Infopeople produces original podcasts from George and Joan (George Needham and Joan Frye Williams), Michaal Cart, and other presenters. Topics range from book and graphic novel reviews to the future of libraries.
We here at Infoblog have been busily investigating the art of podcasting: how to record the little devils and then how to get them posted. It's more challenging than you'd think. Currently we like to use the interal microphone in our Macs and record directly into a nifty application called Audio Hijack Pro that saves the resulting audio files as MP3. This works quite nicely (see Holly Hinman's November 14 podcast as an example of this method).
Marylaine Block, Writer, Internet Trainer, “Librarian without Walls” gave a presentation on "The Possible Future for Reference" on November 7, 2005 at CLA's annual conference in Pasadena.
On her handout, available as a web page at http://marylaine.com/ref.html, Marylaine provides this synopsis:
Holly Hinman, director of Infopeople, talks about the goals of Infopeople in the coming year, and training needs and trends that have been observed over the past year in this 17 minute podcast. Her talk comes from a presentation prepared for Infopeople trainers at this year's CLA annual conference.
Infopeople will be at CLA for the next few days, and we plan on doing a series of podcasts from the floor of the exhibit hall. So stay tuned! Here is the first (it's just a hello). More better stuff coming soon!
One of my favorite RSS feeds is IT Conversations, "a listener- and underwriter-supported network of high-end tech talk-radio interviews, discussions and presentations from major conferences delivered live and on-demand via the Internet."
The Word Nerds is "a weekly podcast about words, language, and why we say the things we do."
The podcasts include interesting words, songs, book reviews and favorite websites.
There is always a rude word of the week—for October 15 the word is plagiarist.
Check out LibriVox, a new project that uses volunteers to record themselves reading public domain books, and then offer them as free downloadable audiobooks (as podcasts). Currently, the only freely accessible audiobooks online are read by electronic voices (verrrrry tiresome after 5 minutes). This is a great project, and a wonderful example of volunteer efforts at work on the web.
Telephone interviews are increasingly being recorded for use as podcasts and those who are doing or plan to do this need to know that the legality of recording telephone conversations varies around the country. The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press has put together a guide to each state's particular laws on the practice called "Can We Tape?".