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Indiana Library Federation, 11/19/2008. Casting a Wider Net: Screencasting for Reference and Instruction Anne Haynes and Jennifer Laherty, Indiana University, Bloomington . ACRL (Association of College and Research Libraries) Standards for Distance Learning Library Services say that:

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Indiana Library Federation, 11/19/2008

Casting a Wider Net: Screencasting for Reference and InstructionAnne Haynes and Jennifer Laherty, Indiana University, Bloomington


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Haynes & Laherty, Indiana Library Federation, 11/19/2008

ACRL (Association of College and Research Libraries) Standards for Distance Learning Library Services say that:

“Academic libraries must … meet the information and research needs

of all [their] constituents, wherever they may be.”


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“Screencasts are recordings of a video of screen activities, including mouse movements and clicks. An audio commentary can be added to the video to explain the process.”

Source: Peterson, Elaine. “Incorporating Screencasts In Online Teaching” The International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, Vol 8, No 3 (2007).

http://www.irrodl.org/index.php/irrodl/article/view/495/943 . Accessed Sept. 1, 2008

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What is screencasting, anyway?


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Haynes & Laherty, Indiana Library Federation, 11/19/2008 activities, including mouse movements and clicks. An audio commentary can be added to the video to explain the process.”

Another definition:

“Screencasting software allows librarians to quickly

create streaming videos describing how to search a database or

other e-resource.”

Source: Carpenter, Cathy and Steiner, Sarah. “Using Web 2.0

Technologies to Push E-Resources”

Issue Date:  23-Feb-2007 Publisher:  Georgia Institute of Technology.

http://smartech.gatech.edu/handle/1853/13640 . Accessed Sept. 1,

2008.


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Haynes & Laherty, Indiana Library Federation, 11/19/2008 activities, including mouse movements and clicks. An audio commentary can be added to the video to explain the process.”

http://camstudio.org/


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  • Recording software: CamStudio (free) ( activities, including mouse movements and clicks. An audio commentary can be added to the video to explain the process.” http://camstudio.org) Captures both audio and video

  • Headphones and microphone: we used one that plugs into the computer as opposed to a wireless set

  • Speakers: to listen to playback

  • Playback software: QuickTime (free) (http://www.quicktime.com) Needed by users to play back recording

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Hardware and Software Requirements


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  • IT staff agreed to host CamStudio in a small enclosed room equipped with computer and speakers to mitigate outside noise

  • We borrowed a microphone headset from our Information Commons colleagues

  • Our IT staff also demonstrated how to test the play back on a computer connected to the Internet on a dial-up modem

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Working with Library Information Technology


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Settings in CamStudio


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After recording, the file was a 45MB .avi file. We were advised to reduce the file size as this was quite large and wouldn’t download well from dial-up Internet connections.

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Compressing the File


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We tried compressing it ourselves with free web software such as MediaCoder (http://mediacoder.sourceforge.net/), but found the file unviewable with many of the typical viewers, such as:

  • QuickTime, free: http://www.apple.com/quicktime/download

  • RealPlayer, free: http://www.real.com/

  • VLC, free: http://www.videolan.org/

  • Windows Media Player, free: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsmedia/

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Compressing the file, continued


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  • Asked our University Information Technology Services center for help, since the Library Information Technology unit did not have a video compression system in production.

    • Eventually found someone at University IT level who works with video files. They used professional software called Agility from Anystream (http://www.anystream.com/). They also recommended a software program called Sorensen Squeeze by Sorensen Media (http://www.sorensonmedia.com/). Both require licensing fees.

    • We compressed the file to about 6MB and it became a .mov file

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  • We made it available on a web page with embedded code so that the video would launch when the page was viewed if the user had Quicktime installed on their machine

  • For users who don’t have Quicktime installed on their machines, we point them to where they can download the software

  • We also include a text file of the script

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Placement of Screencast on Library Website


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From March 1 - September 15, 2008: that the video would launch when the page was viewed if the user had Quicktime installed on their machine

  • The Distance Education page had 1603 page visits

  • The DE screencast page 20 page visits

  • Data provided by Google Analytics

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Use Data


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