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20061024 01 Podcasting and Videocasting

Greg Schwartz

gave an ultra-quick overview of podcasting:
– uses RSS; not just putting audio up on the web
– allows end-users to subscribe to your content and get automatic downloads of the new stuff
– is about regularly updated audio content

have to figure out if this is right for *your* patrons
don’t just do it because he says to or because others are doing it (do learn why others are doing it, though)

time to plan, record, edit, publish, and promote it

could podcast:
– programming (get permission first)
– upcoming events and library news
– bibliographic instruction
– services for the visually impaired
– staff training/communication
– whatever your imagination holds

Nine easy steps to podcasting
1. determine content and format
2. assemble equipment and people
3. record
4. edit and export to mp3
5. listen!
6. upload file to server
7. generate your RSS feed (which is what makes it a podcast)
8. publish feed URL
9. promote. respond. repeat. (need to provide a way for people to give you feedback about it and then you need to respond)

http://sirsidynixinstitute.com/archive.php for a webinar guide Greg did


Video Podcasting @ INCOLSA by Jeff Humphrey

why they are doing it:
– because they can (already have video content)
– natural progression of existing services
– looking for a different delivery solution

they’re writing their RSS feed from scratch
partnered with IUPUI SLIS class

what they had in place:
– experience
 – video end
 – IT end
 – workshop end (they have a release form for using a workshop you do to help them promote their services)
– equipment
– space
 – physical
 – virtual
– content

what they need to do:
– find a better space for videos
– convert to a blog format
– continue production on a regular basis
– foster more partnerships (showcase what libraries are doing)

production tips:
– have a reason to include video
– invest in a good microphone
– frame shots properly
– enhance production with graphics
– have fun


Listen Up! : Podcasting @ GPC Decatur Library by David Free

started podcasting in February 2005
was one of, if not the, first libraries to podcast

Eight things he learned about podcasting:
1. make sure it feeds (via RSS)!
2. promote. then promote some more
3. keep it short
4. use music sparingly
5. multiple voices rock (talked to different people around the campus)
6. podcast your events
7. consider your web presence
8. listen to your listeners

under the hood:
– USB microphone
– Audacity software for recording
– 96 kBit/s MP3
– liberated syndication (for hosting; Odeo and OurMedia for free hosting)
– Feedburner (smarter feeds)


Off the Rack: Podcasts uses and content for broad educational process support by Shawn Cordes

– engagement (time issue; provide alternate forms of content)
– interaction (make it part of your own process; in shower, while jogging, etc.; lets users play with tools)
– reflection (lets users analyze sources and content in new ways – rewind, fast forward, skip around, etc. so they can make meaning of the content in their own way)

1. build a point of information
– chris kretz’s HigherEdBlogCon presentation – “Learning to speak: Creating a library podcast with a unique voice”
– iTunes U – build a podcast repository that integrates with your school

2. point to something someone else built
– Museum Podcast Directory – http://www.museumpodcs.com/id31.html
– Stanford (the model child) – http://itunes.stanford.edu/

non-classroom opportunities for podcasts
– build community on student experiences
– promote the library through podcasts
– podcasts as professional development tool


Introduction to Videoblogging by David King

http://davidleeking.com/etc/ – his videoblog
RocketBoom – http://rocketboom.com/

showed a Steve Garfield video

video aggregators – fireant, itunes, mefeedia
unlike audio, need multiple video players for the various formats

to create, need:
– computer
– video camera (miniDV is the current big standard)
– video editing software
– a blog
– formats

1. can store video yourself if you can handle the bandwidth
– going to need a server packed with memory
– possibly a media server – quicktime/WMV type thing

2. let someone else store your videos
– OurMedia
– blip.tv

libraries can:

1. traditional ideas
– book talks
– bibliographic instruction & tutorials
– film your events

2. more interesting ideas
– cultural memory project (video history rather than oral history)
– collaborative (PLCMC’sImaginOn, kids making videos)
– environmental (discuss environmental issues and nature (invite the zookeeper)
– behind the scenes (what goes on at the library)

3. slightly whacked-out ideas
– travel (videoblog local attractions, people going out of the country)
– political (invite local candidates in to discuss something)
– hobbies/lifestyles (patrons, staff, prominent citizens in a TV/magazine format)

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