WJIL contacted a number of FY2009 LSTA grant recipients to follow up on what has happened since the completion of their grant. ”PePod: Pekin Programs on Demand” is the second in a series of articles that focus on what happens after the money is gone.
In 2008, Pekin Public Library Assistant Director Alissa Williams attended a session at the Public Library Association Conference, where the presenter challenged libraries to be as functional online as they are offline. When the 2009 LSTA Grants were announced, Williams decided the In Sync with Technology offering was the perfect way to rise to this challenge. Thus, PePOD was born.
PePod stands for Pekin Programs on Demand and makes library programs available to users anytime they want via podcasts. The library also started Storytime Anytime, which makes a video of storytime available on demand for parents and children. The Pekin Public Library partnered with the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce on the project, and the chamber recorded its monthly events, which the library uploaded to its website. PePod is also available via subscription in iTunes.
Currently, the library has 15 podcasts available, and usually one program a month is suitable for recording. All of the presenters have allowed their programs to be recorded and several were quite excited about the opportunity.
The library launched a new “On Demand” section of its website, which includes the PePod project. The library also offers Tumblebooks and other downloadable media databases. In the PePod section, users are able to comment on the podcasts.
Podcasts are recorded using a portable recorder and then edited using GarageBand. The library’s website vendor provided a complete identity package, which included opening jingles, as well as a PePod graphic. Editors use a standard opening and closing script, which provides consistency through each of the podcasts.
Find out more about this project and what happened after the money was gone in our most recent WJIL Library Spotlight.