Podcasts: Consumer or Creator?

Podcasts are something that I’ve never taken the time to get into but I appreciate that they are a great thing that I am definitely missing out on. I’ve heard about Serial and really wanted to give it a go. I’ve tried to listen to audiobooks and I do enjoy them but I find it difficult to sit and listen and do nothing else. I like the fact that I am being read to and it’s really relaxing but I can only sit and listen for so long. I definitely prefer to read books myself.

I don’t know the best way to actually listen to podcasts – when and how do people listen to them? How do you fit them into your day? Please let me know because I’d like to find more time to listen to them.

I miss reading and studying history and I admit, I really don’t have the time at the moment to be reading my history books. They’re safely waiting for me in my tiny library. I’ve made a promise to myself that I will read them again. They aren’t going anywhere that’s for sure and I will keep buying more.

A snapshot of my neglected history collection – ignore the Batman comic

But I guess this is where podcasts can come in handy because I can listen to them and do stuff at the same time… As long as the stuff I am doing doesn’t require too much brain power; cleaning, bathing or sitting on a train for example.

I’ve just discovered this podcast and I am definitely excited by it. The Director of the British Museum, Neil MacGregor takes us through the History of the World in 100 Objects which can be found in the British Museum. Telling the tales of history through things is what museums do and it’s one of the most entertaining ways to learn about history. This podcast, first broadcast in 2010, examines human history through some of the things that we have created during our existence.

Podcasts can definitely be used for entertainment and leisure purposes – I think I am definitely going to take a bath and carry on listening to this podcast.

I think podcasts could definitely be used in the library. As far as I am aware no one creates their own podcasts in the library I work in at the moment but I can see their potential, especially when thinking about “100 objects” projects and blogs that are used in libraries and special collections to inform people about their star objects. It’s nice to have the option to learn about things in different ways and they could be useful for creating accessible content. The enthusiasm and knowledge of archivists, curators and special collections librarians would come across really well on a podcast. I will also be keeping my ears open for new podcasts and listen to some more of the podcasts on “Circulating Ideas” because they are really useful for professional development. I really enjoyed epidode 64: Troy Swanson & Heather Jagman talking about their book Not Just Where To Click: Teaching Students How To Think About Information. Thanks Rudai 23 for introducing this to me.

On that note however, I think I am going to be a podcast consumer rather than a podcast creator because at the moment, I don’t feel like I have enough interesting things to talk about. Plus, I hate the sound of my own voice, it’s weird!

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5 thoughts on “Podcasts: Consumer or Creator?

  1. Hi Amy, I’ve never really been down with the whole podcast thing either but I’ve recently found some literary ones which are amazing – my favourite is the green light book store podcast – it’s a series of authors interviewing other authors about their work: you can copy and paste this link into your browser http://www.greenlightbookstore.com/radiohour. I’ve started listening to them on my way to / from work but they do require attention so I wouldn’t like to drive and listen simultaneously (I commute my train).

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  2. Not really library related but never mind:
    Serial is incredible! I listened to the whole series in no time at all as I was hooked after listening to the first episode. I’ve listened to a few different podcasts and I’ve found I can only really do it when I have already have some sort of visual input, so I need to be on the train/walking/cleaning/shelving/editing graphics for the library website etc…. (basically tasks that don’t really require any brain power).
    As a fellow History graduate I would highly recommend ‘In Our Time: History’ – another gem from Radio 4. Some of the episodes have featured historians whose work I’ve read/written about. Cue major geeking out at hearing them talk about their theories.


    • I’ve just had a quick look now and thank you so much for sharing, they looks really good. They’re nice and long as well. I think I will definitely have to have a listen to ‘In Our Time: Science’ as well. I am getting more and more excited about podcasts!:)


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