advantage of it. As you work and create in the booth, we would love hear how you’re using it! Feel free to send us an email at tech@delawarelibrary.org and share a project or just tell us what you’re working on.

If you’d like a preview of how a recording in the DCDL Audio Booth sounds, visit www.omittedpodcast.com. This weekly podcast explores the world of overlooked stories, and is created from start to finish in a DCDL Audio Booth by DCDL IT Specialist, Corey Constable.

I also imagine many of the audiobook readers who perform these new audiobooks listed below got their start in something very similar to a DCDL Audio Booth. Happy listening.

  • Fates and Traitors by Jennifer Chiaverini. A reimagining of the life of Lincoln’s assassin describes Booth’s tumultuous childhood on a Maryland farm and rise to the ballrooms of D.C. at the sides of four women before he became obsessed with avenging the Confederacy.
  • Here I Am by Jonathan Safran Foer. A tale told over four tumultuous weeks in present-day Washington, D.C traces the fracturing of a family in crisis when the three sons of Jacob and Julia confront the paradoxes between the lives they think they want and the lives they are actually living.
  • Leave Me by Gayle Forman. A harried working mom who is so busy that she fails to recognize the signs of a heart attack leaves the family that resents helping her recover and gradually confronts the painful secrets she has been ignoring.
  • Nutshell by Ian McEwan. The nine-month-old inhabitant of Trudy’s womb bears witness to a murder plot devised by Trudy and Claude, the brother of Trudy’s ex-husband.

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By Nicole Fowles

Glad You Asked

If you have a question that you would like to see answered in this column, mail it to Nicole Fowles, Delaware County District Library, 84 E. Winter St., Delaware, OH 43015, or call us at 740-362-3861. You can also email your questions by visiting the library’s web site at www.delawarelibrary.org or directly to Nicole at nfowles@delawarelibrary.org. No matter how you contact us, we’re always glad you asked!

If you have a question that you would like to see answered in this column, mail it to Nicole Fowles, Delaware County District Library, 84 E. Winter St., Delaware, OH 43015, or call us at 740-362-3861. You can also email your questions by visiting the library’s web site at www.delawarelibrary.org or directly to Nicole at nfowles@delawarelibrary.org. No matter how you contact us, we’re always glad you asked!