100 Awesome Youtube Vids for Librarians

Jun 18th, 2008

Librarians should no longer be thought of as fuddy duddy types with long dusty cardigans or pince-nez dangling around their necks. These days, public librarians and academic librarians are on the cutting edge, dedicated to bringing their resources and their patrons into the 21st century with technology. Librarians are also bloggers, IT professionals, database managers, technology mavens; and these YouTube videos and tutorials are just for them. Watch these vodcasts and recordings to learn about new library tools, interesting literacy campaigns and outreach programs, and even hysterical videos about library stereotypes that are circulating on the Internet.

Using Databases

From JSTOR to TexShare, you can access tutorials for working with all kinds of databases here.

  1. How to Search JSTOR: Pull quality articles and references from JSTOR by watching this tutorial.
  2. Brooklyn College: Searching Out Online Library Catalog: This video documents how to search this specific library site, but you can use the tips for searching at all CUNY libraries or any other school library.
  3. How to Browse JSTOR: Find specific article titles using JSTOR by learning how in this tutorial.
  4. Public Library of Law Statute Search: Law students and law librarians learn how to use this library database.
  5. Using a Library Catalog: This smart tutorial gives general tips for searching college libraries.
  6. TexShare Databases: Watch this advertisement for TexShare databases, which provide reference support and other resources for students, professionals, parents and librarians.
  7. K-12 Databases: Texas public school teachers will want to learn more about these library resources.
  8. Google vs. ProQuest Research Databases: Watch this podcast to compare online search engines and research databases like eLibrary and ProQuest.
  9. Academic OneFile: Check out this tutorial for hacks and tips for using this database.
  10. Advanced Search in Library Catalog: When you’re looking for something specific, use this guide to help you.

Academic Librarians

Academic librarians will find resources and inspiration just for them in this list.

  1. Primary Source Search in Library Catalog: This DePauw University library shares tips on searching for primary sources.
  2. EMU Library Basic Catalog Search: This informative video from Eastern Michigan University is a great example for teaching students and professors how to search your library’s database.
  3. How to Find…a Book in the Library Catalog: North Metro Technical College’s website shares information about finding different references and materials for their online catalog.
  4. Quick Search in Library Catalog: The University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign goes over a basic quick search on an online library catalog.
  5. Building Academic Library 2.0: Watch this lecture from a UC Berkeley conference to learn more about how college librarians can provide more services and reach out to professors or students.
  6. The Case for Mutability: Library 2.0 and Implications: This video is from the same conference as the above tutorial. Listen to experts and librarians as they discuss organizational trends and internal structure of academic libraries.
  7. New Directions: This lecture goes over the fundamental values of college libraries and librarians, especially as they progress into the technological age.
  8. South Carolina Digital Library Initiative: Learn about this freely available program organized by USC and other South Carolina academic libraries which let visitors access archives online.
  9. The Library as Sacred Place: College librarians will learn about new evaluation techniques and trends in this video presentation.
  10. YouTube, Librarians, and Me: A college student put together this video to show how students work with librarians, professors and technology.

Librarians and Technology

Discover new ways to implement technology into your library system by watching these videos.

  1. Libraries and Library Web Sites: This tutorial explains how libraries still play an important role in the Internet age.
  2. Library Club Bookmark Tutorial: Learn to use bookmarking tools to save library pages online.
  3. The Librarians of Second Life: Librarians watched this presentation at the ACRL conference in 2007 to learn how they could use Second Life to extend their libraries and materials to a virtual world.
  4. How to Request a Journal Article Using Electronic Document Delivery: Consider introducing this service to your library.
  5. A Librarian’s 2.0 Manifesto: Help bring your library into the 21st century by pledging yourself to the ideals and values in this manifesto.
  6. Technology @ Your Library: Playaway Demo: The librarian in this video goes over the benefits of mobile books.
  7. Impact of Information Technology in Library and Information: This animated video from the National Open University in India goes over different applications of information technology in libraries.
  8. The Future of Libraries: Watch this presentation to understand how librarians’ personal touch can supplement the technological advances of library tools.
  9. Four Technologies for Libraries: Learn about open URLs, blogs, integrated library systems and RSS feeds and how they are important to libraries.
  10. Where Virtual Paths Meet: Libraries in Second Life: Find out why more libraries and librarians are turning to this virtual experience to reach more patrons.

Outreach and Special Program Ideas

Get your library involved in the local community or on a global scale by starting an outreach program, teen reading campaign or by offering a special service.

