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Course Materials: Course Guide

Use the following guide to complete the requirements for this course.

Media Experience Discussions

You'll be sharing nine experiences (postings) and nine reactions (replies) related to nine topics including audiobooks, digital audio collections and podcasts, music, subscription-based services, feature-length films, short video, video games, interactive experiences, and book-movie connections. You'll be posting and replying throughout the semester. To learn more about this assignment, go to Media Experience Discussions.

Specto Assignments

The word "specto" means to observe, watch, or see in latin. Let's use this term for our assignments.

The course contains five Specto assignments worth between 10 or 15 points each. These "Specto" are intended to ignite learning and help you apply the course materials to a project environment. These projects bridge theory and practice so you'll need to connect your course readings with real-world problems. Each Specto will be shared in the DISCUSSION area of Canvas. You'll be posting your assignment, then replying to the work of your peers.

Course Study Materials

Each person approaches the course in a different way depending on his or her personal and professional interests and experiences. Rather than dictating all of the required readings, this course provides flexibility by allowing you to choose areas where you'd like to explore in-depth.

try itWoven into the required online course readings, you'll find required articles indicated with a blue book icon shown on the left. Read them for the general concepts they address. You don't need to read every word of every article and in many cases, you'll be directed to SKIM rather than read. However they are often useful in completing the assignments so don't just skip them.

try itIn some cases, a video will be provided. Rather an a book icon, look for the blue video icon (right).

You'll also find additional resources at the bottom of each course page. It's up to you to decide whether these additional resources will be useful for your understanding. They can be very useful in identifying ideas to share in the course assignments.

try itRather than simply reading the materials on each page, be sure to TRY IT! Throughout the course readings, you'll find short activities that will help you apply the ideas you're learning. These activities aren't graded and don't need to be turned in, however they are important for your learning. They're the types of activities we would be doing in a face-to-face class. Instead, it's your job to work your way through these activities independently. Look for the Try It! icon (left) on the left in light green boxes for TRY IT! activities. Many of these activities have been woven into the formal assignments.

Course Guide

You can find the specific course readings for each week in this guide. They are also found in the course calendar along with due dates for readings and activity assignments.

Introduce Yourself (0 Points, required)
1) Introduce yourself to the class in Canvas.

2) Share your favorite audio and video categories. Do you like audiobooks, music, movies, video games...?

3) Explore at least one of the following professional resources for multimedia librarians. Share something of interest:
Go to the ALA's Video Round Table (VRT) Page and explore the resources.
Go to the Association of Moving Image Archivists Page and explore the resources.
Go to the American Library Association YouTube Channel.
Go to Video Librarian Online and explore the free resources,


Read the Overview page and watch video.
Read Audio, Video, & Libraries, Information Seekers, and Locating Sources.

Complete the Introduce Yourself assignment.

Begin working on your Media Experience Discussions.

Media Experience Discussions
This is your chance to explore the wide range of audio and video sources available.

You'll be sharing nine experiences (postings) and nine reactions (replies) related to audio, video, and interactive media.

The nine topics are audiobooks, digital audio collections and podcasts, music, subscription-based services, feature-length films, short video, video games, interactive experiences, and book-movie connections.

Discussion threads will be established for each of the nine experiences. You can choose whatever order you'd like for posting and replying. In other words, you can start with music and end with audiobooks if you wish. I'll be tracking your postings throughout the semester to ensure that you're posting in a timely manner. However, your experiences will all be graded at one time at the end of the semester. As long as postings are made within a week of the due date and replies are made within two weeks, there's no penalty. If you have specific questions, please email your instructor.

Posting Requirements. Your posting must include:
1) A focus item that will serve as the basis of your discussion such as an audiobook, YouTube video, or video game. For this item, provide a citation and active link (if possible), discuss how your item reflects the topic category, a short summary of the item, a critique of the item, special features of item, and audience recommendations.
2) Include a brief comparison with another example or similar service. For instance, compare an audiobook narrated by the author versus a full production audiobook. Or, compare the music features of the Freegal and Hoopla Digital subscription services.
3) List "five favorites" (with active links if possible) from this category that connect to your library setting of interest.

Reply Requirements. You need to post at least one high-quality reply in each of the nine discussion threads.

Reflection. At the end of the experience, you must post a reflection that includes your thoughts about the listening/viewing experience, cite at least three professional articles you read during the course, an annotated "top ten list" of resources that all libraries (in your area of interest) should feature, and your overall thoughts about audio and video sources in libraries.

