Sunday, August 31, 2008

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Online Tutorials

Check out these recently produced online tutorials I have worked on using the Camtasia Studio 5 Programme:

- Boolean Operators (no, it is not a newly discovered Papua New Guinea tribe, these are database search symbols!)
- Finding Full Text Articles

Let me know how do you find them and what would YOU change, remove or add to make them even better! Your suggestions and comments are most welcome!

Online Tutorials & Libraries

Library online tutorials are becoming more and more popular within the e-learning library environment. It has been recognised that the best way to reach library patrons, especially young student population, is providing digital e-learning tools that are appealing to them.
The most recent issue of the Academic Newswire Library Journal published online on 14th August features cover article titled Cornell Library Embraces YouTube that highlights the success of library video tutorials at the recent American Library Association annual conference. The tutorials have been created by the Cornell University Librarian and a filmmaker Kaila Bussert who used nothing else but the open source software Audacity to edit sound and Apple’s iMovie to edit video recordings.
The videos have been viewed 2000 times since their release on YouTube and have received extremely positive feedback from the academic library staff community, as well as from students.
Cornell librarians claim that taking advantage of increasingly popular web applications, like podcasts and videos, are just the ticket to get to the students. They highlight: “All it takes is a little hardware, a committed staff, and a little creativity.”
The American Library Association has created PRIMO database specialising in recognising and providing access to numerous peer-reviewed instructional library materials online, including online tutorials. The database administrators promote “PRIMO Site of the Month” featuring new e-learning high-quality instructional programme that may be of interest to world-wide library community. The videos accessible through PRIMO are developed by a variety of library staff, ranging from research to public library institutions. Some of the software applications used to create the tutorials are the following:

TechSmith Camtasia Studio 5 Programme
Apple iMovie
MS MovieMaker
Adobe Captivate 3 Programme
Adobe Flash CS3
Adobe Photoshop
Adobe Premiere Pro CS3
Adobe Flash Cs3 Video Encoder
Adobe Soundbooth
Windows Media Encoder
Replay Converter & Media Catcher
Prism Video Converter