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Podcasting Basics for Library Professionals

Everything you need to know about bringing a podcast to your library and community

Do you know local entrepreneurs, artists and patrons who have fascinating stories to share? Do you want to create a free platform to connect your library with your community? Have you caught the "podcast bug" but don't know how to get started? Whether it is a five episode show or an ongoing series, podcasting is an easy, fun way to make new connections, build meaningful relationships and share stories. This two-week course is designed for library professionals who want to learn everything about how to get their podcast idea off the ground. In addition to two live sessions to answer questions and receive feedback, this mini-course will discuss equipment, software, social media platforms and episode ideas so you can get your podcast going this summer.

Live sessions will be recorded and posted on the RAILS CE Archives page. More information on how to access the live sessions will be provided when the course begins.

Introductory Live Session: Monday, June 19, 2017, Noon to 1:00 PM
In this first session, we will review what you can expect over the next two weeks of class, as well as discuss how podcasts can help you develop new connections between your library and community. There will also be time to get to know your instructor and classmates and ask questions. Session will be recorded.

Closing Live Session: Friday, June 30, 2017, Noon to 1:00 PM
In this final session, we will wrap up everything that we reviewed over the past two weeks, as well as the importance of implementing an action plan so that you can incorporate podcasts in a sustainable way for your library and community. Come ready to ask questions and share ideas with your classmates. Session will be recorded.

Expectations: This two-week online course includes reading, suggested assignments and activities, as well as the weekly meeting that can be attended live or viewed as a recording. It is estimated that you will spend about 5 hours each week participating and completing the work for a total of 10 hours.


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 www.barbaralvarez.com


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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