Experience postings (18 points)
Reaction replies (9 points)
Reflection (3 points)
Total Possible (30 points)


Resource Types

Read the Resource Types page and watch video.
Read Audio, Spoken Word, Music, Video, Video Types, and Interactive Media.

Work on your Media Experience Discussions.

Work on Specto 1.

Specto 1: Produce a Podcast (15 Points)
Create a series of four podcast episodes.
Each episode should be between 2-5 minutes in length. Keep them short and interesting.

Theme & Audience. Your podcast should focus on a specific library type (i.e., school, academic, public, academic, church, special) and a particular type of information seeker such as music listeners, audiobook readers, gamers, visually impaired users, preschool parents and early reading. Your audience may focus on a resource type such as music and/or an audience type such as retired seniors. Either way, you should have a specific type of information seeker in mind.

Content. Each podcast should be have engaging introduction, content-rich body, and interesting conclusion. Although you may wish to provide "staff" reviews and recommendations, feel free to be creative with your programs. For instance, you could explore areas of interest such as special needs considerations (i.e., closed captions, text-to-speech) or genres of music in each episode. However, the focus should be connected some aspect of audio, video, gaming, and/or interactive media sources. You could focus on a particular area such as the past, present, and future of documentary films. Or, help information seekers learn about the different features of audiobooks such as abridged and unabridged audiobooks. If you have a really great idea that doesn't focus on an audio/video topic, let's e-talk.

About. Develop a podcast "about" statement that features your theme, library type, resource type(s), audience type, and a description of what your library podcast covers. You can place this in your Canvas posting or in the "about" area if you choose to create a blog or use a podcast service. Remember that your audience isn't "this class". Your podcast should be aimed at a group such gamers or teen readers.

Produce. You have choices about how you'd like to produce your podcast. You can create a series of posts using the Canvas audio recording tool, download and record in the free Audacity software, download and use a recording app for your smartphone, or use a podcasting service. If you prefer, a video service is fine too such as YouTube if you'd like to do a video blog.

Share. You can use a blogging service such as Weebly to post your audio files, provide links to your podcasts, or insert Canvas audio as part of a posting. However, regardless of your approach you should have a theme, logo, and/or consistent professional visual and audio presence for your project. Most students find Soundcloud easy to use. Podbean, Podomatic and Soundtrap are other options. You don't need to pay for a service. You should be able to find free options.

Check a few different approaches from past course offerings: Podbean, Soundcloud 1, Soundcloud 2, Soundcloud 3, Soundcloud 4, Soundcloud 5, Soundcloud 6, Smore & Soundcloud, Podomatic, Weebly 1, Weebly 2, Weebly Plus SoundCloud, Soundcloud, SoundTrap, Soundcloud, Podbean, Soundcloud, SoundCloud, SoundCloud, SoundCloud, SoundCloud

Post. Post in a discussion thread related to the audience of your podcast: School/academic library, Public library, or Special library.

Checklist (15 Points)
Description of theme/audience (1 Point)
Content quality of four podcasts (8 Points)
Technical quality of four podcasts (4 Points)
Overall professional online presence (1 Point)
One high quality reply (1 Point)


Read the Collections page and watch video.
Read Humanities, Social Science, Science & Technology, and Business.

Work on your Media Experience Discussions.

Work on Specto 2.

Specto 2: Build a Pathfinder (15 Points)
Create a pathfinder that focuses on audio and video sources for a particular library setting and audience. You should focus on sources related to a specific theme or topic rather than an entire discipline. For instance, you might explore audio and video materials related to the Women's Movement, Climate Change, or Financial Literacy.

Your project must include:
An introduction including library setting, theme, audience and reasons for using audio/video/interactive media with this topic.
A list of criteria used for selection of the audio, video, and interactive media .
A statement addressing the issue of accessibility of resources selected (i.e., are captions available on videos, what about transcripts of audio programs).
At least three professional articles from the course readings regarding audio and video use.
At least six databases and/or services with descriptions and details including examples about how to search for sources as well as specific titles.
At least twelve specific titles such as audiobooks, videos, documentaries, games, etc. No more than three of the same type such as 3 audiobooks or 3 YouTube videos.
Embed at least three audio or videos into your website.
Include at least three books, websites, and/or other resources related to your theme.
Include user assistance such as search strategies, key words, student project ideas, associated library programs and/or classroom integration ideas. Or, other project extensions that would enhance the project and user experience.

