LibraryYOU webinar for WebJunction

Want to learn more about LibraryYOU? I will be doing a webinar for WebJunction on Thursday, May 2 at 1:00 p.m. Eastern/10:00 p.m. Pacific.

Here are the details:


LibraryYOU: Library as Content Creator
Learn how the Escondido Public Library partnered with local experts to create digital content for the library’s collection. Funded by an LSTA grant, the LibraryYOU project consists of a digital media studio, a website, and public training classes encouraging community members to share their knowledge and learn how to communicate through digital media formats. LibraryYOU helps strengthen connections with local businesses, establishing the library as a technology leader in the community.

This webinar covers how Escondido set up LibraryYOU and how other libraries, large and small, can set up similar community content creation projects.

Register for this webinar (it’s free!) – and while you’re there, check out all the other fabulous webinars offered by WebJunction.


What’s new with LibraryYOU?

Since the end of the grant, we have slowed down a bit in creating new content for the LibraryYOU site. However, we do have new projects lined up including a drawing video by 91-year-old Laura Glusha (being edited by Viktor now) and a second video about how to do searches in our local history collection.

anythinkI was recently invited to talk about LibraryYOU at the Anythink Libraries’ TechFest staff training day. Their Wright Farms Library received a MacArthur grant to create a Chicago YOUmedia type of digital media lab for their teens. At TechFest staff broke into groups to learn everything from stop motion animation to digital photography to video and audio recording and editing. It was an amazing day and I was honored to have had the opportunity to have participated in it. Their new lab is called The Studio and I’m excited to hear about all the amazing work they will be doing there.


Our most exciting news is that our Teen Librarian, Joanna Axelrod, has teamed up with LibraryYOU’s Viktor Sjoberg to start a Pop Up Podcast program for teens in two locations on the east side of Escondido that used to be served by our now-closed East Valley Branch. You can read all about this program on the Pop Up Podcast Tumblr. The first podcast is already available! We’re happy that the LibraryYOU equipment is finding new uses and that we are able to focus on working with teens this time.

Links from conference presentations

If you will be attending or have attended my presentation at either the Internet Librarian or California Library Association conferences, here is a list of links to websites, software, and services I mentioned:



Internet Librarian 2012 – presentation slides


Libraries with Digital Media Labs/Projects

YOUmedia Chicago
Teen learning center at the Chicago Public Library filled with books, computers, and digital media tools.

Skokie Public Library Digital Media Lab
Stocked with digital media equipment so that patrons may “creatively express themselves”.

Digital Storystation
California libraries program to record personal narratives.


Video/Audio Editing Software and Storage Services

Free software for recording and editing software.

Adobe Audition
Adobe’s software for recording and editing software.

Podcast hosting service.

Video hosting service.


Other Links

LibraryYOU records in the PAC
The list of all our LibraryYOU videos & podcasts in our catalog.

My Escondido Kitchen
The cooking blog created by one of our LibraryYOU contributors.

LibraryYOU Film Festival

The LSTA grant period for our LibraryYOU project is coming to an end in a week. While we plan to continue to the project, it will be greatly impacted by the loss of the two staff positions paid for with grant money. We have applied for a different local grant and are waiting to hear if we received it and we’re looking into getting more volunteers and interns to help us in the recording studio.

The LibraryYOU staff have created over 35 videos and 3 podcasts so far. We’re showcasing all of this excellent content at the first annual LibraryYOU Film Festival tomorrow. Many of the local experts will be there to introduce their videos and halfway through we will be doing a live podcast with a woman who learned how to create a podcast from taking a LibraryYOU training. We even have a little something for the kids – balloon artist Don Ewald, who created a couple videos, will be around to make balloon animals.

We decided to break the schedule into subject areas so people can drop in throughout the afternoon and catch some videos that may be of interest. Here’s the schedule:

11:00 – 11:30
Introduction to LibraryYOU project

11:30 – 12:30
Arts & Crafts

12:30 – 1:30
Cooking, Home & Garden

1:30 – 2:30
Live podcast recording

2:30 – 3:00
Health & Fitness

3:00 – 3:30
History & Travel

New podcasting class

Digital Services Librarian, Viktor Sjöberg, will be training patrons how to record and edit their own podcast at our upcoming LibraryYOU classes. This time we decided to keep the class size small so we could give more individual assistance.

Here’s the class description:

Record & Edit Your Own Podcast

Explore the basics of sound recording, editing and podcasting. Learn about using portable recorders, microphones, and sound editing software (Audacity). Do you already have a sound recording that you would like use in your podcast? Bring it in and we will help you make it happen!

Classes filled up right away thanks to this article in the local North County Times newspaper: Library schedules free podcasting classes  We even have a waiting list.

We’ve discovered so many people in our community with knowledge they want to share. It is exciting that these content creators have been so receptive about LibraryYOU and the classes.

Learn more about LibraryYOU

This blog is tracking the LibraryYOU project but I realize that blogs aren’t the best way to learn in a linear way. If you want to fill in some blanks about the project or hear longer, more detailed discussions about it, please check out a 30 minute recorded interview I did for Brenda Hough of the Northeast Kansas Library System (the link will launch Blackboard). Also, I have just heard that my proposal to present at the California Library Association conference (San Jose, November 2012) has been accepted and I’ll be doing a longer, more thorough talk about the project there.

Outreach at the Farmer’s Market

Our local farmers’ market is just two blocks away from the library. The turnout is usually great due to San Diego’s lovely weather and amazing produce. So as part of our outreach for LibraryYOU, I got in touch with the Downtown Business Association to see about getting a table. It was very easy since its not yet summer – the busiest time for the market.

We set up a table with LibraryYOU business cards and posters, flyers for other library events and services, and a laptop to show off our LibraryYOU videos. Then we had our photo taken and we posted it on our Facebook page to encourage our patrons to come out and say hello.

Since we weren’t selling anything, the only way to attract customers was to ask them a question. We went with “Have you been to the library recently?” If that stopped them (it did about 80% of the time), we’d follow up with “May I tell you about your new program?” And then we’d launch into a quick description about LibraryYOU.

Everyone who heard about it thought it was a great idea. It was cool to see such genuine enthusiasm from the community. We heard comments like:  “That’s a really great idea, you guys!” A couple people even admitted that they really didn’t want to stop and listen to what we had to say but they were glad they did because they were really interested in LibraryYOU.

We had two goals for this outreach event. The first was to make the public aware of the LibraryYOU project and the second was to find more contributors. I believe we did both. We gave out a lot of business cards to encourag people to check out the videos on the website, and we collected a few business cards from people who might be interested in making a video. We also made contacts with the interesting vendors in the neighboring booths (a worm farmer and a fiber artist).

If I had to change anything, I’d put something on the table that would attract people to us. We have a spinner wheel that has been used at street fairs in the past. We just didn’t have a chance to collect prizes to give out. It would also be nice to have a larger screen to show off our LibraryYOU content. Not sure when we’ll be doing an outreach event like this one again, but will definitely keep those ideas in mind.