I recently gave a webinar session on website UX for libraries as part of the cool SEFLIN Virtual Conference that went on last week. Here are my slides from my session – enjoy!
It’s Banned Books Week this week. Check out this cool video my library’s Teen Advisory Board made (with some help from Rebecca, one of our teen librarians)! I thought the teens did a great job with the video. How often do you hear kids talking about censorship and intellectual freedom?
Please watch – thanks!
I’m working on a music video for my library right now, so lighting, audio, and video equipment is pretty fresh in my head at the moment (more on that video later).
If you make video of any type for your library (and you should be!), here’s something to remember: don’t overdo it.
Remember your end-goal. The goal really isn’t a professionally-polished video (although that’s nice). The goal isn’t to have crystal-clear, audiophile-quality sound (although that’s nice). The goal isn’t to have pristine lighting (although, again … that’s nice).
Your real goal is to be seen and heard – to communicate. Make the video, the lighting, and the audio good enough so that it doesn’t distract viewers from your real goal.
With that goal in mind:
- Do you need a great set of wireless mics, or do you just need to scoot the camera closer to the person?
- Do you need a great three-point video lighting system, or do you just need a sunny window?
- Do you need a fancy DSLR camera, or do you just need to … learn the equipment you have first?
Definitely focus on making the best video you can. But also don’t lose track of the real goal.
Cool DSLR setup by Andy Ramdin
I’m participating in a really cool virtual conference this Friday focused on UX for libraries. Here’s the info:
What: User Experience: Seeing Your Library through the User’s Eyes
When: Friday, September 19, 2014
Description: User Experience, or UX, is an increasingly important way of evaluating and informing library practices. UX focuses on knowing about our patrons and understanding their perspectives, then using that to inform everything that libraries do, from our websites to the services we provide to the physical layout of our buildings. Join five nationally recognized experts on user experience in libraries for this one-day, live online conference!
Speakers include: Michael Stephens, Aaron Schmidt, Kathryn Whitenton, Elliot Felix, and David Lee King
Here are the details:
When: Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at 2:30pm Eastern/1:30pm Central/12:30pm Mountain/11:30am Pacific (90 minutes long)
What: Around 154 million Americans—51 percent of the population—are now using Facebook, according to a recent study by Edison Research. How effectively are you using this direct, free means of communication to reach out to your library’s patrons and users? Digital branch and social networking innovator David Lee King will share what he’s learned from years of experience and experiments with the Topeka and Shawnee County’s Facebook page. He will answer your questions and share time-saving tips on getting the most out of using Facebook.
- Fundamentals for setting up and managing your Facebook page
- Planning content for your library Facebook page
- How to engage the library’s Facebook fans
- How to market your library through a Facebook page
Hope to see you there!