Video in Action!: Creating Tutorial and Promotional Videos in the Library

Poster Description: This poster will showcase an effort to promote electronic resources at the University of North Texas Libraries. The presenters collaborated to create short videos offering training or highlighting the features of the electronic resources in the library collection.

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Presenter Name(s): Jill Dawson, University of North Texas; Meranda Roy, University of North Texas

Presenter Bios: Jill Dawson is the Electronic Resources Librarian at the University of North Texas. She earned her MLIS at the University of North Texas in 2009. She also worked as an Adult Services Librarian at the Flower Mound Public Library. You can reach her at

Meranda Roy is the Online Learning Librarian at the University of North Texas where she implements and promotes innovative online tools, services, and learning initiatives for on-campus and online faculty, staff, and students. You can reach her at

4 replies on “Video in Action!: Creating Tutorial and Promotional Videos in the Library”

This seems like a good strategy to create videos. Do you already have topics for future videos you will create next?

Yes, we are currently working on a video on all the search options in ProQuest Congressional. We might make a separate video about accessibility features in that resource. I have had request from subject librarians for videos on Academic Video Online and Access World News. Although I always check to make sure the vendor hasn’t already created tutorial videos.

Hi Jill and Meranda, I work at our organization’s library also creating videos. I think your video was great! This was also the first time I’ve ever heard of Sway and I loved it!

As you work as a team, I would like to suggest using something like Airtable to keep track of your created videos, videos needing creating, and what edits need to be made. You mention going through the videos every so often to ensure they’re still relevant, but I find that keeping some notes is very helpful. For example, I created some Scopus videos before the new layout design. I’ve made a note on all my Scopus videos about the change but as it’s not a huge change, I’ll leave the already created videos up until more drastic changes are required. The notes also help if staff watch the video and comment feedback or have questions. I use a red/yellow/green system where green videos are good as is – no changes; yellow are minor changes but the video is still useable; and red means that a whole new video is needed.

Hi Valerie,

Thank you so much for the compliment!

I just recently (in the last year) got into Sway. I’m a fan … it’s fairly easy to use and allows for some customization (different backgrounds, color themes, etc.). It’s simple yet still allows you to add a variety of multimedia.

I also like Airtable – it’s a great program. I love the red/yellow/green system to note changes. That would be incredibly easy way to see how many videos need some revisions or the ones that are good to go. We will definitely need to use that system.