I'm now on vacation and mostly unplugged until early July - see you then :-)
I've heard of CamStudio in passing, but for some reason had never given it a try before. A post by Chad at Library Voice prompted me to actually give it a go, and if you're on a really tight budget, this puppy will get the job done for your screencasting needs! It's definitely quirky, but it's better than Wink, IMHO. CamStudio allows for audio narration, but no post-creation editing. Well, actually it does give the option of outputting to a Flash Source File for post-processing in Flash, but I don't know Flash well enough to even attempt that.
Two of the biggest impediments are the fact that the SWF file that it creats won't play in Mozilla/Firefox unless you edit the HTML file it creates. Not a huge problem, but still. Second is much more of a strike for me, and that's the fact that while you can add annotations as you go, they have to be all perfectly planned out ahead of time. From the documentation:
"You usually prepare all your layouts before recording starts. When you start recording, you will click a hotkey / shortcut key to cycle through the layouts to display the appropriate captions at the proper time."The first test I did had better sound than this example - then I changed a setting and it came out more choppy, but I'm pretty sure it can be made to sound as it should. Here's a really quick sample for you.
An article from the most recent issue of The Electronic Library:
Title: Instruction via Instant Messaging reference: what's happening?
Author(s): Christina M. Desai, Stephanie J. Graves
Journal: The Electronic Library
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Purpose – The purpose of this study is to analyze one Instant Messaging (IM) reference service to determine to what extent instruction is or can be offered in this medium and whether patrons want or expect it.
Design / methodology / approach – The authors surveyed IM patrons over a seven week period to determine whether they felt they could and did learn from chat transactions. Transcript content was analyzed to find out whether and how instruction is being offered.
Findings – Results show that patrons overwhelmingly welcome instruction and that it is provided in a large majority of cases, using a variety of bibliographic instruction techniques. The way the question is phrased, however, affects the likelihood of instruction to some extent.
Practical implications – The results of this study indicate that librarians should make a habit of practicing instruction in IM reference even when patrons do not appear to be asking for it.
Originality / value – The relationship between instruction and virtual reference has not been fully explored in the literature. Reference and instruction librarians
will benefit from this study's exploration of instruction in the IM medium.
Article Type: Research paper
Article URL: http://www.emeraldinsight.com/10.1108/02640470610660369
Laurie Prangue is launching a new print(!) publication titled Electrified, and she's looking for contributors:
"It's to encourage librarians and teachers to get excited about electronically-delivered education. The magazine isn't for high-end programmers, there are enough resources out there for them. Instead, this is for the average professional that can feel both excited and scared about the burgeoning delivery of online learning... and both need help and want to share what they've learned. The articles are meant to be written similar to cooking recipes, or knitting instructions, and need to be as clear and concise as possible. A bonus if the stories are enriched with the story of the author her/himself. Think good instructional design written in a conversational, breezy, personal style."Her first deadline is July 20th, so if you've got an idea (she's only looking for about 500 words for each entry), fire it off!
Thanks to the wonderful world of social bookmarks, Rebecca Hedreen points out this neat (slightly outdated) Comparison Guide to Distance Ed Programs for Getting the MLS. Part of the larger Become a Librarian site put together by the Central Jersey Regional Library Cooperative, the chart provides links, cost for in and out of state tuition, residency requirements, credits required, contact info and deadline info. Also, and perhaps most useful of all, experiences from people who've been through the programs. Good stuff! I hope they're planning to keep it up to date.
Perhaps something similar could be done for the Canadian Info*Nation site? Probably not for distance programs, since I don't think we have many (or any), but for Cdn MLS programs in general.
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I've got two short audio files to recommend.
The first comes from the ALA Library 2.0 Bootcamp (which I think finished this week), and is from creativity consultant Kathryn Deiss. At first I thought it was a rebuttal to some of the posts that were disparaging the Bootcamp a couple of weeks ago, but then I realized it was more. It's only 7:09 long, and you can either listen online or after a download. Kathryn provides some wonderful quotes from Frans Johansson's The Medici Effect: Breakthrough Insights at the Intersection of Ideas, Concepts, and Cultures, a fabulous book I read a couple of years ago, and should again. (incidentally, Johansson has a blog that continues to provide stories from the Intersection). Quotes that help illustrate why it's hard to turn a ship like ALA (and your library), but also providing some ideas for how to do it anyway.
