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RSS for Podcasting for Libraries. METRO Workshop March 24, 2006 Kathryn Shaughnessy Instructional Services Librarian. Podcasts: History & Overview. A podcast is… A growing method of delivering audio information Time-shifted Place-shifted

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rss for podcasting for libraries

RSS for Podcasting for Libraries

METRO Workshop

March 24, 2006

Kathryn Shaughnessy

Instructional Services Librarian

podcasts history overview
Podcasts: History & Overview

A podcast is…

A growing method of delivering audio information

    • Time-shifted
    • Place-shifted
  • An informational “broadcast” saved as an audio file (mp3) and distributed via the web (strictly speaking via RSS)
  • Listeners download/listen at their convenience via desktop/laptop or on a personal player
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Podcasts: History & Overview

Podcasting timeline…

  • August 2004: “iPodders” search for a way to retrieve old blogs and audiofiles – develop RSS (Winer) and podcast software (Curry)
  • July 2005: iTunes supports/distributes podcasts, get 1 million subscribers in first 2 days
  • August 2005: 8,000 podcasts, 6 million listeners
  • December 2005: Podcast selected as “Word of the Year” by editors of New Oxford American Dictionary: "a digital recording of a radio broadcast or similar program, made available on the Internet for downloading to a personal audio player"
  • January 2006: iTunesU offers “free” courseware distribution

Hobson and Holtz Report, 8/4/2005 http://forimmediaterelease.biz/index.php/weblog/2005/08/05/ )

Oxford University Press, US website, http://www.oup.com/us/brochure/NOAD_podcast/?view=usa

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Podcasts: History & Overview

Podcasting evolution …

  • Personal / information sharing
  • Business applications
  • Religious groups
  • Education & Distributed Learning
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Podcasts: History & Overview

Noted benefits of podcasts in learning/instruction

  • playback of difficult content/material
  • multiple repetitions for listeners who have difficulty with English
  • allows for review/enjoyment of materials while multitasking

(e.g.: commuting or exercising). 

  • inspired creation of podcasts among listeners
  • increased “frequency and depth” of learner interaction, especially in language & music  
  • increased communication between users, library and IT;

led to improved collaboration and planning, both within & among institutions.

Duke Report, 2004 - 2005

current uses of podcast resources
Current Uses of Podcast Resources

Reference-quality lectures (NPR, Stanford & Princeton)

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Current Uses of Podcast Resources
  • Reference-quality lectures (NPR, Stanford & Princeton)
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Current Uses of Podcast Resources

Reference-quality lectures (NPR, Stanford & Princeton)

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Current Uses of Podcast Resources
  • Patron Instruction / Orientation (Drexel)
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Current Uses of Podcast Resources
  • Community News (U. of Western Ontario)
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Current Uses of Podcast Resources

Outreach to potential students/users/members (Peterson’s)

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Current Uses of Podcast Resources
  • Scholarly Communication (U. of Florida)
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Current Uses of Podcast Resources

CE / Professional Development (LOC, LIS radio, InfoSpeak)

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Current Uses of Podcast Resources

CE / Professional Development (LOC,LIS radio, InfoSpeak)

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Current Uses of Podcast Resources

CE / Professional Development (LOC, LIS radio, InfoSpeak)

finding external podcast resources
Finding External Podcast Resources

Finding New Podcast Resources:

  • Podcast Directories
  • List-servs
  • Blogs and your favorite websites
  • Suggestions from others
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Finding External Podcast Resources

Directories

  • A Google search for “podcast Directory” yields biggest directories, with search menus
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Finding External Podcast Resources

Directories iTunes

iTunes  music store  podcasts  education

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Finding External Podcast Resources

Directories yahoo

Browse by popularity or by categories

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Finding External Podcast Resources

Directories podcast.net

Browse by popularity, categories or use the keyword search

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Finding External Podcast Resources

Directories PodZinger

Searches for words by scanning content within all podcasts,

(note “Science Update” subset)

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Finding External Podcast Resources

Finding New Podcast Resources:

  • Podcast Directories
  • List-servs
  • Blogs and your favorite websites
  • Suggestions from others
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Finding External Podcast Resources

Listservs

ex: Bibliocasting

  • http://mail.asis.org/pipermail/asis-l/2005-April/001977.html
  • Archive at http://iis.syr.edu/archive/bibliocasting/
podcasts as library resources
Podcasts as Library Resources

Finding New Podcast Resources:

  • Podcast Directories
  • List-servs
  • Blogs and your favorite websites
  • Suggestions from others
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Finding External Podcast Resources

Blogs and your favorite websiteswill alert you about podcast trends and where podcasts are showing up!

