A little bit about Podcasting.

Hello all!  Do you have a lot to say about something you’re passionate about?  Do you enjoy using different routes of technology to get your story out there?  Podcasting may be exactly right for you.

  • A Podcast is a digital media file, or a series of media files, that is distributed over the Internet using syndication feeds (RSS feeds) for playback on computers or mobile devices.
  • The term “podcast” comes from the terms “iPod”, of Apple, and “broadcast”.
  • In other words, a podcast is a collection of files (usually audio and video) residing at a unique web feed address.
  • People can “subscribe” to this feed by submitting the feed address to an aggregator (like iTunes – software that runs on the consumer’s computer). When new “episodes” become available in the podcast they will be automatically downloaded to that user’s computer.
  • Unlike radio or streaming content on the web, podcasts are not real-time. The material is pre-recorded and users can check out the material at their leisure, offline.
  • Though podcasters’ web sites may also offer direct download or streaming of their content, a podcast is distinguished from other digital media formats by its ability to be syndicated, subscribed to, and downloaded automatically, using an aggregator or feed reader capable of reading feed formats such as RSS.

What can we do in LIS to utilize this technology?  There are many who are already harnessing this information.  There are tons of medical and healthcare podcasts!  Remember, the more information we can provide to more people, the better.

  • Health and wellness education are widely accessible to the public through podcasts. Many developed countries such as Australia have utilized podcasts to publish new findings in the medical field.
  • The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) has been one of the active participants in informing the public of new drugs and processes to improve medical awareness.
    • Podcast topics in the medical community vary greatly, and include:
    • Career advice for medical professionals
    • New technology, innovations
    • Instructional videos on simple procedures
    • Interviews with healthcare providers
    • Personal stories in the field
    • Connecting with patients through the use of technology


Hopefully I’ve given you some good info, and you’ll go out there and make a podcast! Keep reading (and watching and listening!), forever and always.

~Lauren Collier


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