Entries in "Podcasts" ( for this category only)

Case Class Uses Podcasting

A social work class at Case Western Reserve University is using podcasts to capture stories. I love that the professor calls each podcast a "learning asset". It is nice to see an example of podcasts being used in education rather than reading another story of how they may benefit education.

See the full announcement for more information.

The 15 people enrolled in Jerry Floersch's podcast class on Tuesday evenings are taking to the streets like ace reporters to capture stories from the world of social work.

Floersch is an associate professor of social work at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University. He is experimenting in this new pilot class with ways to supplement and enrich textbook content with the sounds of real people, ranging from clients to agency staff and administrators who can describe how they do their job or provide advice on a particular situation.

Nanotechnology Podcast

The Bourne Report provides timely insight into the emerging technology marketplace, with a focus on MEMS (MicroElectroMechanical Systems), Nanotechnology and the convergence of both. The podcast highlights trends relating to the commercial use of Nano/MEMS across all major market segments and industries.

You can download or listen to each episode directly from the website or subscribe via iTunes (just search for “Bourne Report”); in both instances, it’s free. New episodes are posted each Sunday.

For more information about Bourne Research and The Bourne Report, please visit www.bourneresearch.com.

The Inaugural Issue of Blogger & Podcaster Magazine

Check out the inaugural issue of Blogger & Podcaster Magazine. The print and podcast versions are at the main website: www.BloggerAndPodcaster.com. Make sure to enjoy the interactive digital edition - nothing like the ads talking to you.

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ACRL Offers Webcast on Podcasting

ACRL offers The Classroom Will Now Be Podcast: Podcasting in Higher Education and Implications for Academic Libraries.

Podcasting is an emerging technology that allows for the easy online distribution of media files. The use of podcasts for both personal broadcasting and as a media tool has grown greatly in the past couple of years. Many institutions of higher education are now utilizing this technology as a method of distributing promotional and educational content. This webcast explores the growing usage of podcasting in higher education and examines how academic libraries fit into the educasting environment. The session focuses attention on examples of podcasts as classroom and library instruction tools and examines how academic libraries can become more integrally involved in podcasting efforts on their campuses.

This Webcast will last approximately an hour and a half.

More on New Workshop

As I mentioned before, I am teaching a new workshop for the Kent State University School of Library & Information Science.

I have used a couple of the existing web 2.0 tools to share my workshop content. Check out the Squidoo page to see what readings and tools we used. On SlideShare, I posted the introductory slides I used before we moved on to our hands-on assignments.

New Workshop - Using Web 2.0 Principles to Become Librarian 2.0

I am getting ready to teach a new workshop at Kent State University School of Library & Information Science. The response for the first offering was amazing - 24 at the Main campus and another 9 at Ohio State (distance location of the Kent program). I am really looking for the chance for a large group to "play" with all these tools.

Students will discover how libraries are using Web 2.0 tools, such as blogs, RSS feeds, wikis, social communities, podcasts, and various mash-ups, to give library users increased ownership in their library interactions. Students will investigate the major principles and applications, while developing an understanding of the library-specific issues. Topics of discussion may include privacy, trust or abuse of these technologies, policy considerations, factors to implementation, and optimization in the library environment. In addition, students will look at how users are creating tools to supplement and/or replace their experience with libraries.
Check out the Squidoo page I set up for the workshop. If you have any suggestions or feedback, please share.

The students for their final project will practice by using blogs, wikis, or other tools to create a web 2.0 environment for one of three scenarios - an existing or fictional library, employee training, or a virtual environment for a specific class or employer project. They will have a chance to keep it private on a library school run server or use one of the many free web-based applications. I am giving them the choice. If any of them decide to go public, I will share the results here.

User Annotation of Videos - Very Web 2.0

The other day I posted a YouTube video called Web 2.0 ... The Machine is Us/ing Us.

The author has went Web 2.0 to the extreme. If you watch the same video from a website called mojiti, you get to add you own comments.

ALA's Collection of Web 2.0 Resources

ALA has created a wiki that highlights all the online tools that have been created by ALA and its members. The Read Write Connect wiki allows a user quick access to a variety of web 2.0 tools, such as wikis, blogs, podcasts, videos, RSS feeds, social network, and virtual worlds.

What is Web 2.0?

This video demonstrates Web 2.0 in under 5 minutes.

Online Encyclopedia of Medical Images

Effective January 1st, the entire OhioLINK community has access to Images.MD.

