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iPods @ SJCPL

Julie Hill, my friend and colleague from SJCPL, announces the new SJCPL iPod program!!!! I am so happy to see this fly!! Here’s a post she sent me for staff:

Books on iPod: Yours our Ours

The library will begin offering downloadable audiobooks on iPods beginning Fall 2006! Bring in your own iPod or check out one of the library-owned iPods. We’ll download bestselling audiobook titles from the iTunes Music Store for use on your MP3 player, laptop, or in your car.

Want to know more? Contact the Sights & Sounds department at the Main Library at 282-4608 or IM us: asksjcplav.

Since this is a new format and a new service many questions will arise. Please jot down these questions and email them to me. I plan to have regular (bi-weekly) postings to the Staff Intranet adressing these questions (hopefully).

Here are some questions & answers you may have already:

1.What type of iPod will you circulate? The iPod Nano (1GB).
2.Will children and teen titles be available for downloading? Not at this time. Only adult titles.
3.Age limits? 18 and over
4.Will this service be available at the branches? Not at this time. This is a pilot project that will start at the Main library.
5.Where do I check out the iPods? At the Sights & Sounds Reference desk of the Main library.
6.Why iPods? Why not other MP3 players? We chose iPods based on their popularity and large market share. Currently 85% of MP3 players sold are iPods.
7.What size of a collection will you start with? Our opening day collection will have 200 titles to choose from.
8.When will this service start? We hope to roll it out the week after Labor Day.
9.How many iPods will the library circulate? 30.
10. How long does it take to download a title? A couple of minutes or less!

More Useful Links for the OPAL Talk

UPDATE: What a great time that was! Thanks to all at OPAL!!

Here’s the presentation.

Here are some extra links as resources:



Open Source Software at TechEssence

ALA on DRM & DRM Guide for Librarians

Librarians Who IM

Future of Music

Using Bloglines!

The Internet is Entering its LEGO era

Libraries with MySpace accounts

Tennant and Pace on the Future of Catalogues from Panlibus

Rainie on Millennials from SELCO

iPods in Action at Georgia College and State University

Using Evidence to Support our Libraries from Stephen Abram

OCLC Perceptions

The Audio Visual Department is Changing!

I wrote this piece, entitled Crystal Visions at TechSource a few weeks ago. Today, we get this news out of Colorado via LISNews:

In mid-March, members will be able to start downloading documentaries and IMAX movies, travel and concert films, do-it-yourself remodeling flicks and exercise videos. “It will be very cool, because you could take it on your laptop on a business trip and have your yoga program right there in your hotel room,” Jeske said.

Eventually, the library expects to also offer feature films. Like audio books, Jeske said, patrons will be able to keep a video download about a week before it automatically erases.

The library hopes to some day have computer kiosks where members without fast Internet service – or no service – can download films onto their portable video players.

The library Web site has become a film forum where people can read movie recommendations by the library staff, post their own film critiques or read ones by newspaper critics. You can even check local movie listings.

“This is the way that audio-visual material is moving,” Jeske said.

This model intrigues me. As more and more content comes to our libraries digitally, and iPods in Libraries slowly become commonplace, what does the next generation AV area look like?

From ALA TechSource:

This will be a slow change. Early adopters will pave the way, just as it took years for the VHS cassette to come and be on the way out. Collections will remain, for those folks who keep their players, probably as long as there is demand. Will the product be available on CD or DVD? Doubtful.

So, what’s the “Crystal Vision?” The Audio Visual Department of 2015 may be two spaces: 1) a vibrant space for digital creation and mashing up all of our content and room to gather and pursue our hearts’ interests and 2) a space with a bunch of servers that serve out library-licensed content to library users, wherever they happen to be.

Ten, no, Eleven Reasons for Vidcasting in the Library

What a Library Tour Video Might Look like on iPod

I love the ideas about applications of video in library settings. One of these days we’ll see an official “video podcast” from a library show up in the next incarantion of the iTunes MEDIA Store.

