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ERIC Number: EJ790012
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Apr
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1041-7915
Creating Communities with Podcasting
Jowitt, Angela L.
Computers in Libraries, v28 n4 p14-15, 54-56 Apr 2008
Podcasting is a term derived by combining iPod with broadcasting. During 2006, when the idea of podcasting was still in its infancy, this author [an information systems librarian at the Universal College of Learning (UCOL) in New Zealand] began to consider how this new technology could be used by librarians to provide instructional sessions. She discovered that some institutions were beginning to experiment with podcasts for library instruction, including orientation, walking tours, and lectures; however, entertainment-type podcasts such as promotion, marketing, book reviews, news, and events appeared to be the most common uses. UCOL decided to undertake a trial by producing a few instructional podcast files and gauging their clients' acceptance and use of these. This author surveyed the staff and students of UCOL to determine statistics for the demographics of who used these library instructional podcasts, the technologies used, the usage and perceptions of the podcasts, and the potential of using this medium for library instruction in the future. The results of this survey, presented here, indicated that podcasting for library instruction would be a benefit to the UCOL library and its customers and that there was potential in using this medium as an alternative communication method. (Contains 3 tables and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: Media Staff
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Zealand