MLA/DLA 2019 Conference Highlights: What if… you need to create engaging multimedia and don’t know where to start?

Each week between now and the 2019 MLA/DLA Conference, we’re highlighting one of the conference sessions sponsored by ACRL MD. The conference will be held May 1-3 at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay in Cambridge, MD.  For more information about the conference and to register, visit the MLA conference website

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What if…you need to create engaging multimedia and don’t know where to start?

Thursday, May 2nd

1:30 – 3:30 pm

Mou Chakraborty, Kelly Durkin Ruth, Amanda McCollom, Robin Hoffman, Maurice Coleman

The current technological landscape offers a wide array of tools for creating multimedia which are commonly used both in academic and public libraries. Not all content is created alike — the purpose will dictate the tool needed. The impetus could be manifold: introduction to library services, resources, and information literacy concepts, how-to guides, for supplemental and recursive instruction for face-to-face and distance patrons. They could be podcasts, screencasts, slidecasts, animations, live action, etc. A well-done engaging project can help online environments feel more personal. Widespread popularity of library multimedia creations come with challenges, such as— assessment, accessibility issues, time commitment, and skill and expertise in instructional design and technology.

Our panel comprising of academic librarians, a public librarian, and an instructional designer will discuss tools, tips and tricks, and best practices. Panelists will provide practical advice on creating and managing videos and podcasts, as well as compare and recommend appropriate software (free and subscription based). Attendees will then experiment with various planning tools and multimedia creation software. Space will be limited for this session and attendees are strongly encouraged to bring their laptops for the hands-

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