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How can libraries use YouTube and how it can benefit from its use.

Abbey Road

on 19 June 2013

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Transcript of YouTube.

How did we
get here?
YouTube was founded in 2005 and is now one of the most popular video sharing websites today. Bought out by Google in 2006 it has been a fun, free and easy way to view a number of videos from all over the world.

With libraries moving towards more digital resources by using online networking sites, blogs RSS feeds and of course using YouTube to promote the use of the library
and its services.
Use in Libraries
Special collections
Maintenance of special materials e.g. pop up books
Searching databases & other library resources
& Promotional videos
Some of the videos were interesting and informative as well
as visually intriguing but some lacked pizzazz!
You can use YouTube for a range of different things you just need to be imaginative and creative
to produce informative videos on interesting library services
Such as. . .

Creating videos of new books & other materials your library has received within the past few weeks or months
Videos to promote library activities/programs which could feature links to the libraries website for more info
Promoting fundraisers and functions within the library
FAQ's and tutorials for library equipment and resources, which could be used by new staff members as well as students.
Library orientation videos
(for staff and students)
There could also be videos produced for specific library tasks that may need to be explained
every now and again to new staff members or just used as a reminder.

Preservation and repair information could
also be videoed and made available for staff.

Orientation videos and video tours of the library and other important features of the
building and/or school.
New courses that may become available either through the library
or the library's school,
as well as courses within
the community.
Recordings of seminars/ guest speakers who have visited the library
Images of artwork or textiles or any other work
that is showcased in the library could be
photographed and made into a video for the
library profile.
The students who made the work could be recorded whilst they explain and describe their pieces of work and how they
were created.

This would be a great way of displaying student work within the library and online, as well as keeping a record of student work that is shown in the library.
More uses...
using YouTube.
Benefits from
A number of universities and public libraries are using a lot of different social networking sites as well as more web 2.0 applications such as YouTube.
YouTube is the most popular video sharing website
and is viewed around 1,200,000,000 times a day! Knowing that YouTube
attracts so many visitors in one day and that some of those users are library clients proves that YouTube is a good application to use. With the right promotion on library's websites its easy to make direct links to YouTube profiles and videos.
most school, public and academic libraries (aside from primary and high schools.)
YouTube being a free to use website that has no access restrictions and can be used within
It would be highly useful if there were online
tutorials about databases that a particular
library provides.
This way when students are using the
databases for research at home and need to know
how to use a certain feature, then the tutorials are available online which should include
all important features of
a number of databases.
More time would have to be
allocated between staff members to. . .

time have less of a chance of being watched. Informative videos should be broken up into smaller clips to ensure viewers don't skip the ending!
Videos that have a long running
plan, make, edit, and upload videos to YouTube.
could be recorded,
or from an academic perspective
recorded lectures could be
There are a large number of Universities (even UTAS) that
are using YouTube for a number of different reasons.
Most of the Universities had the same types of videos. . .
Most of the University profiles I
searched many didn't have a separate
link to library videos which is
Student life
Course information etc.
You could also produce videos for any of the
special collections that are in your library, explaining what the collection is about,
who it was donated by and their importance to
the library,
subjects it covers, number of items
in that particular collection, borrowing options, loan period
This way you can reach a large number of people
YouTube can be a great promotional tool for Libraries, presenting its services to the public via video.
in a different and interesting way that can be accessed 24 hours a day, worldwide.
Although finding the time to make
exciting videos for your library may be difficult, I believe
that it is rewarding for the library and its clients to access
those tutorials, promotional adds and any other events
that would make a groovy video at home.
Thanks for watching & I hope you enjoyed my Prezi!
Creating interesting videos that can be accessed online and by smart phone about the library may help clients become more aware of the library's
services and may begin to use the space more.
Click for references!
How you can use YouTube
YouTube is a free access website which
anyone with internet connection can use and joining up
is also pretty simple!
On the homepage there are a number of
popular videos listed or others that have
recently been uploaded.
A link on the top right corner
(and also on the left hand side of the page) indicates you to sign in and from there you can sign up for a free account.
With a account you can save your favourite videos
and channels (others accounts) as well as rate
videos and of course upload your own.
On the top of the website there is
an upload link which takes you to this page.
Follow all prompts given and fill in the appropriate fields such as
tags, title, description etc.
There is also a ‘Basic Uploader’ which only has four
fields and the video itself, it also requires the video
title, descriptions, category and the privacy settings.
There is also a link at the
bottom of the page ‘Try something new!’ this link takes you to
TestTube which is a section of the site that trials ideas and new features for the website to receive feedback on whether or not to use it
throughout the whole site.
This is an interesting page to know about and
help produce feedback on improving YouTube.
quite easy and intuitive. On the top of the homepage there is
an upload link which takes you to this page.
From here you choose one of the options shown, follow all prompts given and fill in the appropriate fields such as tags, title, description etc.
Uploading files to YouTube is
There is also a ‘Basic Uploader’ which only has four fields and the
video itself, it also requires the video title, descriptions, category and the privacy settings.
You can also give feedback on whether or not the feature is useful. This is an interesting page to know about and to help produce feedback on
Another helpful link (which is found at the bottom of the page)
is ‘Try something new!’ this link takes you to TestTube which is a section of the site that trials ideas and new features for YouTube.
improving YouTube.
Searching YouTube for library videos I found a lot more than I expected to find, there were a number of
videos on . . .
Other Ideas...
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