Welcome to the fourth thing in 12 Things SWKLS 2018. This month we’re going to learn about Facebook Live. Facebook Live allows you to post live videos to your Facebook feed either on a branded business page or your personal page. Facebook favors videos in their feed and especially favors Facebook Live Videos. Once a live video is finished, you can also post it to your page so followers can view it later. Facebook Live also has the capability to let people post questions live as you are recording. This creates a live question and answer experience.
The activities for this lesson are due April 30 at 11:59 pm central time and are worth 2 credit hours. Estimated work time: 1-2 hours. Please complete all activities.
I know not all of you have Facebook or may not have the equipment to post a Facebook Live Video. If you 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.
What you’ll learn in this lesson:
- Tips for creating a Facebook Live Video
- Some ideas on how to use Facebook Live for libraries
- How to record a Facebook Live Video
- How to post a Facebook Live Video
Exercises: (Due April 30, 2018 at 11:59 pm CDT)
Tools you will need:
- A tablet, smart phone, or other device with the Facebook app.
- You can also use a laptop or a desktop with a webcam (you’ll have to use the Chrome browser).
- An Internet connection.
- A personal or Facebook library page.
Activity 1: (15 – 30 min)
- Take a few minutes to watch the Chewbacca Mom Facebook Live video that went viral a few years ago.
- Watch part of at least two of the Facebook Live Videos archived videos posted below: (some of them are longer… so watching just part of them is fine!)
- Join us for Something Eggciting (Scott County Public Library)
- New Storywalk® Story (Dodge City Public Library)
- Blockfest at Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library
- Live at the OverDrive Digital Bookmobile (not the best sound due to wind, but still a good idea to promote an event. )
- Under Construction at Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library
- I Buy Books (Book Sale Promotion)
- Chef Alli Live Tater Salad in her Pressure Cooker
- If you haven’t ever watched a Live Facebook video while it’s Live, watch one to get the real-life experience. These Facebook Pages regularly have Facebook Live Videos.
Activity 2: Tips (10 min)
- Read How to Broadcast a Facebook Live Event in 5 Easy Steps from TechSoup.
- This is what the Start a live video button looks from your library’s Facebook page via a browser.
- The button will look similar to this on a smartphone:
- Note: If you use the app, there are also filters available and other options.
- If you don’t feel comfortable posting a Facebook Live Video from your library page, try it out on your personal page first to see how it goes.
- Think about how the orientation of the camera on your device and try not to move the device around too much, turn it sideways, or upside down.
- You’re welcome to do this in groups or pairs if you prefer. Just make sure you each record/post a Facebook Live video.
- Working in pairs or groups is handy to have someone else watching the comments or recording.
- Make sure you give your Facebook Live a good description. It’s also helpful to put Live in the description so people know the video is/was live.
- Keep it short! No one wants to sit and watch a long video.
- There are some cases where there are exceptions.
- Make sure you have everyone’s permission you are recording/broadcasting.
Activity 3: (5-10 min)
- Think of some ways your library could use Facebook Live. Take a few minutes to write down these ideas.
- If you’re stuck. Here are a few ideas:
- Show a new device such as a 3D printer in action.
- Show new books/items you have received.
- Capture Lego creations or other creations people have made at the library.
- Introduce staff.
- Make an announcement.
- Upcoming events.
- Showcase a favorite book or staff picks.
- Show a tour of the library.
- Do storytime activities online (Stevens County has been doing this in a closed Facebook group during winter and it’s been very successful. Stacey has sang songs, talked about books, has had a puppet as a guest, etc.)
- Keep in mind, in most cases you should not read a book online because of copyright infringement.
- If you’re stuck. Here are a few ideas:
Activity 4: (10 – 30 min)
- Post a Facebook Live Video.
- Post below what you learned and the link to your Facebook Live video (optional).
- Reply to at least one other person’s comment.