Category Archives: Computers in Libraries 2005

Implications of Podcasting in Library Land


Implications of Podcasting in Library Land

In the first two days of CIL, I heard the term “podcasting” in a few sessions, including the “Dead Tech” session. I guess, then, that “podcasting” is sooooo hot right now. With that, I thinkl we need to put some thought into what might happen as libraries jump on the syndicated audio (and video bandwagon). I’m all for adding media to a library’s presence, but I also see the need to plan and ponder how the creation of audio content might impact our work:

Have a visiting author? Will guest speakers sign off on a “podcast clause” when visiting libraries? Or agree to be interviewed for a library’s feed? This is marketing for your library and publicity for the person involved so they will probably be tickled to do it. However, make sure that your “interviewer” is skilled in asking questions and has time to put together a brief intro and set of questions.

For a library to produce audio content monthly? weekly? there will need to be a serious investment in time and staff. It must be a priority! A podcast created by staff should probably be reviewed by the marketing point person to insure it meets the standards that SHOULD HAVE BEEN SET UP for all library promotional materials. This is not just the duty of IT staff.

What of podcasting conferences? It’s one thing to blog from your seat in the presentation room. It is certainly another to record conference content. here at CIL, Greg has been recording content and asking folks to record “promos” for his podcast, or “the show” as he calls it. To actually syndicate program content, however, there are legalities involved.

Key Factors for the Podcasting Libraries:

What will be your ROI? Loads of downloads, feedback from users, or some other method?

What equipment do you need — or already have? A PC, microphone, software, etc. where will the recording be done? Not in a busy workroom for sure!

Audio content should be created with the same guildelines as text-based content. Follow your style guide for how you might say your library’s name or similar.

How will you promote your cast? On the Web? Usual media outlets?

Who does it? What staff?

A tip: if you have a librarian that is into such things as music, recording music, audio, etc you may want to talk to them about being point person / project person for the podcasts. These skills carry over. Got a librarian who used to work in radio? Grab them for sure?

Social Software Track

I was very lucky to participate in the Social Software track yesterday. I spoke with Aaron on IM and collaboration in libraries — which was a lot of fun!

K. Matthew Dames opened the track, and also moderated with Steven M. Cohen. Dames explored Social Software 101.

Take a look at his presentation. There is some good stuff there, including:social software is tools used for effective collaboration and efficient work flow; social networking is an analysis of the relationships of individuals and how they are connected to each other and Dames likes the term “digital collaboration” — as do I!

I must tell you that Aaron and I did much of our work for this conference via IM, email, video chat and 2 “face to face” meetings. We used tools that allowed us — a librarian living in Northern Indiana and a librarian living in the Chicago suburbs — to create content for presentation here.

Dames pondered: What are key directions for libraries? And answered with : Blogs may ultimately replace HTML websites. I get that. Not only is it easy, but utilizing blogs can be most cost effective and time-saving. Dames also said there will be more blogs used as a project management tool. I get that too.

CBS MarketWatch Coverage that Means a lot to Me

Via Rochelle at LISNews (Blake, you rule!):

Librarians’ words to Ponder

The keepers of old-school information, librarians, are gathering in Washington this week at a conference titled “Computers in Libraries.”

The chatter on panels and in receptions about the Internet, and the several live blogs covering the event, clearly show that librarians are anything but introverted and low-tech, as stereotypes would have it.

Cliff Lynch, executive director of the Coalition for Networked Information, keynoted the meeting with this provocative comment: “When everyone can own a computer and enjoy a fast connection, then everyone can become a broadcaster and publisher.”

I appreciate the “breaking the stereotype” bit and the fact that they linked to the ITI blog. Lynch’s comments about everyday people becoming publishers and content providers speaks volumes for the future of libraries and digital information.

Post “Dead Tech”: Sushi and Discussion


Nice evening…great Dead Tech Session! I’ll be posting images tomorrow.

After, Aaron, David King and I stepped out for some Miso, Sushi and some darn good conversation about library IT departments, the academic library, implications of podcasts and videocasts and all things in between.

One thing that impressed me today about the actual impact of blogging on the library profession is that David used a blog post as a talking point during his first session about targeting web services and statistics.

5 Implications for the Teaching/Training Librarian

I enjoyed Clifford Lynch’s reflection and pondering the future keynote this morning. He detailed the past 20 years for the Computers in Libraries Conference (back in the 80s known as Small Computers in Libraries) and hit on some of the big changes or events of those times.

In the early 80s it was the advent of the electronic card catalog and libraries jumping in and doing conversions. Then, Lynch reported, librarians embraced the Internet and assumed the role of “teacher” from roughly 1992 – 1998. When he said that I remembered the glory days of our first public Internet classes at SJCPL: We offered a 90-minute lecture and demo and repeatedly for many months packed the house. In fact, one night we had 128 people attend in our largest meeting room. Back then, folks were starving for information about what was happening on the Internet and how they might get access at the library.

Then, however, Lynch said, “The teaching role has went away.”

Here’s where I beg to differ. I found Lynch totally engaging and right on but I think there are a few things to be said about the teaching librarian. In fact, I think there are 5 things to say about the future of teaching librarians as I relax here in my room at the Hilton Washington:

* As long as there are public libraries and folks that use them, there will be a need for librarians to show folks how to get to information — good information. Mind you, this may be virtually, via a sound recording on an iPod, via IM or in person. There will always be some sort of “classes” at the library. For example, some folks will need help getting e-mail because they don’t have a computer at home. I don’t see that going away anytime soon. Stephen Abram said in his Library Journal piece about Google “Vastly more information is used outside the library than in libraries?and most of it is now virtual. Recognize that librarians’ and library workers’ key contributions aren’t merely collecting, organizing, and delivering the information?it’s improving the quality of the question.” That says to me it’s all about education!

* Librarians of the blended variety will also be needed in the academic setting. BI will be around as long as there are new interfaces and new database products. Again, the delivery methods may change but we will still be offering instruction out of academic libraries. Take a look at for more.

* One goal of many libraries is to offer access to new technologies. Aaron believes this and so do I. As long as there is new tech – iPods, digital video, wifi, RFID and future implications of digital media — there will be a need for the librarian.

* In the corporate library, the needs for resources may change and electronic resources management may reign supreme (in all types of libraries too!) so someone will have to corral all of this stuff and tell people how to get to it.

* Lynch also said that the world has moved from a ?scarcity of information? to an abundance in 2005. And that means someone skilled in instructional design, styles of learning and delivering training will have to be around to make sure people know how to look for it and use it.