So You Want to Start a Library Podcast 6 5 2019

So You Want to Start a Library Podcast 6 5 2019


all right hello good morning everyone we
are gonna go ahead and get started welcome to the webinar so you want to
start a library podcast my name is Courtney Brown and I’m the
Southeast Regional Coordinator from the Indiana State library’s professional
development office I’ll be the host and question moderator today our presenter
this morning is Dr. Curtis Rogers communications director for the South
Carolina State Library so I’m gonna start off with a few announcements to
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watch it online after it’s ended so now I will turn the presentation over to dr.
Rogers thank you it’s a pleasure to be with you all today from sunny South
Carolina actually we’ve already had a few days over a hundred so today is only
a high of 88 so I’m happy for the cool the cool respite
but anyway hope everyone is doing well in Indiana and again it’s a pleasure to
be with you today I’m going to go ahead and click on these slides that I’ve got
here so just to give you an outline of what I’m going to be talking about today
I’ll give you kind of an overview of the history of how we’ve come about our
podcast which is called library voices SC and I’m going to talk to you about
the equipment that we use and how we go about selecting topics and the whole
process essentially of podcasting and we’ll get into editing recordings and
the only podcasting service that I have ever used is pod bean so that’s what I’m
going to be discussing with you and also we’ll talk about how to promote your
podcast and how you share it and before I go any further I would love to know
where folks are from in Indiana so if you type in your chat box where you’re
viewing from I always think that’s interesting too to see where folks are
from and also that way I know that you can hear me oh we’ve got some folks from
out of state – Wow even in Idaho that’s great very cool Tennessee Texas Kansas
Georgia Virginia Wow very cool I was just going to be talking to Indiana
folks but I see we’ve got folks from everywhere so great thank you all for
for joining us today here’s a screenshot on the right that you can see is just
kind of a view of what you get when you have a podcast and you have it set up
and you see there are tags over on the right
I love to use tags in all of my episodes and you can see there’s one of the
latest episodes we have much about assistive technology and it gives the
URL so you’ve got you can see how many downloads are here and you can also see
that says 92 episodes but here’s 82 and that’s a little bit of a difference
there and I’ll explain that in a little while because we’ve had some other
episodes that have gone under kind of a different numbering system so moving
right along just to tell you a little bit about my presentation style
basically I’m just going to be talking about my experience with this web this
podcast library voices SC and kind of let you know my thoughts about it and
and how I go about doing everything and I will give a disclaimer that I am by no
means an expert I kind of know enough to be dangerous and to get the podcast
together and get everything out so if you have any detailed technical
questions I may have to take a note and get back to you at another time but I’ll
certainly be glad to help also what I want you to understand the most is just
the basics so that you can get started when I started doing this I it was a big
learning curve and so once I got the basics down and was able to get started
I continued learning throughout the process of actually putting a podcast
together so some things kind of I had really had to learn on my own and some
things just became intuitive and the big thing I think about podcasting is that
you have to also listen to podcasts if you’re going to have a podcast because
then you can kind of pick up ideas and things to know for what you’re doing or
what you may need to change doing also if you have any questions please save
them for the end I will definitely give folks some time at the end
presentation to ask questions and I will try to answer them all all then so as
I’m going through my slides if you think of a question go ahead and jot it down
or go ahead and type it in and we’ll just get to those later at the end okay
so how it all started we’ve actually been doing the library voices SC podcast
for I think going on three years and you can go back and listen to some of the
early early episodes and see how it’s changed over time we have two staff
members who have moved on to other positions at other libraries and and
other agencies but Pamela Hoppock and Katie Simmons were the two individuals
on our staff who decided to just start doing a podcast and I think it was
Pamela who had been to a webinar or something about podcasting and decided
to go ahead and get this started since I’m the communications director it kind
of had to be approved by me so I wanted to be sure that you know they were
talking about the right things and we had disclaimers we had all kinds of
things in place because sometimes you never know if you get someone who’s
going to be interviewed what their positions are on certain things and the
nice thing is you can always edit stuff so never had to deal with anything that
controversial but that’s something that you might want to keep in the back of
your mind and you can see the picture over on the
right this is a h4n pro zoom recorder handy recorder and this is actually what
we started out using sometimes you would hear some echo if you were in a very
closed room sometimes the two little mics at the top weren’t turned the right
