Kate Kosturski, @librarian_kate
Podcaster, The Knitting Librarian Podcast
Pratt Institute School of Information and Library Science
LIS 680, Instructional Technologies
November 15, 2010
Where We Have Been
Podcast definition and how they work
What you need to make a podcast
Getting started in Audacity
Where We are Going Today
Putting the promo pieces together
Basic editing functions in Audacity
From MP3 to Podcast Feed
Copyright and Fair Use
What You Should Have With You Today
Recorded Speech for Promo
Music, Sound Effects, etc.
Using what you just saw in Audacity, put the podcast
pieces together and export (save) as an MP3 file to
your flash drive.
If you don’t have a flash drive, call me over and I will
save it on mine.
I will be on hand for questions/assistance as
We’re All Ears!
(Time to Listen to Your
Uploading the Podcast
Server – Podcast’s Internet home
Host on internal or external server
Server will generate your RSS feed address for
Many wonderful host servers on the Internet!
Libsyn: http://www.libsyn.com/ (Libsyn PRO for
educational institutions: http://libsynpro.com/)
More on Uploading
Choose your Host Server Carefully!
Be consistent in saving your files.
Use tags so users searching the server can
find your podcast.
Examples: your name, organization name, good subject
terms, title keywords.
Don’t be an Etsy!
Testing & Subscribing to Your Podcast
Copy and Paste Your RSS Feed Address (as provided
by your host server) into iTunes or your Aggregator
Use iTunes for testing – most universal and best
Also can use Google Reader
For iTunes (iTunes 8 and later)
Under the “Advanced” menu, choose “Subscribe to
Copy and paste the address into the dialog box
Marketing Your Podcast
Library/Personal Social Media
Industry-specific social media (ALA Connect,
iTunes and iTunesU
iTunes and iTunesU
Submitting Your Podcast to iTunes:
Apple reviews for content and TOS guidelines (about 1 – 3
Feeds update once every 24 hours or you can “ping” the
podcast to update.
iTunes is just a directory. It is NOT a server!
Recording on the Road with Portable Recorders
Griffin iTalk Software (free):
iRiver Recorder: http://tinyurl.com/2by8wl2
You can use Skype with the Line In function on your
computer and Soundflower (for Mac).
A Word on Copyright
Section 3.2.3 applies to librarians and teachers
Look for “Podsafe” Content
Free Music Archive and PodSafe Music Network
LibriVox (for audiobooks): http://librivox.org/
If you’re not sure – err on the side of caution and don’t use it!
Final Tips from the Trenches
Don’t be boring: Have something new to say and say it in
your own way.
Don’t freak out about the tech: Listeners are forgiving on
the sound issues.
Podcasts are not for making money – they’re for making
You spend 75% of time marketing the podcast and 25%
recording – be ready to sound your inner rockstar.
“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
Resources from the Creative Commons Podcasting Legal