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Lis 680 podcasting lesson part 1


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Lis 680 podcasting lesson part 1

  1. 1. Kate Kosturski, @librarian_kate Podcaster, The Knitting Librarian Podcast Pratt Institute School of Information and Library Science LIS 680, Instructional Technologies November 8, 2010
  2. 2. What is a Podcast? Collection of self-created files (audio, video or both) on a host server. How do these differ from other audio or video files? RSS transmits new content when it is available. You don’t have to do anything (or next to nothing) to get the new content – it will download automatically! As of December 2009, over 150,000 podcasts are available in iTunes for download.
  3. 3. What is an RSS Feed? Format (XML) used for publishing frequently updated works What does an RSS feed include? Full published file Metadata Examples of RSS Feeds:  (KEXP Music that Matters Podcast)  (The Knitting Librarian) (shameless self-promotion)
  4. 4. Why Do People Make Podcasts? Preserve content that may have historical or cultural significance Build speaking/presentation/technical/software skills Gives those who may not have a voice that voice Ex. Radio Rookies (WNYC)
  5. 5. Why Should Libraries Make Podcasts? Teaching tool Opportunity to participate in library instruction without being present (distance education). Review concepts covered in a seminar or class that may have been difficult Excellent marketing tool for your library Show off new collections and services Record library events
  6. 6. There’s a Podcast for Everything No. Really. There Is. Public Radio: Car Talk, This American Life Music: KEXP Song of the Day, IndieFeed Humor: Jay and Silent Bob Get Old, The Ricky Gervais Podcast Sports: ESPN’s Pardon the Interruption Tech: This Week in Tech Lifestyle: Various language courses, Grammar Girl, The Splendid Table (As of September 2010, these are all available on iTunes!)
  7. 7. You Convinced Me. Let’s Make One. So How Do I Do It? The stuff – what do you need to make the podcast? The know-how – how do I record, edit, and upload the podcast? The name – Marketing the Podcast
  8. 8. The Stuff – What do You Need? Microphone Digital Audio Recording/Editing Software Computer Recording Studio Internet Connection/ISP Server Access Podcast Receiver But before all this you need….
  9. 9. The Big Idea! What’s your Podcast Going to be All About? Develop one theme for your podcast Have regular segments Don’t be boring! Keep it simple and short Stay Consistent with Your Theme but Have Room for Experimentation (listener feedback might be helpful!)
  10. 10. More on The Big Idea Some questions to ask yourself when prepping podcast content…. What aspect of my life/organization am I passionate about? What do family/friends/colleagues ask for help about? What can I speak about on a expert level? What services would my organization like to promote?
  11. 11. Exercise: Creating Promo Content Working in your library groups, spend 10 minutes outlining what you want in your library podcast. Use the questions and thoughts on the previous slides as a guide. General or specific (i.e. specific product or service)? Supplement to a library class or event? How long do you want it to be?
  12. 12. 10 Minute Break
  13. 13. Questions?
  14. 14. The Details (The Other Stuff) The Microphone USB or line-in, desktop v. headphones. Newer Macs also have built in microphones. Good idea to have different mics for different purposes The Computer Duh.  Digital Recording/Editing Software Cleans up sound and saves it to the right format GarageBand (Mac), Audacity (PC & Mac)
  15. 15. More Details The Recording Studi0 This can be anywhere. Open space, quiet, little echo Stable Internet connection and power sources This is where I record. 
  16. 16. And Still More Details! (Really, I Swear this is Easy Stuff.) Internet and Server The podcast’s home and how the podcast gets home. The Aggregator How your fans will find your podcast if not on your website Examples: iTunes, iTunesU, Juice
  17. 17. Time to Make the Podcasts Create Content Edit and Save Content Upload to a Host Server Subscribe in iTunes with RSS Address
  18. 18. Creating Your Content Audio Interviews Audiobooks Promos Speech Conversation Video Screenshots Live video recording Photo slideshow Always remember copyright!
  19. 19. Scripts (Not the Web Kind) It’s extremely important to have a script! Scripts keep you on schedule Scripts organize your content Scripts make great show notes Scripts will help groom your confidence as a public speaker.
  20. 20. The Tech Side of Creating Content Sample Rate – The speed at which your audio comes in to your microphone and the editing software. Measured in kb/sec. Mono v. Stereo – how much audio info are you collecting?
  21. 21. Tech Tips Watch your volume – this may take trial and error. Keep speakers turned down to avoid feedback Hold your microphone about six inches from your mouth Remember what Mom told you – Speak clearly and Speak up!
  22. 22. All About Audacity Open-source, free audio recording and editing software ( Compatible with PC, Mac and Linux Download from Use Version 1.2 for this class.
  23. 23. Getting Started with Audacity (Demo)
  24. 24. The (Rather) LAME Encoder The LAME Encoder Audacity to convert Audacity projects to MP3 files. Why MP3? These are small and universal. MUST BE DOWNLOADED!  s=install&item=lame-mp3
  25. 25. Next Week Come to class with the following: Podcast promo Background music/sounds (resources will be on the wiki) Bring headphones to class Save the pieces of the promo on a USB drive, Dropbox, etc. Next week… Putting the promo pieces together Uploading, creating the RSS feed and marketing
  26. 26. Useful Resources “Podcasting: Making Noise The New Fashioned Way.” Presented by Thomas Dopko and Dow Jones at the 2009 Special Libraries Association Conference, Washington, DC: (Slides available on request.) Cochrane, Todd. Podcasting: Do-It-Yourself Guide. Indianapolis, IN.: Wiley Publishing Inc., 2005 Wikipedia Podcasting: RSS:
  27. 27. Contact Info The Knitting Librarian Podcast: Email: Twitter: Blog: