Livestreaming @ the Library

The online course is self-paced using Because the course is self-paced, there are no scheduled meeting times. You will log in to the course to complete the work at your convenience between Monday, January 22 and Friday, February 2, 2018.

Register through L2 and login information for will be provided a few days before the course begins.

Facebook Live, Instagram Live, Periscope, YouTube Live, Ustream- it seems like livestreaming options are endless! But what exactly is livestreaming and how can librarians get involved? In this two-week self-paced course, students will learn what livestreaming is, why its such a trend, and how to implement it right away. No experience required!

- Livestreaming: what it is, why its popular and how it compares to video marketing and podcasting
- Who is using livestreaming and how it can be integrated into the library's social media and community engagement plan
- Comparison of different livestreaming apps, as well as equipment that is required for effective livestreaming
- How to host a successful livestream session with step-by-step instructions

Desired Outcomes:
At the end of this course, students will be able to:
- Understand what livestreaming is, why its important and how it compares to other digital outreach
- Recognize the different apps that deliver livestreaming capabilities, as well as what equipment is needed
- Host a livestreaming session and promote it on their social media channels and library website

Expectations: This two-week online course includes reading, video recordings, suggested assignments, and activities. It is estimated that you will spend about 5 hours each week participating and completing the work for a total of 10 hours.

Barbara Alvarez is the co-founder of The Library OnConference, a free, virtual conference held on livestream that has garnered nearly 500 global participants. She is also the author of Embedded Business Librarianship for the Public Librarian (ALA Editions).

Your Instructor

Barbara Alvarez
Barbara Alvarez

Barbara has partnered with numerous library professionals, local businesses and organizations to share digital stories through podcasts, videos, and broadcasting. She is the co-founder of The Library OnConference, a free virtual conference completely held on Google Hangouts that has garnered nearly 500 participants. Additionally, she received the 2017 PrivCo Outstanding Business Librarianship Award and the 2015 Public Librarian Support Award for innovation and creativity in the library’s community. She is the author of the book Embedded Business Librarianship for the Public Librarian with ALA Editions. Barbara received a Master in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign. You can connect with her at

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

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