David King has a great post about integrating video into Library Web sites. He lists ten things librarians might do with video, including:

Videocast of bibliographic instruction, downloadable when a student needs it
Tours of the library
Showing what a meeting room looks like

Wonderful ideas that make use of the medium. The BI videos could be very helpful for “training on demand.” At SJCPL, we purchased acces to Mac OS Training videos at and it’s been helpful. I’d love to see libraries produce some stuff in house or a group of libraries band together to share resources and design training for staff.

This morning, Greg Schwartz shares his #11 over at Open Stacks: Meet the Staff Videos Cool idea. When I was investigating UNT, I went through all of the meet the faculty videos to get a sense of what the professors were like. This idea translates well to medium or large library settings where new hires might not meet administrators right away.

For all of these eleven hot ideas I’d hope I could also download them to my iPod!

iTunes Sharing Marketing the Collection

Sharing in the Library

A few of the shared libraries that pop up at SJCPL!

Bruce Connoly has an article in the new Computers in Libraries that presents an incredible idea: use iTunes built in sharing capaibilty to share music with library users! Connoly discovers other folks music librraies showing up when he opens iTunes. His thinking, sparked by the recent EDUCAUSE conference and Joan Lippincott’s article on serving Net Gen users, leads to this:

We started by creating a playlist called “Schaffer Library – New Music” consisting of about 2 dozen songs. We used complete songs, not samples. Generally, we included no more than a track or two from any one CD title. We decided to add the Schaffer Library call number in the Comments field (although this is an optional display field and users may not have it turned on) and to include additional information sometimes.

Our intention was not to create a permanent shared archive but rather to add new songs and delete older ones over time. Now we have also begun creating themed playlists–organized around events on campus or wider cultural events like Hispanic Heritage Month–that encompass areas of the CD collection that we would like to showcase. For instance, when The Threepenny Opera played on campus, we noted that several songs in the playlist came from that work.

This blows me away and it is OH SO EASY to do! Go look for the current issue of CIL (sadly the article is not online) and give it a read!

He concludes: “Lippencott’s chapter on “Net Generation Students and Libraries” in Educating the Net Generation asks: “Why should libraries and librarians adapt their well-structured organizations and systems to the needs of students rather than insist that students learn about and adapt to existing library systems?” The answer, from our perspective, is that sharing is a statement that assures students that we are willing to meet them in a space of their choosing–a space that is familiar, comfortable, and vibrant–and that we are just as eager to invite them into our space if they choose to come”

Don’t miss Janet Balas’ article Blogging Is So Last Year–Now Podcasting Is Hot as well – I love the title!

iPods in Scottish Schools!

Here’s the HOT part about student created content and new ways to look at learning:

The school was chosen after it successfully bid to pilot the “iPodagogy” project in Scotland.

Pauline Walker, the school’s deputy headteacher, said the iPod could even allow the pupils to make their own television shows, which they may then download and watch back when they want.

“It’s another way of delivering school work which is exciting, rather than writing an essay,” she said. “Anything that helps to get the kids thinking will help them to learn.”

Ewan Aitken, the City of Edinburgh Council’s executive member for education, said it was vital that schools “push the boundaries” to keep pupils interested in learning.

He said: “It will create a seamlessness between what kids do at home and what they do in the classroom.

“Suddenly, school is not a foreign land, because you are doing what you do at home, so the pupils are less likely to get bored.”

Is an iPod becoming a social tool? As a means to share student (and library?) content, i would say YES.

Experimenting with Video in iTunes & iPod


Screen capture set:

So far, I’ve purchased some shows and videos and changed a couple of iMovies to iPod format. It’s fascinating. Last night, I snuggled in bed with two dogs and the Night Stalker! Who would have thunk that?

Here’s a review by Edward Baig at USAToday: