Media Sharing: January 19 â€“ 25th
Oh no! Help! Our users are no longer coming into the library to access our expertise and our collections. What are we gonna do? How do we know that our users will be able to find and access the information they need?
Ah ha! We are going to take our skills to our users in their workplaces. So how do we do that, you ask? We will use media sharing to “show” and “tell” our users how to find and access what they need.
For years we have used Instant Messaging (IM) to provide synchronous interaction with our users. IM allows us to easily send text and URLs to resources; but IM features vary greatly and can be limited when you need to share a screen capture or show users a video of where to click on the screen. IM, coupled with media sharing, can greatly increase your ability to convey step by step instructions to users in a quick and efficient manner.
So let’s start with the basics. According to Wikipedia, media sharing is “the interactive process of sending via email, instant message, text message, posting or linking to media on a website or blog and other methods of sharing media to a targeted audience.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Media_sharing. Wikipedia also says that a screencast is “a digital recording of computer screen output, also known as a video screen capture, often containing audio narration.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Screencasting. Some examples of media sharing include Flickr (photo sharing), YouTube (video sharing), Del.ici.ous (bookmark sharing), Digg (news sharing).
While verbally explaining how to do a task can be effective, there are tools available that will allow librarians to create screen captures or screencasts (a video of oneâ€™s movements on screen) which can then be sent to users via IM or e-mail.
One screen-capturing tool is Jing (http://www.jingproject.com/).Â Jing is a free (at the moment) tool from TechSmith; the developer of the commercial screencasting software suite Camtasia.Â There are two required components to use Jing: a locally installed application and Web space to store screen captures and screencasts.Â The application uses a minimal amount of memory and runs continuously once it is started.Â Jing can be used when it is needed to capture an entire window or just a section of a window.Â Once the selection has been made, there is an option to create an image or a video of the screen area.Â Jing seamlessly uploads the capture to free Web space with its partner service, Screencast.com.Â Jing screenshots are also capable of being added to Flickr accounts (http://www.flickr.com).Â For screen captures, the entire process takes just a few seconds, and a URL is automatically generated so that one can immediately paste it into an e-mail or IM message.
In addition to taking screen captures, Jing is also capable of creating screencasts.Â In general, screencasts will take longer generate a URL; depending on the amount of video captured.Â The screencasts are viewable from the Web space or downloadable in Flash file format (swf).Â Using a tool like Jing can help a hospital librarian use â€œshow and tellâ€ to answer questions about electronic resources.
So you might be thinking why do we need this tool?Â Screencasting allows:
- users to see what you do
- users to watch, pause, and rewatch instructional videos
- librarians to take users through a process
- librarians to mimic the classroom experience
- Watch the brief Jing tutorial
- Download and install Jing http://www.jingproject.com/
- Launch Jing
Discovery Exercise 1 â€“ Image Capture
You would like to highlight elements from a PubMed search and share it with a patron. In this exercise you will use Jing to do an Image Capture and utilize the Arrow, Text, and Highlight tool. See http://screencast.com/t/S7iXCNwFLL for an example.
- Go to PubMed and search for Otitis Media
- Using the Jing crosshairs select the portion of the Webpage containing your search
- Use the Arrow, Text, Frame, and Highlight tool to provide notes on the search page.
- Share your image capture by clicking on the Send to Screencast.com button. Note: if this is your first time using Jing you will need to setup a Screencast.com account.
Discovery Exercise 2 â€“ Video Capture
A patron needs help applying limits to a PubMed search. In this exercise you will use Jing to do a Video Capture. A microphone is preferable, but not required. Guide the patron by performing the PubMed search and applying limits. See http://screencast.com/t/evHxCdrfnt for an example.
- Go to PubMed
- Using the Jing crosshairs select the main body of the PubMed page.
- Select Video capture
- Wait for the countdown to complete and then begin your video capture. If you have a mic, narrate your actions.
- In PubMed perform a search. For example Neoplasm Recurrence
- Click on the limits tab and select some limits
- Stop the video capture
- Preview your video capture
- Share your video capture by clicking on the Send to Screencast.com button.
Discovery Exercise 3 â€“ Students Choice
Pick any Web 2.0 tool and show a user how to use a feature using a video capture.Â If you need ideas for a Web 2.0 tool you can use any of the topics discussed in MLA’s previous Web 2.0 CE http://sns.mlanet.org/snsce/?page_id=24.Â Share your video capture by clicking on the Send to Screencast.com button. Â Save your link as you will be asked to submit this with your course work.
Hint: Â You can always recopy your link by logging into www.screencast.com. Â Once you login click the Jing folder.
FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Introduction to Screencasting
7 Things You Should Know About Screencasting
Screencasting and Podcasting: Experience of the Yale Medical Library
LibCasting: Screencasting and libraries
Expo Notes: Jing, a year later