Each item must include a bibliographic entry with at least the title, format, date, publisher information, and short summary. It should also state how the item would be accessed such as the URL or library location. It should provide a visual such as an audiobook cover or embedded video. Optional items include key words, grade level, age, or product numbers. Each item should contain at least one quality review (2 or 3 sentence excerpt) from a known selection source, one other review or information resource, and indicate any awards or honors. If possible include a link to the online review. If no review is available, you may write a brief (2 - 3 sentences) your own.

You may create your pathfinder in LibGuides or use a website service such as Weebly.

Sharing Option 1: LibGuides
LibGuides is a subscription service used by many libraries to create pathfinders. We've been given permission to use the service free for our class.
Use the following information to access LibGuides. Contact your instructor if you have trouble signing in.
Go to
Your username is your university email address as it shows in the course roster... some people have iu, iupui, or iusb email.
The username would be something like
Your password is avclass! (note the !) on the end of the password (or if you already have a LibGuides account from another course, use that password)

If you already work at an institution that uses LibGuides, it’s fine to use their account.

The LibApps area contains account information. You should change your password once you get into the system. You'll also want to set up your profile information.
The LibGuides area provides access to tools for creating your Guide.
Go to and choose Create Guide.

The LIBGUIDES website provides great tutorials for building your assignment. Go to
Your password is avclass! (note the !) on the end of the password.
If you've already got an account from another class such as Materials for Youth, use it.
If you already work at an institution that uses LibGuides, it’s fine to use their account.

Check out an example: Street Art, Revolutionary War, Classic Literature, Folk & Fairytales, Scale Model Building, Cognitive Health for Seniors, Black Lives Matter Movement,

Sharing Option 2: Weebly (or other)
Weebly is one of many websites that can be used to create professional quality web-based projects.
Check out a couple examples: Vincent Van Gogh, Alexander Hamilton and Discover Indiana.

Post. Post in a discussion thread related to the tool used to create your pathfinder: LibGuide or Website.

Checklist (15 Points)
Introduction to theme/purpose/audience (1 Point)
Reasons for using audio/video/interactive media with topic (1 Point)
Discuss accessibility of resources (1 Point)
List of selection criteria (1 Point)
Use of professional literature (1 Point)
Required number of annotated items (6 Points)
Embedded items and additional items (1 Point)
User assistance ideas (1 Point)
Overall professional online presence (1 Point)
One high quality reply (1 Point)


Read the Management page and watch video.
Read Building Collections, Selecting Sources, Acquiring Sources, and Managing Sources.

Work on your Media Experience Discussions.

Work on Specto 3.

Specto 3: Manage Collections (15 Points)
You've got lots of choices for this assignment. First, select a project from the three options. Second, choose a presentation format from the three options.

Step 1: Select from the following projects.
Option 1: Library Exploration

Visit three libraries of your choice. At least one of the libraries you need to visit physically and interview a librarian. The other two experiences can be physical visits or you can simply explore their online presence. Remember that your focus should be on audio, video, and/or interactive media such as games. Ask yourself some of the following questions along with your own questions. Share your findings.
• What's housed in the collection?
• Is the collection easy to find?
• Is the signage effective?
• Is the staff helpful?
• How are materials shelved or virtually accessed?
• Does the collection circulate? If so, what are the policies?
• What security is in place for audio and video use?
• Are users solicited about their needs?
• Is a viewing/listening and/or production area provided?
• Are collection development policies and procedures available?

Option 2: Issue or Resource Examination
Select an area of audio and video source management to explore in depth. Some topics include collection development policies, awards, interlibrary loan, intellectual freedom, copyright, licensing, publishers, producers, distributors, vendors, weeding, preservation or some other area of interest.
• Include definitions, an overview of the topic, key ideas, etc.
• Include at least five professional articles such as course readings.
• Compare or discuss at least four very specific examples or cases such as a comparison of video awards criteria or a comparison of audio subscription licenses.

Option 3: Collection Evaluation
Select a real-world library to evaluate. If you choose this option, you need access to library data from this collection. Examine their entire audio, video, and game collections or choose a specific area to explore such as their console game collection or DVD collection.
• Discuss approaches to evaluation.
• Apply two approaches such as list-checking and usage statistics to some aspect of the collection.
• Share and discuss the results.

Step 2: Choose a project format.
Option 1: Paper with video abstract

Create a paper that addresses the requirements of the project.
Create a video abstract: a short (1-3 minute) presentation of a specific research article. It generally includes background of the study, approaches/methods, results, and implications. It should only provide the highlights of your assignment.

Option 2: Narrated slide show
Create a narrated slide show using PowerPoint or Keynote (must be exported as PowerPoint).
A transcript of your narration should appear in the Speaker notes or attached as a separate file.
You can export your slide show as a video to share. Or, attach a PowerPoint file.

