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Podcast Literacy: Educational, Accessible, and Diverse Podcasts for Library Users
Nicole Hennig
Item Number: 978-0-8389-5985-5
Publisher: ALA TechSource
Price: $43.00
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Library Technology Reports, February/March 2017 (53:2)

44 pages
8.5" x 11"
Year Published: 2017

Podcasts are experiencing a renaissance today. More high-quality programming is available for more diverse audiences than ever before. And in this report, Nicole Hennig will provide you with a guide that includes some of the best educational, accessible, and diverse podcasts available for your library users. Hennig provides suggestions for how you can find the best podcasts, discusses the purposes and benefits of podcasts, and share tips on how we can use this knowledge to point our users to the most relevant content and help increase digital literacy in our communities.

In this issue of Library Technology Reports (vol. 53, no. 2), Hennig will cover

  • Why podcasts are an important part of digital literacy;
  • Statistics on podcast listening;
  • The advantages of audio-based learning;
  • How to find the best podcasts and the best apps for podcast listening;
  • Lists of recommended podcasts for general audiences, higher education, teens, children, people with disabilities, and diverse and underserved audiences;
  • How podcasts are being used, in context, in K–12 education and higher education;
  • Podcast accessibility for people with disabilities;
  • Ideas for how libraries can become curators and recommenders of podcasts; and
  • Resources for learning more.

About the Author

Nicole Hennig
is an independent user experience professional, helping librarians and educators effectively use mobile technologies. She is the author of several books, including Apps for Librarians: Using the Best Mobile Technology to Educate, Create, and Engage. Her online courses, such as Apps for Librarians & Educators, have enabled librarians from all types of institutions to effectively implement mobile technologies in their programs and services. Her newsletter, Mobile Apps News, helps librarians stay current with mobile technologies. Hennig worked for the MIT Libraries for fourteen years as head of user experience and web manager. She is the winner of several awards, including the MIT Excellence Award for Innovative Solutions.

About Library Technology Reports

Published by ALA TechSource, Library Technology Reports helps librarians make informed decisions about technology products and projects. Library Technology Reports publishes eight issues annually and provides thorough overviews of current technology. Reports are authored by experts in the field and may address the application of technology to library services, offer evaluative descriptions of specific products or product classes, or cover emerging technology. Find out more information on this publication and how you can subscribe here.


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