Welcome to the tenth thing in 12 Things SWKLS 2018.  This month we’re continuing Thing 9 by doing more screencasting.  This time, you’re going to record a screencast and post it somewhere.  This can be on your website, on your Facebook page, or to YouTube.  

The activities for this lesson are due October 31 at 11:59 pm central time and are worth 2 credit hours.  Estimated work time:  1-4 hours.

If you don’t want to post a screencast or would rather complete an alternate topic, please go to the alternate topic page and pick one from the list.  You are also welcome to choose past topics or topics from the first round of Things.  

If you get stuck and need help, please don’t hesitate to ask.

Exercises:  (Due October 31, 2018 at 11:59 pm CDT)

Tools you will need:

  • A computer with a browser.
    • A tablet or other internet enabled device will also work for most of these activities.
  • A microphone or headset (optional).
    • A built-in mic in a laptop, phone, or tablet will also work.
    • A headset or dedicated mic will give the best quality sound, but you don’t need to buy one for this lesson.
  • An Internet connection.

Activity 1:  (10 – 20 min)

  1.  Figure out what topic you want to cover in a screencast (if you haven’t already).
  2.  Write your script.
  3. Figure out where you’d like to post your screencast.  
    1. I recommend uploading your screencast to YouTube and then sharing it to your Facebook page or posting it on your library website. 
    2. Uploading it to another site, also helps your viewers so they don’t have to download the video each time it’s watched.  This way the video is streamed instead of being downloaded each time it’s watched.  
    3. YouTube is owned by Google, so if you have a gmail address you can log in with your gmail address.  
    4. Directions on how to upload to YouTube.  

Activity 2:  (10 – 60 min)

  1.  Record your screencast.  
  2. Upload it to YouTube or another site.  
    1. Directions on how to upload to YouTube.  
  3. Share the video somewhere
    1. On social media or your website are great ideas
    2. If you upload it on YouTube you can embed it on your website easily.  
      1. Link to instructions on How to embed YouTube on your website.

Activity 3:  (10 min)

  1.  Post a comment below and let us know the following:
    1. What topic you decided to do a screencast on.
    2. Where you shared your screencast.
    3. What you learned.  
  2. Reply to one other person’s comment.
  3. Register for Thing 10.  

10 thoughts on “12 Things SWKLS 2018: Thing 10

  • October 8, 2018 at 2:45 pm

    1. We decided to do our screencasts on the new library mobile app. Episode 1 is how to download and log in to the app and episode 2 was how to use some of the features in the app.
    2. We shared on Facebook and also created a how to video tab on our website and embedded them there for easy access to show patrons.
    3. That technology doesn’t always like me! I had lots of weird issues but finally got everything to work, but realized that things can’t always work the way I want them to!
    I think this will be a feature we use often for new tutorials. Hopefully, Janelle doesn’t get tired of me calling! Check out our How to Videos tab on our website to see our finished products!

    • October 9, 2018 at 2:51 pm

      Yes! Technology was definitely not our friend this go around….poor Janelle!!!!!

    • October 23, 2018 at 4:36 pm

      I watched your video on downloading and loging into the app. I like how you reminded your patrons that if their library card # has a space or letter in it that they need to include that when they are logging into the App. Hamilton County Library’s patron cards do not have spaces, so that would be something I would not think of if I was trying to login.

    • October 31, 2018 at 4:26 pm

      I like your idea of a page for How To Videos. If we get some more made, maybe we can make a page like that.

  • October 8, 2018 at 3:10 pm

    Chose to do screencast on the new Scott County Library Mobile App! Jessica did episode 1 and I did episode 2. I posted both to our Facebook page! Doing these is a lot of fun and pretty easy to do! That is until we tried to do something with with them! Holy Cow! My “NEW” phone created quite the issues with sound ! I finally got the sound on my phone but when uploaded there was no sound. So I finally had to send it to Jessica and she had to upload! iphone X is a pain!!! hopefully with the next update this issue will be solved! BUT I am really loving doing screencasts!!! We plan to do several more episodes on using the library mobile app!!!

    • October 9, 2018 at 2:49 pm

      I also think the screen recording was easy to do and really not that bad. Hopefully, all our bad issues are over and we can continue to use this successfully!

    • October 31, 2018 at 4:23 pm

      We also decided to feature the Library Mobile App for our screencast. That was before we learned that it was not going to be compatible with the new Verso :(, but after we learned it will be available for a few more months we went ahead and embedded it on our website. Well maybe I should say Ginger embedded it! I watched and try to learn a few things.

  • October 16, 2018 at 6:17 pm

    We decided to do screen casts on the catalog app, RB Digital, and Cloud Library. So far the only place that we have shared them is on our Facebook page. but I also plan on putting them on our Web page. One of the things I learned is that not all technology is friendly with other technology. The login for the KSLib ecard does not like to cooperate with tablets.

  • October 31, 2018 at 4:24 pm

    Diana and I collaborated on this. What would we do without each other? Diana did the screencast of downloading & setting up the Library Mobile App onto her phone. I worked on getting the screencast onto our website. Easy peasy right? HAH! I thought I had things figured out… until I didn’t. Thank goodness for Janelle! What would we do without SWKLS? I learned more about embedding links on the website & “parent” pages.

  • October 31, 2018 at 4:38 pm

    The making of the video was not hard on my iphone, but it was a little intimidating. It took me several attempts to try to get it done correctly, without too many mess ups, and that was even after using the same idea as last month!! I did learn that I didn’t need to follow the steps to upload the video to YouTube. I finally figured out all I actually had to do was click on the video to select it and I could send it directly to Facebook or YouTube or any number of places. Then after I published it on YouTube, if I clicked share with a friend I could send it with the URL to Ginger to embed. Mission accomplished with a little help from Janelle.


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