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The Poet Podcast

A panel presentation given at NJLA Annual Conference 2008

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The Poet Podcast

  1. 1. Podcasting at Princeton We’re Down with OPP A panel presentation sponsored by the NJLA IT Section NJLA Annual Conference 2008 Panelist: Janie Hermann Program Coordinator/Technology Training Librarian Princeton Public Library, Princeton, NJ [email_address]
  2. 2. Why a Poetry Podcast Blog? <ul><li>PPL has longstanding tradition of celebrating National Poetry Month </li></ul><ul><li>U.S. 1 Poets have a monthly invite at the library </li></ul><ul><li>Many excellent poets on campus and in the community </li></ul>
  3. 3. Why a Poetry Podcast Blog? <ul><li>Definite “start and end” time to the project by tying it to National Poetry Month </li></ul><ul><li>Poetry lends itself well to the “podcast a day” format we envisioned for our first major foray </li></ul>
  4. 4. Podcasting on a Shoestring <ul><li>The Princeton Method: </li></ul><ul><li>Purchase USB Microphone ($32.95) </li></ul><ul><li>Record and edit using Audacity (free) </li></ul><ul><li>Host files at the Internet Archive (free) </li></ul><ul><li>Post podcasts on a WordPress blog (free) </li></ul><ul><li>Staff Time ( varies greatly) </li></ul>
  5. 5. Podcasting on a Shoestring <ul><li>Staffing Considerations: </li></ul><ul><li>Creating podcasts can be time consuming, depending on the scope of the project </li></ul><ul><li>Do not underestimate time needed to edit and create clean files </li></ul><ul><li>Possible to use well-trained volunteers </li></ul>
  6. 6. Project Timeline <ul><li>January – assemble project team, work with PR Department to publicize the “call for poets” </li></ul><ul><li>February – invite selected poets for recording, schedule recordings, devise workflow, establish and design blog </li></ul><ul><li>March – record as many poets as possible, begin to prepare files for upload, start PR Blitz via listservs, message boards, press releases, posters, etc </li></ul><ul><li>April – continue to record poets, prepare files, publish a poem a day, notify poets when they are the “poet of the day”, maintain blog </li></ul><ul><li>May – monitor statistics and rest </li></ul>
  7. 7. Nuts and Bolts <ul><li>Number Staff Involved: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>4 during implementation phase </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2-3 during production phase </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Average Time spent per post: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>10-20 minutes to record </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>3-5 minutes to take photo </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>15-30 minutes to edit recording </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>15-20 minutes to upload files and assemble post </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>5-10 minutes on email communications </li></ul></ul>
  8. 11. Audacity <http://audacity.sourceforge.net/> <ul><li>Audacity is a free, audio editor and recorder for Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, and other operating systems. </li></ul><ul><li>Audacity can: </li></ul><ul><li>Record live audio. </li></ul><ul><li>Convert tapes and records into digital recordings or CDs. </li></ul><ul><li>Edit MP3, WAV or AIFF sound files. </li></ul><ul><li>Cut, copy, splice or mix sounds together. </li></ul><ul><li>Change the speed or pitch of a recording. </li></ul>
  9. 16. Statistics <ul><li>Poetry Podcast 2007: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>11,449 visits as of April 29 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>4,994 visits in April 2007 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>32 visitors per day on average </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>31 posts total with 51 comments </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Poetry Podcast 2008: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>3647 visits as of April 29 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>359 visits on April 28 2008 (best day ever) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>125 visitors per day on average </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>32 posts total with 73 comments </li></ul></ul>
  10. 18. Lessons Learned <ul><li>Establish clear guidelines and goals </li></ul><ul><li>Assign responsibilities and deadlines for each phase of -- ensure that there is a clear workflow </li></ul><ul><li>Recording “live” requires a decent microphone and more editing time </li></ul><ul><li>Be prepared to re-record segments and sessions </li></ul><ul><li>Word of mouth PR works great, but also need to be proactive </li></ul><ul><li>Be prepared for “down time” </li></ul><ul><li>Have a back up plan </li></ul>
  11. 19. Future Direction <ul><li>Bring our podcasts in-house </li></ul><ul><li>Create a branded presence and permanent home on our web site </li></ul><ul><li>Dedicate staff and budget time to podcasting, vidcasting and screencasting </li></ul><ul><li>Children’s Book Festival is next! </li></ul>
  12. 20. Other Podcasts to Explore <ul><li>PLCMC Reader’s Club </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.plcmc.org/readers_club/podcasts.asp </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Sunnyvale Public Library Podcasts </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.librarypodcasts.org/ </li></ul></ul><ul><li>LibVibe: Library News </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://libvibe.blogspot.com/ </li></ul></ul>
  13. 21. Contact Info: <ul><li>Email: [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Gtalk/Meebo/Twitter: JanieH </li></ul><ul><li>YIM: janielianne </li></ul><ul><li>Slides will be hosted on SlideShare.net: </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.slideshare.net/janieh </li></ul>