Thing #17 Say What?!

Podcasting in libraries is HUGE! Thanks to this Thing, we have learned about super easy to use programs that allow us to chat up a topic and save it to share for others.

The Boulder Public Library (CO) has a Teen Webcast page but I found a variety of PODCASTS there, created with Gcast. What a great idea and way to encourage teens to contribute to our branches.

The Kankakee Public Library (IL) hosts a podcasts & vodcasts page. Their site shares a wide variety of recordings, including an author visit.

Here’s an example of how a podcast is being used to promote a county-wide book read at the Pierce County Public Library (WA).


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Thing #16 Video Killed the Radio Star

There’s no doubt that music videos are a hit on YouTube. But for those of us in the information world, sites such as YouTube serve as a portal of information sharing. Libraries are using YouTube to promote programming and services as well as offer instruction through online tutorials. SJCPLS will be uploading tutorials to the website and YouTube in the near future!

Vimeo and YouTube are both great sites to find libraries! Check these out:

An online tutorial:

A book talk:

03/16/2009 – Book of the Week from on Vimeo.

A library branch tour:

Turner Video Tour! from KCK Public Library on Vimeo.

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Thing #15 Customized Search Engines

In this Thing, we explored Rollyo. There are a couple of other customized search engines that may be of interesting, including Google Co-Op and Eurekster.

Possible benefits of customized search engines:

  • Tailoring a search engine to your needs
  • Invite friends/co-workers to contribute
  • Automatically generate a search engine based on your website links or blogroll
  • View search results without ads
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    Thing #14 Pushing Productivity

    Document sharing couldn’t be any easier, thanks to those cool kids at Google! If you’ve never tried Google Docs, check out this great Common Craft video for a quick overview.

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    Thing #13 Library-Type Things

    The first of two videos by LibraryThing founder, Tim Spalding about LibraryThing:

    Other sites similar to LibraryThing and Good Reads:


    And for those interested in a book club site, check out Booksprouts!

    NPR’s Martha Woodroof’s article on social networking sites for bibliophiles.

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    Thing #12 Wacky Wikis

    Does anyone really have a reason why NOT to use a wiki in the workplace? Seriously, they’re GREAT! What a way to streamline information sharing. Email is SO out! Since the near-unanimous vote favors the use of wikis within libraries, let’s move on to wikis that probably should not be used in libraries!

    Family Guy Wiki
    Futurama Wiki
    Wikiality: The Truthiness Encyclopedia

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