Screencasting as a Training Method for Libraries

Introduction           Report           Action Plan           Bibliography


Library technology has proliferated in the last few decades. Computer technology such as electronic databases, online catalogs, and digital collections are more popular than ever before. Along with this technological increase has come an increased need to train users how to access these resources. Library employees, students, board members, and patrons all utilize these resources and all need at least a basic level of training in order to use them effectively.


Luckily, the increase in technology brings with it a nice side benefit: a multitude of easy-to-use software, even some freeware, that facilitate the development of electronic and web-based training materials. The purpose of this report/action plan is to promote screencasting as a training tool for librarians and patrons.


This action plan is appropriate for a library setting. The size or specialty of the library does not matter. Requirements for this action plan include: (1) a computer-based technology that would be better utilized if training methods were available; and (2) a library with the personnel and equipment to develop such training materials using screencasting software.


The audience for this report/action plan is primarily librarians who have the desire to find better methods of training patrons and the ability to learn simple software using a tutorial or help file. This action plan could, however, also benefit teachers, IT support staff, or anyone who wants to teach someone else how to use a computer technology.


This report/action plan will:

· Discuss the benefits of screencasting as a training method.
· Describe the process of making a screencast.
· Discuss considerations involved in choosing the right application.
· Provide a sampling of available screencasting applications.
· Provide examples of existing screencasts for reference.
· Provide step-by-step action plan for creating a screencast.