way because you can turn them 90 degrees 45 degrees and get all these different
effects so it’s really kind of neat but that was a learning curve just in and of
it self to figure out how to use that
little recorder and then how to edit it so if you are thinking about getting
started using something like a handheld recorder there are all kinds of things
out there you can also record directly to an iPad you can use that as a
podcasting medium so there are all kinds of things out there we did decide early
on that we would use pod bean as our podcasting mechanism our tool and the
nice thing is is that it’s relatively inexpensive a year subscription is only
a hundred and eight dollars so that archives everything and it’s really nice
the zoom recorder was around $200 so you know getting started at about $300 is
really really not a big deal for some people it is a big deal but you can
certainly get started for around 300 or so dollars also it’s a good idea to have
a meeting room that is dedicated we have a now we have a podcasting studio but we
use the podcasting studio for a number of other things recording other things
maybe voiceovers for video that kind of thing but we had this meeting room that
wasn’t being used and so that’s where we kind of just started and then it kind of
morphed into its own little podcasting studio so talk a little bit about the
equipment that we have once we changed the meeting room into an actual
podcasting studio I met with our IT director and for those of you there in
Indiana we have a supplier out of Fort Wayne yeah I see Suzanne saying sweet
water is a wonderful Indiana company yes they certainly are they’re actually on
state contract here in South Carolina so our IT department is able to get lots of
great equipment from and we also are able to get lots of
assistance if we have questions so all of the equipment that I ended up getting
to turn this meeting room this small meeting space and you’re going to see
pictures of it shortly into a podcast studio ended up costing around twenty
four hundred dollars and for that we had to I just kind of trusted the the
judgment of our IT director and he kind of told me all this stuff that I would
need I kind of had an idea because I had seen pictures of podcasting studios and
you can see the microphones and you can see how the room is set up and you of
course are going to need a computer and software so what Sweetwater came back to
us with was all of this information that you see here and that included the boom
arms and the vocal mics and the cables and everything so it was nice to be able
to have someone with that experience being able to consult with Sweetwater to
figure out exactly what we need and I see someone is asking can we have a copy
of your slides yes I have sent them to Courtney so you all will be able to have
access to those so one of the other things that I thought was really going
to be important for this room that we’re turning into a podcast studio were the
acoustic panels and this just helps make the room a lot more quiet and I’ll show
you pictures of how those work and these are just standard fabric acoustic panels
you can see there are $35 each the thing that took the most time was getting our
General Services staff from state government in some of you are at County
Libraries or maybe academic libraries and you know what it’s like when you
have to put in a request for someone to maybe do any kind of adjustment to the
facility so I think it took about ten ten days or two weeks to get someone to
come over and actually install the acoustic panels and I wasn’t here when
they installed them so of course they installed them in a very odd
configuration on the wall but it ended up being fine things just tend to work
out so anyway one of the things you’re going to need to think about if you do
want to set up an actual studio is the sound is it is is the room near another
area of the library or whatever facility you’re in is it near anything else that
may be loud or may be distracting is the air conditioning or the HVAC loud in the
room and will that create any kind of issues with recording
oh yes Suzanne yes I am in the podcast studio now thank you
glad I’m coming through loudly and clearly
but anyway so you have to kind of think of all these little things when you’re
setting up a kind of studio so that you can make sure that the quality of audio
is is really high quality if you go back and listen to very old versions when we
were using the zoom handheld recorder you can see a big difference in the
audio from when we were using the handheld recorder to when we’re using
the professional mics with the booms and you know all of the the kind of things
that that make it a much more professional sound so here is a picture
of our setup and you can see over on the wall some of those acoustic panels you
can also see on the wall here in the back there is an air intake and that has
never been a problem which is good you can also see there is a telephone if
you’re going to have a telephone in the room which i think is very helpful I’m
able to actually move this third microphone
over to that as a speakerphone and that’s how someone can call in if I’m
interviewing someone who can not get to Colombia
it’s only happened a few times usually people are here in town or if they’re
doing a presentation here at the library and want to include them in a
podcast episode then it you know just works out great to be able to have a
telephone the the only thing I had to remember is that I have to keep that
telephone ringer on mute so if you’re in the middle of doing recording you don’t