Images.MD, the online encyclopedia of medical images, compiles more than 55,000 images from more than 90 collections ranging from allergy to urology, each accompanied by detailed and informative text contributed by more than 2,000 medical experts.

Members of OhioLink have free access to full-sized, high quality images in step with the latest developments in medicine. By filling out a simple registration form, you can also start your own image library, create PowerPoint® presentations of images in your library, and order customized CD-ROMs of your favorite slides.

Wiki of Mathcasts

Mathcasts.org was created to give students a library of math tutorials and problem solutions and to give teachers a place to share their methods for teaching & learn from others. It's also a place where students & teachers can contribute and organize sets of movies for others or themselves to use.

Mathcasts are screencasts (screen movies of writing with voice) that focus on mathematics. The collection is maintained in a wiki powered by MediaWiki.

[VIA: The Scout Report, Volume 12, Number 37]

Continue reading "Wiki of Mathcasts"

Wiki for Podcasts

Podcasting101 is a wiki about podcasting from a library perspective. This wiki was started by Greg Schwartz of the Open Stacks blog.

iPod & Facebook

According to USA TODAY (June 7, 2006), a recent college survey shows iPods are more popular than beer on college campuses. Facebook.com tied with beer for college popularity. The last thing to upset beer's ranking in this survey was the Internet in 1997.

ALA L2: Team One - Final Project

Join us in the exploration of the best practices for utilizing public comments on an organization's blog or website.

We will be issuing a summary document shortly with more details.

Inventor of Firefox to Speak in Cleveland

Blake Ross, the inventor of Firefox, will be speaking at the Cleveland City Club on June 14th. See the City Club website for more information.

The City Club posts podcasts of their speaker's addresses shortly after their presentation.

Comments on Brian Mathews Podcast

I finally got to listen to Brian Mathew's podcast that was created for the participants of ALA Library 2.0 (ALAL2). He did make comments that hit the spot since I work in an academic library.

He described Academic Library 2.0 in various terms:

- Adaptive & responsive without abandoning identity
- Not all about technology...services, resources, policies, etc.
- Creating a culture of "community"
- Information literacy, or instructing in a skill-based approach, rather than "do it our way"
- Being where the user is
- Social aspects
- Information Commons approach, where the aim is productivity
- Assessment for adoption & knowing your patrons

He highlighted a couple of 2.0 services that he was aware of, such as PennTags. Mathews also described who he monitored students blogs by setting up keyword searches for words like "library" or "research". He could than offer advice or additional information to their discussions.

My university does offer a blog system to faculty, staff, and students. All entries are fed into a single RSS feed (Planet Case) that I do monitor. I have corresponded with several of the posters by highlighting a library or Internet resource that could help them in their research or other explorations. By interacting in this manner, I have received back several suggestions for other resource that I could highlight on my blog or other library web pages. If our blog system ever grows larger, I might have to rely on Mathews keyword search suggestion.

UPDATE: I had to delete some links to sources that no longer exist.

Comments on Michael Casey Podcast

I finally got to listen to Michael Casey's podcast that was created for the participants of ALA Library 2.0 (ALAL2). He did make a couple comments that really tied together some of our discussions here in ALAL2.

First, Casey pointed out, as many others have, that Library 2.0 is about change. But, he went one step further and defined how he saw "change":

- Change to reach new people
- Change to reach undefined audiences
- Requires continuous evaluation and change for success
- Certain changes do not fit all libraries

His thoughts on an internal staff blog were very interesting as well. The internal employee blog went beyond the expectations of increasing involvement and communication by developing new communication pathways, building trust, and giving people ownership in their concerns and/or comments.

Thanks, Michael Casey for your thoughts on Library 2.0.

UPDATE: I had to delete some links to sources that no longer exist.

Freedman Center & Podcasting

I originally posted this entry on May 10, 2006, but I wanted to repost it to make sure it is included in the ALAL2 podcast RSS feed.

Explore the Freedman Center web site for more information.

How Today's Web Has Changed Technical Writing

The IEEE Professional Communication Society Newsletter (IEEE PCS, Volume 50, Number 5, May 2006) has two articles that address web development and how technical writers must adapt to "web 2.0" technologies and users.

Web Development…How Do You Define Web Development?
by Elizabeth Weise Moeller

The problem is that “web development” is such a broad term, unlike so long ago when the web was first getting started. In the end, I decided to talk about the past, the present, the future, and, in the process, highlight some trends you can watch to help keep visitors returning to your website.
What is Web 2.0 and How Will Technical Writers be Impacted?
by Amy Diehl
Web 2.0 is a movement away from understanding content as housed in websites, but instead views content as “granular.” In this way, the content can be syndicated and distributed in decentralized ways and without relying on the user visiting a site or page in order to find the information or content. With the advent of Web 2.0, or the web as platform, not place, technical writers and designers will need to rethink many of their strategies regarding how their writing works in relation to “place”.

