Reading MU Library Lady’s blog piece ‘Pondering the podcast’ was very useful regarding practicalities. As someone new to the whole podcast experience, this blog has some useful tips regarding talk time and clarity.I will have a bit of a play in the next few weeks to see how they can be incorporated into out library media ‘kit’ and to see if I can coax some of my wonderfully-warm-BBC-voiced colleagues into testing out the potential of the podcast.
Some of the most popular podcasts show the variety of subjects covered. This demonstrated to me that a public library is perfect for hosting regular, lively and eclectic podcasts on a range of subjects and events for a range of users. So much potential! From library literary events, interviews with authors, book club discussions, oral archives, promoting live acts such as poetry, coffee concerts, teen music nights and story times.
The logistics of setting up regular podcasts will need a little organising with my colleagues but definitely need testing. After viewing Scroobius Pip’s Distraction Pieces I am tempted to look further into what Squarespace.com has to offer as I enjoyed listening and watching the slideshow that went alongside the podcasts. I also viewed Audioboom.com, who Bletchley Park run their podcasts through. So many platforms to consider and which would work best for us?
Podcasts offer a great audio link to our users, especially if they can go hand in hand with supporting and promoting the role the library plays within their community. It is on that note that I will end with a rather apt Soundcloud podcast from Neil Gaiman from earlier this year. Enjoy