Michael Wesch, cultural anthropologist from Kansa State University and author of the world-famous YouTube video, "The Machine is Us/ ing Us," describes YouTube as
“ worldwide participatory movement “ and “ a new, user-driven community in which everyone is invited to participate ”. According to Wesch YouTube is not just a technology, "It’s a social space built around video communication that is searchable, taggable and mashable,…“ Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TPAO-lZ4_hU
A group creator decides about permissions regarding group membership, group website visibility etc
group members can invite other members, begin conversations, add videos, and post comments to the videos and topics added by other members
An example of a YouTube Group
LILRC (the Long Island Library Resources Council) is sponsoring a contest named "LILTube" to encourage libraries in Nassau and Suffolk county to create videos showcasing their libraries and library services.
brings together the educational content from over 100 universities and colleges
facilitates access to over 200 full courses from leading universities, like MIT (932 videos), Stanford (604 videos), UC Berkeley(542 videos), UCLA(540 videos), Yale(157 videos), Harvard Business (38 videos)
includes also access to academic channels like University of California Television - UCTV (3,248 videos), Research Channel (345 videos)
Ben Hubbard, who manages the webcasting initiative at UC Berkeley, said :
“ There are a lot of universities and other centers for learning engaged with their local communities on YouTube, but it hasn’t always been very easy to find them. YouTube EDU makes it much easier for us to locate our peer institutions, connect around common interests, and perhaps even engage with one another in a more meaningful and productive way to create a community of best practices.”
YouTube and Academia: A prospective partnership
" We expect that education will be a vibrant category on YouTube ," said Obadiah Greenberg, strategic partner manager at YouTube, in an e-mail interview. " Everybody loves to learn."
" It's one thing to try to invite people to your own site; it's another thing to be riding the YouTube train ," says Michael J. Schoenfeld, vice chancellor for public affairs for Vanderbilt University.
When colleges want to set up an official channel on YouTube, they need to sign an agreement with the company. That allows them to put their logo or school colors on their channel and to upload longer videos.
Source: Chronicle of Higher Education Wednesday, January 9, 2008
established by teachers to fill up a need for a more educationally focused, safe space for teachers, students and schools
ESFhk YouTube channel
the channel represents a group of primary and secondary international schools in Hong Kong
Contains instructional videos on using new technologies for teaching and learning
established by WIS media teacher to allow media students to post their videos in a safe area and also to allow media teacher to develop a database of students’ work which he can later use as a teaching tool
Many libraries use YouTube as a digital archive. These video repositories can include lectures, digitized collections of preserved film, special collections, art or artifact exhibits, or video programs created by the library that were originally produced for other reasons.
YouTube can offer a way to preserve, disseminate, and promote the special collections and production videos.
UF's Baldwin Library Exhibit: "Preservation of Pop Up and Movable Books, Conserving the Past"
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library's "Mandeville Collection in the Occult Sciences Exhibit Archive"
Collins Memorial Library at the University of Puget Sound's "( un)written "
Libraries that have posted any video on YouTube 10.74%
20.69% Public Library
9.33% College/University Library
Libraries that have used YouTube for instructions 12.64%
8.70% Public Library
17.65% College/University Library
Research sample: 120 college, public and special libraries, 90.08% from US and 9.92% Non-US
Libraries and the Mega-Inernet Sites: A Survey of How Libraries Use and Relate to Google,Yahoo, Wikipeida, Ebay, Amazon, Facebook, YouTube & Other Mega Internet Sites. New York: Primary Research Group, Inc., 2008.
Libraries and librarians are already taking advantage of teaching information literacy skills with YouTube video technology
Librarians are creating library instructional videos and uploading them on YouTube for everyone to use
More and more libraries are setting up YouTube channels to facilitate centralized and easy access to their videos
University Library University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
Library channel includes 3 Playlists:
Instructional Videos 66 Videos (Videos created for library instruction purposes.)
LOEX 08 7 Videos (A selection of videos used to make ESL instruction more interactive and entertaining!)
Just for Fun 52 Videos
Z. Smith Reynolds Library Wake Forest University – Winston-Salem, USA
Includes 20 instructional videos
Cornell University Library channel Ithaca, NY, USA
Cornell University librarian and filmmaker Kaila Bussert and her fellow librarians posted on YouTube a series of library instruction videos under the name
How to Identify Scholarly Journal Articles How to Identify Substantive News Articles How to Read Citations Finding Books Shelved in Olin Library http://www.youtube.com/user/olinlibrary
UCLA library instructions University of California, Los Angeles, CA, USA
LITE (Library Instruction To Everyone) Bites are short videos created by instruction librarian in the UCLA College Library.
Each short video tells the tale of various UCLA Library services with a humorous, fun theme.
Bob Baker’s Info Literacy Channel Pima Community College, Tucson, AZ, USA
Bob Baker’s channel contains 12 lectures on various information literacy topics
Locating materials in the library Plagiarism & citation styles Types of information sources Online periodical databases Browsing & searching the web Evaluating Information Sources Online Reference Databases
Paul Robeson Library Channel Rutgers University in Camden NJ, USA
These comic videos are educational parody of a typical classic 50's classroom environment.