Session Title

Prezi beyond its intended use: exploiting the potential

Description

We live in a world where our students and patrons are increasingly likely to be digital natives, inhabiting an interactive, online world. Librarians seek to meet students and patrons in this digital world, but are often unsure how to transfer our activities and services from the face-to-face, print-based environment in which they were created.

Prezi is a dynamic, web-based presentation software that allows creators to go beyond a simple slide-

to-slide show and actually tell stories using a zoomable, customizable online canvas. But are creator-focused lectures all that Prezi can be used for? How might this digital canvas be employed for user-led experiences or tutorials? With children or in reader’s advisory? What opportunities exist to use Prezi as a bridge to connect library resources with library users in different ways?

This session will cover the basic capabilities and utilities of Prezi as well as demonstrating creative library applications from both a public and an academic librarian. These include read-alike book webs, digital storyboards, web-based magnetic poetry activities, and online tutorials.

Creating presentations in Prezi requires a bit of practice and experimentation, but the benefits of having free, cloud-based media that are easily embedded or linked in a webpage are well worth the effort.

Start Date

14-3-2012 4:00 PM

End Date

14-3-2012 5:00 PM

 
Mar 14th, 4:00 PM Mar 14th, 5:00 PM

Prezi beyond its intended use: exploiting the potential

We live in a world where our students and patrons are increasingly likely to be digital natives, inhabiting an interactive, online world. Librarians seek to meet students and patrons in this digital world, but are often unsure how to transfer our activities and services from the face-to-face, print-based environment in which they were created.

Prezi is a dynamic, web-based presentation software that allows creators to go beyond a simple slide-

to-slide show and actually tell stories using a zoomable, customizable online canvas. But are creator-focused lectures all that Prezi can be used for? How might this digital canvas be employed for user-led experiences or tutorials? With children or in reader’s advisory? What opportunities exist to use Prezi as a bridge to connect library resources with library users in different ways?

This session will cover the basic capabilities and utilities of Prezi as well as demonstrating creative library applications from both a public and an academic librarian. These include read-alike book webs, digital storyboards, web-based magnetic poetry activities, and online tutorials.

Creating presentations in Prezi requires a bit of practice and experimentation, but the benefits of having free, cloud-based media that are easily embedded or linked in a webpage are well worth the effort.