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Online Storytimes: Creation & Editing Tools

“Five little ducks went out one day…” There have been thousands of online storytimes produced in libraries across America since March of 2020. By now, you have most likely seen perky librarians singing Five Little Ducks more times than you can quack. When COVID-19 was declared a global pandemic, librarians took storytime online. After our general election we find COVID-19 cases are still climbing; in consequence, storytime will continue to be presented virtually for some time.  Many excellent articles and blog posts can be found online that cover best practices for creating virtual storytime for caregivers and our littlest patrons. The ALSC Virtual Storytime Services Guide is an exhaustive resource on the topic which includes guidelines and links. More Than a Story: Engaging Young Learners Virtually (Children & Libraries, Fall 2020) gives librarians a concise instructional framework for planning virtual storytime. 5 Tips for Filming Virtual Storytime (ALSC Blog, June…

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Film Video Like a Pro

Does your library provide a maker space with video cameras? Or maybe you’re having a great event that you want to steam online. If so, the Mevo camera may be just what you’re looking for! The King County Library System (KCLS) has used Google Hangouts on Air (see our previous ALSC article on the subject), which requires a laptop, camera, and microphones. While doable, the process can seem daunting for the occasional user. Mevo is a newer one-stop product that is so easy to use you can put your kids in charge of filming. How does it a work? All you need is a Mevo, stand, and iOS device. The Mevo is a camera and microphone that fits in the palm of your hand. After downloading the Mevo app to your iOS device you can set the Mevo to automatically follow any action happening or you can zoom in on the action…

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Creating Videos with Jaycut.com

Perhaps you have recorded a book talk, a book trailer, or a program at the library on your new video camera. Now what are you going to do so that you can share the video with the schools, patrons, or put it up on the library website or social networking site? Head on over to Jaycut.com! Jaycut.com is a free online video editor. You can simply upload your recorded videos, splice them together, and add music and/or text to create your library’s all time “Best Video Ever!” To take advantage of all that jaycut.com has to offer, you must register for an account [located at the top right of the screen]. Once you have created an account and logged in, click the “Create Movie” tab and choose your preferred language [by picking one of the country flags]. Now you are where your video editing skills will come to life. For…