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Go screencasting go! Creating screencast tutorials to support data products

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Lynda Kellam
University of North Carolina Greensboro

Many libraries have created screencast tutorials to support instruction efforts. Typically these tutorials demonstrate specific journal article databases. More data professionals are recognizing the usefulness of screencast tutorials for teaching about data products to specific audiences. An example is ICPSR's conversion of many of its text-based tutorials to screencast versions on the Data User Help Center (

In this workshop, we will learn how to create a basic screencast tutorial using a free software called Jing!. We will first overview the software available for screencast creation and then discuss best practices in creating screencast tutorials, including length, audience, and scripting. In the second portion, participants will write a short script and practice using Jing! to create their own screencast tutorials for a chosen data product. Finally, participants will discuss the place of screencast tutorials in the data world with the goal of creating best practices guidelines for data-oriented screencast tutorials. Participants will leave the workshop with a finished draft of a screencast tutorial as well as guidelines and suggestions for future tutorials.

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