In this hands-on session, we will lead a workshop in creating short, easy video materials with library professionals. The goal is to demonstrate how video resources can be created in D.I.Y. and lo-fi methods, as one way to instruct library patrons and connect them with resources. We will begin the workshop by showing examples from our respective institutions (Barnard College and Florida International University), and quick videos we created using cellphones and screencapture software. These videos arose from needs around connecting patrons with library resources, including online students who needed additional support connecting with databases; and students who needed help navigating re-housed collections while the Barnard Library was under construction for 2.5 years. After introductions and short explanations, we will ask participants to break into smaller groups and produce short videos using their smartphones. This will be a guided exercise, where generative questions will be posed so that participants can think about what instructional videos would be useful in their context. Helpful filming tips and tricks will also be included. Then, they will create “mock-up” videos. The session will conclude with a brief “film festival” where groups will share out their work. Smartphones are required.
ALA Unit/Subunit: LITA
Meeting Type: Program
Cost: Included with full conference registration.