Monday, April 03, 2006

N the Stacks - Episode 3 : More ideas

For this episode, I concentrated on more ideas for using the podcast and also I give a little background on some of the factors that lead up to the creation of this project. Please think about how you might incorporate podcasting in an information literacy program.

Other questions came up for me as I was working on this project. Some of those questions are: How can I steamline the recording process to make it easy for an entire staff of librarians to utilize this as a tool when needed?

What areas of information literacy are better suited for podcasting?
What about creating the metadata for people who are hearing impaired. Is the itunes and feedburner metadata enough? Should someone transcribe the interviews and post them in the blog space as well? So there are other areas to cover, and I think that there are many possibilities for use of the podcast as a part of an IL program strategy.

Click here for "N the Stacks" Episode 3: More ideas. Recorded on March 28, 2006.
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Thanks for listening, Regina


eleckbee said...

Very well done! I agree that the format lends itself more to a dialog based format.

As your interviewee mentions, not all formats are for all people and the only problem I see with this format is that it may not be as widely used as one would like. I am basing this on the reports on the interviews that I heard in class. It seemed that many of those interviewed were not very tech savvy, so the idea of using a podcast might be intimidating.

That said, I think its an evolving idea and you did a good job of displaying its possibilities here.

Regina said...

Thanks for your comments. I agree with you about the issue of technostress. It raises these questions: Does this format add to the technostress? Is it worth adding to an IL program? What are the time considerations for the librarian producing the podcasts? Is it worth his/her time? What would make it more effective and attractive to clients?

eleckbee said...

I think that the usefulness of the podcast format in the library setting really depends on the target audience of the program. I suspect that the format would be very useful for a college program, but not as useful for a seniors class. I also wonder if the word "podcast" isn't inherently threatening. I consider myself very tech savvy, but even I, upon hearing about podcasting, said "Ach, another techno thingy that I'm supposed to know about". I realize now that the "pod" in the name is wholly irrelevant to how the information being presented. I was suffering more from technofatigue, more than technostress. But hey, I'm the guy who doesn't have a cell phone.

Regina said...

"technofatigue" is a real issue. I noticed a few comments on the QUT/SLIS blog regarding this topic. Do you think that this is something that should be addressed as part of the information literacy curricula?

By the way, I agree with you about knowing your audience.

Lynn O said...

Your question to students of "How does one do research?" as well as in the stacks interviews represents a very agressive way of getting students to take the process of research with an expanded view. Bravo on the podcast format.

Regina said...

Hi Lynn,
Thank you for your comments. I appreciate your feeback.