Podcasting is a simple means of distributing audio content over the Internet, taking advantage of the power of RSS. Content consumers (end-users) can subscribe to a feed of a producer's audio content and receive automatic downloads of new content as it is made available online. A more comprehensive discussion of podcasting can be found in the Wikipedia entry on podcasting.
For the library that works hard to produce audio content such as recordings of programs or library tours, podcasting can be an effective means of making that content more widely available.
The following is a list of libraries and affiliated organizations that are currently podcasting and offering selected podcast resources service:
- Arizona State University Libraries (podcast feed)
- Atwater Library and Computer Centre (podcast feed)
- Booktalks Quick and Simple (podcast feed)
- Bridgewater State College (Selected Podcast Resources)
- Cheshire Public Library (podcast feed)
- Claude More Health Sciences Library University of Virginia (podcast feed)
- Curtin University of Technology Library and Information Service, Perth, Western Australia (podcast feed)
- Denver Public Library (podcast feed)
- Dowling College Library Omnibus (podcast feed)
- GPC Decatur Campus Library (podcast feed)
- Grand Rapids Public Library
- The Infopeople Project (podcast feed)
- Kankakee Public Library (podcast feed)
- Lansing Public Library (multiple feeds) and branded version of the podcatcher Juice with our feeds preloaded!
- Lindenhurst Memorial Library (NY)
- Lewis & Clark Law School Podcasts (by the Boley Law Library) (podcast feed)
- The Lunar and Planetary Institute (podcast feed)
- Manchester Public Library (multiple feeds, including a videocast feed)
- Memorial Hall Library (podcast feed)
- Mohawk College Library(podcast feed)
- Muskingum College Library (podcast feed)
- National Library of Medicine (podcast feed)
- Oklahoma Department of Libraries (podcast feed)
- Orange County Library Orlando, FL (audio and video feeds)
- PALINET Technology Conversations (podcast feed)
- PALINET IR Conversations(podcast feed)
- Pierce County Library (podcast feed)
- Pritzker Military Library (podcast feed)
- Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County)
- The Sheridan Libraries at Johns Hopkins University (podcast feed)
- Sunnyvale Public Library (podcast feed)
- Thomas Ford Memorial Library Click-A-Story (podcast feed)
- Thomas Ford Memorial Library Audio Reviews by Teens (podcast feed)
- Washington State University Libraries ()
- Western Kentucky University Libraries (podcast feed)
- Wisconsin State Legislature - Legislative Reference Bureau (podcast feed)
- WPI's George C. Gordon Library Audio to Go (podcast feed)
- Wadsworth Public Library
- Boulder Public Library: Teen Webcasts
Creating your own Podcast
- http://www.gabcast.com/ This free service makes it increadibly easy to do a podcast. Simply call in via phone to record and publish your podcast.
- http://odeo.com/ Odeo is a free service that allows for uploading MP3 files as well as calling in via a phone to record and publish your podcast.
- Podcasting Tutorial Easy to use podcasting tutorial and software that walks users through the process of setting up a podcast feed.
- Podcasting Tools Collection of podcasting tools and educational articles to assist podcasters.
- Podseek.net is a members-based Podcasting Directory full of resources for Podcasters. Podcasters can find listings and information related to: Podsafe music - Production - Windows & Mac software - complete Podcast solutions for beginners - list of Podcasting Directories - Podcasting instructions. Podseek members can rate, vote on, and write reviews of other Podcasts(ers) in the PodSeek Directory, bookmark their favorite Podcasting sites, and post questions and answers to the Podcasting Forums. The latest news on upcoming events and current products related to Podcasting can also be found on Podseek.