Libraries are using these virtual tools and practices for staff meetings, communication, and training, as well as public programs, including live events as well as recorded programs. See below for guidelines and tips, as well as virtual tools for staff meetings and public programs - live and recorded.
Besides social media, here are a few tools to consider (and many are free):
Zoom - Zoom Basic is free for one-to-one meetings for up to 24 hours; 40 minutes if you add more people; subscription rate for more. A limited number of Zoom subscriptions has been made available to Maryland public libraries and MLA. Each subscription includes Zoom Meeting (500 seats) and Zoom Webinar (500 seats). Here's a comparison - Zoom Meeting vs. Zoom Webinar. Both products can be streamed to either Facebook or YouTube. Zoom has free training and resources. Here are 7 Simple Zoom Tips. Beware of Zoom Bombing - Zoom Privacy & Security and recognize that the alternatives can have issues too. Here are some great Zoom Webinar Tips. Zoom Audio and Music - How to Use Zoom Audio (Easy) and Zoom in Music Mode for Online Fitness Classes and Music Lessons (Advanced)
Restream.io - This can be used with Zoom to stream to multiple platforms at the same time. Pricing is here and there is a free version. Alternatively, both Zoom Meeting and Zoom Webinar include the capability to stream to either YouTube or Facebook. You can stream to one of these and record it, then post the recording to the other easily at no cost.
Blackboard Collaborate - Maryland State Library provides this online platform for public libraries and MLA to use at no charge. It can be used for meetings, training, and webinars for staff and public programs. Please contact your staff development coordinator for more information.
FreeConferenceCall.com (FCC) and Uberconference offer free conference calling but also include online meeting capabilities including video and it is all free. FCC provides a capacity of up to 1,000 participants. Upgraded paid plans are also available.
Slack and Discord are two popular alternatives to email that provide a faster back channel for communication. Anyone with a Maryland library work email address can use the Maryland Libraries Statewide Slack site. This is a good place to get the word out on other Slack and Discord sites that could be of interest to others statewide. There's a new MD Library Makers Slack site where people are sharing how they are using 3D printers to make masks for the OpenWorks project. See this Freethink article on the project.
Facebook Messenger Rooms is new, free, and permits up to 50 people in a room for video chat. Libraries are using Facebook to share library programs, but this has not been used. This article discusses privacy concerns. Some libraries have enterprise accounts that include Google Hangouts Meet or Microsoft Teams. These two products are mostly being used for internal communication.
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