Welcome to the ninth thing in 12 Things SWKLS 2018.  This month we’re going to learn about screencasting.  Screencasting is a way to record your screen to share it with others. Screencasting is a great training tool and can be used to help show someone how to do something or find something.  Screencasting may also be called Screen Recording.  This will be part of a two part series.  This month, we’re going to learn about screencasting and next month you’ll get a chance to record your own screencast.

The activities for this lesson are due September 30 at 11:59 pm central time and are worth 2 credit hours.  Estimated work time:  1-4 hours.

If you don’t have want to learn about screencasting 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 September 30, 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.  Watch at least one of the screencasts below:
    1. Wilmore Regional Library’s Library Mobile App Screencast
      1. You can check out more on Cimarron City Library’s Digital Archives Page
    2. Stevens County Library’s Online Summer Reading Log Screencast

Activity 2:  (10 – 30 min)

  1.  Think about topics you would like to cover in a screencast.   This can be something really short and not as complicated as the examples above.  Actually, the shorter the better.
  2. Some ideas include:
    1. How to get to something new on your website (such as yearbook images).
    2. How to search for a book on your card catalog.
    3. How to find or use a resource through the State Library.
    4. How to place a hold.
    5. How to access the card catalog from home.
    6. How to install the Library Mobile App.
    7. How to use parts of the Library Mobile App.
    8. Even something personal like showing a family member how to do something on Facebook or their email.
  3. Think about which device makes the most sense to record the screen.
    1. If you’re showing how to do something on a computer, it makes the most sense to record from a computer or laptop.
    2. If you’re showing how do to something from an app, it makes the most sense to do it from a tablet or phone so they’ll see what you’re seeing.

Activity 3:  (5- 10 min)

  1. Read the tips and tricks for screencasting below:
    1. You want to make your device as distraction free as possible.
    2. Hide and/or turn off your toolbars.
        1. To turn off the bookmars bar on Chrome:
        1. On your computer, open Chrome.
        1. At the top right, click More  .
      1. Select Bookmarks Show Bookmarks Bar
    3. Close email and any programs that may show notifications (like messengers, etc).
    4. Close any extra programs and browser windows.
    5. Practice!
    6. Keep it short and simple.
      1. Keep it under 3 minutes, 5 minutes at the most.
      2. If it’s going to be longer, you might consider breaking it up into pieces.
    7.  Talk slowly, type slowly, and click slower than normal.
    8. Write a script.
    9. Choose a good distraction free environment (preferably a room or office where you can shut the door).
    10. Test your equipment.
    11. Turn off all ringers and device sounds.
    12. Share, share, share when you’re done.  Post it everywhere!
    13. Try not to call it a screencast.  This helps attract viewers.  Call it a tutorial, guide, etc.

Activity 4: (10-30 min)

  1.  Decide which way you want to record your screen by looking at the software or app options listed below and then installing one of them.
    1. Note:  if you’re on a library computer, you may need help installing one of these options.  Don’t hesitate to call Steve or me for help.
  2. For free on a computer:
    1. fav. For computer use)
      1. Screencast-o-matic tutorial.
    2. Other free options are Filmorascrn or YouTube.
      1. Tip: It takes YouTube up to 24 hours to activate your account, so plan accordingly.
    3. How to Record your Desktop Screen with YouTube
  3. If you have an iPad or iPhone with iOS 11, recording your screen is built in.
    1. You can record your screen by following these directions. 
    2. If you’d like to try an app instead, here are a few suggestions:  ShowMe, ExplanEverything, Educreations.
  4. If you have an Android tablet or phone.  I recommend one of the following apps:
    1. Du Recorder
    2. AZ Screen Recorder

Activity 5:  (10 – 30 min)

  1.  Once you have your software or app installed, record a quick practice screencast.
  2.  Share it with someone.

Activity 6:  (10 – 30 min)

  1. Comment down below with the following:
    1. What did you record?
    2. Who did you share it with
    3. How do you see yourself or your library using screencasting or screen recording?
      1. What are you the most excited about?
      2. What do you not like?
  2. Reply to at least one person’s comment down below.
  3. Register for Thing 9.

