How do you do YouTube?

For Immediate Release
Mon, 12/21/2015


Nancy Gravatt

Press Officer

ALA Washington Office

ALA Washington


Panel will discuss how libraries can leverage this versatile medium

Washington, D.C. – The internet’s favorite repository for cat videos has undergone an unexpected transformation in the last 10 years. Okay, YouTube is still a repository for cat videos, but more than that, it’s a place of curiosity and community. 

An experienced panel of speakers will delve into the world of online videos as the American Library Association’s (ALA) Washington Office (WO) hosts an introductory session, How do you do YouTube? that will be held during the ALA Midwinter Meeting at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.

This is the first of a series of panels and workshops that will be held to explore how libraries can get started and leverage the power of YouTube.  Attendees will learn about the concept of Curiosity Correspondents, gaining internal support for a YouTube project, and how to make the most of your channel (including community outreach, education, and federal advocacy).

The WO Breakout Session II, How do you do YouTube? will take place Saturday, January 9, 2016, at 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Featured speakers include:

  • Moderator Sahitya Raja – Co-director at Uplift – Online Communities Against Sexual Violence, an organization dedicated to creating safe community spaces online;
  • Richert Schnorr – Associate Director of Digital Media, New York Public Library;
  • Susie Kirk – Library Technician, Huie Library, Henderson State University;
  • Colleen Theisen -- Outreach & Engagement Librarian, University of Iowa Special Collections

About the American Library Association

The American Library Association is the oldest and largest library association in the world, with more than 58,000 members in academic, public, school, government, and special libraries. The mission of the American Library Association is to provide leadership for the development, promotion and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all.