Exciting uses of 2.0 at ACPL
I’ve had two conversations in the past two days which caused me to want to jump up and cheer!
One of our branch managers has had the challenge of integrating a huge population of recent immigrants into her library community. The branch staff have been doing a lot of training to learn more about the newcomers and their culture. One of the manager’s ideas is to create a blog which will represent her branch virtually. Yesterday she told me she is thinking about creating some videos where the new immigrants are interviewed and they talk about the library. I think it will be wonderful for her patrons to see people from their country, speaking in their own language, bridging the gap that exists between them and the staff who are trying to help them become accustomed to the library environment. I told her how to create videos using her Canon Power Shot and Windows Movie Maker, and that then she would simply upload them to YouTube and post them on the blog. I’m really looking forward to seeing how they turn out.
Another staff member, who maintains the Jeffrey R. Krull Gallery blog, plans to upload podcasts which patrons can listen to as they walk through the gallery. As I understand it, most art museums offer podcasts for their patrons to listen to. So she will be adding podcasts to the blog soon. I also suggested that she check into a way to putting the podcasts on devices that patrons can borrow and use, then return. Of course there is the scary theft issue, but I’m sure we can deal with that. Heck, if Darien can loan out Kindles, we can surely loan out MP3 players.