Screencasting in the Library

The Cool Tools Café program at this year’s AALL Annual Meeting showcased–like it always does–many great presentations concerning implementing technologies to improve library offerings. For those unfamiliar with the format of the Cool Tools Café, the program features a variety of demonstrations set up in different stations inside a large conference room—attendees are given free rein to wander around and scope out the various presentations on technologies. Standing out among these was the presentation conducted by CUNY Library Associate Professor & Emerging Technologies Librarian Alex Berrio Matamoros; Alex’s presentation regarded law librarians using screencasting software as a teaching tool. Continue reading “Screencasting in the Library”

To make sweet screencasts, use a little Screenjelly!

Screencasting is all the rage these days.  From longer demonstrations to short how-tos to quick hellos, folks are using screencasts to make up for the lack of being able to to be everywhere all the time.  Navigating the technology needed to create these screencasts can be a little daunting, however.  Thankfully, there is a sleek online resource that makes short screencasts a breeze.  If you’re hungering for an easy screencasting solution, take a little taste of Screenjelly!

Screenjelly is sweet!  Its site lets users create three-minute screencasts on their computers, complete with audio, and then share them via Twitter, Facebook or e-mail.  It is completely browser-based, so there is no software to install.  ScreenJelly also offers a bookmarklet that allows users to start a screen capture with a quick click and a button that can be added to any website that will allow users to record something and embed it in the site.  Veodia, the company behind ScreenJelly, also offers a premium tool for those wanting to record more than three minutes of material.

Three minutes may not seem like a lot of time to demonstrate something, but in today’s fast-paced world time is at a premium.  Researchers say that one really only has a few minutes to get another’s attention and convey a message.  Screenjelly makes creating your three-minute message quick and easy.  Getting the “word” out also could not be easier.  You can just “tweet” it to the world via a simple link, pop it into an e-mail, or stick on your Facebook page!