Category Archives: YouTube & Libraries



Rock on Allen County Public Library (in my home state of Indiana) Thank you very much!

ACPL IT Staffer Sean explains:

The first time I heard at a library conference that there were other organizations that were having conflict between the IT department and Library staff there was a great sense of relief. I thought about it some more and talked to a number of people. It came down to a couple of issues. Basically the types of people that are attracted to these fields and types of jobs they have to do have conflicting goals. There are lots of solutions to these problems. One of solutions is to look at the things we have in common and to have a sense of humor. I came up with this idea and home and with the help of Kay, Lynn, Kevin and myself we put together a series of iACPL Youtube ads together. I hope you enjoy.

Telling Stories

Via The M Word Blog comes another example of libraries doing interesting things with video:


We love stories at the library and have discovered a wonderful new way to tell them. Millions of others have discovered it too: YouTube. YouTube hosts videos from throughout the world…at no charge.

I love stories too, especially those that share with users, staff and governing bodies how important libraries can be in the lives of users. And here’s the part I really like:

At the library web site, we are using YouTube to help us tell stories about the library and reading.

And a bit about the contest:

This January and February, with sponsorship from First Community Bank, we’re asking everybody in our library community to pick up their cameras and join the visual storytelling fun. People of all ages are invited to upload a 4-minute (or shorter) video to YouTube. Then send a link to us, for entry into one of two categories: “My Favorite Book,” will be for those who want to tell about their favorite book; or “Community Favorites,” about supporting the art of verbal storytelling. This should involve filming a short, uplifting piece about a person, organization or event that has made a difference in the community. Videos can be funny, poignant, clever or cool, and they must be library-appropriate.

This is a perfect example of what David King calls invited participation. (Make sure you read yet another excellent Web 2.0 post from Mr. King) It’s also a perfect example of building community with users via technology.