cpd23: Thing 18 – Screen capture tools

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:

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?

Further reading

Photo credits: Lotus, New York Botanical Gardens.
(c) Sabine Rauchmann, September 2011.


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