want the telephone in the background to start ringing so it’s only used in case
I have to call someone who is calling in and actually doing the podcast remotely
so you can see here we’ve got three microphones and I wonder if anybody can
kind of recognize what kind of table this is some of you might recognize what
kind of table this is because it was an index table it used to have a big thing
down the middle with yep old card catalogue table and I think we had also
all the readers guide to periodical literature on some kind of shelf that
was here in the middle so you can see what they did here they drilled a hole
back here and they drilled another hole here and another hole here and they kind
of retrofitted it so that we could use the mics which was very nice so here’s a
another shot of the acoustic panels and I had kind of seen everything about the
acoustic panels as them having some room in between each one and for some reason
they put these all up in one big just one big area without any spaces so it
still works fine but I think I would have wanted them to have some space in
between to spread them out along the wall so here’s another shot we also have used
this room to do some video so that’s kind of why you see this table back here
we can pull it out put a chair behind it rearrange stuff set up a video camera
and it’s nice that we have the ability to have a quiet atmosphere so that works
too you can also see there is a fan in here which I don’t have on but sometimes
this room can get a little stuffy and so if I’m preparing for a podcast and I’m
going to have two or three or four people being interviewed all at the same
time I’ll go ahead and kind of turn the fan on just to get the room the air
circulated a little bit before and then turn it off while the podcast is
actually taking place so this is the Focusrite that’s all I call it is the
Focusrite because all it does is it takes all of the microphones in and this
is where I turn on the microphones and I also tend not to touch a lot of the
buttons here so I don’t really worry that much if about you know everything
that this does I kind of keep my hands off of it the only thing I press is this
button and this button to turn on the microphones so you can see here this is
microphone one microphone two and microphone three and four so
microphone one and two is how I turn on this button and then microphones three
and four I use this button to turn on so this is
software that I use and it is and of course I can’t remember the exact name
but I will get to it this is the software that came with all of the
hardware and basically all I do when I’m on here is I make sure that if this is
microphone one I make sure that it’s recording microphone two or three so I
only have three microphones set up so I would turn those on here and I can make
any adjustments that I need also while people are talking I can see their
levels the sound levels here to see whether or not it’s coming through okay
I also have a headphone set in this room so that while people are talking into
their mics I can put that headphone on and hear what every microphone is
hearing I also noticed that this computer has a webcam so like I
mentioned this room is used for a number of different things for instance today
doing this webinar if any of our staff need a quiet place to either give a
webinar or watch a webinar we have some staff members who are in cubicles so its
might be nicer for them to reserve the podcast studio to listen to a webinar or
participate in an online meeting so all they have to do is reserve it on our
agency calendar and let folks know that they’re going to need it at a certain
time so once we created the studio we wanted to make sure that all of the
staff had access to it and for some of our staff it has really come in handy
especially if they need a quiet place because some of our staff have are
located right next to a window which is right next to a street which if a you
know fire truck goes by or an ambulance goes by then everyone is going to hear
that so that may be something that you want to think about if you’re actually
going to be choosing a location in your library or your facility to set up a
studio think of proximity to outside noise this podcast
studio that I’m in right now is actually in the basement and the only thing
adjoining it is our computer training lab and that tends to be very quiet
because there’s a very thick wall between the two of us so it seems to
work out just fine Oh studio one that’s the name of the
software that I use to make the recordings this is a close-up of one of
the mics you can see how it can rotate you can move it all around and it makes
life very easy the booms are very easy to move and that’s something that when I
have a guest in I you know talk to them about how to get the mic you know about
five inches or so away from their mouth and usually if you hold up your hand and
you fold down your three middle fingers and you’re left with your thumb and your
pinky that’s about the distance you want bitch and if you put your thumb on your
chin then stick your pinky out you can see that’s about how much yes exactly
just like in The King’s Speech that’s about how much distance you want to have
between your mouth and the microphone and so anytime I have someone in the
podcast studio I tell them that’s kind of what you need to think and I have
some people who kind of move away or shy away from the mic and I just reassure
them just don’t worry I’ve can cut out everything I had can fully edit
everything later if you cough or if you say a whole sentence that you don’t like
just tell me to cut it out and we can go from there and that usually sets people
