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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:

The following are School libraries that are currently podcasting or using podcast resources:

For a list of podcasts that are aimed at or should be of interest to library staff, see the "Podcasts" page in LISWiki.

How To Podcast (general advice)

Podcast-friendly music

Audio/Video Editing Software

  • Audacity (free, Mac/Windows/Linux, audio recording/editing)
  • Camtasia (Mac/Windows, audio/video recording/editing)
  • Garageband (part of iLife suite, Mac only, audio recording/editing)

Podcatching Software

  • iTunes (free, Mac/Windows, podcatcher)

Syndication Software

  • Wordpress (free, podcast publishing)
  • Podpress (free, Wordpress plugin for podcasters)
  • Podcasting (free, Wordpress plugin for podcasting)


A good way to publicize your podcast is to enter it into one of the many podcast directories. Here are just a few:

Related Articles

How To Podcast (for libraries)

  • Braun, Linda. Listen Up! Podcasting for Schools and Libraries. Medford, NJ: Information Today, 2007. WorldCat record
  • Moraine Valley Community College Library. Steps to Adding a New Podcast
  • Berk, J., Olsen, S., Atkinson, J., & Comerford, J. (2007). Innovation in a podshell: bringing information literacy into the world of podcasting. Electronic Library, 25(4), 409-419.
  • Deal, A. (2007, June 4). Podcasting: A Teaching with Technology White Paper. Retrieved July 30, 2008, from [2].
  • Griffey, J. (2007). Podcast 1 2 3. Library Journal, 132(11), 32-34.
  • Mizrachi, D., & Bedoya, J. (2007). LITE Bites: broadcasting bite-sized library instruction. Reference Services Review, 35(2), 249-256. doi: 10.1108/00907320710749164.
  • Puckett, J. (2008, February 10). Podcasting in Academic Libraries. Jason Puckett.net. Retrieved July 24, 2008, from [3].
  • Stephens, M. (2005). Libraries Get Podcasting. Library Journal, 130, 24.
  • Worcester, L., & Barker, E. (2006). Podcasting: Exploring the Possibilities for Academic Libraries. College & Undergraduate Libraries, 13(3), 87-91.