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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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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.”
“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
Haynes & Laherty, Indiana Library Federation, 11/19/2008What is screencasting, anyway?
“Screencasting software allows librarians to quickly
create streaming videos describing how to search a database or
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,
Recording software: CamStudio (free) (http://camstudio.org) Captures both audio and video
Haynes & Laherty, Indiana Library Federation, 11/19/2008Hardware and Software Requirements
IT staff agreed to host CamStudio in a small enclosed room equipped with computer and speakers to mitigate outside noise
Haynes & Laherty, Indiana Library Federation, 11/19/2008Working with Library Information Technology
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.
Haynes & Laherty, Indiana Library Federation, 11/19/2008Compressing the File
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:
Haynes & Laherty, Indiana Library Federation, 11/19/2008Compressing the file, continued
Asked our University Information Technology Services center for help, since the Library Information Technology unit did not have a video compression system in production.
Haynes & Laherty, Indiana Library Federation, 11/19/2008Compressing the File, continued
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
Haynes & Laherty, Indiana Library Federation, 11/19/2008Placement of Screencast on Library Website