Need a new place to look for free user-generated video? There’s more than just YouTube out there.
Blip.tv is another place where video is easily uploaded, tagged, sorted and found. While poking around the site, I came across this video created by Bernhard Drax. It’s a nice summary of what libraries are doing in Second Life, for those who haven’t taken the time to get in-world yet:
Another venue is mefeedia. Mefeedia is more of a “Program your own TV Station” site. It sorts video into channels for easy viewing, such as Sitcoms or Gardening. I find this a much more valid sorting system than YouTube’s favorites.
Recently, librarians Rosa Diaz from the Lincoln Branch of Rochester Public Library and Marcia Thor from the Maplewood Branch of RPL came up with a fantastic new library service.
They brought video cameras out to Fairport Public Library to record the “Babies Love Books” story time which is a program for newborns through 18 months (and their caregivers.)
Rosa and Marcia will be taking the video into the city schools for a program for teen moms on reading with their babies.
We all know how important it is to read to babies, and these librarians have come up with a fun way to spread the idea to young mothers. How cool is that?
That was the response I got from an inventor friend when I sent him this link:
and he’s right: it is just like youtube, only the videos are for scientists or those with extremely nerdy tendencies. This sort of information sharing needs to be on the radar screen of librarians.
The Journal of Visualized Experiments is a site where scientists can upload videos of their experiments. It’s a great resource and definitely worth a look, even if science isn’t your thing, because we’re going to see more and more of this in the near future.