FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Tom Peters, 1-816-228-6406, firstname.lastname@example.org
OPAL BEGINS PODCASTING ITS AUDIO ARCHIVES
OPAL: Online Programming for
All Libraries (http://www.opal-online.org)
has begun podcasting audio recordings of archived OPAL online events. Now you can listen to OPAL events on a wide
variety of portable MP3 players. You
also can link to the RSS feed so that you are notified whenever a new podcast
To experience an OPAL
podcast, please visit http://feeds.feedburner.com/OpalPodcast. An RSS link also has been added to the OPAL
OPAL is a collaborative effort by libraries of all types to
provide cooperative web-based programming and training for library users and
library staff members. These live,
online events are held in an online auditorium where participants can interact
via voice-over-IP, text chatting, and synchronized browsing. Examples of OPAL public online programs
include book discussion programs, interviews, library training, memoir writing
workshops, and virtual tours of special digital library collections.
Digital audio recordings of OPAL programs are placed in the
OPAL Archive (http://www.opal-online.org/archive.htm)
so that interested patrons who missed the live online event can listen at a
In a related development, digital audio recordings of OPAL programs will become available in the popular MP3 format. Until now, audio recordings were available only in WMA (Windows Media Audio) format. Offering both formats will extend the reach and usability of OPAL programs.
Lori Bell, Director of the
More About OPAL: OPAL utilizes software from Talking Communities (http://www.talkingcommunities.com/) featuring voice-over-IP, text chatting, and synchronized browsing. OPAL is administered by the Alliance Library System (http://www.alliancelibrarysystem.com/), the Mid-Illinois Talking Book Center (http://www.mitbc.org/), and the Illinois State Library Talking Book and Braille Service (http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/library/who_we_are/talking_book_and_braille_service/home.html).
Libraries of all types and sizes may join OPAL. For more information, please contact Tom Peters, OPAL Coordinator, at email@example.com or 1-816-228-6406.