Thing 18 introduces software tools to record screen and audio sequences:
- Jing – install on your PC. Be able to annotate (insert text boxes, highlight part of the image, add arrows).
- Screencast-o-matic – web-based, requires Java. No annotating after recording is finished.
- Audicity – install on your PC for free. Record podcasts.
In addition, I got to know a few new podcasts related to careers and library:
If you haven’t [used these tools before], explore them and let us know how you think you could use them.
Video and audio podcasts can be used in the library for
- guided tours through the library,
- weekly updates on special search features and issues (i.e. truncation, ebooks, alerts etc.),
- introducing (new) ressources,
- introducing your favourite webpage, book etc.
A few years ago, Stephen Abram created a very comprehensive list of possible uses of podcasts in libraries. I think sreencasts have great potential for demonstrating information resources and search strategies. I have some ideas of my own, but as instruction sessions for first and last year semester students are prevailing at the moment, I am postponing the deeper look into the tools to the end of the semester.
Audio podcasts relating to library instruction:
- The WGIL Room podcasts, created by SUNY librarians,
- Adventures in Library instruction podcasts about teaching information literacy in libraries.
Audio podcasts by German libraries and librarians are very rare – a lot of them started in 2006 or 2007, but discontinued in 2009. Only LIBREAS audio as well as recorded talks of the conference “Die lernende Bibliothek 2011” are fairly new from this year. Somehow, it doesn’t seem to be en-vogue anymore?
- Podcasting (Library Success) with list of podcasting libraries, podcast software and advice as well as a reading list.
- Podcast Wiki is a comprehensive German wiki, providing hints about producing, publishing, subscribing and listening to podcasts.
- Podcasting für Einsteiger is a two-part series of the #pb.21 project.
- Screencasting Software im Überblick by Tobias Albers-Heinemann, Jul 7, 2011.
- Library podcasts you might find useful by David Lee King, Nov 10, 2011.
Photo credits: Lotus, New York Botanical Gardens.
(c) Sabine Rauchmann, September 2011.