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Portable science: podcasting as an outreach tool for a large academic science and engineering library Barsky, Eugene; Greenwood, Aleteia; Lindstrom, Kevin 2009-07-02

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1Portable science: podcasting as an outreach tool for a large academic science and engineering library Eugene Barsky, Kevin Lindstrom and Aleteia Greenwood Science and Engineering Library, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada June 2009 2Outline: „ What is podcasting „ Why we decided to podcast „ How we do it „ Podcasting 101 „ How much it costs „ Where we host podcasts „ What are the next steps photo by Josh Bancroft 3What is podcasting „ Common characteristics for the Web 2.0 tools: collaborative in nature, interactive, and dynamic. „ Definition - "a digital recording of a radio broadcast or similar program -- is typically made available on the web for downloading to a personal audio player " (McKean 2005). „ Podcasting is really a dynamic term, now synonymous with any audio or video file that listeners download and play on a digital player (Barsky & Lindstrom 2008) 4Statistics „ Pew survey – 20% in 2005 (Pew Internet 2006). „ eMarketer – 18.5M in 2007 and potential for 65M by 2012 (eMarketer 2008). „ In academia – 70% of undergrads (Oliver & Goerke 2007). photo by  Sneaker Peet 5Why podcasting ourselves? „ University of British Columbia is Canada’s second largest university „ Home to very strong Faculty of Science and Faculty of Applied Science „ The departments we serve present hundreds of talks during an academic year for the students, faculty, and the broader community. „ Can we record and preserve some of them? We decided to try! 6How we do it? „ We decided to start with the department of Physics and Astronomy - „ Offered to assist with creating, hosting and maintaining podcasts „ Podcasts themselves generated interest from faculty 7Podcasting 101 „ First, find appropriate content. Content is crucial -- substance trumps style. Quality will keep people coming back for more. „ Gather required hardware and software. Podcasting is very simple and cheap. { Audacity (free) - { USB microphone - Samson CO1U USB Condenser Mic - $50-90 CAD { cIRcle - the University of British Columbia’s Institutional Repository (and iTunes U.) 8Podcasting 101 „ Convert the final audio files to MP3 format and upload them online, then the audio files need to be streamed using an RSS feed. { One simple way is via a blog - { Another way is link from a web site for manual download (not a real podcast) „ Promote your podcasts { Students and faculty can be the best word-of-mouth promoters { Quality will be what keeps subscribers coming back for more. 9Podcasting 101 „ Evaluate and learn from your experience { Don’t promise too much { Don’t stretch yourself too thin „ Use statistics to measure the impact of podcasts „ Use statistics to show the value of podcasts 10 A typical podcast „ Real life presentation „ Non-linear narrative „ Captures questions from the audience „ May have historical relevance 11 Hosting podcasts „ Most podcasts take a lot of space. Our podcasts are approximately 1MB for 1 minute of recording in MP3 format „ Storage becomes cheaper now, and so are your options: { Your institutional repository. Do you have one? If yes, it can take both audio and video files and even stream them online (with a plug-in) { Library or departmental website { iTunesU – do you have a subscription? { Storage for a fee: „ „ OmniDrive 12 Future directions „ We would like to expand: { To other departments: Computer Science and Chemistry are our first candidates, particularly the Distinguished Lectures series „ American Physical Society Northwest Section Annual Meeting „ New skill set for librarians „ Podcasting takes time and energy and scheduling „ Video recording and archiving photo by delgaudm 13 Summary „ Podcasting might increase student satisfaction and instructional flexibility „ Our podcasting experiences are mutually beneficial for the library and our academic community both at UBC and internationally „ We expect podcasting phenomenon to grow and we want to be a part of it! 14 References „ Barsky E., & Lindstrom K. Podcasting the Sciences: A Practical Overview Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship [Online], Fall 2008. „ eMarketer. 2008. Heard the latest about podcasting? [Online]. Available: [Accessed 13 May 2009] „ McKean, E. 2005. The New Oxford American Dictionary (2nd ed.). New York, N.Y.: Oxford University Press. „ Oliver, B., & Goerke, V. 2007. Australian undergraduates' use and ownership of emerging technologies: Implications and opportunities for creating engaging learning experiences for the net generation. Australasian Journal of Educational Technology 23(2): 171-186. „ Pew Internet. 2006. Podcast downloading. [Online]. Available: [Accessed: 13 May 2009] „ Worcester, L., & Barker, E. 2006. Podcasting: Exploring the possibilities for academic libraries. College & Undergraduate Libraries 13(3): 87-91. 15 Questions? ** photo credit - nikalway 16 Contact info Eugene Barsky, M.L.I.S. Science & Engineering Librarian, UBC Library Phone: (604) 822-9606 Email: Meebo/MSN Messenger: Web: Blog:


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