Podcasting & Videocasting Pre-Conference pt. 1

October 31, 2007 at 5:23 pm (conference notes, Library 2.0) (, , , )

David Free and David Lee King

Definition: A podcast is usually a regular digital sound “publication,” and you need to have an RSS feed available so that your listeners can subscribe to it. Even though they originated for the personal audio player like the iPod, most people enjoy them on their desk or laptop computer.

Video: Ask A Ninja – What is Podcasting? Ask.com – ninjuice?

Student Monitor Marketing Survey – rate the coolness of things. Beer vs. iPod iPod wins in coolness with college age kids. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/13192380

Find podcasts at: Google, Podcast Pickle, iTunes (majority go for podcast content – well integrated software, but you have to have an iPod for synching up audio content) Podcast 411 directory of directories, http://www.podzinger.com uses speech to text technology so you can search the content of a podcast.

Juice is a good downloadable aggregator for getting and listening to podcasts.

Apodo – Spanish language podcasts?

**What if we did One Minute Critic booktalks of interesting books, RSS feeds available, every few days publish something, and encouraging users to submit their own podcast reviews of books. Links to podcasts about the book from the catalog? Interesting… We could have an online library channel with video and audiocasts, people could subscribe to certain types of content – reviews, instruction, events, etc.

Pritzker Military Library Podcasts, Arizona State University Library Channel,

Poetry podcasts? Capture the poetry from that one poetry night that we do for the famous local poet… of course i can’t remember the guys name now, but the people i work with will know what i’m talking about. Record the poetry reading and release the poems on a regular basis throughout the year, encourage participants to record their poems and submit them to the mix. Storytimes could be recorded – but be aware of copyright infringement – use public domain, talk with local authors, etc.

Language tours of the library – talk about library services and the locations of things in a variety of languages. A Spanish language “How-To”
recorded in chunks, for catalog, holds, recommending that they approach the desk if they have questions, etc.

Real recordings of normal people talking can humanize your library.

Creative Commons Podcasting Legal Guide.

7 Steps: Recording/Editing, Listening, Hosting, Posting/Feeding, Promoting, Evaluate/Repeat
Only get USB mics. Sound quality is better. Headset can be good, but only for one person. Blu Snoball? Digital recorder, ipods have an attachemnt that you can use to record yourself into.

Audacity is a good free open source audio. Whoot!

Have your institution host, or use someplace online like Blip.tv, or others. Post links to the podcast, or embed the podcast into blogs and things. Make sure you put it out in a lot of places, the promote it through your web page, blog, other community sources.

If you break things up, you can repurpose them for promotional as well as informational purposes.

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