Guest Post: 5 Educational YouTube Channels for Librarians

Thomas Samph is a writer at Grovo.com, an online Internet education and training platform for video tutorials on everything from how to use Twitter to Facebook Timeline.

With 48 hours of video uploaded every minute and 3 billion videos watched every day, YouTube has come a long way since one of the site’s co-founders, Jawed Karim, uploaded the first video of himself talking about elephants at the zoo almost 7 years ago.

So many videos, so little time.

In those 7 years, however, YouTube has grown into one of the best destinations for online learning out there. Although there is a time and place for the double rainbows, Justin Biebers and Rebecca Blacks of the Internet – even Cookie Monster in the Library has his place – YouTube has a lot more to offer. YouTube can be a tool to supplement your learning goals online and, at no cost, continue your educational endeavors. You just have to know where to look to find the good stuff.

From the world’s largest library of online videos, here are several of the best YouTube channels for librarians. These channels can help librarians to further educate themselves on the tons of information available on YouTube and further curate the infinite knowledge the world produces daily.

  1. Mashable: Mashable is the go-to destination for social media-oriented tech news on the Internet. When it comes to video, Mashable’s YouTube channel delivers current events, trends, introductions to new cutting edge technology, and how-to videos about the most popular sites and products. With Mashable you can be sure you are getting the news and information the minute it comes out, like this Spotify tutorial that came out the day of the product update that shows you how to use the new embeddable Spotify player for your website. Plus, Mashable’s Media Summit is the preeminent resource for tech trends and their predicted impact on the everyday commerce that affects us all.
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  3. Lifehacker: We’ve got a lot on our plates when it comes to managing our digital lives and balancing events in the real world. Lifehacker helps you manage the two, while showing you efficiency tips to expedite the whole process. From videos about how to automate everything to general tips that teach you to work better, not harder, Lifehacker embraces the chaotic nature of the tech world and shows you how best to marry it with your everyday life.
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  5. TED talks: Yes, it’s common knowledge by now that TED is the place to go for some of the most inspiring video content on the Internet. Still, TED makes this list out of its tireless commitment to expanding our minds. While you can revisit the TED classics like architect Joshua Prince-Ramus’s talk on designing the Seattle Central Library, you can also keep up-to-date with the latest in technological advances with videos like Jack Choi demonstration on how a virtual dissection table works.
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  7. TEKHD: TEKHD, or TEKzilla is one of the most popular tech channels on YouTube. With smart, punchy and entertaining videos, it’s easy to ingest their information at a junk food-rate. The channel produces helpful, cutting edge tips everyday, such as this video on how to make your Twitter into an RSS feed. Their most popular videos are product walkthroughs and reviews, like this video about the newest Toshiba laptop with head tracking technology for glasses-free 3D. While many companies and online publications claim to be on top of the trends, TEKHD is at all the newest trade shows and conferences to keep you on top of all the latest updates and breakthroughs.
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  9. Create Customized Channels: You can filter and sort the content from YouTube into recommended videos with a site called Frequency. The site delivers the best videos to you based on what’s popular among the public, your Facebook friends, and your Twitter followers. You can follow channels and highlight certain videos to build a custom YouTube viewing experience. One of my favorite filters on Frequency is the How-To section that pulls in the best instructional content on YouTube. Find the best recent videos without having to wade through all the spam and low-quality uploads.

How can you utilize these channels to supplement learning? Do you use other YouTube channels not mentioned in this list? You can leave your reactions and feedback, as well as personal opinions on YouTube, education and libraries in the comments below!