at ease so one of the things I wanted to mention about a mouse you can see the
the Logitech keyboard I have a wireless keyboard and a wireless mouse but I
didn’t have the wireless mouse for a while and I was using the touchpad and
the touchpad a few times actually caused me to mess up the recording because my
finger really wasn’t situated to using the touchpad correctly some people
really like touch pads I for some reason they just don’t work with my brain and
my hand-eye coordination so I requested from our IT department if a mouse could
be added and you know within five minutes there I had a nice wireless
mouse the only thing I have to remember to do is turn it off and turn it on
but that’s something to think about logistically if you’re you know if other
people are going to be using the studio and doing recordings then you know it
makes sense to have different options because some people might like the
touchpad some people might prefer an actual Mouse with a tracker ball on it
so that’s something to think about another thing that I had to remember was
to put signage on the door I at one point without having a sign on the door
was you know in here and even though it was posted to our agency
calendar and everyone has access to the agency calendar that doesn’t necessarily
mean that everyone is looking closely at the agency calendar so I actually had a
director of our University of South Carolina School of Medicine library in
doing a podcast talking about medical librarianship and all of a sudden
someone opened the door so that reminded me that I needed to have some kind of
signage on the door to say and I usually don’t like to put things in red bold all
caps but it’s something that I had to be able to put on the door so that people
would notice so I just put podcast in progress do not disturb unless there is
an emergency of course if we have a tornado or something I want us to be
able to get out so otherwise pretty much everything I have kind of turned off so
that I don’t get disturbed so one of the things I had to do and
you’ll notice this is on an old catalog card because I like to recycle those I
had to write myself just a basic set of notes on all of the things that I have
to do kind of in a process so that I know what I’m doing when I am starting
to record a podcast so I have to open the Studio One software I have to click
on create new song I have to select this certain audio box
18:18 which is just part of the software I have to be sure to turn on the
microphones at the mixer I call that the Focusrite the mixer I have to test the
sound I have to turn on mics both on the bottom of the screen so in the software
you have to turn on the mics there and then I have to hit the record button and
then lastly I have to export the mix down so all of those steps I had to kind
of figure out and I figured out most of that just on a YouTube video on using
the Studio One software and also working with someone in our IT department at
that time and so it always helped me to kind of had this note right next to the
equipment so that I would remember each time what I was doing because sometimes
I might only do a couple of podcasts in a month depending on interest or what’s
going on or you know other duties as assigned because as the communications
director I supervise our public information coordinator and our user
experience designer so there’s a lot of other things going on with with press
releases and newsletters and email marketing that I have to pay attention
to so might be one month I do four podcast episodes might be one month I do
one podcast episode so you have to kind of think about how regularly you’re
going to be able to do things one of the things I’ve done recently is I had and
I’ll show you in a moment but I had one of our staff members in our talking book
services department for blind and visually impaired
suggest doing a series on assistive technology and so right now I’ve already
published part one of that three-part series she knew the three people that
she wanted to invite so I worked with her and we set up the different days and
times and on one day I had two of them come back to back so in one hour
segments and so I knocked out all the recordings and then later on I decided
well we’ll use this certain month to get you know the rest of those published
just kind of spacing them out a week at a time and then I’ll worry about who
else I’m going to get for future episodes but anyway I’m always asking a
lot of our staff you know if you have any ideas of you know any kind of
podcast ideas just feel free to let me know and I’ll be happy to to work with
that so you will be happy to know I did make this a sign in our podcast studio
instead of it being on handwritten and on a catalogue card and those of you who
may have attended my webinar I did on signage I’m all about kind of making
sure that the signage is pretty good and useful so anyway I put this here because
we do have a few other staff actually using the the Studio One software to
make a recording for whatever purpose and then there’s all the information
that was on that other card so one of the other things that I noticed is I
came into the podcast studio a few times and the wireless keyboard and the
wireless mouse worst left on so I figured I will go ahead and make a sign
to just remind folks when they’re using the podcast studio to go ahead and turn
those off and that has helped so one of the other things to think about and I
think I had gotten this compiled from a few academic libraries who were heavy
into podcasting and so I kind of borrowed heavily from
their published podcasting guidelines so that we would have a set of guidelines
