LOEX Conference Proceedings 2012

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Interactive Workshops

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Are you frustrated with “one-shot” library sessions? Overcome this time limitation by creating great screencasts, allowing students to gain essential research skills at their own pace in their own place. You will learn how to create engaging screencasts and choose the best affordable screencasting software. Screencasting is a valuable addition to a librarian’s toolkit because:

--Students have immediate access to research assistance

--Content can be embedded in course management systems

--It strengthens the library’s role in student and faculty research processes --It emulates a tiered reference model

--Students can get to know librarians

Our approach emphasizes the design of amazing screencasts using powerful software. Screencasting is a newer technique that librarians are using to deliver asynchronous library instruction. Unlike tutorials, these screencasts complement face-to-face interactions because students can develop prior knowledge of specific skills. This enhances library instruction and librarians can spend less time on basic information to focus on sophisticated research skills. Screencasts also extend learning outside of the classroom to reinforce skills taught in class.

This workshop will help attendees focus their attention on the best approach to screencasts. First, we will provide some examples of exemplar screencasts. Then we will discuss what makes a “good” or “bad” screencast. Finally, we will spend most of the workshop in small groups creating screencasts.