Podcast - Freedman Center & Podcasting Studio

Today, I recorded my very first podcast. I had a discussion about the new podcasting studio at my library and got the thoughts about Library 2.0 from the managers of the Freedman Center within my library. If you have any additional questions, please let me know. My coworkers were very excited to hear about ALA Library 2.0 and look forward to the materials that are shared and created.

7 Ways Nonprofits Can Use Podcasts

Britt Bravo's blog on NetSquared shared seven ways that nonprofits could utilize podcasts, along with specific examples.

  • Talk about what is going on in the organization and in your field.
  • Short, informational pieces about one issue combining voiceover by a narrator and/or interviews with the people you serve.
  • Weekly updates about what is going on in your organization followed by interviews with experts in your field.
  • Have your constituents create the podcast.
  • Be creative!
  • Use recordings from presentations.
  • Turn your radio show into a podcast.

(Via: Open Stacks, April 10, 2006)

SAE Eye on Engineering Podcasts

Access the SAE Eye on Engineering podcasts for quick 60 second updates on timely topics impacting automotive technology and business today. Brought to you by the editorial staff of Automotive Engineering International, these weekly educational audio broadcasts are delivered direct to your desktop. Listen to them on your computer or load them on to your MP3 and take them with you.

Automotive Engineering International is available in the Kelvin Smith Library periodical collection.

Podcasts from the U.S. Government

The U.S. Government has made various podcasts available. From a science and technology perspective, user can listen to NASA Science Feature Stories, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) News and Feature Stories, or the Oak Ridge National Laboratory Research and Development News. Others exist as well, so make sure to explore the full directory to satisfy your interests in various subject areas.

Take an "Open Book" Quiz to win a Video iPod

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Take the Knovel University Challenge!

Take an "Open Book" Quiz...Knovel Style! You Could Win a 30G Video iPod! Answer all 5 questions on the entry correctly and you could win a 30G Video iPod! (Hint: Use www.knovel.com!)

Only complete entries will be eligible to win. This contest is open to current students in all schools with trials and subscriptions to the Knovel Service. One entry per person. The contest starts today, 4/19/06. You have until (midnight) Wednesday, May 31 to submit your answers and contact information (full name, school, mailing address, email address, and time to complete) via the link at www.info.knovel.com/ipod/.

All entries with a total of 5 correct answers will be placed into a random drawing for the 30G Video iPod, which will take place on June 1, 2006. The Prize will be awarded to one entrant in the US, one entrant in Asia, one entrant in Europe and one entrant in all other regions. All winners must present correct answers to all 5 quiz questions.

The winners will be contacted by Knovel Corporation.

Case does subscribe to Knovel, so use this as a chance to explore what you are missing.

The Library of Congress: Webcasts

The Library of Congress has made over 300 webcasts available in a variety of topics. The site includes talks, discussions, and conferences, plus webcasts from the National Book Festival. Subject categories include biography & history, culture & performing arts, education, government, poetry & literature, religion, and science & technology.

Examples of science & technology webcasts include:

  • Got Game
  • Chemical Warfare from WWI to Al-Qaeda
  • Dawn of the Space Age
  • Science, Ethics and the Law
  • Cutting Edge Research

(Originally highlighted by The Scout Report, January 27, 2006 - Volume 12, Number 4)

Science Magazine Offers RSS Feed

Science Magazine offers several RSS Feeds, including table of contents, "this week in Science", podcasts, and ScienceCareers.

Podcasts - Current State Of

On Designtechnica Talk Backs (March 23, 2006), Colin Dixon and Michael Greeson looked at the current status of podcasting.

First, they established a standard definition of podcasting:

  • file-based (download not streaming),
  • subscription-based and "pushed" to user,
  • & consumed on portable devices.
They further discussed the results of a survey that demonstrated that 80% of podcast downloads were never transferred to a portable device. Was the definition established with too tight of parameters or is podcasting not as hot as everyone wants us to believe?

Personally, I find myself downloading and listening to more and more podcasts, but I have yet to use a portable device. I find it more convenient to use my laptop for listening to podcasts, and I listen to music on my portable device while walking, running, or driving.