here at the State Library so you can see this just kind of gives the purpose and
the rationale and gives a little policy statement also see since we’re a state
government agency the State Library podcasting resources cannot be used in a
manner that violates law for political campaigning personal gain or activities
that are not approved by the library so one of the things about personal gain
that’s kind of difficult when you’re talking about an author who you may be
interviewing because of course they’re trying to sell their books so that kind
of you know we think that we’re all about books and you know we have maybe
have their books in our library collection so the library’s buying the
book however the author is still trying to make a living so those are kind of
things that you need to think about of course the no political campaigning or
anything that violates law talk about storage and how the podcast is archived
and you can see we say that these are edited and posted to podbean.com and
what I also do is have all of the recordings on a shared drive on the main
network so we have an internal file sharing system and all of the raw
recordings are there saved and also all of the completed audacity files are
saved before they are uploaded to the pod bean account you can see here is
also information about recording a podcast just the real basic kinds of
things that someone logging into the Studio One software needs to have their
settings saved as has here primary state library staff members hosting the
podcasts are the communications director and the user
experience designer so additional staff members may be asked to assist with
interviews on an as-needed basis just kind of your general language we also
talked about the importance of tagging because it is very important to tag any
podcast so that it can be found easily later and that none of them should be
marked as uncategorized this is one of those very librarian things that we like to do
so you know we can have different tags tags can be created on the fly just have
to think about subject headings also if you’re doing like a little miniseries
like we have one called bibley Observatory which now has five episodes
and each one is tagged bibley Observatory so when you click on that
tag you will get all of those episodes that are in that kind of sub series
talking about the artwork and the website and also podcast pages so all of
that information is things you want to think about this image right here you
can see is actually the image that is in our footer on every page of our website
which lists our social media and we do include the podcast link right there so
that people can access it from our website on every single page so talking
you quickly about selecting topics of course book talks and authors are great
to have on the podcast we’re libraries for the most part and we like to promote
reading and authors so if you ever have authors who come into your library mmm
excuse me I’m going to get some water if you have authors coming in I what I tend
to do is whoever is working with the author that they’re bringing in to do a
book talk or something here at the State Library I always contact them and I say
you know do you think this person be interested in doing a podcast with me
and can I have their email address and introduce myself and say you know here’s
a link to our podcast we’d love to have you join us while you’re here I can if
you know depending on my schedule – could you do it before your presentation
your book talk or after your book talk and that usually really works out fine
I had one recent author here who I happen to know and I’ve had for the
second time on the podcast so he was already kind of used to it he had
another book out and so I wanted to be sure and get him in so anytime we have
guests here at the library I try to figure out if I can get them in to a
podcast episode interview them about something library related and then of
course you also have a lot of the months that are specific you got Black History
Month Women’s History Month National Poetry Month I had found out that
October was I think medical library Awareness Month or something like that
so that’s when I had the director of the local medical library come out and do a
podcast episode which actually then was neat after I published that which I
think I published it the same day and sent it to her she sent it on to the
National Medical Library Network I forget what that’s called and they ended
up putting it in their blog and you know it’s just a great way to not only
promote what it is you do but also promote your library and promote your
library’s activities since everything is electronic you can you know easily get
that out there through you know Facebook Twitter Instagram all that kind of stuff
one of the other things we have focused on is South Carolina specific history we
have a good partnership with the University of South Carolina press and
they tend to publish a lot of books that are South Carolina specific so I get in
touch with them and see if they have any folks who might want to
be interviewed and we also have someone else on staff who works with them to get
authors to come and do book talks also educational anything educational or
related to genealogy those are good topics and it’s you just
have to kind of brainstorm and think about what other topics might be useful
to your your local community and what people might be interested oh thank you
George the national network of libraries of medicine yes that’s exactly it
and so you just have to kind of think of all those topics that might be of
interest to your community since we’re a state library I tend to think a lot of
