Podcasting in Libraries


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An overview of podcasting in libraries. Presented in 2007 at the annual Washington Library Association conference.

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Podcasting in Libraries

  1. 1. Library Podcasting at Washington State University Betty Galbraith Mark O’English Alex Merrill WLA Conference, April 20 th 2007
  2. 2. <ul><li> SearchIt instructions </li></ul><ul><li> Tour of Owen Library </li></ul><ul><li> Interview with donor of Kodiak bear </li></ul><ul><li> Research instruction and advice for specific classes </li></ul><ul><li> Library instruction modules </li></ul><ul><li> Generalized research tips </li></ul>What we are doing at WSU
  3. 3. Before You Start … Consider <ul><li> Why are you doing this as a podcast? </li></ul><ul><li> Who is your listener – audience? </li></ul><ul><li> Where will your audience listen? </li></ul><ul><li> What tone & feel do you want? </li></ul><ul><li> One or more voices? </li></ul><ul><li> Music or sound effects? </li></ul><ul><li> How long should it be? </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li> driving or walking 20-30 min long </li></ul><ul><li> seeking practical info 10 min, well organized & paced </li></ul><ul><li> out for a good time energetic & upbeat </li></ul><ul><li> conservative high quality </li></ul><ul><li> students fast paced & varied </li></ul><ul><li> business people concise & explanatory </li></ul>If your listener is: Your podcast should be: Podcast Design Guidelines
  5. 5. <ul><li> Test to see what your voice sounds like </li></ul><ul><li> Do a draft of your podcast </li></ul><ul><li> Get feedback </li></ul><ul><li> Redo the podcast </li></ul><ul><li> Post your podcast </li></ul><ul><li> Consider copyrighting it </li></ul>Creating the Podcast
  6. 6. <ul><li> Talk too fast </li></ul><ul><li> Assume users know more than they actually do </li></ul><ul><li> Wander - hard to follow </li></ul><ul><li> Monotone </li></ul><ul><li> Uh... Like... Mmm... </li></ul><ul><li> Booooring </li></ul>Common Problems
  7. 7. <ul><li> Listen to a variety of podcasts first </li></ul><ul><li> Remember that verbal mistakes are noticeable </li></ul><ul><li> Pause </li></ul><ul><li> Be prepared to redo </li></ul><ul><li> Script multiple speakers </li></ul><ul><li> Practice, and practice again </li></ul><ul><li> Take time to create </li></ul>Things I Learned
  8. 8. <ul><li>Podcasting: Technology Issues </li></ul><ul><li>Hardware </li></ul><ul><li>Microphone. Splurge on a $15 to $20 microphone instead of a $2 one! </li></ul><ul><li>Sound card for your computer. Older and cheaper = more staticky sound. </li></ul><ul><li>Software </li></ul><ul><li>3. Some sort of recording/editing software. </li></ul><ul><li>The WSU Libraries use Audacity (freeware): </li></ul><ul><li>http:// audacity.sourceforge.net / </li></ul><ul><li>Another (more technical) freeware possibility is GarageBand: </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.download.com/GarageBand/3000-2182_4-10263089.html </li></ul>
  9. 9. Audacity One “ scary technology ” note: Audacity won’t quite work “out of the box” - it needs the LAME MP3 encoder installed as well, which is linked from: http:// audacity.sourceforge.net/help/faq?s = install&item =lame-mp3 Have your techie person install it in the Audacity directory and then record one throwaway audio as an MP3. After that, you’re set for life. That ends the “ scary technology ” note…
  10. 10. Audacity is EASY: Record just like an old cassette recorder… Edit just like a Word document…
  11. 11. Feeling advanced? You have further “advanced” editing options in the dropdown menus: Your vocal timbre and volume can change as you go – record in one long track! “ Radio voice” makes later rearranging harder. If you make a mistake, keep going – remember the “cut” button !
  12. 12. Edit out your ambient background noises: Effect --Noise Removal Replace noises with silence: Generate --Silence When finished: File --Export as MP3
  13. 13. Saving and Sharing Your Podcast Streaming vs. non-streaming media (or both). Webpages Blogs RSS feeds RSS is really just a way to subscribe to something… Locally hosted vs. remotely hosted.
