What is a podcast? T he method of distributing multimedia files, such as audio or video programs, over the Internet using either the RSS or Atom syndication formats, for playback on mobile devices and personal computers. The term podcast, like 'radio', can mean both the content and the method of delivery. Wikipedia
What isnt a podcast? A Web page with links to downloadable audio or video content.
How might I use podcasts at the library? Booktalks (recruit patrons to write/read) Book reviews Teasers for New books, Old favorites, Special occasions Library Newsletter Tutorials Teens / Students original work (permissions)
How do I do a podcast? (The I have no budget model)
Step 1: Record Onto computer or digital recorder Export as MP3
Step 2a: via a blog Upload the MP3 file to a Web server Link to MP3 in a blog post Create feed for podcast (one-time set-up through Feedburner)
Step 2b: straight to RSS Upload your MP3 file to your Web server Create the RSS file (ListGarden) Publish the feed file to your Web server
3. Subscribe & Listen! Choose an aggregator or podcasting client (Bloglines, iTunes) Subscribe to the feed Listen to the downloaded content
Getting set up: One-time tasks 1.Create a blog and/or find some space on a Web server 2.Create a Feedburner account for podcast 3.Download recording software
1. RECORD You will need: –Computer with sound card and a microphone to plug into mic jack, or –A USB microphone with a built in soundcard –Software that will record and convert to MP3 (Audacity)
3. Listen! Users can listen to: the MP3 file on the blog assuming you used this method (this is not the podcast) the podcast in iTunes or other podcasting client the podcasts in Bloglines or other aggregator
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