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A California Libraries Learn (CALL) Online Course

This event is currently full. If you would like to be added to the wait list please send an email to Gini Ambrosino at [email protected]
February 9th, 2021 12:00 PM
March 1st, 2021 4:30 PM

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Please note: This course is only open to individuals working in a California public library. There is no cost to registrants – but space is limited to the first 75 who register. California Libraries Learn (CALL) is a collaborative project of the California Library Association and the California State Library, and is supported in whole or in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.

Carly LamphereCourse Instructor: Carly Lamphere

  • Do you work in a public library in California?
  • Do your job responsibilities include library programming?
  • Would you like to create and use videos to reach your customers during this time of increased remote services?
  • Do you wish you had basic video creation and editing skills?

Public libraries, and more specifically public programming librarians, have unique needs when it comes to video creation and editing. From live-streaming library programming, to pre-recording demonstration videos and creating fun promotional material, video creation and editing opens up a whole new world of service and outreach for public librarians.

There are lots of different video creation and editing tools to choose from, including both open access and proprietary tools. However, for a novice video creator, the process can feel overwhelming. Without skills and prior experience, navigating video creation software and production tools can be downright frustrating. This course can help!

In this practical introductory course, you'll learn:

  • How-to develop a video production plan and process that fits your library's budget and patron needs
  • Various models of video production, including benefits, challenges and software options
  • Basic introductory level video editing skills
  • Best practices for recording
  • Options for generating accessible videos including captioning processes
  • Storage and hosting options.

Participants will finish the course with an understanding of how to create an accessible video and find appropriate hosting platforms, all while remaining in budget for their desired purpose.

Course Description: This three-week course will include two interactive online sessions:

  • February 10, 2021 at Noon Pacific
  • February 24, 2021 at Noon Pacific

To ensure that all learners who register benefit the most from this course we ask that you make every effort to attend these two live sessions. If it is impossible to attend live, the sessions will be recorded for viewing at another time.

In addition to the scheduled sessions, the instructor will provide resources, best practices, and useful tips and techniques that can be used as you create and edit videos. During the course, you will participate in discussion forums, with an opportunity to share your experiences and questions, alongside others working in California libraries who are interested in video creation and editing, too. Through assignments, you will apply the concepts to your own institution and community.

Course Outline: When you log in to the Infopeople online learning site, you will see modules with these topics:

  • Module 1: Plans and Tools
    • What do you want to do? Identify a video you want to create and develop a pre-production plan - including a script (if necessary), recording schedule, budget/crew/ equipment needs - for your specific project. Utilize tools and standards to respect patron privacy and security for live streaming/recording sessions.
    • How will you do it? Identify equipment and software that are appropriate for your library's budget and goals.
  • Module 2: Editing, Accessibility, and Storage
    • How will you make the video great? Gain a basic understanding of video editing fundamentals-determining the 'in' and 'out' points, trimming, and navigating an editing program.
    • How will you make the video accessible? Identify accessibility requirements for videos-including captioning options from software to manual caption upload.
    • Where will you store it? Create a storage/hosting plan for future video access.

Time Required: To complete this course, you can expect to spend 2 hours per week, for a total of six course hours.

Who Should Take This Course: Staff in public libraries in California who want to learn basic video production and editing skills.

Online Learning Details and System Requirements may be found at:

Keywords: programming, technology