Sunday, November 18, 2007

Thing 20: YouTube

Here we have the hilarious "Betty Glover library workout tape ad". Sad to say, I remember well the days of computers, pamphlet files, VHS tape players, and microfiche catalogs like the ones in the video.

If you wish to go back even further in time, look at the 1946 career film by the US Government:. Have we come a long way!

YouTube has many videos of historic value so it has become something of an archive, making available content we normally wouldn't be able to access. They are also a creative outlet and a way for us to share a piece of ourselves. I am amazed at the amount of time and effort that goes into scripting (or not), recording, and editing these "amateur" videos. YouTube can be addictive -- once you look at one video, it's easy to get caught up in another and another. Many are hilarious, some informational, a few unkind, sad, or scary, but all have a story the creator wants to tell and we all seem to be a willing audience.

New Jersey libraries have several YouTube videos related to Super Librarian and their Knowledge Initiative. It can be a great promotional tool and possibly even be useful for posting story times and other library programs.

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