Monday, June 05, 2017

Library content and library users

ABC Radio National - Download This Show has been my favourite podcast for a few years. If I don't listen to any podcasts for a while, I'll still find time to catch up with this one.

A recent episode about online video had me thinking about libraries, struggling to understand, organise and offer content in different 'containers', to our users, . There are also some useful insights here about finding and engaging with users/viewers/consumers of your content.

If you're interested, have a listen (29 min) and let me know your thoughts.

If you don't want to listen to the whole episode, skips to the 12min 20 sec mark for a discussion about online users being more like an archipelago and less like a continent.

Episode synopsis (from the podcast's website):
Change, Change, Change 
Recorded at the ACMA Australian Content Conversation, Marc Fennell sits down with a team of content makers and industry experts to work out how the future of Australian Video is likely to shift. Jennifer Wilson (The Project Factory) Rosie Lourde (Starting From Now, YouTube/SBS) Mike Jones (The Kettering Incident/ABC), Andrew Peterson (YouTube Australia)

Podcast synopsis (from the podcast's website):
Download This Show is your weekly access-point to the latest developments in social media, consumer electronics, digital politics, hacktivism and more.

The program is hosted by media, technology and culture critic Marc Fennell [Hungry Beast, Triple J] and two rotating guests from around the tech world: cyber-security experts, social media consultants, digital content-makers or online journalists.

It’s a program for people who like technology but aren’t necessarily awake and coding at 5 am. It’s rigorous yet accessible, intelligent but just a little bit cheeky.


Kathryn Greenhill said...

Seconding this recommendation. It is my regular Friday-night listen.

"Download this show" is the one podcast that I have on my reading list for students in my tech unit. I suggest that they listen to it all through the semester at least.

(I also cover the concept of "content" and "container" as a way of discussing born print with no digitisation vs digitised vs born digital. You may enjoy THIS very witty and clear article that I get them to read about historical legal and social responses each time a new "container" (radio, photocopiers, VCRs) appear on the scene.

Lemley, M. A. (2011). Is the sky falling on the content industries? Journal of Telecommunications and High Technology Law, 9, 125–313.

Warren Cheetham said...

Great article, thanks Kathryn