The World of Podcasting


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Presentation from RUSA Reinvented Reference Pre-Conference at ALA Annual 2007. June 22, 2007.

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The World of Podcasting

  1. 1. The World of Podcasting: Implications For Reference David Free Georgia Perimeter College / Association of College and Research Libraries June 22, 2007
  2. 2. <ul><li>“ a digital recording of a radio broadcast or similar program, made available on the Internet for downloading to a personal audio player.” </li></ul><ul><li> - New Oxford American Dictionary </li></ul>A Podcast Is…
  3. 3. <ul><li>MP3 + RSS = Podcast </li></ul><ul><li> - Aaron Schmidt, Computer In Libraries 2007 </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>“ The Ninja explains podcasting to people over the age of 12.” </li></ul>Ask A Ninja: What Is Podcasting special-delivery-1-what-is-podcasting
  5. 5. Who Downloads Podcasts? Pew Internet and American Life Project -
  6. 6. <ul><li>30% of 18-24 year olds own MP3 player </li></ul><ul><li>54% of 12-17 year olds own MP3 player </li></ul>TEMPO Survey (July 2006) - id=3124
  7. 7. <ul><li>59% “in” </li></ul>79% “in” VS Student Monitor Marketing Survey
  8. 8. Podcasting In Libraries Podcasting For Reference Services com /photos/michaelsphotos/82484365
  9. 9. <ul><li>What Is Reference Anyway?? </li></ul>
  10. 10. Lansing <ul><li>Lansing (IL) Public Library Podcasts – </li></ul>
  11. 11. Ohio University <ul><li>Ohio University Alden Library Audio Tour- </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  12. 12. Pierce County <ul><li>Pierce County (WA) Library System - blog_id=7 </li></ul>
  13. 13. Orange County <ul><li>Orange County (FL) Library System – </li></ul>
  14. 14. Wadsworth <ul><li>Wadsworth (OH) Public Library – </li></ul>
  15. 15. Fairfield University <ul><li>Fairfield University Library - </li></ul>
  16. 16. WebCT
  17. 17. <ul><li>“ Since it is an online course, I have particularly liked the audio lesson each week. One can often gain a different meaning from hearing something as opposed to just reading it, so I find the audio lessons help me feel I have a better grasp of the material and the assignments. I really wish more of my online instructors utilized this resource.” </li></ul><ul><li>- ATEC 1203 Student, Summer 2006 </li></ul>
  18. 18. Cal State Fullerton <ul><li>Library Guide For Nursing (California State University, Fullerton) - </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  19. 19. Instructional Podcasting MashUp <ul><li>Brief assignment overview podcast </li></ul><ul><li>Audio / video tours of specific library areas </li></ul><ul><li>Online tutorials / podcasts for assignment specific resources & services </li></ul><ul><li>Subject guides / “cheat sheats” </li></ul>
  20. 20. <ul><li>Have A Plan! </li></ul><ul><li>See also… </li></ul>
  21. 21. <ul><li>Why? </li></ul><ul><li>What? </li></ul><ul><li>When? </li></ul><ul><li>Who? </li></ul>Podcast Planning
  22. 22. Moraine <ul><li>Moraine Valley Community College Library – </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  23. 23. UCOL <ul><li>UCOL Library Podcasts - </li></ul>
  24. 24. <ul><li>Why? </li></ul><ul><li>What? </li></ul><ul><li>When? </li></ul><ul><li>Who? </li></ul>Podcast Planning
  25. 25. <ul><li>“ Create good content. If you make something worth listening to, people will listen to it.” </li></ul><ul><li>- Chris Kretz, Dowling College Library Omnibus </li></ul>
  26. 26. Podcasting Tips <ul><li>Consider your voice </li></ul><ul><li>Be passionate & entertaining </li></ul><ul><li>Outline / script, but don’t read! </li></ul><ul><li>Find a quiet place </li></ul><ul><li>Remember your listeners </li></ul><ul><li>Multiple voices rock! </li></ul><ul><li>See also…Harrington, Jack. Podcasting Hacks . Sebastopol, CA: O'Reilley, 2005. </li></ul>
  27. 27. WPI <ul><li>Worcester Polytechnic Institute Library Audio To Go – </li></ul>
  28. 28. Creative Commons Legal Guide <ul><li>Creative Commons Podcasting Legal Guide - </li></ul>
  29. 29. Rules For The Revolution <ul><li> </li></ul>
  30. 30. <ul><li>Why? </li></ul><ul><li>What? </li></ul><ul><li>When? </li></ul><ul><li>Who? </li></ul>Podcast Planning
  31. 31. <ul><li>Why? </li></ul><ul><li>What? </li></ul><ul><li>When? </li></ul><ul><li>Who? </li></ul>Podcast Planning
  32. 32. <ul><li>“ Connect. Connect. Connect. Don’t be afraid to outreach and tie in with departments and activities at your institution, campus, or town.” </li></ul><ul><li>- Christine Drew, WPI Audio To Go </li></ul>
  33. 33. 7 Steps To Podcast Heaven <ul><li>Recording / Editing </li></ul><ul><li>Listening </li></ul><ul><li>Hosting </li></ul><ul><li>Posting </li></ul><ul><li>Feeding </li></ul><ul><li>Promoting </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluate / Repeat </li></ul>
  34. 34. Learn More Here… <ul><li>Podcasters Wiki ( </li></ul><ul><li>Podcasting News ( </li></ul><ul><li>Podcast User Magazine ( </li></ul><ul><li>Blogger and Podcaster Magazine ( </li></ul>
  35. 36. Happy Podcasting! <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Fletch courtesy of Sybil and Jim Davidson. </li></ul>