Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Bibliocasting Listserv Launched

Introducing the Bibliocasting listserv.

The bibliocasting listserv (bibliocasting@listserv.syr.edu) is
dedicated to a discussion of streaming media in the library
environment. This list grows out of the increasing popularity of
"Podcasting," or the use of RSS and the Internet to download audio
programs (like audio blogs) to computers and MP3 players. A recent
Reuters story states:

"Twenty-nine percent of U.S. adults who own MP3 players like Apple
Computer Inc.'s iPod say they have downloaded podcast programs from the
Internet, the Pew Internet and American Life Project found...That means
more than 6 million people are listening to a form of communication
that emerged only last year, according to the nonprofit group."

So what to post on the list? Examples of how libraries can build on the
growing excitement of Podcasting; Questions on how libraries can use
podcasting and other multimedia information they create to promote
themselves and provide better service; Questions on how to podcast and
other technical questions on streaming media including QuickTime
Streaming, RealProducer, and others. In addition, the list will
include postings of key articles, reports, and news about podcating and
other streaming media in general and in the the library context.

Bottom Line: We are looking to build a community of individuals
interested in the application of multimedia in the library environment.


You can get the listserv in two ways. The first is through e-mail. To
subscribe to the list send an e-mail to listserv@listserv.syr.edu with
the entire message (no subject line):

subscribe bibliocasting FirstName LastName

We have also set up a podcast for the list...that's right, you can
listen to the list. Each post is transformed from text-to-speech, and
syndicated using RSS. The RSS feed (podcast feed) for the list is at:


"Virtual Dave" Lankes, Ph.D.
Executive Director Information Institute of Syracuse
School of Information Studies, Syracuse University