The second is an interview of Apostolos Gerasoulis of Ask.com by Dr. Moira Gunn on TechNation. Also short, clocking in at 26:25, it too can be heard online or after a download. Since Gary Price was hired by Ask.com I've been hearing more about them, and as a result of listening to this interview I've decided to make it my default search engine, at least for a while. Apostolos is a man with conviction, and some pretty good-sounding ideas...
Technorati Tags: Podcasting, Intersectional_shifts, innovation, Ask.com, Search_Engines
Still don't yet have a way to test these myself, but here are two more candidates for screencasting on the Mac:
Screenography -- Major Pro: has the ability to output directly to Flash. Con: does not record audio (they say they're working on it). $39.95 US (maybe regularly $49.95 US)
Screenography is an extremely easy program to capture your screen to various image, movie and Flash formats. Very useful for creating tutorials, training videos/CDs and demonstrations.VisualHub -- Major Pro: has the ability to convert pretty much anything into Flash. $23.32 US
The DLS Liaison Committee has compiled a list of programs at ALA Annual in New Orleans later this month, that may be of interest to the DLS membership. This was originally sent to the OFFCAMP mailing list:
Friday, June 23I was hoping to provide a link to the official ALA Conference website for you to go find out more information about these programs/presentations, but it appears that unless you're a registered attendee, the above is about all the advance information available! If you have more information about any of the above (perhaps you're one of the speakers?) why not post a little more information in the official ALA 2006 wiki?
Saturday, June 24
- Reinvented Reference: The Integration of Digital and Traditional Reference Services -- 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Sunday June 25
- The Silent Majority? Identifying Hidden Users and the Underserved -- 8:00 am – 10:00 am
- Free eReserves: Saving Money, Saving Time, and Expanding Services with Open Source Software -- 8:30 am - 10:00 am
- LITA Distance Learning Interest Group -- 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
- The Ultimate Debate: Who Controls The Future of Search -- 1:30 pm - 03:30 pm
- Use What They Own, Go Where They Are: Plugging the Library into Student Gadgets and Habitats -- 1:30 pm - 03:30 pm
- * DLS Program
Stand by Your Students: Confront the Textbook Pricing Crisis with Advocacy and Alternatives --4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Monday June 26
- * DLS Meeting
All Committees -- 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
- Open Source Programs for the Reference Librarian: When your Budget is More Limited than your Vision -- 8:30 am - 10:00 am
- Podcasting the Classroom: Impact, Implications, and Implementations of Podcasting for Teaching and Learning --10:30 am - 12:00 pm
- Copyrights and Licensing Wrongs: When Two Worlds Collide --10:30 am -12:00 pm
- Big Ideas, Small Staff: Successful Tactics for College Libraries --10:30 am -12:00 pm
- Who's Out There and What Are They Doing? Supporting the Independent User --10:30 am – 12:00 pm
- Privacy and Technologies in Libraries: Ethical Challenges and Responses --4:00 pm -5:30 pm
- * DLS Meeting
Executive Board -- 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
- * DLS Meeting
DLS Discussion Group --8:00 am - 12:00 pm
- Ebook 3.0: The Converging of the Mobile Lifestyle Media Platform --8:00 am - 12:00 pm
- Abuse is in the Eye of the Beholder: Managing Challenging Users in Virtual Reference --10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Found this great list of screencasting resources as a result of a post by Amit at Digital Inspiration. This week (June 1), Jeremy Wagstaff's Loose Wire column in the Wall Street Journal is about Screencasting. You can't read the column online unless you have a subscription, though the article is currently available through Factiva, and in a month or so will be available in ABI Inform Global. I'll try to remember to come back and update this post with a link then. The list of resources linked at the top of this post is as long as the article itself, but the article is a nice concise introduction to the concept, summarized in this single paragraph:
Screencasts are really simple to grasp. And in some ways they aren't new. But I think they represent a great way to use computers to train, educate, entertain, preach and otherwise engage other people in a simple way. Something the Internet, and computers in general, have so far largely failed to do.
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