  1. Library Welcome Video: Use this video as inspiration for creating welcome projects or games to introduce new college freshmen to your library.
  2. Books for Botswana: Consider sponsoring a book donation program like this one for your school or public library.
  3. Allen Reads One Book Project: Get your community involved by asking everyone to read the same book and participate in a city-wide dialogue.
  4. Central School Virtual Museum: This "vodcast" follows a project taken on by a librarian who encouraged students to build a virtual museum that explores their community.
  5. UNICEF and IKEA Reintroduce Albanian Children to Books: Learn about this outreach program that brings books, including recent releases, to Albanian students.
  6. Be a Part of Changing the World: This young man is trying to raise $13,000 in the name of education and nonprofits that fund education expenses for children and disadvantaged schools.
  7. Teen Summer Reading @ Birmingham Public Library: If you haven’t already, start a teen summer reading program at your library. This creative video can help you with ideas for a theme and advertising.
  8. Quincy Schools and Summer Reading: School librarians can get in on the action of summer reading by starting a program like this one.
  9. Ray of Light St. Joseph County Public Library Version: Watch this video, which "details a day in the life of a thriving public library system."
  10. Libraries in 2010: What will public libraries look like in 2010? Just two years away, you may be surprised to find out what new tools will be standard in public libraries.
  11. Can a Public Library Screw Your Constitutional Rights?: Public libraries that provide Internet access will want to watch this video, which continues the debate on Internet access policies and surveillance.
  12. Story Time: This award-winning commercial for a public library tells a story through popular book titles.
  13. Your Public Library: Public libraries are reminded of their democratic purpose and how to honor their neighborhood roots.
  14. Birmingham Public Library Social Software: This video discovers different platforms for public libraries to remain a part of the technology and Internet age.
  15. Promoting the Use of the Public Libraries as a Resource: Watch this training video to help you understand how your public library is an important resource for patrons with special needs.
  16. George Lopez for America’s Libraries: The American Library Association and George Lopez show that the public library is still an important place in society with this PSA.
  17. Day of Action Protest Rally: If your public library funding has been cut, watch this video of protesters who rallied against budget cuts in their area.
  18. MCLIB TV – The Library’s Television Branch: Find out if your library system can get its own spot on the public access channel. Use this video as inspiration for shows, skits and more.
  19. vpl.ca – Digging Deeper: Get motivated to learn more about your library’s homepage by watching this video.

Skits and Cartoons

Important library lessons are taught in these funny skits and cute cartoons that feature Sesame Street characters and librarian stereotypes.

  1. The Librarian Dialogues: This funny skit mocks fuddy duddy librarian stereotypes and concerns about beeping scanners, stolen DVDs, and trash bins.
  2. Reading Rainbow: "At the Library": Watch this animated short about a girl’s adventures at her library, where anything seems possible.
  3. No Cookies in the Library: If little kids are always bringing in snacks to your library, see if this Sesame Street clip will get the message across.
  4. Reading Rainbow: Tall Tales at the Library: Children can learn how to make their way around the library by watching this animation, which also features summaries of John Henry, Paul Bunyan and other tall tales.
  5. Borrowing Books from the Library…Permanently: Show this video or create a skit of your own to discourage patrons from stealing books from your library.
  6. Arthur Library Card: Arthur and friends sing the library card song in this five-minute bit.

Library Etiquette

Teach library etiquette by showing one of these cute videos.

  1. Library Limbo: This old cartoon confronts bad library behavior in an adorable, accessible way.
  2. The Muppet Show: The Library: Miss Piggy and other muppets cause a disturbance in the library in this video.
  3. Rod Library Services – Good Ideas and Bad Ideas: Use this video as a jumping off point for designing your own library etiquette program.

Spreading the Good News

Your biggest responsibility as a librarian is making information accessible for your patrons. Check out this list to help students and visitors how to research a term paper, find music at the library and avoid committing plagiarism.

  1. How Long Has it Been Since You Last Visited the Library?: Consider filming a PSA or commercial like this one to attract more visitors to your public library.
  2. Concept Mapping: How to Start Your Term Paper Research: Use this video as a guide to help students start the research process.
  3. Plagiarism: Don’t Do It: This funny video is a kind of PSA against plagiarism for students.
  4. Life is Like a Library: This short presentation encourages young people to read.
  5. Hip Music. Hip Library.: Show patrons how to search for music at the library by playing this video.

Digging Through Archives and Public Records

The public library is a great place to find public records and genealogy information. Watch these videos for extra tips.

