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Screencasting for an Academic Library Audience

  1. 1. SCREENCASTING FOR AN ACADEMIC AUDIENCE Stephanie Kerns, MLS Galter Health Sciences Library Northwestern University 312-503-1201
  2. 2. BACKGROUND <ul><li>Galter Library serves the faculty, staff, residents, and students at the Feinberg School of Medicine and the affiliated hospitals. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Northwestern University </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Northwestern Memorial Hospital </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Children’s Memorial Hospital </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Jesse Brown VA Medical Center </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. BACKGROUND <ul><li>Wide range of knowledge levels </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Doctors </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Students </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Academic staff </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Nurses </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Wide range of technical skills </li></ul><ul><li>Geographic diversity </li></ul><ul><li>Various learner types </li></ul>
  4. 4. BACKGROUND <ul><li>Why create videos? </li></ul><ul><li>Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligences </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Proposed in 1983 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>7 intelligence types </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Two of interest: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Spatial (Visual) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Linguistic </li></ul></ul><ul><li>We always had web guides </li></ul><ul><li>Wanted to create videos </li></ul><ul><ul><li>For visual learners </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>To better illustrate tasks such as using a software program </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. TYPES OF SCREENCASTS <ul><li>Distance Learning Classes </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Medical Informatics Masters Program </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Prosthetics & Orthotics Program soon </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Incorporated into web guides </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Started in 2005 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Currently revamping how we are doing this </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Assessment needs </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. DISTANCE LEARNING CLASSES <ul><li>Synchronous </li></ul><ul><li>Recorded and posted in the course site for later reference </li></ul><ul><li>Adobe Connect </li></ul><ul><li>FERPA issues if posted on the library site </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. WEB GUIDES <ul><li>Point of need and asynchronous </li></ul><ul><li>Most of our users are not on campus or doing research when librarians are available to help them </li></ul><ul><li>First iterations: simply inserted links to videos into already existing web guides </li></ul>
  8. 8. SCREENCASTING <ul><li>Then: Current Awareness Guide 2006 </li></ul>
  9. 9. SCREENCASTING <ul><li>Now: Current Awareness Services 2010 </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  10. 10. SCREENCASTING <ul><li>Tour of the Galter Website </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Using GalterLists </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Functional Disease Ontology </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. SCREENCASTING <ul><li>Software Support: EndNote </li></ul><ul><ul><li>One of the most requested classes we teach </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>EndNote Guide available on website for years </li></ul></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  12. 12. FUTURE IDEAS <ul><li>Incorporate videos at more points of need throughout website </li></ul><ul><li>For example, Class Sign Up page </li></ul>
  13. 13. FUTURE IDEAS
  14. 14. FUTURE IDEAS <ul><li>Have a page of screencasts and videos </li></ul><ul><li>Branding </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Part of a larger branding effort of the library </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Will create a consistent look and feel where appropriate </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Will create a lead-in for other videos </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Example: </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. ISSUES <ul><li>Storing files </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Web server space available </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Workflow to add files to server </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Now have a plan to use the university’s MediaSpace server which will also allow us to push out to iTunesU and YouTube very easily </li></ul><ul><li>Software </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Keeping up-to-date and diverse </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>My department also supports faculty in using the software for their own teaching (Adobe Connect and Screenflow) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>We now have 3 Mac users, 2 PC users, and Camtasia, Screenflow and Connect licenses throughout </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. ASSESSMENT <ul><li>We need to do this more fully </li></ul><ul><li>We are coming up with a plan that includes </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Usability (part of an overall website assessment) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Usage statistics </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Feedback – either focus groups or quick web survey </li></ul></ul>
  17. 17. TIPS AND TRICKS <ul><li>Plan your script and your movements on screen </li></ul><ul><li>(but not too much) </li></ul><ul><li>Create short clips for incorporation in web guides </li></ul><ul><li>Plan on about an hour of production time to create a minute of video </li></ul><ul><li>Consider web tutorials for instruction that requires interactivity </li></ul>
  18. 18. QUESTIONS? <ul><li>© Stephanie Kerns, 2010 </li></ul>