Talking with Pods: a look inside UQ Library’s Podcasting project


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Jennifer represents a team of liaison librarians from the University of Queensland Library's Social Sciences & Humanities, Law, and Biological Sciences Libraries. This team is the first to operate out of the Library's "Innovation Lab" space, working on exciting and challenging new technologies for use in library services. In this presentation, Jennifer details the UQ Library podcasting projects, outlines the technology involved and the prototypes developed, and looks at current further developments.

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Talking with Pods: a look inside UQ Library’s Podcasting project

  1. 1. Talking with Pods: a look inside UQ Library’s Podcasting project Jennifer Creese Liaison Librarian, University of Queensland Library
  2. 2. Background <ul><li>Changes within the University and Library </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>iTunes U; Lectopia = students expect multiple media for learning </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Addition of Mac machines to library </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Development of Innovation Lab space for Library Staff </li></ul>
  3. 3. Goals <ul><li>Identify areas of use for audiovisual/podcast material in the Library’s services </li></ul><ul><li>Create different types/examples of material – foundation for further development </li></ul><ul><li>Document softwares and processes and train other staff </li></ul>
  4. 4. Tools <ul><li>Hardware </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>3 iMac desktop computers – running Mac software </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Logitech USB-connect standing microphone </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Handheld Panasonic camcorder </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Tools <ul><li>Video Software </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>ScreenFlow (screen capture films) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>iMovie HD (editing of shot video footage) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Note: Adobe Captivate trialled and rejected </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Tools <ul><li>Audio Software </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Audacity (sound recording) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Garage Band (enhanced podcasts, music) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Other </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Keynote (for moving slides) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Types of Output <ul><li>Virtual Tours of Branches </li></ul><ul><li>Guides to specific library databases & techniques </li></ul><ul><li>Audio/video integrated with coursework in the Schools, supplementing Information Skills face-to-face classes </li></ul><ul><li>Audio/video integrated with coursework in the Schools, used in place of Information Skills face-to-face classes </li></ul><ul><li>Staff Training </li></ul>
  8. 8. Virtual Tours of Branches <ul><li>Prototype 1: live video </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Shot on hand-held camcorder </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Stills & titles added with iMovie HD </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Music added with GarageBand </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Labour-intensive, difficult to do well, lacks a professional look </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>But: fun, more casual approach to library orientation </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Virtual Tours of Branches <ul><li>Prototype 2: moving still image show </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Visuals created using KeyNote slideshow </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Voice recorded with Audacity </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Exported slides as images into ScreenFlow, addition of music and voice </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Consistent professional look and feel </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Easy for staff to put together and edit </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Guides to Databases <ul><li>Guides on specific techniques/searches created for some complex databases </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Both voice and visuals created using ScreenFlow </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Only created for databases that did not have their own visual instructions for searches </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Podcasts integrated with assessment <ul><li>Podcasts created for specific courses and/or assessment items </li></ul><ul><li>Delivered through Blackboard learning management system </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Statistics on usage available </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Secure UQ-domain hosting </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Students required to either attend physical class or use podcasts as online class in order to pass test </li></ul>
  12. 12. Podcasts in place of regular library information sessions <ul><li>Used when a full class is impossible or impractical </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Eg timing problems, external students </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Also delivered through Blackboard learning management system </li></ul><ul><li>Brief, simple “one use only” tailor made material </li></ul>
  13. 13. Staff Training <ul><li>Demonstrate and visually instruct in our suite of podcasting products </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Screen recordings and voice created using Screenflow </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Text-and-picture hard copies of instructions also created </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Available to all staff as part of a “podcasting toolkit” </li></ul>
  14. 14. Ongoing Developments <ul><li>Podcasting training for staff </li></ul><ul><li>Investigating publishing avenues </li></ul><ul><li>Developing new podcasts </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Website FAQ’s </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Catalogue Search Techniques </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Basic generic IL video clips </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Discipline/course/assignment-specific help </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  15. 15. Questions? <ul><li>Jennifer Creese, Social Sciences & Humanities Library, University of Queensland Library </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter - @rockchicklib </li></ul>