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Friday, April 14, 2006

Lacrosse & Podcasting

Ok, so the hot topic this week is Microsoft’s Academic Search product. I’m sure everyone will be eager to compare it with Google Scholar and those library databases that we spend millions of dollars on… but honestly, I’m more interested in the Johns Hopkins Women’s Lacrosse Team. I wish lax received more cable coverage, I mean, it’s better than bass fishing or paintball or whatever else ESPN2 is playing during the off-season. I wish I had checked out JHU lax when I lived near Wash DC.

I spoke with
Jim Milles today on his podcast show about Next Generation Librarianship in reference to my coup. I feel like I have so much more to say on the topic and I am thinking about releasing a supplemental podcast next week.

Jim also gave me some great ideas and advice for podcasting. This has been hovering in my mind for a while. I thought it would be nice to do a podcast supplement to various writings and presentations—a way to sum up or expand on the concept. It’s going to be interesting to see how ISI handles all these new mediums with their citation reports in the future.

I also got to thinking about a podcast for my library. One of the challenges is that we follow the subject specialist model and it would be hard to present a united podcast beamed out to our patron community. Therefore, I’m thinking for the Fall of creating a weekly series called MEcast—directed toward the ME community of about 2,000 students and faculty. A 10-15 minute weekly segment, blending lib & resource info, interviews, news, pop culture, music, whatever. I’m going to read up on the tech specs this weekend.

Jim suggested using
LibSin as a host, which only costs $5 a month for the type of project I want to do. So here is a typical Next Gen attitude (oh and I hate the term ‘next gen’ --more on that later) rather than talking with our Systems Department about hosting it, or forming a committee to cover content and workflow, I’m going to spend the $5 myself and generate my own product. One of my core job duties is to ‘promote the Library to the School of Mechanical Engineering’ and we’re given the freedom to carry out this charge anyway we choose. So stay tuned: screen and podcasts are the emerging theme of my Summer.

6 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Brian, it's cc, looking forward to your podcast. I guess it will be out next week on Jim Miles Podcast show?
Like your idea of doing podcasts on your own for the ME department, it would take forever with the "committee approach"

11:07 AM

 
Blogger Jim Milles said...

Hi Brian. I expect to have the podcast up by late tonight. There's a lot of editing and post-production on this episode--much more than I've done before--because of all the material I'm stitching together.

9:20 AM

 
Blogger Brian Mathews said...

Yeah, I understand... you have to edit my rambling to make me sound at least coherent. Look forward to it!

10:19 AM

 
Blogger David said...

Just ran across this post through a long series of clicking. Podcast idea sounds great! I use libsyn for my podcast hosting and haven't really had any trouble. I pay the hosting myself too. If you have the freedom to do marketing/ outreach for your departments then definitely go for it.

Feel free to drop me an email or IM if have any production questions or anything.

davidsrandomstuff.blogspot.com

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