9 February 2006

Webcasting/Streaming - who's doing what

Anna Raunik from the Queensland State Library gave an interesting overview of webcasting in libaries and allied organisations.
  • Library of Congress has over 700 webcasts featuring its collections and its staff
  • Local government in the UK has a requirement to commence webcasts of public/council meetings in the near future. Some have already commenced using a hosted service - public-i.
  • QSL is interested in webcasting and webconferencing for communicating and supporting public libraries and possible their clients. Queensland is a very large state with very remote communities so the state library is looking for ways to overcome these obstacles in delivery of equitable service to the population.
  • Natural History Museum in the UK is the only site Anna visited that had costed the production of their webcasts - Around 700 pounds each!

The paper has a lot more detail than Anna covered in her presentation.