Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Podcasting

Thanks to Aletta for the demonstration of podcasting held in the training room today. We've been given an intro to what they are and how they can work, but as with everything in life it's what you do with it that counts. I enjoyed the 7 hats concept of discussion, and it was good to hear people's thoughts. I agree that content is king, so we first must have something to say that our patrons want to hear. I really liked the idea of scripting the many regular user education interactions we have with students, like requesting online, searching a database, accessing Noodlebib referencing software and resetting passwords! I think a vodcast, or video podcast, may be useful in showing how to use the catalogue or using the databases, where patrons could follow a visual demonstration of what was being said. I noted Aletta's suggestion of lectures as podcasts, which has already become so prevalent in contact institutions that lecture halls are turning into ghost towns as students are incorporating lectures into their daily lives and multitasking rather then having to go to a lecture hall at a certain time. For regular podcasts to work, they would need to focus on a particular theme that is relevant to our potential audience. Could we add value to students learning or staff teaching using podcasts? Do we want to?

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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Howdy

Welcome. This blog will be about libraries, librarians, technology and the wide range of library related topics that that may or may not interest you, but do interest me. I hope some of it does spark something and you can comment, share and generally take over this blog as you see fit. This blog is called wifilibrarian because the future is here and it's mobile, wifi and 3G internet access mean we can be online anytime and anywhere and from a librarian who works with distance patrons this is a fasinating subject. I'll talk about portable hardware like iPods, ereaders, mobile devices, and other things which are game changing for both the world and for libraries. Web 2.0 and the world of social media will be explored and I look forward to sharing this journey of discovery with you.

The Man From Wifi Librarian, he says "Yes"