22 thoughts on “12 Things SWKLS: 2018 Thing 9

  • September 8, 2018 at 12:35 pm

    1) The free download options for videopad and audiopad from the NCH software suite
    2) A friend who is preparing to make some product highlight videos
    3) I can see the great benefit for providing simple tutorials about library computer programs to patrons
    a. It can provide an opportunity to provide assistance to multiple patrons at the time best for the patron
    b. If not done carefully, the personal touch and connection can be lost in the interaction with a device instead of a person.

  • September 12, 2018 at 5:59 pm

    I recorded a video on how to download and open the catalog app. I shared it with my coworkers. I think there is a lot of ways that we can use it. The best way is to use it as a way to give tutorials on all the different electronic apps that the library uses. The catalog app, RB Digital, Cloud Library. If we have patrons who come in and start requesting videos on other topics than we can try to do videos on those as well (facebook, twitter ect) I think the thing I am most excited about is getting to introduce the apps to the patrons without having to try to drag them to a class. The only thing I am disappointed about is that a lot of the programs that you use to edit the videos do not have alot of editing options.

    • September 18, 2018 at 2:48 pm

      I agree with introducing patrons to the tutorials instead of getting them to come to a class. It’s hard to get enough people in sometimes. We are planning on adding a tutorials tab on our website so library employees can easily show patrons when they come in asking or easy access online.

      • September 28, 2018 at 10:50 am

        I thought about this option as well, with a quick link on the Desktop of the patron computers so patrons can easily find them if they aren’t the best with website navigation.

    • September 18, 2018 at 4:27 pm

      Never thought of it that way. We usually have a hard time getting enough class participants for some topics so this is a great alternative just to redirect them to a “tutorial” on our website or Facebook!

  • September 12, 2018 at 6:03 pm

    1. I recorded how to get to our online records of the Satanta High Schools Yearbooks.
    2. I emailed/shared it with lovely Janelle!
    3. I see myself possibly using screencasting for employee training.
    a. I’m excited that it seems fairly simple to do! (after going to our laptop that actually took the audio!!)
    b. A script is a must! Hate the little mess ups that you make but don’t want to record the whole thing over again because of!

    • September 17, 2018 at 2:37 pm

      YES! A Script is a must but even then I messed up !!! SUZIE ::: How did you get online records to your HS yearbooks…that would be awesome to have!!!

      • September 18, 2018 at 3:48 pm


        First you will need to get your yearbooks scanned. The Oklahoma Department of Corrections offers this as a service for free. More information can be found here: Basically you will contact them and they will send you boxes which you will then mail back to them with your yearbooks. They will scan the yearbooks for you and then send the yearbooks back and the digital copies on DVD. We will then take your dvd’s and upload them to our digital archive server so you can link them from your website. If you do decide to do this, please contact Steve or me first so we fill you in a few things. It works pretty well. We have had several libraries do it.

  • September 17, 2018 at 2:35 pm

    I think is is going to be an exciting tool for promoting and teaching !! I am doing a screencast of three of the items within the new library moble app: Items out; hold and finespayments. I had set up my control center the first of the month, since that time I got a new phone. On my old phone you just swiped up to access control center. Doesn’t work on new phone so Jessica had to goggle how to access control center on iphone x…. swipe down from top right corner…GEEZ!!!! OK…so I have my script and I go to a quiet room and record my screen cast…I did good! Go to view it…NO sound! WHAT???? Go back to control center and access to microphone has not been turned on. Turn it on… go back to quiet room get started and discover I can’t do screen cast today as the book I wanted to show them how to renew was renewed in previous no audio session. So check out a new book and try again tomorrow 🙁 GOOD GRIEF! I promise I will do it tomorrow and share with someone 🙂 SO MAKE SURE you have your access to microphone feature turned on 🙂

    • September 17, 2018 at 3:12 pm


      I have this kind of stuff happen to me all of the time!! hahaha. You’re not alone.

