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Library of Congress recognizes Ohio University's 'Wired For Books'

ATHENS, Ohio (July 24, 2006) -- The annual report "News from the Library of Congress: Music and Sound Recordings, 2006" named Ohio University's "Wired for Books" (www.wiredforbooks.org) one of only 10 electronic resources cataloged by the Special Materials Cataloging Division in fiscal year 2005.

"It's quite an honor for 'Wired for Books' to be one of only 10 music and sound Web sites worldwide to be cataloged this past year by the Library of Congress," said David Kurz, senior Web developer for the WOUB Center for Public Media. 

The "Wired for Books" Web site contains material for many age groups and cultures by providing numerous readings for children offered in Japanese, French and German as well as English.  Classic literature is also available in ancient Greek and Latin.  The site has more than 1,400 Web pages and more than 1,000 audio and video files. The variety and number of materials available through the site has allowed "Wired for Books" to become a valuable educational tool for people all over the world. 

"The Web site is a project of WOUB's education mission to serve adults and children not only throughout southeastern Ohio, but nationally and internationally," said Carolyn Lewis, director and general manager of the WOUB Center for Public Media. 

"Wired for Books" is hosted by WOUB on behalf of Ohio University. 

Before being cataloged by the Library of Congress, "Wired for Books" was selected by The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) as one of the best on-line resources for education in the humanities in January of this year.  In 1999 the site was awarded the RealNetworks Streamers Award for the best educational use of streaming media.  "Wired for Books" was also selected as the "Best of the Web" by New York Public Library.  Google has also ranked the site in 84 top-level categories. 

"We hope to build on our reputation in the next few months when we release a dramatic, unabridged audio production of 'The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,' " Kurz said.

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