Just curious - are you using podcasts? Or are you producing a podcast for your patrons or colleagues? Do you use them as audioguides or for PR?
I know there are a lot of libraries in the US who are producing podcasts - is "Open Stacks" still around? - but I wonder how they are used.
(Should I mention that I'm responsible for the Netbib-Podcast, so that I'm kinda obsessed with this "thing"? ;-))
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I started podcasting this year. We haven't made a big deal about it becuase of the lack of time on my part to keep it weekly, which I would like to do. I consider still and experimental thing. I use libsyn.com and post both and MP3 version and an AAC/M4A. The AAC version is enhanced with graphics. I have configure libsyn.com to upload to iTunes.

See http://hannonlibrary.libsyn.com/
I write the scripts for the government documents-related
podcasts at my library, and one of the assistants in our
Instructional Media Center actually records them. My
submissions usually focus on a particular collection or
resource, such as tax forms or our UN Research Guide.
I do two podcasts. One is my own weekly program, Check This Out! (http://checkthisoutpodcast.com), but it's not an "official" library project. The other is UBLaw Podcast (http://ublawpodcast.com), the one I do with my law faculty colleagues.
A good list of podcasts in libraries is available at http://www.libsuccess.org/index.php?title=Podcasting
If you are podcasting, you might want to add your library link to this wiki.

I just gathered podcasting resources for libraries to supplement a presentation I did last week. One recommendation is for library staff to learn about audio and video content available online to assist with reference and research. It seemed good to also provide resources on how to podcast library programs and news. The resource list is at:
and includes a bibliography of journal articles recently published on library podcasting.
Thanks for the Libsuccess-Link, that's quite a handful. ;-)
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We've been podcasting our library's public events.
We offer the MP3 files for direct download, we offer the RSS feed via feedburner, we use feedblitz to offer email alerts for new podcasts, and we are listed in iTunes. Our campus community has been pretty receptive to our podcasts. Our stats show that most of our patrons are downloading the MP3 files directly from the page, and not using the RSS feeds.
We're podcasting at Pierce County. Since late February we have tried to post 3 recordings per week and have a nice variety already: book reviews (audio versions of my Mostly NF book blog), a storytime for grownups (currently a Sherlock Holmes presentation), interviews with various staff, and one interview with a book editor. (We're hoping to do some author interviews soon.) Our aim is to produce public content and drum up interest in specific materials, collections, and services but so far we haven't done any traditional "look what's happening at your library" PR. And while we've done no public advertising yet, the statistics show a steady increase in use.



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