This week's challenge was to explore Youtube. I've watched videos on Youtube before. I watched old music videos that I watched, danced, and sang to 'back in the day,' as my kids would say. I've also used Youtube to find instructional videos on many varieties of topics. In fact, I used Youtube to find out how to create my Voki or mini-me that resides on my blog.
The use of Youtube could come in handy in libraries, given proper permissions are obtained to record and share events that take place in the library for example. Maybe an author comes to the library to speak, and those who missed it could watch the video on Youtube. Or how about using it for tutorials on searching the catalog or requesting ILL materials.
I saw some awesome ways that museums for example are making use of Youtube. One such museum would be the Smithsonian's Natural History Museum. They have their own Youtube channel, as do the other Smithsonian Museums. The video that I'll share below is about the, "Race: Are We So Different," exhibition.
The exhibition referred to in this video is made up of art work from elementary to high school aged students and will be on display at the Natural History Museum until January 2012. If you're in DC in the coming months, check it out. I visited the National Mall over the summer and visited the National Museum of American History. It in itself was huge, so we never made it to the Natural History Museum.
To find out more about the exhibition, visit there Web site: