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Screen castingacrlmd2011
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  • I will focus on reusable screencasts
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    • 1. ScreenCasting
      Best Practices
      Carissa Tomlinson
      Emerging Technologies Librarian
      Albert S. Cook Library
      Towson University
    • 2. What is a Screencast?
      A video recording of your computer screen often used in libraries for tutorials.
      Common screencasting software includes
      See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_screencasting_software
    • 6. Before you Begin…
      • Organize a screencast/tutorial working group:
      • 7. To develop your library’s best practices
      • 8. To review screencasts (especially ones used across classes/disciplines) for style, content, function, etc
      • 9. To organize and keep track of files for future updates
      • 10. Make sure you have the right tools:
      • 11. Choose a software and get training
      • 12. A good microphone goes a long way
      • 13. A quiet space
    • Standardization: create a professional look
      • Create a brand or use your existing library brand
      • 14. Create and use a standard intro/exit slide
      • 15. Include a place for the screencast creator’s name
      • 16. Include a date
      • 17. List if audio is available/ required
      • 18. Pick a standard size for screencasts
      • 19. Keep in mind smaller screens
      • 20. Record at that size- resizing may create problems
      • 21. YouTube requires 640 x 480
    • Standardization: create a professional look
      • Develop suggested/required design elements.
      • 22. Text size, color, font
      • 23. Text box colors, text justification
      • 24. Highlight box color and style
      • 25. Give some creative license
    • Content Development
      • Understand your audience
      • 26. Who is the screencast for and what do they need?
      • 27. Develop with a purpose
      • 28. Take note of the library’s resources and their uses.
      • 29. Plan it out
      • 30. Script
      • 31. Storyboard
    • Content Development
      • Make it helpful
      • 32. Think like a patron and navigate resources in a meaningful manner
      • 33. Keep it short – less than 5 minutes is ideal
      • 34. Make it interactive
      • 35. Make it accessible
      • 36. Any onscreen text should complement audio
      • 37. Any narration should also have a closed captioning option
      • 38. Viewers should understand tutorial without listening to sound
    • After you’re Done: Marketing
      • Highlight guides on the library’s website/ newsletter
      • 39. Organize guides in an easy to find manner
      • 40. Work with faculty to embed them in Course Management Systems
      • 41. Put them on YouTube
      • 42. Useful for mobile users that can’t view flash
    • After you're done: Organization & Updating
      • File management
      • 43. Files are large, delete multiple copies
      • 44. Keep all files in one place
      • 45. Do not have guides in multiple places on the web
      • 46. Updating
      • 47. Periodically check if guides need to be updated
      • 48. Make sure guides are updated after any website / database interface change
    • Further reading
      Comparison of screencasting software. Retrieved from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_screencasting_software
      Oud, Joanne (2009) Guidelines for effective online instruction using multimedia screencasts", Reference Services Review, 37(2), 164 - 177. doi:10.1108/00907320910957206
      User Education Services at the University of Maryland. (n.d.). Best practices using Adobe Captivate. Retrieved from: http://www.lib.umd.edu/UES/bestpractices.pdf

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