On March 31, 2008, David Lee King, Digital Branch & Services Manager at the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library, presented Introduction to Videoblogging for over 25 attendees. The workshop started off with a quick recording of the audience graciously clarifying the pronunciation of Sachem for this Kansas-native, who humorously referred to it as Sock-em.
Afterwards, we viewed some examples of the different types of web videos out there. Consent point- “What if Barbie had a book group?” which is being used to promote a teen novel. Curious?Then take a look on YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rio_XlX-Kd4), it’s sure to amuse the inner kid in all of us!
Now to more serious stuff. David then walked attendees through the many types of web video (tv shows, lifecasting, screencasting, and videoblogs), where to find them (blickx, clipblast, google videos, and mefeedia) and how to create them using free and/or inexpensive software (Apple’s iMovie, Window’s Movie Maker and Avid Free DV). The most important thing is to have an idea and he shared his thoughts on what libraries could do with videos. He amused the crowd with some traditional, interesting and, as he referred to, even some “slightly whacked-out” ideas. This included using videos for book talks, library PR, interviews, to show off exhibits and just about anything you can think of.
Now back to our video. David demonstrated, using the video recording he took in the morning, just how easy it can be to edit the raw footage, add text, and finally post it on a blog. If you would like to see this video and other videos from the program, please visit David’s blog at http://www.davidleeking.com/, where you can also find the presentation slides.