Thursday, January 8, 2009

January 17 Twin Cities American Society for Indexing Meeting

Twin Cities ASI Chapter 2008/09 Program

Saturday, Jan. 17th
William Mitchell Law College Library, Room 234

875 Summit Avenue, St. Paul, MN

Schedule for regular meetings:

9:00 – 9:30: registration, networking, refreshments

9:30 – 10:00: brief business meeting, announcements

10:00 – 12:00: scheduled program

12:00Drawing for door prizes!!! And, for those interested, lunch at nearby restaurant

Audio Books: The Past, The Present and the Future.

The Program: E-books got a big boost recently when Oprah Winfrey gave away a Kindle to her studio audience; but let's not forget audiobooks! They have been around for a long time and are a growing segment of the book industry and their availability now reaches far beyond the sales racks of countless truckstops across the country! Sales continue to increase through purchases by libraries and there is an evolving role for audiobooks in education. Our speaker will begin with a brief history and overview of audiobooks, their uses, and how their share of the book market has developed to the present time. A Kindle will be demonstrated and we will conclude with some speculation about its future impact as well as the impact of additional forms of digital distribution. Shel will also describe the role of the producer and engineer in creating and recording high quality audio performances. We will conclude with Q&A.

The Speaker: Shel Danielson is President of Holton House Audio, a St. Paul based publisher and producer of Audiobooks. His communications background is extensive: he has been a radio DJ, News Director, Music Programmer and Program Director. A Twin Cities pioneer in free-form and progressive radio, he helped create and produce the legendary KQRS format of the late 60's and 70's. From the mid-80’s through the mid-90’s, he was a programmer, host and developer of several Jazz, Blues and Rock programs at KTCJ and KTCZ, "The Cities 97."

From 2000 to 2006, he was on the Advisory Board of KBEM-FM, a radio station owned and operated by the Minneapolis School Board. He has worked as a teacher with "at-risk" urban youth at St. Paul Job Corps.

Shel has written, voiced or produced thousands of commercials. His interest in creating an audiobook company was sparked by his volunteer work at the Minnesota State Services for the Blind, where he was a producer, news and audiobook reader.

Outside of the broadcasting business, he has been the research director for a biotech start-up company and co-owner of a R&D company. He has a BA in Communications and Organizational Management. He's known in his family as "The Book Grandpa, because that's what everyone gets for presents." Shel is a good cook, loves books, and some of his fondest childhood memories are of time spent in a little Carnegie Library in the small town of Lake City, Minnesota.

Driving directions: From I-94 take the Lexington Parkway exit. Turn right on Lexington Parkway and continue to Summit Avenue. Turn left on Summit Avenue and continue to Victoria. (William Mitchell is on your left). Turn left on Victoria and left into parking lot.

Security instructions: After hours (evenings and weekends) the College locks all doors and requires all non-WM visitors to enter through the front doors (by the flagpole) and to sign in at the visitor's desk.

Any questions, please call me (office: 701-298-6304; cell: 701-541-0055) or drop me an e-mail at:

Remember that each & every meeting is a networking opportunity. Be sure to bring your business cards to share!!!