statewide so you can see here on this screen I had a actually a mother and son
do a book of poetry and they were here in the library and so I interviewed both
of them also it was during Poetry Month I had a poet from the Upstate of South
Carolina she called in she couldn’t get to Columbia during the month because she
was so busy so I had her call in and she did a great podcast episode we also had
someone from the University of South Carolina herbarium come and do an urban
botany talk and so I invited him to do a podcast episode and you could see at
that time there were 139 downloads and I’m sure it’s much more now and ok Karen
and I just noticed your question I… sometimes I published one a month
sometimes I’ve published four or five a month so it just kind of runs the gamut so the podcasting process select your
topic you have to coordinate your day and time with your guests you also have to
make them comfortable make them feel at ease about about the podcasting process
if I have to book our podcasting studio I post it on the calendar make sure
other staff know when it’s going to be used I also like to get biographical information for the script and I do have a script I’ll show you that on the next
slide and I also want to always ensure that
it’s a casual conversation when you’re doing an interview with someone in the
podcast studio and you’ve got all this equipment around you really you know you
kind of want to make eye contact you want to ask them lots of questions and
you have to kind of be a good conversationalist so that’s something to
think about you have to also press the record button and make sure the
microphones are on I have that in all caps as a little joke to myself because
I did get one person in here to do a episode and I realized as I was trying
to do the mix down and the editing that I couldn’t really hear her that well
well I had failed to hit one extra little button and her microphone wasn’t
actually on so she was very gracious the local person she came back I said so
sorry but thankfully I’ve only made that
mistake once and then I use audacity which is free software I use that for
the different production side so I only use the studio one to record and then I
use audacity to produce I’m just more familiar with audacity and then post and
share and promote so here is an example of a podcast script this was one that I
did with the children’s author Katherine otoshi she was here in town and so I was
able to get on her schedule so that I could get her to come in and I always do
I tend to clear the discussion topics with the individual so you can see here
I’ve got how did you first get interested in writing children’s book
tell us about this certain book that she has what she did while she was here
talking working with children that kind of thing so you do have to do a little
bit of research about the person what they do and so that you can have enough
to talk about so you can see here is the the little script and I always jokingly
say that I turn on my podcast voice for for doing this so when I start I would
say mm-hmm welcome to the South Carolina State library’s podcast library voices
SC I’m Curtis Rogers communications director and today I’m pleased to have
with us in our studio Kathryn otoshi Kathryn is an award-winning author and
illustrator best known for her character building number and color book series 1
0 & 2 so you can see I kind of have changed my voice so that I have a lot
more inflection because I tend to be a little monotone and I have to really
focus on using inflections when I’m doing this because it’s being recorded
so I probably should have done that more throughout this webinar but anyway so
you can see I also have links so for this in this case for for Kathryn otoshi
she has an author page and I also noticed she had a pretty good following
on Goodreads so I included a link here and then I always have the same closing
script thank you for being with us today and you know wait for the person to say
thank you it’s been great to be here and you can see here I also say you can find
library voices SC on pod bean stitcher and tune in radio or add us on your
favorite podcast app I give our website address libraryvoices.podbean.com
so I always say that and I always say that you know we love hearing from our
listeners so please send us your comments and suggestions for future
topics so I just have that little outro that I can say every time and I have the
same thing at the end of every podcast episode and I think that kind of
consistency is really important so that people who you know maybe really want to
follow your podcast can have that consistency
so editing recordings like I said I use audacity and that’s free I also think
it’s very important to use intro and outro or exit music and you can find a
lot of free music clips at pod safe music this is the at blueberry dot com and
they have a lot of information about pod safe music also youtube think about
youtube there’s a lot of great tutorials about different software’s like I
mentioned studio one software and also for audacity if there’s anything there I
need to figure out usually there is a youtube training item for that so like I
said the pod bean annual subscription is 108 dollars you get a lot with that
and it’s really a great software I’ve really enjoyed it you can see here
actually I think what I’ll do is go in real quickly to let’s see if I can go
over to here we go okay so hopefully you’re seeing our
website this is this is our main website here at the South Carolina State Library
and if I scroll down to the bottom you can see here’s the link for the podcast
