In preparation for Teen Tech Week March 4-10, 2007, we would like to take away any trepidation that teen librarians and educators may have about generating a podcast. There are many web sites that will assist with the process, but some of them are so intimidating. Fear no more, one visit to the Teen Tech Week wiki resource page and you will get inspired.

The wiki is chock full of excellent information, like the Podcast Education link where you can listen to samples of student podcasts. You will become a podcast aficionado that in no time you will be able to record, produce and publish your own podcasts in preparation for the launch of TTW 2007. Don’t forget, if you want to add any links to the resource page, please do so.

Visit the Teen Tech Week wiki resource page, and soon you will be podcast savvy, the envy of all of your colleagues and a hit among of your Teens.

Learn Out Loud has educational audio book and podcast content. Last week, one of their free downloads was an audio tour of Rockerfeller Center and the Diamond District in NYC. Is anyone else offering audio tours of their library?

This would be a great project for teens (especially for that Teen Advisory Board you recruited last week!). Instead of busywork – cutting out story time crafts or dusting shelves – it’s an opportunity to create something of use that will help other patrons.

For a list of other libraries doing podcasting, check out the Library Success: Best Practices Wiki at If your library is doing something cool and replicable, join and contribute! For podcasting, look under Technology.

New to podcasting? Check out the presentations from the Podcast Academy at Boston University last weekend: two days about equipment, marketing, and how-to’s of making your own audio files that can be sent as attachments with RSS. This amazing resource has the video from ALL of the speakers, plus their powerpoint presentations:

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Posted by Linda W. Braun

Today I listened to the latest Inside the Net podcast. The hosts interviewed the people behind Big in Japan – a collection of web-based tools. One of the tools they talked about was PodServe. It sounded intriguing so I had to check it out.

It’s a great tool that I think librarians working with teens could definitely use. The first thing you need to do is register for Big in Japan. It’s free and very easy to do. Then setup your podserve space. You do that by giving your podcast a name, decide if you want it listed in iTunes and a few other services, describe the podcast, and give it some keyword tags.

Another thing you can do is decide if you want the podcast to be what PodServe calls a “Social Podcast.” The idea behind the social podcast is that a group of people create podcasts on a theme and upload and distribute them from the same PodServe space. For librarians working with teens I envision that a group of YA librarians might all work on a podcast together. Teens in different libraries could create podcasts and upload them to the same PodServe space. Imagine if each week, or even every day, a different group of teens published a podcast as a part of the social podcast space. That could be an incredibly powerful way to give teens in a variety of communities a voice.

Once you setup the podcast at PodServe you can then start uploading audio files as you create them. PodServe then acts as the host and distribution mechanism for your podcast. You don’t have to have server space or create the RSS feed for the files.

If you’ve been trying to figure out how to get podcasts going at your library PodServe might be just the thing you need.