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Lab Results #7: The Debriefing of a Library Technician in Training

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Today’s multimedia lesson dealt with the topic of podcasting. Have you heard of it before? For those of you who do not know what a podcast is let me give you a quick summery.

A podcast is simply an audio or video mp3 file that is accessable anywhere in the world and can be downloaded onto your mp3 player, ipod-whatever, and your phone (if its a smart phone…unlike mine). If you subscribe via RSS (Really Simple Syndication) then your podcast will automatically update as soon as a new podcast arrives!

Pretty niffty.

The best thing about this digital audio file is that yes it can be professionally made but it can also be made by anyone. All you need is a good microphone, editing software (which you can get for free and open-sourced online) and access to the internet. After creating your podcast you can publish it online via a website (with an RSS feed) or even a podcast directory such as iTunes, Podcast.net, and PodcastPickle. Of course there are many more directories out there but I just included a few here for your amusement (and mine as well). Click through the links to explore a vast amount of interesting and unique podcasts.

Now you are probably wondering why podcating would be an interesting and relavent topic for a library technicnan in training. There are many reasons why a podcast can be helpful to not only a librarian but the patrons of the library as well!

  • Promotes the library
    • Special Events, regular events
    • Interviews with the librarians
    • New books/book reviews etc.
  • The child patrons of the library can post their own discoveries and learn about new and interesting things
  • Effective training for a new librarian
  • Can provide walking tours/orientation of the library with interesting facts and stats

1- Which library podcast did you listen to? From the list on LISWiki I chose the podcast Lost in the stacks and began listening to EPISODE 181: OPEN ACCESS BEGINS AT HOME.

2- Why did you choose this podcast? When I was reading through the list of podcasts I was looking for something that was unique and that would catch my eye. Lost in the Stacks had a brief description after it saying that its the “podcast of the research-library rock’n’roll radio show on WREK Atlanta“. I knew I immediately had to listen to that one. Seriously, how many podcasts can you find that include music and interviews in a library setting?

3- What was the focus of the podcast and who was it geared towards? (Ex: was it about library instruction, library policies, popular books, etc…? Was it geared towards school library staff, academic library staff, public library staff, or library patrons?) The episode I am listening to as I write this (Epidsode 181) focused on Open Access and is the fourth of five (the next episode will be aired ont the first of November at lunch) that I know of.

The speakers on the podcast are from the Georgia Tech Library which is a research library. Saying that I don’t believe that this is a podcast specifically directed towards the staff of an academic library but the librarians of any type and the library patrons too! It talks about everything and anything that has to do with libraries including stuff that happens behind the scenes for both the librarians and what occurs at the publishing/printing buildings.

4- Did you enjoy the podcast? Why or why not? I definetly enjoyed the podcast episode. I loved the interviews and the music. My classmates probably were wondering why I was grooving in my seat the entire class (and consequently nearly falling out of my chair). The music is ties it all together because it gives the speakers a chance to take a break and transition into a new portion of the podcast. You can find the playlist included after every episode on the link included above that takes you to the radio station. 

I listen to a variety of podcasts everything from oldschool radio shows (brilliant) to contemporay storytelling to sports updates (GO MANCHESTER UNITED!) and everything in between. I find them fascinating and extremely educational if I don’t have a craving for listening to music at that particular time.

Do you listen to any podcasts? What kinds of podcasts do you listen to? Do you have more podcasts than music in your handheld library? What podcast suggestions do you have for everyone?

Would you like to see a podcast on here in the future?

Comment below!

Lab Results #4: The Debriefing of a Librarian Technician in Training

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Have you ever really thought about how much information we have at our finger tips? Like really, have you just sat there and just thought about it? Take a moment, really, just take a few seconds to process this absolutely mindboggling idea.

Of course many people read blogs, news sites, etc etc. and this is what we focused on today in my Mulitmedia Class.Important-Web-Hosting-Requirements

If we are so eager to learn about what’s out there how are we going to remember every single website that we like? This is where the handy

tool called RSS feeds come in to play. You can find a website that explains RSS feeds here as well as a fantastically done video on youtube here. Both of these links were given to me by my Multimedia teacher today during class.


I’ve dealt with RSS feeds in the past during highschool where for many years I had worked to make a fairly large and highly useful inventory of feeds from various websites in a Google Reader. I really loved my google reader; it was always a work in progress to sort out in the World Wide Web and discover new feeds which are more useful than others.

Unfortunately right now google reader does not exist. Its existance was cut short recently (1 July 2013) by google. If you want to read the blog post you can hop over here. I had originally forgotten that this would be happening so this is the blunt reminder that I had recieved after searching google for the reader. Sure they give you alternatives to the Reader but…No. I liked my reader and want it back!

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Now though I put all my subscriptions in to my wordpress reader and have set it to immediate email notifications. Its not as good as

before but until something else appears (or I somehow magically become a HTML genius in the space of a few months and create my own version of a reader).

So how do RSS feeds and libraries work? Why would a munchkin Librarian in Training be instructed to learn about RSS feeds by her

awesome teacher? These RSS feeds are important because libraries can be linked to other libraries which leads into forming webs of interaction. These links can be vital in passing information as well as having a sense of what other libraries are up to.


Which RSS feeds did you look at while you were browsing for one to subscribe to?
 I knew exactly which library I had wanted when I saw the assignment. I chose the Cork City Public Library in County Cork, Ireland. While searching on the main page I found a variety of links to areas of the library that peaked my interest. These include a Music and Musical Exhibition, a Cultural Life, and even a Writer’s Corner!For our multimedia blog post today I am supposed to answer the following questions about an individual activity assigned to us.

Which RSS feed did you finally choose? In the end I chose the library’s main blog page.

Why did you choose this one, and what do you hope to gain from being a subscriber? I subscribed to this page specifically because it brings all the other pages into one blended blog. My hope is to gain knowledge about what is happening in the libraries in Cork Public Libraries especially since:

I love Ireland and I love books.

So that had been my multimedia class today in a nutshell or just over 600 words.

Comments? Questions? Concerns? Hit up the Comment box below or just like it!

(TeacherT, I really love your class! This blog is the best thing you could have possibly made me do)