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LiTTech Show #06

Welcomes and introduction:
What’s the big thing that happened this week?  Newsishness? Hurricane? Library news?

Indiana Library Federation Conference
Unshelved says there’s an epidemic of bacon as bookmarks.

OWS Library destroyed:
The UPS Store
Re: Occupy Wall Street
Attn: The People's Library
118A Fulton St. #205
New York, NY 10038

Item #1:
Online tutorials
Free Tools:
Slideshare ( (Pro version gives you more options)
Prezi (
Jing (
Screencast-O-Matic (
Web-based file converter:
and Zamzar (

Paid Tools:
Jing Pro (
Camtasia (
Captivate (

Prezi tips:
Don’t make your audience motion sick.
Movement is semantic.  We (western society) are used to progress being from left to right.
You can treat a prezi as a glorified slide deck or use it more like a mind map.

Check out Maria Andersen’s prezis for an innovative use of the tool (example -

Social Studies using them as a way to illustrate history.

Slide deck vs. screencast
Slide deck - better for concept instruction (subject headings, research process, etc.)
Screencast - process instruction (how to export to RefWorks from PubMed, etc.)

How to create a good slide deck/screencast
Be concise.  Too many words on a slide loses the audience’s attention.  Same goes for too long of a screencast.
If doing a screencast, plan out what you want to click on and say.
Start with a visually-interesting opening slide/screen.
Have a color scheme/theme.
Don’t use more than two fonts.
Will you be narrating?  This will tell you whether the slides need to be able to standalone or serve as a support.
Brand your materials!

More help on effective presentations:
Jesse Desjardins on Slideshare -
Steal this Presentation! (
You Suck at Powerpoint (

Item #2:
Hybrid courses
Embed yourself! Course management software (Blackboard, Moodle, Sakai, etc.)
Workshops in person - don’t be afraid of evenings and weekends. Be sure to make handouts.
Online options

Wimba Classroom (

Oovoo (

Have an IM account

Meebo (

Blackboard IM (

Ellumniate Blackboard: Webinar software

Idaho students will be required to take 2 credits online in order to graduate:

From Kerry Kitka re: citation tools.

Final Segment:

What are we reading?
Awaken by Katie Kacvinsky
Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin
Large Print (an Unshelved collection) - Gene Ambaum and Bill Barnes

Looking ahead:
Next week: Teaching teachers info lit while in undergrad.

Emily Thompson @librarianofdoom
Adrienne Matteson @queenaddie
Abby Bedford @abby_elizabeth

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