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IL2009 Rewind: “Designing the Digital Experience”

Videocasting Boot Camp

David Lee King, author of “Designing the Digital Experience” will be a busy man at Computers in Libraries 2010. The poor guy will be in both the “Making the Most of Twitter” and “Videocasting Boot Camp” workshops on Sunday, he will be working with Michael Porter to live-stream the Keynotes and session C201 on Tuesday, he will be also leading Experience Design Makeover on Monday morning and in the afternoon on Monday he will be one of the C105 – Digital Managers Sound Off panelists.

After streaming another keynote Tuesday morning he gets to rest until appearing as a panelist on the not to be missed Dead and Innovative Technologies session on Tuesday evening. At that point it’s just one more keynote and he can rest.

Since unless you are in one of his sessions, you may only see him as a blur moving around the Hyatt Regency, here is a session of his from last fall’s Internet Librarian 2009. In this “Designing the Digital Experience” session David provided attendees with five points to enhance the experience of visitors to your website.

EDIT: Oops, missed one. David will also be signing copies of his book at the Information Today, Inc booth in the exhibit hall during Monday’s Opening Reception. (David discusses his book on’ Longshots with Sarah Ann Long with

Making Movies: Lights, Camera, Action!

This was a really wonderful, all-encompassing talk by Sean Robinson and Kaye Gregg from the Allen County (IN) Public Library. They had worked together on a cool zombie video that won an InfoTubey award earlier this year, so I was sure they’d know their stuff, and I wasn’t disappointed.

I’ve heard others discuss how to take a video that was shot quickly with an inexpensive digital camera and use software to edit it. This session, tho, was all about shooting the video in a more planned-out, professional manner. You wouldn’t have to be rich or own lots of fancy equipment to benefit from it, however. Here are some of the many great tips the duo shared for making great-looking videos:

  • For the best lighting, shoot in the morning or evening, but not at mid-day.
  • Shoot some still photos at the time & location you plan to make the video so you can see how the lighting will look.
  • Make your participants feel at home so they’re more comfortable when the cameras start rolling.
  • Combine lights from various angles to get good lighting, especially on faces.
  • Secure the area before your shoot so you don’t have people walking through your scene.
  • Be aware of the locations of security cameras or sensors so you don’t set off any alarms, especially if you’re shooting after hours (ie, in an empty library at night).
  • Be very careful about microphone placement to achieve the best sound.
  • Hold a written script just under the video camera so the actors can read it while still looking at the camera.
  • Use people who are natural hams; who are unafraid of the camera.
  • Layer your audio and video to build a soundscape piece by piece.
  • If you can’t get good audio recording during the shoot, then record that seperately and dub it in later.

All of their advice related back to planning — careful planning makes for better work. And since they practiced what they preached for their own presentation, it’s no wonder that these experts put on such a good show themselves.

~Kathy Dempsey


Tips for Making Podcasts and Videos

This afternoon in Track C, in a huge room that was crowded with people,  a few presenters gave some good tips for recording videos and podcasts:

  • If you’re recording your own face, be aware of what angle you’re facing in relation to the camera.
  • Invest in a good microphone.
  • Don’t position the mic directly in front of your mouth; it could capture lots of "heavy breathing."
  • Finding volunteers to appear on camera can be the hardest part of making a video.
  • Many computers come loaded with some free video-editing software.
  • Make sure to plan what to say or to have a prepared script.

And here are some cool ways to use video:

  • for staff training
  • to let patrons make tutorials
  • have the director record messages for staff or customers
  • to share things like strategic plans with staff
  • create library tours
  • show "a day in the life" of your department

What interesting ways has your library used video and podcasts??

~Kathy Dempsey