We started our LibraryYOU public training classes this month. One of our goals with this project is to get our community excited about making this own videos and podcasts, so we are offering some introductory classes. See the full class descriptions.
We have been disappointed by the attendance (7 at online video and 5 at podcasting) so we’ll have to consider the interest level and our advertising efforts. However, the people who did attend were very engaged and responded positively on the evaluations. (UPDATE: The local newspaper advertised our classes with a link on their home page yesterday and our upcoming classes are now filling up!)
Our Digital Services Librarian, Viktor Sjöberg, did the Intro to Podcasting training yesterday and it was so interesting that it made me want to make my own podcast. He started out by recording his voice on the Soundcloud iPad app to show the class just how easy it is to record and then upload a file to the web. My other favorite part was when he took the audio from the podcast he is currently editing for LibraryYOU (an interview with a Holocaust survivor) and showed that a sound editing program (in this case, Audacity) is useful for doing things like adding music to create a mood. It was a short, but powerful example.
Several of the same patrons attended both the classes and it was great getting to know them and their reasons for being interested in online media. One participant works at the nearby Antique Gas and Steam Engine Museum and wants to get some videos up on their website. They might even contact us about making a LibraryYOU video of some of the weavers that work at the museum.
Another man was interested in the books we have added to the collection to support LibraryYOU. We created book lists for the classes so that participants could get in-depth information to continue learning. We parked a book cart in the computer lab so people could grab a book after the training. I’ll be posting the book lists on the Tips & Tools blog soon. Be sure to check out Viktor’s post on Creating a Podcast which we shared with the class so they could remember what they’d learned.