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Thing 6 : Video

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Video is getting popular

Insivia shared 50 must know stats about video marketing for 2013. Statistics like “86% of colleges and universities have a presence on YouTube, according to the University of Dartmouth“, and “Each day 100 million internet users watch an online video” are just a few examples. Statistics from YouTube show that more than 4 billion hours of video are seen each month, and 25% of global YouTube views come from mobile devices.  YouTube is also a popular search engine, particularly for DIY topics.  Of course there are other video apps and tools to consider as well, including Vimeo, VineViddySocial CamAnimotouStream, Flickr, Instagram and more!

Vimeo started out as a video sharing website for film professionals, thus, I really like how Vimeo retains the quality of your uploaded video. Plus, you don’t have to worry about the limit to the length of the video. Here’s a Library Tour made by students of The BookBench from Rizal Library and another one by Li Ka Shing Library (Singapore Management University).

In this Thing, we will take a look at some of the ways libraries and library workers can use videos for engaging clients and providing information about services, events and collections to their communities. I have also done a blog posting on simple free screen casting tools like Jing and Quicktime that can help you create instructional videos easily, plus some tips I learned from Ms Kathryn Greenhill from Curtin University and Ms Molly Tebo from State Library of Western Australia during ALIA conference in 2013.

Listen to a personal and very encouraging voice message for all of you (#23mthingsphsg participants) from Ms Mylee Joseph from Sydney. =)

A welcome video greeting for #23mthingsphsg participants from @janholmquist


You have probably seen some great uses of YouTube for libraries.

But what about something new like Vine and Instagram?

Instagram & Vine

Other tools

  • Mozilla Popcorn Maker
    Instead of creating a brand new video from scratch, you can also use Mozilla Popcorn Maker to mash different videos quickly to give you your desired results. It is unbelievably simple. Do take note that if you are looking into mashing up a video from YouTube, videos which do not allow embedding (copyrighted) will not be mashable.

    Wanting to annotate the video you’ve seen via Youtube, Coursera or Edx? introduced by @aarontay allows one to easily synchronise your notes with a video. This makes it so easy for you to annotate a library instructional video and share it with your users. Simply pause the video where you want to annotate, then type into the blank spaces beside the video.Screen Shot 2014-02-20 at 10.30.41 pm


  1. Record a video
    • Download Animoto, GoAnimate, Instagram or Vine app on your mobile device
    • Record a video using one of the apps
    • Share it via Twitter using the hashtag #23mthingsphsg
    • See guide on how to take video using instagram and vine.
  2. Share a video
    • Share a YouTube video relating to your library via Twitter using the hashtag #23mthingsphsg

Thinking Points

Remix from the original 23 Mobile things :
23 Mobile Things – Thing 6
ANZ 23 Mobile things – Thing 6

Check out 23MobileThing’s Video Pinterest Board for more tutorials and ideas.

Follow 23mobile things’s board Video on Pinterest.

Joan Joan is a Senior Librarian (New Media) at Nanyang Technological University (Singapore) and has been in the profession for nearly five years now. Her forte lies in using social media and mobile tools. She graduated with a BSSc from National University of Singapore and holds a Master in Information Studies from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.