NOTES: Tech Tips

These are my notes from Tech Tips Training Series, the GPLS Wednesday Webinar by Karen Douglas (archived here).

GPLS Wednesday Webinar Series

  • Web 1.0 was about reading and learning.
  • Web 2.0 is about collaboration and making connections. Web 2.0 incites people of all ages to participate with emerging technologies!
  • “Tech Tips” are presentations for both staff and patrons at Athens-Clarke County Public Library.
  • How do you advertise your libraries programs?  PSAs to local radio stations, online calendar, library homepage announcements, signs in branches (always in the same place).
  • How often should you have library programs and when? Monthly / every other month / quarterly. During the day, during lunch, sometimes evenings.
  • What equipment will you need? A laptop or desktop computer, internet connection (wired is faster but wireless is okay), projector, screen, speakers connected to computer.
  • Who makes a good presenter?  Library staff, volunteers, board members, local college students, Friends of the Library, other professionals (esp. in technology fields).
  • “A screencast is a digital recording of computer screen output, alos known as a video screen capture, often containing audio narration.” – Wikipedia
  • How do you archive your presentations? Use Camtasia Studio to produce videos, upload to www.screencast.com or YouTube, or burn to CDs to send to branches.
  • Can also use Audacity to capture audio.
  • Training videos are available online 24/7. Staff can enjoy this training at any time.
  • Camtasia will assist in burning to CD – their video player is included in the file, so you don’t need to worry about the trainee having Real Player or Windows Media Player, etc. already on their machine.
  • Sample screencast from Karen’s library, Athens-Clarke County Public Library
  • Free options for creating screencasts: CamStudio, Screencast-o-Matic, Jing, AviScreen
  • What do I need to create a video?
    Screencasting software
    Microphone
    Quiet room with no interruptions
    Presenter’s notes
    Internet connection
    Familiarity with the software
    Lots of patience
    Plenty of time for recording
    Ample time for editing
  • How can I get more ideas?
  • Create a survey for staff and patrons.
    Mashable
    Common Craft
    WebJunction
    Library bloggers, such as David Lee King
  • Should you offer captions for the hearing impaired? Yes, if doing for an unknown audience. If you know your audience (staff, for instance) has no hearing impairment, it’s probably okay to leave them off.
  • Evaluations after presentations can get good information from participants.
  • Public library wants to provide good training for staff and public for the common good, not as a revenue-generator.
  • With Camtasia, you can convert a PowerPoint presentation to video. Not sure about the free tools.
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