Audiobooks: Revolutionizing Learning for Modern Students

Sponsored by OverDrive Academic
Recorded on 10/11/2023

Posted in Ebooks and Digital Resources, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Accessibility (DEIA)

How can audiobooks enhance learning and foster inclusivity and accessibility in academia?


The rising use of audiobooks in academia speaks to the expanding audience for this format; the benefits include accessibility, enhanced learning, ESL and other language instruction, and the ability to multi-task for those with an overwhelming reading list. 

This session will feature librarians, publishers, and academics to engage in a thought-provoking discussion on the transformative power of audiobooks in academia. By embracing audiobooks as a valuable tool for learning and accessibility, we can unlock new avenues of knowledge dissemination and empower learning.

In this panel we will discuss:

  • The advantages of using audiobooks as an alternative medium for academic materials, including how they cater to diverse learning styles and enhance information retention.
  • The role of audiobooks in fostering inclusivity and accessibility in academia.
  • The future implications of audiobooks in academia and emerging trends, such as voice-activated assistants and smart devices.


  • Shannon Tennant

    Coordinator of Library Collections Elon University’s Belk Library

    Shannon Tennant is the Coordinator of Library Collections at Elon University’s Belk Library. She is responsible for ordering and organizing materials in all formats. She also serves as a liaison librarian and participates in the instruction program. She is active in the American Library Association and teaches an online class about cataloging. She has written and presented about cataloging, e-resources, cross-functional librarianship, and librarians’ contributions to campus high-impact practices, with special focus on first-year seminars.

  • Zoe Orcutt

    Digital Content Librarian, International Collection DevelopmentOverDrive

    Zoe Orcutt is a Digital Content Librarian working with international schools on OverDrive’s Global Libraries and Education team. She has a BA in English from the University in Akron and a MLIS from Syracuse University. Before coming to OverDrive, she was an academic librarian working in Northeast Ohio colleges and universities. She currently works with school libraries and consortia in Asia, the Middle East, and Africa. 

  • Traci Egan

    Account Manager OverDrive Academic

    Traci Egan is an Account Manager at OverDrive Academic who works with colleges and universities to find digital offerings for campus leisure reading and curriculum needs and previously supported global K-12 school partners in Australia and Asia. Traci’s career spans many roles in book retailing and marketing at Barnes & Noble, so books and reading have been a central part of her professional life. 

  • Danielle D’Orlando

    Curator of Audio Princeton University Press

    Danielle D’Orlando is the Curator of Audio at Princeton University Press, home to the first in-house university press audiobook division: Princeton Audio. She spent much of her career at Yale University Press where she spearheaded their audio program, including the development of Yale Press Audio.

  • Matthew Rubery

    Audiobook Historian Queen Mary University of London

    Matthew Rubery is an audiobook historian at Queen Mary University of London. He is the author of Reader’s Block: A History of Reading Differences (2022), The Untold Story of the Talking Book (2016), and Audiobooks, Literature, and Sound Studies (2011).

Princeton University Press (PUP) publishes peer-reviewed books that connect authors and readers across spheres of knowledge to advance and enrich the global conversation. PUP embraces the highest standards of scholarship, inclusivity, and diversity in our publishing. In keeping with Princeton University’s commitment to serve the nation and the world, PUP publishes for scholars, students, and engaged readers everywhere.

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