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Thing #19 – Podcasting

December 5, 2010


A podcast is sort of like an online radio show, except the listeners get to decide when and where they want to listen. A podcast consists of an audio file (typically MP3 format) published to the web PLUS an RSS feed. The RSS feed allows listeners to subscribe to the podcast.

Some podcasts can contain audio and visual elements – these are called vodcasts.


For the same reasons you subscribe to RSS feeds; podcasting uses RSS, after all.  Many major broadcasters have gotten behind the idea and release their own shows in podcast form – advertising and all.


Watch another entertaining CommonCraft video! Copyright protection mans you have to watch it at another website.

Many libraries have started using podcasts to syndicate their programming or to share other info like book or movie reviews. Here are some examples:

•   Children’s Room Podcasts — Springfield Town Library, Vermont
•   Teen Webcasts — Boulder Public Library
•   Denver Public Library Podcasts
•   Programs to Go — Worthington Libraries
•   Podcast and RSS — Orange County Library System

Podcast directories:

•   iTunes, a free downloadable application from Apple, is the most widely known service associated with podcasts.


  1. Take a look at one or two of the podcast directories listed above and see if you can find a podcast that interests you; perhaps a library-related podcast such as a book review podcast, or library news.
  2. Add the RSS feed for a podcast to your Google Reader account.


Create a blog post about your discovery process.  Did you find any podcasts worth listening to?  What are some ways our library could use podcasting in our services or programs?

Name this blog post Thing #19.


Learn about creating podcasts.

•    Ipodder: Open Source podcast client
•    A Beginners guide to Podcasts and Creating Podcasts
•    How to Podcast
•    CNET’s Create Your Own Podcast tutorial



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