  14. 14. Other Toys Levelator (freeware): smoothes out audio levels. Hi-Caption (not freeware): view your text as well as hear it! Example: WSU’s Oral History Project Microsoft Producer (free with PowerPoint): Powerpoint with voiceover. Example: Circulation Training, Neill Public Library (Pullman, WA) Video Recordings? Example: at YouTube , search for Booktalks .
  15. 15. Some podcasts you can listen to: Booktalk sites - http:// ms.kmsd.edu/~msimc/podcasts_booktalks.htm http://www.hopkintonschools.org/hhs/library/podcast.html Call in and leave your own booktalk - http://www.reneesbookoftheday.com/booktalk/index.html Record and submit your own booktalk - http://nancykeane.com/booktalks/default.htm Librivox: public domain audiobooks - http://librivox.org/ Infospeak: UW iSchool student interviews about library issues - http:// www.infospeak.org/index.htm King County Law Library - http://www.kcll.org/aboutus/publications/podcasts/index.html Pierce County Library Podcasts Blog - http://www.piercecountylibrary.org/blogs.aspx?blog_id=7 Podcasts from the WSU Libraries - http:// www.wsulibs.wsu.edu/rssapp/rssreader.aspx?feedid =11
  16. 16. Congratulations – Most of the work is done <ul><li>Once the podcasts are conceptualized, recorded, mixed and encoded the rest is easy. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Last production Step </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Web Accessible Directory </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Streaming Server (optional) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>RSS file </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Marketing you Podcasts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Itunes U, University Channel, Stingy Scholar </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Podcast subscription programs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Juice (formerly Ipodder), Prime Time, Nimiq </li></ul></ul></ul>
  17. 17. Last production Steps <ul><li>Things to say to your IT department. </li></ul><ul><li>General (download only) </li></ul><ul><li>I only need a web accessible directory </li></ul><ul><li>This won’t need additional support </li></ul><ul><li>Full featured (download & streaming) </li></ul><ul><li>I only need a web accessible directory </li></ul><ul><li>This will only need a tiny bit of support (as long as your institution already supports streaming media) </li></ul><ul><li>I will encode the files (all you need to do is mount them) [Real Producer Basic – Free] </li></ul>
  18. 18. RSS feed creation <ul><li>Do it yourself (Can be tricky but not too bad) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Easiest Way ---- Pull an already established feed from the web and modify </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Example </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Have someone else do it (sorta) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>There are some free rss builder tools out there. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Rapid Feeds </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>TD Scripts </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>And some inexpensive standalone programs </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Alnera FeedWorkshop RSS Editor 1.1 </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Feed Editor RSS Creator 4.21 </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>RSS Feed Creator (SourceForge) (needs add’l .net software) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  19. 19. Marketing and Distribution Sites <ul><li>ITunes/ ITunes U </li></ul><ul><li>University Channel </li></ul><ul><li>Podcast Alley </li></ul><ul><li>Education Podcast Network </li></ul><ul><li>Educational Feeds </li></ul><ul><li>Publish your feed </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Syndic8 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Daypop – News is Free </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Register feed w/ Yahoo – Google - MSN </li></ul></ul>
  20. 20. Podcast Receivers <ul><li>Client software that automatically checks and downloads podcasts from subscribed feeds </li></ul><ul><li>Juice ( Ipodder ) </li></ul><ul><li>Prime Time </li></ul><ul><li>Nimiq </li></ul><ul><li>Itunes (of course) </li></ul>
  21. 21. Questions? <ul><li>Betty Galbraith Mark O’English </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Alex Merrill </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>http://content.wsulibs.wsu.edu/searchit/WLA_2007.ppt </li></ul>