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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