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A California Libraries Learn (CALL) Online Course

Start:
March 23rd, 2021 12:00 PM
End:
April 12th, 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.

Adilene Estrada-HuertaCourse Instructor: Adilene Estrada-Huerta

  • Do you create live and recorded virtual programming for youth?
  • Would you like to make your live programming more visually appealing or have better control of what your audience is seeing?
  • Do you want to stream on Facebook, Youtube or another social platform but not sure where to start?

If you have you ever wanted to create professional looking live streams that are interactive and engaging, then OBS Studio might be the right tool for you.

OBS Studio is a free and open-source software for live streaming and recording. It allows you to have better control over what your audience sees and hears during your live programs. Often used for gaming streams, OBS Studio also gives you more control over the overall look of your livestream. For example: you can add lyrics to your storytimes, have multiple people on screen, share your desktop and make it easier to interact with your audience.

This 3-week course will help you get comfortable using OBS Studio and even show examples of how libraries are already using it for virtual youth programs. We will focus on the basics and specifically on how you can use it to create interactive live programs for youth.

Whether it is just improving your live storytimes or creating more live programs for teens, this course will help you better understand livestream content. While you do not need to a tech wizard, this course is recommended for individuals who are comfortable with technology.

By the end of the course learners will be able to:

  • Learn the basics of OBS Studio such as creating scenes, using sources and the different ways it could be used for virtual youth programming.
  • Learn to troubleshoot some common livestream issues
  • Use OBS studio to manage live streaming storytimes on Facebook and/or Youtube
  • Create Live Storytimes that are interactive and playful.
  • Learn how to record videos in OBS Studio.
  • Learn about programs that can be done using OBS Studio such livestreaming books clubs, online storytimes, and teen programs.
  • Record an online storytime using OBS Studio.
  • Learn different ways to make backgrounds, lyric screens and interact with your audience.
  • Learn some best practices for live programs
  • Create an outline for a virtual program that could be done using OBS Studio

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

  • March 25th, 2021 at 2pm PST
  • April 1st, 2021 at 2pm PST

Please make every effort to ensure that you are able to attend these two meetings before enrolling in the course. If this is not possible, archived recordings will be made available.

In addition to the scheduled sessions, the instructor will provide resources, best practices, and useful tips and techniques that can be used for live virtual programming for youth. During the course, you will practice several of the techniques covered in the course through assignments. Through assignments, you will apply the concepts to your own institution and its existing virtual programs. You will also learn of graphic and design programs that can improve your current virtual offerings.

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

  • Week 1: OBS Studio basics – What is it and what can I do with it?
    • Learn the basics of OBS Studio such as creating scenes, using sources and the different ways it could be used for virtual youth programming.
    • Learn to troubleshoot some common livestream issues
    • Learn how to record videos in OBS Studio.
  • Week 2: Virtual Programs that utilize OBS Studio
    • Learn about programs that can be done using OBS Studio such livestreaming books clubs, online storytimes, and teen programs.
    • Record an online storytime using OBS Studio.
    • Learn different ways to make backgrounds, lyric screens and interact with your audience.
  • Week 3: Creating a Program with OBS Studio
    • Learn some best practices for live programs.
    • Create an outline for a virtual program that could be done using OBS Studio
    • Create Live Storytimes that are interactive and playful.

Learner Requirements: For this course, we recommend using a desktop and preferably two monitors. While OBS Studio can be used on Mac and Linux this course will focus on Windows systems. Please review the basic requirements to run OBS Studio.

Time Required: To complete this course, you can expect to spend 2 1/2 hours per week, for a total of 7 1/2 course hours. Each week's module contains various options for assignments, discussions, or online meetings. You can choose the options most relevant to your work and interests. Although you can work on each module at your own pace, at any hour of the day or night, it is recommended that you complete each week's work within that week to stay in sync with other learners.

Who Should Take This Course: Public library staff in California interested in live virtual programming for youth.

Online Learning Details and System Requirements may be found at: infopeople.org/training/online_learning_details.

Keywords: children's services, computer skills, early literacy, k-12 services, programming, social media, technology

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