HigherEdBlogCon 2006

From April 3-28, 2006, make sure you participate in the HigherEd BlogCon. This brand-new, all-online event aims to bring together in a single Web space many of the leading players who are transforming academe with their use of the new tools of the Social Web. Higher Ed BlogCon 2006 will focus on the use of blogs, wikis, RSS, audio and video podcasts, and other digital tools in a range of areas in academe.

The program tracks appear to have something for everyone interested in using today's newest tools in education:

  • Teaching - April 3-7, 2006
  • Library & info resources - April 10-14, 2006
  • Admissions, alumni relations, and communications & marketing - April 17-21, 2006
  • Websites & web development - April 24-28, 2006.

LearnOutLoud - Free Audio & Video Resources

LearnOutLoud is a "one-stop destination for audio and video learning" and does provide free audio and video listings. Several hundred items are listed, including 80 science and 61 technology items.

Here are some of the science & technology audio or video files you can enjoy:

  • Dr. Sylvia Nasar, author of "A Beautiful Mind"
  • Nanotubes
  • Tissue Engineering, The Challenges of Imitating Nature
  • Software Breakthroughs by Bill Gates
  • Biotechnology - Will It Create a New Industry?

[About LearnOutLoad]

Our mission is simple. We want to promote the use of audio and video educational material for personal and professional development. What does this means? It means that we want to help you to see how you can turn 'dead time' (time spent commuting, exercising, doing chores, etc.) into 'learning time.' Most of us have at least a couple of hours each day where we could be learning a foreign language, deepening our spiritual or philosophical interests or learning about any of hundreds of different subjects. We want to help you find material that is both entertaining and educational. (Read more...)

University Channel - Public Affairs Lectures

The University Channel is a collection of public affairs lectures, panels and events from academic institutions all over the world. A science category does exist and contains materials like stem cell research, nanotechnology, and global warming. The site does offer RSS and podcast feeds to stay current of new content.

[About University Channel]

The University Channel makes videos of academic lectures and events from all over the world available to the public. It is a place where academics can air their ideas and present research in a full-length, uncut format. Contributors with greater video production capabilities can submit original productions. (Read more...)

Stay Politically Aware with White House RSS Feeds & Podcasts

The White House and George W. Bush offers various RSS feeds and podcasts, such as press briefings, the Presidential weekly radio address, and Presidential speeches.

Blogs, Wikis, & Podcasts for Beginners

Aaron Shaffer, who works in the Freedman Center of the Kelvin Smith Library, recently gave a talk on blogs, wikis, and podcasts. Even more exciting is that you can view the podcast of the presentation. It was very professionally done and I enjoyed the format.

College and University Feed Directory

Peterson's maintains a College and University Feed Directory of RSS and Atom feeds related to higher education. Some of the categories include libraries, podcasts, research centers, students, and technology.

[About Peterson's]

Since 1966, Peterson's has helped to connect individuals, educational institutions, and corporations through its critically acclaimed books, Web sites, online products, and admissions services. Peterson's reaches an estimated 105 million consumers annually with information about colleges and universities, career schools, graduate programs, distance learning, executive training, private secondary schools, summer opportunities, study abroad, financial aid, test preparation, and career exploration. (See more...)

Academic Podcasts

Duke University Libraries has compiled a list of academic podcasts.

Government Podcasts Directory

The creators of Free Government Information (FGI) have accumulated links to a variety of Government Podcasts. Examples include:

  • President's Weekly Radio Address
  • Around the Air Force Podcast
  • NASA Podcasting
  • NOAA (National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration) Podcasts
[About Us - Free Government Information]
The future of government information is in peril from many economic and political forces. Free Government Information was initiated by Jim A. Jacobs, James R. Jacobs, Shinjoung Yeo, three librarians at University of California San Diego, along with Daniel Cornwall, librarian at the Alaska State Library, in order to raise public awareness of the importance of government information and create a community with various stakeholders to facilitate an open and critical dialogue.

Thomson Gale Adds Podcast Feeds to Database Resources

Database vendors are starting to recognize the current advantages and future possible growth in podcasting. On November 8, 2005, Thomson Gale announced that several of their database products will now include podcasts.

"With the number of colleges and universities handing out iPods, and the ever-increasing number of students and adults buying these and other MP3 devices, we have the responsibility to provide content to our users in ways that fit into their everyday lifestyle,” said Gordon Macomber, president of Thomson Gale. “Podcasts are now available for a number of premier content sources. It is our goal to find the ones that make sense in a school or library setting, and make them available as a supplement to traditional reference and periodical content."
I hope other information providers also look to add podcasts to indexing services, since their content may be just as valuable as traditional print materials.
Subscribe to the Bibliocasting listserv for more announcements like this.

