As many of you have noticed I am not posting many entries these days. I am recording more video. Hence the gaps between posts. You can find my short videos about library conferences, professional events and issues of interest at Loida Garcia-Febo YouTube Channel.
I recently participated in a panel presentation titled “Video killed the blog star,” and to be honest with you what I truly know is that video is powerful. This past summer, representatives from the PEW Report claimed that more Americans are watching and sharing online videos. To be precise, 52 percent of all U.S. adults have used the Internet to watch or download video. And! 69 percent of Internet users watch or download video online. The heavy users are between 18 and 29 years old. Furthermore, 43% of the surveyed in 2009 indicated that they watch news, and 38% watch educational videos mostly uploaded to social network sites (52%). See full PEW survey results here. The phenomenon continues to grow!
So, is blogging dying? Is another format killing it? We can debate that for years. I do want to be clear and respectfully recognize any librarian who actively discusses issues of interest for library workers via any medium. At the same time, I must say that I have noticed more colleagues posting videos or “vloging” about their library services, professional efforts and ideas. That’s very encouraging! Still, as you can see I find myself posting an entry to say that I video more. Nevertheless, change is underway. I believe video will continue to increase. When thinking about this new era I cannot forget the words of Innovator Jaap Van De Geer who encouraged me to try video. I also like to invoke legendary library Innovator, Erik Boekesteijn and his motto, Innovate or Die.