First Time Experience with Facebook Live

In that LJ marketing class, a speaker talked about livestreaming with Facebook Live. We talked about it at work and finally the stars aligned when I was signed up to attend Stephanie’s Bullet Journal class. She emailed me yesterday and asked if I’d like to film her presentation. Sure! You can see her video below and my notes on the experience below.

Prep Work
I over prepared by bringing up a laptop, soundproof headphones, and my phone. My intentions were to film while listening in to the stream on the computer as a quality check. It quickly became apparent that the FB Live was about 5 seconds behind the real thing which was hard to handle. I eventually closed the laptop. My phone was plugged into the laptop to sustain its power hunger for the entire hour and seven minute presentation.

Setup & Camera Movement
Stephanie sat at the end of the table and I sat on the right side of the table about two feet from her. Since our Facebook page is a business account, you have to download the Page Manager app, not the Facebook one. The live button is hidden. You need to go to your account page then click on post. From there, you have an option to choose live. It seems to default to the camera facing you.

For the most part, my elbows were drawn close to my body so I could just see her from the elbows up. When she talked about something on-screen, I’d turn the camera and then pinch in on my screen to zoom. Then I tried to be fancy and pinch out simultaneously when moving back to Stephanie herself. The footage timed out twice when it disconnected from the staff’s WiFi.

Audience Response
I was able to very slowly like people’s comments and reply. At the end of the program, around 750 people had been exposed to the Live event, 220-ish had popped in, we had 16 likes, and a handful of comments. Not bad for a first adventure!

Health Hazards
It’s hard to hold your phone that long. My hands started cramping up. The worst pain was a stitch in my right side. At times I felt like I couldn’t breathe completely. This could be because I re-aggravated my previously impinged rotator cuff on Sunday. At the end, I was very, very tired.

Friday’s Project: Stuffed Animal Sleepover Teaser Video

One of my questions in the LJ Successful Library Marketing class was about how to advertise something. I worked with my colleague Krishna to film this short video. When I uploaded it to Instagram, I realized that I had to go and make a change so it’d work in that square formatting. It’s still a little rough there since I was in a hurry, but it does the trick.

LibUX: Web App vs. Native App

Michael’s description:

When–if ever–should a library opt to build a native app? What are the inherent social, development, and financial implications of choosing one over the other. Is a web app literally a more ethical decision for a tax/tuition-driven institution?


Our special guest this time was Brian Pichman (@bpichman) who joined us via his smartphone to discuss the topic.

We used Boopsie as our de facto native app vendor that libraries use, but our comments are meant for library app vendors in general. Our opinions are our own and do not reflect our libraries.

LibUX: Hamburger Icon

Michael and I are starting to get a real feel for conducting these video/podcasts! Today we kept it under 30 minutes and chatted about copyright, legalese, the Innovation/Polaris acquisition, WordPress + PowerPac, mobile apps, hamburger menus, Heartbleed bug, the Personal Digital Archiving & Radical Archivists conferences, and more!

Big announcement: Michael put in the back breaking work to build the libux website which is available on Github.

Another Dance Video: Just Read Good Romance

My brilliant colleague, Krishna (@darcyeyre), was inspired to create a Lady Gaga based video to promote our romance novel collection. She worked with our now college-bound colleague Tyler to write the lyrics. The video was high in our thoughts for around six months (?) but we decided to wait till Valentine’s Day to premiere it. So, for the past week and a half, Krishna and I scrambled to pull it together. I hope you enjoy watching it!

Inbox: Too Many

I usually keep my inbox at around 17 emails. Half of those are love letters to myself with reminders of what cool things to look up and ideas for other projects. For the past three weeks though, I haven’t been able to get my inbox under 56. The consequence is that I’m really behind on answering patron emails. Each person has a query that takes 10+ minutes to answer. Today I managed to sit down and fix two websites for patrons whom I had started on using WordPress to revamp their company websites. I’m proud of the results, but ashamed of how long it took me to get to their emails.

I also made eight new digital signs today. There is still another important one that needs to be done for our new Art iPads. In the video you can see my reflection. Whoops!

Finally, I spent time trying to track down what happened to one of our library Gmail accounts. I was alerted on Friday that something had happened. Some forms on our website were gone. When I went to investigate, I discovered that the entire Gmail account had been deleted that day. All attempts at guessing the right combination of answers to reactivate the account have been a bust. We have no idea what happened. I personally have been with Gmail since 2004 and own multiple accounts and have never seen this happen before. So we had to start back at square one with a new account. This won’t bring back the data that was lost in the sign up sheets, but at least we’re back online again.

New Video: I Have a Dream

Created by Krishna Grady (@darcyeyre), the Harold W. McGraw Jr. fellow at Darien Library. The video was conceived, filmed, edited, and produced by Krishna. Library staff from all departments offered up their dreams for the camera while speaking portions of Dr. King’s speech.

My minor role in this was a final critical eye during the editing process. The video was filmed and edited in the Digital Media Lab. Krishna and I evaluated copyright free music (search terms: uplifting) before Krishna choose her piece. Then the video was exported out of Final Cut Pro X into Compressor (a patron’s recommended purchase).