  1. DIY: Find Articles, Business Profiles, Census Records, etc: This quick, soundless presentation has a few tips for DIY research on library sites.
  2. Genealogy Center, Allen County Public Library: Take a tour of this well-organized genealogy center at the Allen County Public Library.
  3. Genealogy or Looking for One’s Own Peeps: The Birmingham Public Library gives a demonstration of how to use the library for genealogical research here.
  4. GRL.com: The Genealogical Research Library, Inc. asks for funding and goes over its history in this video.
  5. The Library is a Solution: Learn about the many library services that appeal to the public here.

National Library Week and Reading Campaigns

These library and reading campaigns will inspire any librarian.

  1. Cathy Campbell Promotes National Library Week: This community college librarian discusses special events and campaigns for this annual celebration.
  2. March of the Librarians: Learn about the annual librarians’ conference in this silly video.
  3. Library of Congress PSA: This creative ad is designed to inspire children to pursue reading and indulge their imaginations.
  4. Peanut Butter and Jelly: The Library Song: Did you know there was a special song just for the library? Listen to it here.
  5. Love our Libraries: This special report goes over all the different things you can do at the library, including socialize.
  6. National Library Week: Watch this funny commercial advertising National Library Week.

Library Tools

Get the most out of your library tools and the Internet by watching these tutorials, which teach you how to use microfiche, online archiving systems and more.

  1. Microfiche Copier 101: Many students and library visitors don’t know how to use this basic library tool. Use this guide to refresh your skills and enlighten your patrons.
  2. Loading Microfilm: Younger librarians may want to watch this tutorial to learn how to load microfilm safely.
  3. Adobe Lightroom Software: Librarians can learn to use this program for managing photos and videos.
  4. Using Bibliostat Collect for Public Libraries: South Carolina libraries use this tool for managing annual data.
  5. Free Tools for Libraries: Watch this video to learn about free tools you can use at your library to manage databases, contact your readers, "and keeping up with Web 2.0"
  6. Web 2.0 Tools in Libraries 2.0 — Which Ones are You Using?: This video encourages librarians to make use of MySpace and other 2.0 tools. Send in your feedback to participate in the discussion.
  7. Henry Madden Library, Library 2.0: Librarians who want to experiment with blogging should watch this video.

Just for Laughs

Get your library staff together to watch these funny videos that poke fun at librarians and the library as a workplace.

  1. Betty Glover Library Workout Tape Ad: This satire pledges to combat the "sedentary lifestyle" of most librarians by showing librarians unique exercise moves.
  2. A YouTube Salute to Librarians: This montage of librarian and library clips will make you laugh and feel appreciated.
  3. Angry Librarian: Watch how this smartie pants librarian deals with a persistent college girl.
  4. Librarian Lays Down the Law: Parker Posey plays a strict librarian in this hysterical parody.
  5. Mary and the Librarian: In this video, Mary Hartman gets a phone call from a librarian notifying her that her order of sex ed books has just come in.
  6. Annoying Library Patrons: Watch this parody of stereotypical annoying library patrons.
  7. A Librarian’s Day is Never Done: This sexy librarian shows what it’s like to work after hours.
  8. Mr. Bean Library: Imagine what kind of disruptions Mr. Bean can cause in a library.
  9. Having Fun Isn’t Hard: These librarians dance and sing while holding up their "Shhhh!" posters.
  10. The Singing Librarian: Stick with this video, and you’ll be amazed at this little librarian’s other talents besides shelving books.

Showing Librarians and Libraries Some Love

This list includes videos that show librarians they’re appreciated, from a trailer for a library documentary to celebrity PSAs.

  1. The Hollywood Librarian Trailer: Feel inspired and appreciated as you watch the trailer for this documentary about the real work of modern librarians.
  2. The L-Team: This tribute applauds librarians and "bibliophiles" from one college library. Even if you don’t know the librarians, you may feel like creating your own knock-off to advertise your library.
  3. Susan Sarandon Speaks Out for Libraries: Actress Susan Sarandon gives a shout out to libraries in this PSA.
  4. Super Librarian: This "super human of knowledge" tribute depicts librarians as real heroes.
  5. My Ode to the Library: Law librarians will enjoy this lighthearted ode played along to a country music song.
  6. Reading On a Dream: This popular "college musical" features a student who bemoans that "nobody sings in the library." The other students in the library aren’t part of the act, so it’s fun to watch their reactions to the impromptu show.
  7. Julie Andrews PSA: Listen to Julie Andrews sing the praises of your work in this video.
  8. National Library Workers Day: Watch this vodcast that honors everyday librarians.
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