  • September 18, 2018 at 2:44 pm

    1. I did a practice run of showing patrons how to log on to the new library mobile app with our ipad.
    2. I shared it with my coworkers at a staff meeting.
    3. I see us using it mainly for tutorials for online features, like new technology and showing patrons how to access things on our catalog, website, and state library website.
    1. I am most excited about how easy it was to use! I also like that you don’t see me (no videos!!). Yes you hear me talking, but I was much more relaxed versus doing a video for facebook. I also noticed that I couldn’t mess/move things around on my desk because it made a lot of background noise, so I need to be prepared beforehand.
    2. I did not like the idea of showing my log in when doing the process. My only solution I have thought of is to make a fake account? Does anyone have other ideas on how to keep personal things out of screencasting?

    • September 18, 2018 at 3:41 pm


      I am glad you brought up the question about privacy and showing your log in information. What a lot of people do is create fake accounts for something like this. A lot of screencasting tools will also have a tool you can use that will blur out objects or images. I think on the iPhone, you would need to record the screencast and then edit in the blur later. That’s why a lot of people usually just create a fake account. It’s a lot easier.

      • September 28, 2018 at 6:34 pm

        I’m glad you mentioned creating a fake account. We wouldn’t have thought about that. We did it right before we did our screencasts on downloading the mobile app. We did use the same fake account for both an Iphone & an Android. I figured people might download the app to more than one device, so it should work on multiple devices at once, and it did.

    • September 24, 2018 at 10:20 am

      Something i did, is to look to see if your recorder program has a pause on it. if so, simply type in the words example or exampleusername when you are actually recording, tell the patron to hit the login button. Then when you are finished explaining to the patron, pause the recording, put in your real information, and then carry on from there. depending if your password and username is hidden by the program or not, you might have to start recording after you hit the submit button, or if both are hidden you could start recording before you hit the submit button.

    • September 28, 2018 at 6:36 pm

      Ginger and I decided to do a joint project to show patrons how to download the Library Mobile app from Auto-Graphics. It is far from perfect but after laughing ourselves silly over trying to accomplish the task, it is complete!! No one may ever see this version except Ginger and Ronna, but it’s a start. I find this type of activity very intimidating because unlike the young patrons we have who are always taking selfies and making you tube videos, I don’t even like to hear my voice recorded. I could see it being useful to show a patron things on our website or even features of the State Library website.

      • October 1, 2018 at 8:31 am


        You and Ginger are always so good about tackling these projects. I hate hearing the sound of my voice, too. So much so that I hate listening to my final product!

    • September 28, 2018 at 6:37 pm

      Thanks for the tip about creating a fake account. That was a good idea!

  • September 28, 2018 at 6:30 pm

    Diana & I did a joint project, screencasts of how to download the Library Mobile app. She has an Iphone & I have Android, so we each did one on our own phones. Eek! What a project! Boy did this take us out of our comfort zones! Then we showed them to each other. They’ll take some polishing before sharing with patrons. Once we get more comfortable & work out the kinks this may come in handy for sharing with patrons. What do I not like? Well, recording myself for one thing… But at least it’s just a voice.

    • October 1, 2018 at 8:34 am

      Good job!! I love that you did this together and did it on your different devices. There is definitely strength in numbers!

    • April 3, 2020 at 2:54 pm

      I had some comfort as well doing it though voice and not a video! I feel like this skill is one that I will use in many different ways.

  • April 3, 2020 at 2:41 pm

    I recorded how to navigate RB digital and had fun with it! I was nervous but it turned out really nice I thought, if not a little clunky!
    I shared my video with my coworkers, I can see our library using screencasting to benefit some of our patrons who may think something is hard just because they don’t know how to do it. Also with recording something, it is easier to share when the issue comes up again.
    I can also see myself personally using how to do screencasting in my personal life with my parents on how to navigate something easier. Instead of having to drive or make time to go see them or try to help them through the phone. I can just send them a video that would help them! I could also have them use it to show me what problems they are having with something.
    I am excited about how easy it was. It was clunky but that has to do with not knowing exactly what to do!

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