I’m not sure why I didn’t mention this earlier (probably out of sheer embarassment – I hate my voice), but I recorded my first podcast last week. Jenny Levine and Michael Stephens asked me to do a podcast on Librarian 2.0 for their L2 Bootcamp. I must say that I was a little surprised to be asked, considering my views on Library 2.0, but I think they were looking for the perspective of someone who is really ensconsed in the day-to-day tasks of a frontline librarian at a pretty average library and thinks about social software from a practical perspective. And I gave them my 2 cents on what I think is important to keep in mind when providing library services in the 21st century. In the podcast, I offer and expand upon five tips for being a successful tech savvy, user-centered, 2.0 librarian in the 21st century:
- Embrace change
- Question everything
- Really figure out what your patrons need and want
- Play with technology
- Don’t buy into technolust
In addition to my podcast, there’s a real treasure trove of audio content from some really cool librarians (and more to come I’m sure). There are currently podcasts by Jeff Trzeciak, Brian Matthews, Chris Harris and Michael Casey.
If you’re interested in podcasting, don’t miss Greg Schwartz’s upcoming SirsiDynix Institute webinars on podcasting this month. I’m especially excited about the the one for content producers — now that I’m a world-class podcaster, I need to “hone my craft.” 😉 Just kidding. I seriously cannot hear the phrase “hone my craft” without gagging.
“I seriously cannot hear the phrase ‘hone my craft’ without gagging.” I use the word craft, usually with tongue in cheek, but I never hone it… truly formulaic gobbledygook!
Meredith, I listened to your podcast — start to finish. I was glad to hear a real voice to go with the blog voice. As a format, I’m not sure that podcasts will ever be my personal favorite way to learn. To really absorb content, I generally prefer to see words on paper or screen. But, I know other people have different preferences. Your podcast had the same balanced and thoughtful quality as your blog — and your voice sounds fine.
I don’t listen to podcasts. Is there no transcript available?
Thanks for posting this Meredith. Just wanted to tell you I attended your Wikis for Beginners session at CIL a few months ago, and have been enjoying the inspiration your blog gives me ever since. Keep up the good work.
Can you point me to a working feed for this podcast? The feed I found on the site seems to be incorrectly configured (doesn’t appear to include enclosures). Can something be a podcast if it’s not really broadcasted/syndicated?
Thanks Jonathan and Mary!
Mara, I’m sorry, but I don’t have a transcript of the podcast (it was done off-the-cuff and for the ALA Bootcamp class)
Anna, I didn’t have anything to do with setting up the podcast feed (I just sent them my MP3), but according to Greg Schwartz (http://openstacks.net/os/archives/000961.html#000961), the feed is http://alal2.audioblog.com/rss/ala-library-2_0-podcast.xml
Thank you Meredth! As a ALA Library 2.0 participant, I committed about your podcast. You might find this interesting.
Hit send too fast. I meant “commented” not “committed” but I guess I was committed to you tips.
On my walk to work today, I finally got around to listening to this. Well done! You were articulate and organized. Hope to hear more from you in the future.