20 – Podcasting

Enjoying Other People’s Podcasts

  1. Read Wikipedia’s entry on Podcasts (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Podcast).
  2. Check out some of these podcasts:

Find more podcasts at:

 

Do Your Own Podcasting

  1. Browse through some articles and resources at the UIS Podcasting Resource (http://www.uis.edu/podcasting/resources/index.html). The ‘make your own podcast’ section appears to be focused on Macs.
  2. Check out Create Podcasts With A PC (http://www.windowsdevcenter.com/pub/a/windows/2005/04/05/create_podcasts_with_pc.html) at O’Reilley’s WindowsDevCenter.
  3. To create podcasts, you’ll likely need to download a program onto your computer. There are open source podcast programs available, as well as programs that you can purchase.
  4. Open Source Podcast Software:
  5. Proprietary Podcast Software (costs money):
  6. Other options:
    • BlogTalkRadio (http://www.blogtalkradio.com/) – you create an account and perform your show live over the phone. Shows are recorded and archived. Listeners have a phone number to call in and ask questions live.
    • If you like the phone option, but don’t want time and schedule constraints like BlogTalkRadio, another option might be Gcast.  You can read a nice article about it at BloggersBlog.

A few more articles to sift through for the librarian perspective:

Also, what would a great podcast be without sound effects? Spruce up your podcast with sound effects from the Absolute Sound Effects Archive (http://www.grsites.com/sounds/), which has almost 2,000 free sound effects.

 

Things To Do

  1. Add articles and program links to your del.icio.us account.
  2. Write a blog post about podcasting – how could libraries use podcasting to promote services? Does your library have a podcast?
  3. To create a podcast, you need a microphone, headphones, and proper software on your computer. If you can put these tools together, try recording a podcast. Link to it from, or upload it to your blog.

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