June 20, 2007

Expand Your Library's Reference Services With How-To Video

People learn in different ways. Some individuals are able to learn by listening or reading; but let's face it, there are some things everyone learns better by watching someone else do it. That's where online video comes in so handy! Did you know that there are a number of sites (similar to YouTube) that specifically showcase do-it-yourself-type video? Here are a few of the sites you might consider the next time you're asked how to create an Ethernet patch cable or how to make Pico de Gallo.

I haven't explored the sites long enough to necessarily pick a favorite. All of the above sites have a search feature and put the videos in subject categories for easy retrieval; however, I admit that I like how Expert Village goes the extra step to showcases video by "experts." (They also list the experts' credentials.)

Note: Like all user-generated content, you might need to determine what is good advice from "experts" and appropriate for your users. Some services are ad-supported and feature a short advertisement before the desired video.