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YouTube Library Video: What are Your Three Reasons?

Last night at the Computers in Libraries conference, the first annual InfoTubey Awards were presented, honoring outstanding library promotional videos posted on YouTube. YouTube has given libraries a new, low-cost, high-impact method of outreach, and it’s great to see Information Today, the publishers of Computers in Libraries and sponsorts of the conference, honor libraries who are using this new medium.

It was interesting watching the winning videos in a crowd of librarians, and hearing the acceptance speeches. The videos don’t look like typical professional productions made for TV. They are were all made using basic videocameras, and edited by inhouse using free or inexpensive software, and they fit the YouTube environment perfectly : quick to make and easy to share. Creativity, authenticity and sincerity count more than slick production values. Most of the winners talked about how much local attention and appreciation their YouTube videos were getting, and how much fun all of this was for both staff and patrons.
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Old Music on YouTube

This interesting article in the Boston Herald last Sunday talks about how many short films of music performances from the past are turning up on YouTube :
Magical portal to a musical past by Jenna Wolf

Here’s a quote from the article:

“It’s sort of a historical portal,” said professor Victor Coelho, chairman of the Musicology Department at Boston University, who is using clips in his lectures. “It’s like a cultural e-Bay. A real revolution is taking place. Now we can be transported in time.”

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