and so people would then go to our library voices podcast it gives the RSS
feed link right there it tells you how many downloads to date how many episodes
gives information you can see this is just what we have written about what
library voices SC does Oh someone says they’re getting a stream we can’t see
your thing isn’t right okay okay I’ll just I’ll go right back to the
presentation that’s fine I think it maybe is is the set up in Adobe can you
see my screen now okay all right I’ll just stick with my slides so you’re able
to log in and you have your account information in pod bean and there’s a
lot that you can do in your screen and the software and you can see you have a
lot of great statistics you have a dashboard this tells you like how many
followers you have you can see over on the right you can see here when I took
this screenshot it tells you you know how many have downloaded a an episode
and the yesterday the last seven days the last 30 days all time you can also
see usually when you publish the day you publish a podcast you’ll get a big spike
because that’s when people are finding out about it and automatically
downloading it whoops okay and so here we have there’s your list of episodes
all kinds of stuff you can do once it’s published you get this share and embed
link so that you can actually create code HTML code to embed a widget player
on a page which is very nice I do that every time that I publish a new episode
and you can see more details about all of the downloads and where they’re
coming from this is nice information you can see
that we’ve even had some downloads from Spain Japan Germany Canada all that kind
of stuff so when I am promoting a episode you can
see this is our main website and I post this as a news item and this is where
the player is embedded so I can actually embed this right into the code of the
page and you can see this was an episode about law librarianship and just a brief
description and I’ll put links in here so that people can access it from pod
bean stitcher or tune in radio and they can click on other links and also here’s
an example of this was published on Facebook so you can see how that works
there and other people can like it and find it that way then for resources you
can see this is a great article that Brendan Dowling had done October of 2017
about engaging patrons with library podcasts so obviously it’s something
that has taken off and a lot of libraries are doing podcasts now there’s
also some great publications like podcasting for dummies you might have
that in your own library collection so definitely look for those kinds of
things that will help you… we’ve also got other books here starting a podcast
ten proven steps to creating your first successful podcast that’s by Jerry
kerschen and also here’s another thing called podcast launch a step-by-step
guide on how to launch your podcast and then also on the five-minute librarian
all you need to know in the time you have there’s a post from July of 2017
about eighteen excellent podcasts for librarians so you can definitely google
this find a whole lot more information about what kind of library related
podcasts there are and I definitely encourage folks to check out library
voices SC you can find us on pod bean tune in and stitcher radio all that good
stuff so let’s see okay there I’m at the end and I think I have left plenty of
time for questions so I’m gonna go ahead and try to and Courtney if you’ll help
me with the the questions part to make sure that I didn’t miss anything … I do want to let everyone know you will get a copy of the slides I’ll send that
out with the recorded presentation and we do have some questions I just a
couple people said freesound.org is a great place for free music and sound
effects if you have access to a Mac GarageBand works someone asked about
remote interviews do you just use the phone for that or you ever do Skype yes
actually I have only used the telephone for that
and I we have voice over IP telephones and we don’t have landlines anymore so
the voice over IP telephone is pretty much the best thing for me to use
because you want to have a very good connection but the thing that I really
like to do the most is move that phone over towards that
microphone and use the speakerphone that way it sounds like it’s kind of like the
best quality that I can get out of a telephone and I see here what’s the
average length of time for each podcast I like to do it between 20 and 30
minutes I’ve had some that some people get in here and it’s kind of like
pulling teeth I have to get them to really talk a lot more and some people I
cannot get to be quiet sometimes I have had episodes go on to 40 45 minutes so
generally 30 minutes…someone mentioned making a world cat list of your materials and then
someone asked you allow non staff members to used the pod studio that is
something that has recently come up but I didn’t hear back from the person I was
asked if you know someone could reserve the room and I said we haven’t really
addressed that yet but I’ll be happy to work with you just give me a call and
you know if it’s something library related I’ll I’ll think about it you
know certainly we wouldn’t do anything that’s for-profit and of course we would
look back at our guidelines to see what if anything could fit in there or if we
did want to you know have have someone come in and do that I do know that our
local Public Library the Richmond library they do have all the equipment so I
could easily refer people to them … Suzanne has asked…wondering if you ever have done a
podcast with a child as a guest oh no I haven’t that’s a very good question
