Video Technology for Library Instruction "Any Time, Any
Janet Schnall & Terry Ann Jankowski, University of Washington
Using Camtasia, a relatively
inexpensive, easy-to-use software that captures screen activity
and sounds from a computer’s desktop, librarians at
the University of Washington Health Sciences Libraries created
short videos demonstrating how to search databases. These
streaming videos were first used to teach informatics in distance
education courses offered to nurses. Based on the success
of that project, HSL staff are now “annotating”
library web instruction pages and tutorials with similar videos,
thus offering “any time, any place” instruction.
This paper discusses the evolution of teaching technologies,
evaluation of the videos, and practical tips for using streaming
video for web instruction.