So, I am updating by showing off some of what I’ve been doing lately. This is a video that I made for one of my classes. We had to write a proposal and a program like we were going to present at a PLA conference. Then, we had to make a podcast or a video with our main points. I, of course, made a video because I dislike audio without some imagery. I was a little shocked that I was the only one to do a video, but I think I enjoy video making while my classmates do not.
Anyway, I am fairly proud of the first 30-ish seconds. That part is fun. The rest is what I found for my research on technology in libraries.
I have had a couple truly great and informative videos in two different classes this week. This makes me think about what I actually like when receiving information, and then makes me want to share with the library community at large. The videos are funny, informative, make me think, and don’t feel dumbed down. In fact, I think I could watch them both a second time and get even more out of them. These are things I try to think of and keep in mind when making my own presentations. I also think this a good thing for libraries to keep in mind. Are we hosting library programs with good information that make the people in the back fall asleep???
Seth Goden’s video is funny and entertaining, and we watched in my Public Library class to get us to think about what in libraries are “broken.” A big one, of course, are our websites that often remind viewers of 1999 with a million links and confusing layouts. We also aren’t great with our layouts or signage, as so many others have pointed out. If we are the information specialists, geared to help people find what they’re looking for, why do we have the most confusing buildings and websites? It blows my mind. Anyway, enjoy the video and try to think about the crazy, broken things in your library that could be fixed (it IS our job!)
While my love for Harry Potter runs deep, before I read that wonderful series, I read Lord of the Rings. I fell in love with the beauteous elegance of the elves and the quaint cheerfulness of Hobbiton. My copies are well worn with love. And, that movie series is still one of my favorites. LOTR is still a popular series for the epic fantasy YA set, so I feel totally justified in sharing this remixed LOTR video.