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HSL Newsletter

This is the LibGuide version of the Library's quarterly newsletter, "Corpus Callosum".

Video Production Service during the Pandemic

This article was written by Stephanie Fielding, and edited by Kimberley R. Barker.

The Library’s Technology Department has for several years offered a popular video production service which includes planning, filming, and editing videos for University Health System staff and students. Normally the Library is able to offer this service in the Studio, which contains the equipment necessary for a professional video shoot, such as a green screen, lighting system, and digital camera. However, when the decision was made to move to Tier Three status, the video production service had to be reimagined in order to offer it remotely.

When the mandate came to hold all meetings and classes online, the Library was flooded with requests for help in setting up meetings, editing recordings, and also with requests for the creation of videos for a variety of purposes, including informational offerings, training, and academic assignments. For example, soon after Library staff moved to remote work a group of nursing students approached ** Stephanie Fielding for assistance in creating its Capstone presentation; rather than presenting it live, virtually, the group wanted to create a video. Stephanie met with the group via Zoom and advised it on the best way to create the video while still observing social distancing. With Stephanie’s help, each member of the group recorded their video and sent it to her, along with the presentation. Stephanie then edited each student’s individual video, adding their presentation to create one cohesive video for the group to present for their Capstone.

As the virus has changed the way that the Health System approaches its work, Stephanie says that it has been rewarding to continue assisting others in that work. Video has long served as important educational tool, she reminds us, but its value during this time of remote communication can’t be overstated. Though Stephanie and the rest of the Technology Department look forward to returning to normal, they are glad that they can continue to provide this popular and necessary service to the Health System during this time of widespread remote work.

One June 29, 2020, the Library moved to Tier Two status, reopening with limited onsite staff and under strict masking and social distancing requirements. The Studio is now open on a self-service basis, with the Technology Department still offering video production assistance and editing virtually, over Zoom. If you’d like to take advantage of this free service, complete the Ask Us form, and choose “Technology” in the “Request Type” field. A member of the team will reply within one business day.

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