I approach library-related podcasts with some reservation: wouldn’t it be faster for us to read? And not only faster when we need speed, but more easily allowing pauses for consideration of the matter? (Audiovisual media barely allow us, though they do not invite us, to stop frequently, take in a sentence again, or reflect.) This raises the question of, For what topics, or for which audiences, is audio the best delivery means?
- News — the kind you don’t need to think about much, but just want to have gently flowing over you like so much air-pudding.
- Storytelling. For kids, mostly, but also an opportunity to tell tales for grown-ups. All part of the library’s cultural programming.
- Just about anything for the blind.
Being already subscribed to More Library Blogs Than You Can Shake A Stick At (though I took Karen Jensen’s advice and dropped some), I have no interest yet in adding library podcasts to my daily time-suck. I found some in each of the three podcast directories, and ignored them.
However, I did find the Onion Radio News, which is tops in my book. Subscribed!