Category Archives: Podcasting @ TTW

CJ Points to Oklahoma State Library Podcast

Hurrah! I got to chat with Chris Jowaissis a bit at IL. He is incredible and I’m always glad to see a new post at Technobiblio.

http://www.technobiblio.com/archives/2005/10/get_it_odl.php

Seems CJ has found the first state library podcast, an interview with “ODL Public Information Officer Bill Young about the Oklahoma Reads Oklahoma program.” Give it a listen as you form your own plans for podcasting events and interviews…

Admissions Podcast – What could libraries do?

Ken finds a podcast at the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley Web site.

http://www.mchron.net/site/edublog.php?id=P3282

” On a hunch I searched for the RSS feed of the web site of the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley, and I found a very professional, welcoming, and informative single podcast (linked here) from the admissions office about how they consider applications to the MBA program. You can see the impulse — the admissions office must have had to answer questions about how they screen applicants hundreds of time each season, so this podcast might save them time repeating this information. All of us share the same bits of information over and over again in our work; podcasts must be one way to share a strong version of that information in an always-ready format. The tone is especially good — the writer addresses not just the need for information but also some of the anxieties applicants face, while also giving good advice about how to make the best impression in an application or interview. I was impressed.”

What questions do libraries answer a lot, over and over? How about a podcast on getting a library card and circulation policies? Or an overview of the library’s programs, tech classes and book groups? A podcast intro to all departments of a library, written and spoken by members of each area?

Ponder what else might be done with the files? Inclusion on a library DVD orienting new users? Added to circulation digital devices?

Some key factors: a good voice, a reasonable recording that’s easily downloadable, a well-written script – and time to produce them.

And don’t miss Ken’s post about the human voice on university Web sites! What is the voice of your library’s Web site? Is it static, dull, tired? Is it alive with feeling and ready to tell you a story… Wowza but I love this stuff!

So..if students are writing scripts for their podcasts..what can libraries do for them after school?

Just asking:

David Warlick reports on podcasts in the classroom and I’m pondering how libraries can be an extension of this digital content creation thing. I do believe that a “Digital Creation Station” in a library’s Teen section might be a hit. Give them a Mac (or PC yeah yeah but Garageband is soooo cool!), a mic, some software and the chance to play!

And don’t even let me hear you say “But what if they get loud?” or, heaven forbid, “what if they have FUN in the library making content to share with friends?”

What would the optimal Digital Creation Station include?

NPR Piece on Podcasting & Apple Podcast News

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4661213

And Jobs reports iTunes will have built in podcast support!

Apple CEO Steve Jobs told the assembled crowd at “D3: All Things Digital,” that Apple would add Podcasting support to its next version of iTunes (4.9), which is due within 60 days. Apple will also be launching a service that will allow users to upload Podcast content — Apple will then choose which content it will make available through iTunes, people at the event told MacCentral. Jobs also indicated that Apple had 70 percent market share for downloaded music.

That Podcasting is so hot right now!

http://www.pewinternet.org/PPF/r/154/report_display.asp

Once again, Pew jumps right into the Hot Tech fray. Download the report, read it and ponder how you might server your users with audio content. Wouldn’t you like your library to be included on the iPods and other players in your town?

The Wikipedia entry on podcasting distinguishes this medium from traditional internet radio because it allows consumers increased flexibility in listening to audio content and because delivery of podcasts can be automated. Before podcasting, internet radio listeners had to tune in to scheduled programs or retroactively search for individual broadcasts to download. Podcasts offer the unique feature of being delivered automatically to subscribers. Once a copy is stored on the listener’s computer or portable music player, podcasts can be ?time-shifted,? or played at any time.