Podcast Literacy: Educational, Accessible, and Diverse Podcasts for Library Users

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Library Technology Reports, February/March 2017 (53:2)

Podcasts are experiencing a renaissance today. More high-quality programming is available for more diverse audiences than ever before. And in this report, Nicole Hennig will provide you with a guide that includes some of the best educational, accessible, and diverse podcasts available for your library users. Hennig provides suggestions for how you can find the best podcasts, discusses the purposes and benefits of podcasts, and share tips on how we can use this knowledge to point our users to the most relevant content and help increase digital literacy in our communities.

In this issue of Library Technology Reports (vol. 53, no. 2), Hennig will cover

  • Why podcasts are an important part of digital literacy;
  • Statistics on podcast listening;
  • The advantages of audio-based learning;
  • How to find the best podcasts and the best apps for podcast listening;
  • Lists of recommended podcasts for general audiences, higher education, teens, children, people with disabilities, and diverse and underserved audiences;
  • How podcasts are being used, in context, in K–12 education and higher education;
  • Podcast accessibility for people with disabilities;
  • Ideas for how libraries can become curators and recommenders of podcasts; and
  • Resources for learning more.

Nicole Hennig

Nicole Hennig is an expert in mobile technologies for libraries. In her 14 years of experience at the MIT Libraries, she won awards for innovation and worked to keep academics up to date with the best mobile technologies. Now she has her own business helping librarians stay current with new technologies. She is the author of several books, including Keeping Up with Emerging Technologies and Apps for Librarians. Like most librarians, she is passionate about access to information for all. To stay current with the best technologies for education and productivity, sign up for her email newsletter, Mobile Apps News, on nicolehennig.com.

Library Technology Reports

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