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Tuesday, May 17 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Poster Session 2: Poster Board Number 8

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Poster Board Number: 8
Title: Creating an Orientation Video on a Shoestring
Objective: To describe the creation of an orientation video for use in multiple health sciences schools student orientations, using readily available resources.
Methods: The University of Washington Health Sciences Library, which serves six health sciences schools, is constantly searching for new ways to promote library resources and services to incoming students. Each health sciences school has a yearly general orientation for their students, and the library liaison assigned to that school has an opportunity to present library information. For many years, liaisons have used more traditional orientation talks and live demonstrations of resources, but we desired to incorporate a livelier, attention-getting format as part of the orientation. However, budget cuts precluded purchasing professional filming or editing equipment. Instead, the nursing and medical school library liaisons decided to create a short, six-minute orientation video using already owned video production resources (Camtasia, iMovie, Photoshop, Audacity, and QuickTime Pro). The live action video’s objective is to use a clinician-patient encounter to establish the information need and create the question that is then searched using our key e-resources for evidence-based information.
Results: Within two months, we wrote the script, chose "actors," collected costumes and props, "created" a care provider office, rehearsed, recorded, and produced the video. The video was presented at the medical and nursing student orientations in fall 2010. Lessons learned: Decide standards of video size and type preproduction; consistent audio quality can be a problem with multiple recording sessions; and although we produced the video in Flash and QuickTime formats to accommodate software variations on presentation computers, we still needed to contact technical support to assure adequate audio support and test video format.
Conclusions: With careful planning and organization, a library can produce a short orientation video on a limited budget or with already owned resources. The video can also be used in orientations with our other health sciences schools in the future.
Authors: Janet G. Schnall, AHIP, Information Management Librarian; Leilani A. St. Anna, AHIP, Information Management Librarian; Joanne Rich, Information Management Librarian; Ann Gleason, Systems Librarian; Health Sciences Library; University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Tuesday May 17, 2011 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Exhibit Hall A - Minneapolis Convention Center

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