E-JASL: The Electronic Journal of Academic and Special Librarianship


Date of this Version

Spring 2009

Document Type



Electronic Journal of Academic and Special Librarianship (Spring 2009) 10(1). Also available at http://southernlibrarianship.icaap.org/content/v10n01/michel_j01.html.


Copyright 2009, the authors. Used by permission.



In the summer of 2008, the Miami University Libraries began a pilot project to integrate Web video tutorials (vodcasts) into a multiplicity of access points to enhance and extend library services. By the end of the project, Web video tutorials had been embedded in specific course sites in the course management system Blackboard, as well as in our institution's iTunes U site. The libraries were, in fact, the first entity on campus to feature publicly-available content on iTunes U. This brief article will delineate the project and explain why we believe this effort has helped position the library within the framework of our users' information-seeking behavior.