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Video Hosting Sites

 in attendance: Mary Kyle, Natalie Mikysa, Helene Blowers, Ian Rennie, Matt Roach, Matt Gullet, Lydia Towery

The topic of this meeting centered on video hosting sites.

Mary Kyle spoke about some interesting video hosting sites such as internet video mag which one can use to view product reviews. This site is comparable to Consumer Reports.

Mary also talked about Veoh, which is a site from which you can access videos organized under several  categories.

 Helene recently blogged about video hosting sites here.

 How can we use these tools?

 -You Tube

  • Advertise for programs
  • Document programs
  • create book trailers

Ian mentioned that the Denver Public Library has a youtube competitionfor teens where they can submit videos to youtube and tag them so that they will all be part of a competition. 

Perhaps we could also do this and come up with a distinct tag so that we could collate all submissions.  Matt Roach volunteered to look into the possibility of having a competition through Imaginon for Teen Tech Week (March 4th-11th) – Helene Blowers offered a 512 megabyte mp3 player as a prize for the winning video.

Helene mentioned the tool scenemaker which allows you to edit videos from a url.

 Matt Gullet mentioned a site called muvee (we were unable to get the correct spelling as of yet) which allows you to upload pictures and combine them with audio. 


hHw could we use these online tools to change the face of programming? This is something I have personally been interested in as I have been involved in the Future of Reference SSP and foresee a growth in online programming that patrons can access remotely.  Helene mentioned that the Orange  County Library in Florida,, has online tutorials and videos on their website.  They use ‘Breeze’ through Macromedia.  This is apparently expensive but good software.

Online programming could consist of interactive tutorials, videos of presenters, demonstrations of recordings of prior programs.  What if allowed patrons to comment or post more information? Perhaps the online programs would show up in the catalog or else alongside relevant online resources.

 It is agreed that the placement of tutorials or online programming would need to be clear and intuitive.

Staff Involvement

 Video contests!  How do we get staff involved in using these tools?

Ian discussed the possibility of making an envisionware video that could be viewed by people setting up new print accounts to save staff from rote activities.

Lydia wondered how we could use these tools to empower staff.  Could we use these tools to create and document programming? Can we use these tools to create training programs for staff? 

Helene mentioned that the library will be purchasing a tool for video editing and that Lori can set up training workshops for interested staff.

We can also do

-book talks

-intros (on the intranet, linked to staff profiles)

-staff could make videos that show interesting things about the branches

-Storytimes could be recorded and played back through the website for remote children’s programming.

 Ian stated that it was important for videos to be embedded, not buried in links. Documents that have to be saved then opened discourage patron use.

Other Ideas

What about living history projects? Members of the community could come in to Studio I at Imaginon and create living history videos which we could provide access to online.  This fits into the role of the library as cultural record for the community.

 If I have forgotten anyone or anything, please leave a comment!


December 20, 2006 at 4:23 pm 2 comments

The Future of the Catalog and Librarything

I looked at what other libraries were doing with their OPAC’s to make searching more precise and patron friendly, my favorites were NCSU’s custom-made Endeca OPAC ( a great example of a precise and intuitive catalog for an academic library) and Aquabrowser which makes use of visual search techniques to help a patron “Search, Discover [and] Refine” with ease and clarity.

Lastly, I explored the free website which makes great use of Web 2.0 concepts to construct an interactive social sphere in which users can upload, share and compare books with ease and then have access to loads of long-tag data that incorporates reader’s advisory, cataloging and other ranking tools.

NCSU – Endeca
Subject breakdown by classification, quantity of hits

“Leveraging the advanced search and Guided Navigation® capabilities of the Endeca ProFind™ platform, the NCSU Libraries’ new catalog provides the speed and flexibility of popular online search engines while capitalizing on existing catalog records.. As a result, students, faculty, and researchers can now search and browse the NCSU Libraries’ collection as quickly and easily as searching and browsing the Web, while taking advantage of rich content and cutting-edge capabilities that no Web search engine can match.
-Subject Oriented
-Encourages breakdown of topic by Classification, Genre, Format – Leads patron to better questions
-Precision through progressive limitation
-Fully integrated ILS

Aquabrowser (as used by Queens Public Library)
-Search. Discover. Refine
Spelling suggestions, translations, associations (controlled vocab)
Discovery trail, Word Cloud, translations
All limitable by format
-Utilizes metadata to help formulate query
-Keyword oriented
-Visually oriented
-Encourages exploration
-Relevancy ranked.
Allows patron to shape trajectory of search. Also, documents history of search

Why library thing works –
Library 2.0 – socialization, personalized content, tagging, tag clouds, RSS, socially driven content (data pulled from Library of Congress, Amazon and other websites)
– Info is easily pulled from one easy-to-use window. The user can search by author or title keyword as well as by ISBN. Catalog is no longer simply based on the MARC record but is instead retail-relevant, containing easily searchable data.
– Maintains privacy while giving more sophisticated reader’s advisory in interactive, visual form (tagging, clouds, pooling users with similar collections, authority control is up to user i.e. you can combine disparate authors, etc) Reader’s advisory is more exact as it is based on collection owned and developed throughout lifetime, not just items purchased (possibly as gifts) in a short time.
– Accessible through RSS and mobile phone devise
– Highly interactive and personalized.

July 11, 2006 at 3:50 pm Leave a comment

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