  • 2005 was the year of the podcast
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Finding External Podcast Resources

RSS syndication

  • Because podcasts are “digi-born” and are generally posted on webpages or syndicated through blogs, one of the the best ways to keep track of new podcast resources is by using RSS feeds to monitor blogs and websites

Utilizing RSS requires

      • choosing an RSS reader
        • free or fee-based
        • Desktop or web-based
      • inputting RSS feeds

Investment of time:

        • to learn the aggregator
        • to build up *your* collection of sites/feeds
        • to weed out less-helpful sites over time
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Finding External Podcast Resources

Practical Questions about using RSS for podcasts:

Choosing an RSS reader

  • FeedReader free, client-based, Open Source (http://www.feedreader.com/)
  • MyYahoo & GoogleReader Browser-based
  • Newsgator (www.Newsgator.com)
  • Bloglines (www.bloglines.com)
  • Directory of readers is available through dmoz: http://dmoz.org/Reference/Libraries/Library_and_Information_Science/Technical_Services/Cataloguing/Metadata/RDF/Applications/RSS/News_Readers/

For more details on RSS in METRO libraries see Michele Misner’s METRO presentation WebSIG, and the handout on RSS

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Finding External Podcast Resources

Practical Questions about using RSS for podcasts:

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Finding External Podcast Resources

Podcast Resources: Choosing an RSS Reader Feedreader

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Finding External Podcast Resources

Podcast Resources: Choosing an RSS Reader GoogleReader

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Finding External Podcast Resources

Podcast Resources: Choosing an RSS Reader NewsGator

Newsgator allows you to download the podcast in their compatible “FeedStation player” or you can right-click and “save-as”

Add to my podcasts

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Finding External Podcast Resources

RSS for Podcasts & Professional Development in Libraries

  • RSS feeds from Professional Associations:

ACRLog:http://acrlblog.org/index.php?feed=rss2

  • RSS feeds from Professional Journal-Blogs

Library Journal Tech Blog:http://www.libraryjournal.com/LJTechblog.xml

  • RSS feeds from other practicing librarians

Stephen Bell (Academic) : http://keptup.typepad.com/academic/atom.xml

  • RSS feeds from Vendors/Innovators

OCLC Lorcan Blog:http://orweblog.oclc.org/index.xml

Stephen’s Lighthouse: http://stephenslighthouse.sirsi.com/index.rdf

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Finding External Podcast Resources

Finding New Podcast Resources:

  • Podcast Directories
  • List-servs
  • Blogs and your favorite websites
  • Suggestions from others
    • Users
    • Other librarians
    • Subject experts/ co-workers/ faculty
    • Collaborate in a wiki!

http://podcastresources.pbwiki.com

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Library of Congress http://www.loc.gov/today/cyberlc/results.php?cat=2&mode=a

FirstGov http://firstgov.gov/Topics/Reference_Shelf/Libraries/Podcasts.shtml

OYEZ Supreme Court Podcasts http://www.oyez.org/podcast/

WhiteHouse Radio Addresses: http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/radio/

NASA http://science.nasa.gov/podcast.htm

AAAS Science podcast http://www.sciencemag.org/about/podcast.dtl

UNICEF http://www.unicef.org/videoaudio/video_podcast.html

BBC http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/downloadtrial/

NPR http://www.npr.org/rss/podcast/podcast_directory.php

For more see the handout

Finding External Podcast Resources
using podcasts as library resources
Using Podcasts as Library Resources

Some Recent coverage of Instructional Podcasting

  • Chronicle of Higher Education: “Lectures on the Go” (10/28/2005) http://chronicle.com/weekly/v52/i10/10a03901.htm (Subscription req’d)

and “Apple Releases Free 'iTunes U' Software to Colleges for Coursecasting “ (01/25/2006) Accessible for free. http://chronicle.com/free/2006/01/2006012501t.htm

  • Duke University.“Duke University iPod First Year experience evaluation Report” (June 2005) Accessible electronicallyhttp://cit.duke.edu/pdf/ipod_initiative_04_05.pdf
  • US News & World Report. (From the 10/17/05 print issue)http://www.usnews.com/usnews/edu/articles/051017/17elearn.htm
  • Educause article on Podcasting (December 2005) http://www.educause.edu/ir/library/pdf/erm0561.pdf
the future of podcasts as library resources
The Future of Podcasts as Library Resources

Podcasting, co-operation and future trends in libraries

  • Academic libraries
  • School libraries
  • Public libraries
  • Special libraries
  • Corporate libraries
  • Archives
collaborating on podcasts as library resources
Collaborating on Podcasts as Library Resources

Article on Podcasting at St. John’s Libraries

http://www.stjohns.edu/academics/libraries/podcast.sju

Please contact me with any questions/suggestions

  • Kathryn Shaughnessy, x1454

Shaughnk@stjohns.edu

St. John’s University Library