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.