Video Journals

As we see the proliferation of videos online, I continue to wonder how this will affect print resources. Google, Amazon, Microsoft, and many other technology corporations believe that print is on the way out. Humanity has has a long history of oral communication, and video is an extension of this form of communication. While video does not allow for automatic feedback as a person-to-person conversation allows, it allows for virtual presence that combines both audio & visual elements.

I recently ran across an older article from 2007 that I had read before about a peer-reviewed video journal called Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE). At the time, I thought it was an intriguing concept, and something to keep an eye on in case it took off. I don’t know of too many small liberal arts colleges that subscribe to this resource, but I think this would be useful tool for larger research institutions in which time is a limiting factor among lab instructors and assistants.

There is a great educational value in this medium, since some videos already exist for lab instruction, and I am a little surprised that these type of videos are not already posted on YouTube. Some common techniques exist already such as frog dissection, but nothing overly technical. I see part of the reason as reliability (posting incorrect info that might cause harm), as well as controlling the flow of info (perhaps “secret” techniques from published sources).

At any rate, I really like the idea of a video journal. Click here to view a video from the video journal JoVE.


About repplinger

John has served as a Reference Librarian at Willamette University since 2002. He is the liaison to the Science Departments, and is responsible for maintaining the collections related to the life & physical sciences. His research interests range over the entire spectrum of libraries and information sciences, but includes: - Google and its influence on information & society - The Internet's influence on information seeking & sharing behaviors - Trends of scholarly communication - Electronic learning environments - Traditional pedagogy - GIS use in academic libraries

Posted on July 9, 2009, in Science Stuff, Technology, Videos and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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