Now you have that option with YouTube video clips. There are many aspects of library use that can be described and demonstrated via video format. From what type of material the library holds to how to search on a specific database – all can be turned into a YouTube video that can be viewed at any time by teaching staff and students.
A great example of this are the Library Minute videos which take Arizona State University students through a range of tasks including:
- borrowing a book
- locating full text journal articles
- top 5 resources for online students
- new tools
These short informative videos are all about one minute long and available 24/7 for students to refer to. The common format used across the series makes these a very accessible resource for all library users.
This idea could easily be adapted to a school library situation to cover a range of tasks that will help your students navigate and use the library. Another example you might like to check out is Michelle Luhtala from New Canaan High School Library demonstrating the ProQuest database.
YouTube is, of course, one of many social media tools available to support school library activities and programmes. Laura Summers discusses others in her article "The value of social software in school library instruction, communication & collaboration."
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