I I think that would be very cool especially if there was something about
you know children’s literature or children’s books or something but that’s something to think about… Gail is wondering why you have three microphones why three microphones that’s a good
question it was kind of an arbitrary decision but when I was thinking about
it I know that I kind of always liked to have one-on-one conversations but
sometimes there are opportunities where you could interview two people I have
had as many as three people in an interview so having that third mic then
being able to move it between themselves that was really good because when you’ve
got three people on the other side of the table and you’re you’re having kind
of a group conversation then that comes in really handy I’ve also had a mother
and daughter author team they they had written a book here about South Carolina
nature preserves and had both of them come in so me on one mic and they each
had a mic and that worked out perfectly a lot of times I don’t use that third mic but it comes in handy…Angela says she’s been told that discussing upcoming programs is not necessarily useful since
many people listen to archived episodes what are your thoughts on that… I agree I
tend to anytime I have someone here at the library who is doing a program I
kind of make reference to the fact that they’ve either done the program or they
have an upcoming program but we don’t tend to talk about that program since
they’re doing book talks they kind of have those you know in their pocket and
we just kind of go through the same conversation or their book talk but we
do it as a conversation so yeah I don’t think it’s a good idea to try to use
your podcast to advertise upcoming things but I do tend to ask authors or
people I’m interviewing what they have any kind of major projects they have
coming up in the coming month just to kind of do it as a ramp up …do you have any kind of release form that you use…no I don’t have any kind of release form at all I I tend not to
worry about that I do have the statement on our page on
the actual library voices SC the pod bean page you know that just says all
views expressed are those of individuals being interviewed and do not necessarily
reflect those of the South Carolina State Library and that’s it…how much time do you spend editing
your recordings it depends on the individual I have interviewed I have had
some folks with very affected ums that need to be removed if they’re talking
about some kind of topic then that takes a lot of time to go back through and cut
out all those ums but you’re able to see them easily in the software and
start taking them out I tend if it’s a 30 minute recording I generally can
spend up to an hour editing so it again it just depends on the individual
sometimes I might spend 10 minutes editing I’ve had someone come in and
they’re perfectly eloquent and need no editing at all except adding in the
intro and the extra music so that’s it just kind of runs the gamut… so kind of a
follow-up question to that she also says I’m just trying to determine the
time commitment involved… time commitment involved I think if you’re going to get
out of it what you put into it basically it’s kind of like with social media it’s
also kind of like with a free puppy or a free kitten you know it’s free because
you’re not buying it but then you have to feed it and take care of it so you
know if I see our stats kind of going down or you know not not thinking
about the podcast then it’s gonna tend to kind of drift off but if I just plan
ahead you know like a month or two at a time and you know do maybe working on
the script that might take a half an hour to an hour doing the actual
recording I block an hour of time for that and then for the editing I block an
hour so maybe each podcast episode could be up to three hours… just to follow up
with that how many people are involved in the podcast process or is it just you it is pretty much just me again that
also keeps it simple I I tend to again engage our own staff and ask them just
even in passing hey do you have any ideas for podcast episodes or I saw
you’ve got this coming up do you think that person would be interested in
coming in to talk with me for the podcast and just kind of go about it
that way it’s I just keep it very simple great okay I’m looking through here for
some more questions we need to wrap up we’re at about an hour I’m going to move
over to the LEU pod you can download your LEU for this presentation also take
the survey there and the survey link is in the middle of the page and then we
also have the presenter contact information it doesn’t look like we’re
gonna get to all of the questions that you have but I will compile those and
have dr. Rogers answer those and send those out with the recording as well as
the copy of the slides so if you have a question that you didn’t get answered or
haven’t asked yet feel free to stick that in the chat box again I apologize
for that spam we have going on in there we’ll try to figure that out and
then we’ll get those questions answered so I want to thank dr. Curtis Rogers
again for presenting for us this is great information thank you I thoroughly enjoyed it and
also everyone you’ve got my email address free feel free to email me I’m
more than happy to get back in touch with you if it’s a question that I can
answer… great thank you I’ll stay on for just a couple more minutes I will leave
the LEU up be sure to download that get your questions in the chat box if you
haven’t already and I will send out a copy of the presentation either late
this week or next week thanks everyone for coming

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