Budget restrictions are affecting both Universities and Libraries, so University Libraries are in a quite vulnerable position. Consequently, we’re obliged to take advantage of free tools and resources if we want to innovate. With this in mind, and with the idea of opening the events programmed for the Open Access Week¬†in the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC) and coordinated by the UOC Virtual Library to the world, we planned to live stream ¬†the main event, the workshop “Open Acess, repositories and¬†copyleft¬†workshop”. Once we realised that we didn’t have enough budget for live streaming with the Audiovisual Service of the University, we decided to test a free live streaming tool for video.

There are some online tools for video streaming, the most widely used are: Bambuser, Livestream, Ustream¬†and¬†Justin.tv. Most of them have free and premium accounts. With a free account you can stream from your 3G phone or your computer, but probably you can’t connect a camera or stream in HD quality and your account will not be ad-free. For more information on these services you can have a look at this interesting article¬†and this¬†comparison¬†both published in¬†the Streaming media magazine.

In this case, we decided to test Bambuser because of the facility of use and due to knowing the experience of the People Witness network within the social movements in Spain. Besides, there are several online tutorials and a really efficient customer service.

Steps to follow

First of all, you need to create an account by signing up in Bambuser and filling in the form.


In the next step, it’s strongly recommended¬†to connect Bambuser with your Facebook and/or Twitter accounts for a wider diffusion, this way your broadcasts will be automatically posted in your social networks. Following other users with similar interests is a good way of starting a network or community of interest in this platform.

¬†Afterwards, you can choose your setup options for broadcasting: smartphone or webcam. You can change this setting at any time to broadcast both ways. In the UOC Library, as we need this account for broadcasting events, talks, workshops… we’re going to use a webcam for assuring a better quality.

In our case we created a corporative account and our user is UOCbiblioteca.


Your Bambuser account with your live broadcasts can be embedded in your website or blog just by copying the html code which appers in your channel homepage under the “Embed code” section. This way the last streaming will be shown on your website, as you can see bellow.


If otherwise you just want to integrate a particular broadcast, once you’re in the broadcast screen click on the Share button and copy and paste the html code in your website.


Good practices

The use of hastags makes it easier to monitor broadcasts on a specific subject in the social networks and to collect all of them with free online tools, as Rebelmouse for example. 


More information

A more detailed tutorial on How to stream, as well as links to other ones, can be found at the People Witness wiki, collaboratively collected and curated by the participants in the People Witness project.


No need to rewind

Videos are an effective and attractive way to explain things. The easy to create them and publish them on the Internet has allowed the use of this format has been extended greatly. Some are made by professionals and others are homemade. The point is that the video is an option that can be adapted to different needs and possibilities from the people who wants to produce them.

Libraries also have opted for this resource to explain and disseminate their buildings, services, etc.. (see also Video killed the library staff).

The UOC Virtual Library is also betting for videos for some time. We started a couple of years when we redefined the training plan of the Library, and it was decided to give much weight to the training through video. We are developing the new Library website, which also has been conceptualized to accommodate much video content. In the new site is expected to use videos as user training, as well as to illustrate in a simple and entertaining way the content and the library services.

On the Internet, has been highly successful videos that illustrate facts and figures, as the serie ‚ÄúDid you know‚Ä̬†or type of videos like ‚ÄúA Day in the Life of Social Media“.

These, and some others, have served to inspire us to make the last edition of the UOC Virtual Library Activity Report, academic year 2010-2011.

The result is “The UOC Virtual Library, 365 days online : Activity Report (academic year 2010-2011)“, ¬†a video of 3:37 minutes which reveals the current state of the Library, through some important figures, both the use of the services is offered as the volume of the collection-, and the projects developed during the year in question.

The script, content and design work was carried out from the library and the assembly was outsourced to an external company. The design used in the video follows the design created for the new library website.

So we offer you a first taste of how the new Virtual Library image will be!



Some more interesting examples:
Internet statistics 2010 – amazing stats
Harvard Business School
STATISTICS – Info Graphics Solution
Cambridge. The application process
SOA4All in the Future Internet of Services
This Is You


Video killed the library staff

Video is the content media star in the Internet, even some say that the rise of online video will break the Internet.

So, for some users, video is becoming the most important content available in the Internet. People use the Internet to get in touch through social networks, maybe read the news, but sure to see online video content. As we can read at the last comScore data report: 180 million U.S. Internet users watched online video content in July 2011 for an average of 18.5 hours per viewer. The total U.S. Internet audience engaged in a record 6.9 billion viewing sessions. This are huge numbers that can’t be ignored.

So when talking about creating and putting new content available in the Internet, libraries have to think about video. But what type of video should we make? With which kind of content?

Some libraries have started to work in these issues and we could find some of their video content available in the most popular video channel on the Internet: Youtube.

Some libraries are also taking advantage of the media to show their collections and digitize its audiovisual collections to make it available through the Internet:

Popular Culture – Treasures of The New York Public Library

Krazy Kat and Ignatz Mouse at the circus

Origins of American Animation – Library of Congress playlist

Video is also a very powerful tool to make tutorials and training materials, using easy tools as screencasting:

At the UOC Virtual Library we have been working around with video for a while. You can see our training materials at the University’s Youtube channel.

So don’t be afraid of Fame and jump into the scene of video stream!