Option 3: Paper/webpage with audio or video
Create a short audio or video to accompany your paper or web-based project. This short audio or video could be an excerpt from an interview, a library tour, a screencast connected with an example, or other media relevant to your topic.

Checklist (15 Points)
Project content (10 Point)
Project presentation (4 Point)
One high quality reply (1 Point)


Read the Production page and watch video.
Read Original Productions, Commons & Makerspaces, Student Productions, Planning & Recording, and Editing & Disseminating.

Work on your Media Experience Discussions.

Work on Specto 4.

Specto 4: Produce Video (15 Points)
Although you may have created videos for other courses that focused on content, for this video I'm also interested in the production quality.

Create a video production. Share a short paper along with a link to the video.

Step 1: Paper
Create a paper addressing the following requirements:
• Explore library-produced videos. Share three examples of different types of productions.
• Compare two library-produced videos. Compare the titles, introduction, body, and conclusion. Compare the use of camera angles such as close-up and medium shots.
• Create a list of characteristics of a good audio or video in a specific area of interest such as orientation videos, advocacy videos, etc. Share at least three excellent examples that match your characteristics.
• Provide an overview of the video production including the library setting, purpose of the video, anticipated audience and reason for using the video format.
• Create or adapt a video permission form and get it signed by someone involved with the production.
• Discuss your use of open source images, music, or other components.
• Discuss how accessibility issues will be addressed: captioning, transcript, 508 compliance.
• Discuss the hardware and software used for recording and editing.

Step 2: Video Production
Choose one of the following video production projects to create:
• A series of at least three video productions with limited editing such as basic titles and credits, voice-over, and/or music.
One video production with more complex editing such as multiple camera angles, transitions in addition to basic titles, credit, voice-over, and/or music. Example: 1, 2, 3, 4
Three videos that make use of three different mobile apps such as Hyperlapse. This is your chance to have some fun with your smartphone or tablet.

Keep in Mind
You may use any type of video camera you wish (i.e., camcorder, still camera video option, smartphone). Some aspect of your project should have a video element.
Do not create a narrated slide-show using PowerPoint. This should be a video production.
Do not create a screencast tutorial or other computer-generated production. It's okay to weave in a screen-capture stills or video. However, this should not be the entire project.
If you use a smartphone be sure that you turn the phone so it's landscape (wide/horizontal) rather than portrait.

Topic Ideas
• Behind the scenes
• Book talks and reviews
• Documentary
• Exhibition
• Highlight or spotlight
• How-to
• Interview
• Library club (i.e., summer reading program, LEGO club, science fiction club)
• News
• Oral history
• Orientation or library tour
• Program recording
• Public service announcement
• Tutorial
• User testimonials

Post. Post in a discussion thread related to the audience of your podcast: School/academic library, Public library, or Special library.

Checklist (15 Points)
Project paper (5 Point)
Video production content (5 Points)
Video production technical (4 Points)
One high quality reply (1 Point)


Read the Use page and watch video.
Read Advisory Services, Media Literacy, Audio Use, Video Use, Game Use, and Book Connections.

Finish on your Media Experience Discussions.

Work on Specto 5.

Specto 5: Focus on Users (10 Points)
Tired of creating audio and video materials?
Want more flexibility on your project?

This is your chance to do choose your own project and select a way to share it.

Choose one of the following project areas:
Advisory (i.e., create a series of view-alikes or listen-alikes, create a soundcloud account with playlists or a YouTube channel with playlists). Example: Book Trailer
Media Literacy (i.e., build handouts for using subscription services, build a screencast teaching the use of audio or video services, create a plan for media literacy, create a booklet with suggestions for parents). Example: Parent handout
Teaching and Learning (i.e., create a workshop teaching about audio and video such as location or evaluation skills, create a series of mini-lessons that demonstrate how audio and video can be used in subject areas).
Project Planning (i.e., create a plan for an oral history project, build a plan for an audio or video digitization project with specifications, write a grant for audio or video collection purchases).
Programs (i.e., create an afterschool audio or video club, build a plan for a digital media commons or makerspace). Video Game Program, Summer Reading Gamification

Choose a way to disseminate your project. It should be professionally presented.
• video
• screencast
• audio
• slideshow
• infographic
• paper (professionally formatted and shared as PDF)
• website

Checklist (10 Points)
Project content (8 Points)
Professional presentation of topic (1 Point)
One high quality reply (1 Point)


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