Bibliocasting Listserv with Archives

From the Theoretical Librarian blog:

The bibliocasting listserv is dedicated to a discussion of streaming media in the library environment. This list grows out of the increasing popularity of "Podcasting," or the use of RSS and the Internet to download audio programs (like audio blogs) to computers and MP3 players.

You can get the listserv in two ways. The first is through e-mail. To subscribe to the list send an e-mail to listserv@listserv.syr.edu with the entire message (no subject line):
subscribe bibliocasting FirstName LastName

We have also set up a podcast for the list...that's right, you can listen to the list. Each post is transformed from text-to-speech, and syndicated using RSS.

The archive is available at http://iis.syr.edu/archive/bibliocasting/.

The Scientist - Now with a Blog & Podcasts

The Scientist, available to the Case community in print through the Health Center Library (HCL), now offers various improvements at The Scientist web site. Thanks to the Science Library Pad blog we have word of new podcasts and blog.

Podcast Search Engine Launched - Driven by Speech Recognition Software

The next generation of a podcast search engines was shared on LISNews.org. PODZINGER allows a user to search a podcast for the exact occurrence of a word or phrase. The user can than play the entire podcast or can click on any of the words in the transcript to start replay at that point.

For example, I searched for "chemical engineering" and sorted the results by relevancy. I was able to jump right into a Science Friday show from National Public Radio (NPR) and hear a chemical engineering professor from MIT get introduced; or listen to a podcast created during the National Chemistry Week of the American Chemical Society.

Once a user conducts a search, they can subscribe to the search parameters by RSS and get new results as they arrive. Users can subscribe to the podcast web site's xml feed, download the entire contents of the single podcast, or subscribe in iTunes or Yahoo.

If you create podcasts, you can add the search functionality to your web site, and also register your podcast feeds for others to see.


PODZINGER is a podcast search engine that lets you search the full audio of podcasts just like you search for any other information on the web.

What is the difference between PODZINGER and other podcast search sites?
Most podcast search sites provide directories of podcasts by subject, category, or they search only the metadata provided by the creator of the podcast. PODZINGER takes search a step further by searching the spoken words inside the podcast in order to find more specific and relevant results. The text-based search results include snippets from the audio to help you figure out if the result is relevant. You can even click on the words to listen to the audio from that point.

How does PODZINGER work?

PODZINGER creates a text index of the audio data, using the industry's leading speech-to-text technology from BBN Technologies, to enable search within a podcast, not just within the metadata.

What formats and languages are supported by PODZINGER?

PODZINGER will index, search and reference podcasts in English (language tag in RSS file must begin with "en"), formatted as MP3 or WAV files.

UK Directory of Educational Podcasts

Russell Educational Consultancy and Productions (RECAP Limited) produces the first UK directory to list podcasts for educational use.

The podcasts are suitable for use by children and young people at school, college and elsewhere. With more and more audio and video podcasts on the Internet, we only select and list the quality podcasts using our published criteria. All of 2000+ podcasts in our directory are "family friendly" and our latest additions list is regularly updated.
They have classified the podcasts by subject area, or someone can locate podcasts for educators or by educators.

"Podcast" has been Declared Word of the Year

BBC News (December 7, 2005) reported that the New Oxford American Dictionary declared "podcast" as the Word of the Year.

The term is defined as "a digital recording of a radio broadcast or similar program, made available on the internet for downloading to a personal audio player".

Podcasting Gaining Interest

Back in April of 2005, the Pew Internet & American Life Project issued a data memo showing that podcasting is catching on.

A few key findings include:

  • More than 22 million American adults own iPods or MP3 players, and about 1 out of 3 of those have downloaded a podcast.
  • Of the iPod/MP3 owners from 18-28, half have downloaded podcasts.
See the full report for more figures and survey results. Some additional commentary is also available in response to several publications that questioned the data attained.

I guess this report shows very strong justification for the Freedman Center to continue creating and educating users in podcasting, since college age users of iPods/MP3 players are embracing podcasts.

PodSpider Portal

New PodSpider Search Engine Delivers Largest Directory of Podcasts in English, Breaks Barrier of 20,000 Podcasts
Press Release Available by PRNewsWire
October 6, 2005

The new internet-based podcast search engine leaps beyond the Apple iTunes directory, providing access to over 20,000 podcasts and the largest directory of podcasts available in the English language.