Tales from the Source: Library Instruction Videos through Creative Collaboration
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Permanent Link: http://ufdc.ufl.edu/IR00000783/00001
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Title: Tales from the Source: Library Instruction Videos through Creative Collaboration
Physical Description: Conference Poster
Creator: Arlen, Shelley
Craig, Cindy
Clapp, Missy
Florida Library Association (FLA) ( Conference )
Publisher: University of Florida Libraries
Place of Publication: Gainesville, FL
Publication Date: 2012
Abstract: “Arg! Avast ye, Mateys! There’s booty to be had on the high seas!” Were pirates really the scallywags and ne’er-do-wells depicted in popular culture? The answers are found in primary documents from the Golden Age of Piracy. But what are primary documents? How are they found? A team of academic librarians from the Humanities & Social Sciences Library at the University of Florida wanted to answer these questions for library users in a fun, yet informative, way. With the help of a $5,000 grant, the librarians collaborated with the Digital Worlds Institute, a video production company, to create a new video series called Tales from the Source. Episodes from this series would explore the use of primary documents for history research. After about a year of work, the end result was two professionally-produced four-minute videos: “Pyrates: Truth be Told” and “Captain Kidd: Pirate or Privateer?”. This poster will outline the multiple aspects of this project, including the grant application process, the experience of collaborating with a non-library entity, the gradual evolution of the project from early drafts and storyboards to the final products, and the marketing and distribution of the videos.
Acquisition: Collected for University of Florida's Institutional Repository by the UFIR Self-Submittal tool. Submitted by Cindy Craig.
General Note: Presented at the Annual Conference of the Florida Library Association, April 19, 2012.
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Source Institution: University of Florida Institutional Repository
Holding Location: University of Florida
Rights Management: All rights reserved by the submitter.
System ID: IR00000783:00001


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A team of reference librarians wrote a successful proposal for $5,000 from an internal grant program. The aim was to collaborate with a video production company to create videos explaining primary documents for history research. Phase 1: After brainstorming ideas and making preliminary drafts, the librarians met with the creative team at the Digital Worlds Institute. After many discussions, it was decided to make two videos on the theme of the Golden Age of Piracy. Phase 2: The librarians gathered images of historical documents from a variety of online organizations and databases. For images that were not in the public domain, permissions collections. Phase 3: Tales From the Source Tales From the Source Library Instruction Videos through Creative Collaboration Library Instruction Videos through Creative Collaboration Phase 4: After supplying high resolution images and a revised storyboard and script, artists at the Digital Worlds Institute created the videos. Historical documents were brought to life through color, movement, narration, and music. Phase 5: The completed videos were marketed through posters, flyers, and online easy viewing. An online library guide contains the videos as well as links to original sources. Phase 6: An evaluation study of this project is in the planning stages. George A. Smathers Libraries University of Florida Shelley Arlen, Cindy Craig, Missy Clapp / Florida Library Association, 2012 Annual Conference