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Current practice: categories and features of library tutorials

Abstract:

Generally, educators, and especially librarians, design tutorials that reflect the local practices of their library and institution. Their practice is varied in terms of the types of tutorials they create. The design and software used to create tutorials also varies, but typically falls into several categories: web-based tutorials using screenshots; narrated PowerPoints; tutorials used with screencasting software; podcasting; and videos. This chapter will provide an overview of these categories, including an overview of the advantages and disadvantages of each, as well as student perspectives on them. The chapter will also detail some of the tools and tutorials used ...

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