A library with no books

An audio library has been accumulating audio sounds since 1929

By Cecile LeBlanc, 19:06 PM June 15, 2014

It all started in 1929. That’s when someone brought in the recorded melodies of two songbirds — a rose-breasted grosbeak and a song sparrow. These are among the oldest recordings in the Macaulay Library at Cornell University. Since then, this audio library has added a huge number of animal sounds and videos — but no books.

As the library obtains new recordings, archivists work to catalog and store them. Audio curator Greg Budney explains that his team might extract all of the blue-jay songs an...

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