Hello East Greenbush Community Library and welcome to Week Four of our “Connect 2. U” program! This week, you’ll get to play around and explore YouTube.

What is YouTube?

YouTube is a popular social media tool and video sharing website. A few activities you can do with YouTube include watching and sharing videos, uploading videos, and creating a list of your favorite videos.

Why Should I know About YouTube?

According to >YouTube’s Statistics, “over 800 million unique users visit YouTube each month” and “72 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute.” Now, the video cap on YouTube is 15 minutes long so that’s a lot of videos uploaded every minute.Most likely, your patrons are using YouTube or have a question regarding this technology and this week’s module will hopefully help you feel more comfortable and give you more knowledge into YouTube.


For this week’s activity, we will concentrate on finding videos and uploading our own creations. YouTube is a part of the Google umbrella so the Gmail account you created or used in Week 2 will work perfectly with YouTube.

1. Browse YouTube videos:

Do you have a favorite musical artist? Or a favorite movie or book?
Another browsing option is to type in “Maru Box” in the search bar – Maru is a definite must-see for cat lovers!
Save at least one of your browsing links for your blog post
2. Create and Upload a Video!

You must sign in to upload a video. If you’re not automatically signed in, click the “Upload” button (next to the search bar) and YouTube will ask you to sign in using your Gmail account.
There are several options to upload a video but let’s stick with the following: either, upload a saved video from your computer, create a video using a webcam, or create a video slideshow using saved images from your computer.
If you don’t have a saved video on your computer, you can easily make one using a smart phone or a digital camera with recording capabilities. Ask Karrie for access to the flip camera of, if you’re able to create a video using a smart phone, email the video to yourself and save it to your computer. Please upload videos that are at least 2 minutes long.
A few example topics include: a booktalk for a favorite book or new release, discuss upcoming library programs, showcase your favorite hobby, or a video of pets doing crazy things
The video slideshow is also an option for this week’s activity. You can use personal photos or images from a library program (or programs!). Please include at least 10 images. Add music for more fun!
There are some helpful “Uploading Instructions” to the right, below the side bar, but YouTube provides great explanations per step. Here are two videos I’ve uploaded to YouTube:
A picture slideshow of my cat:

A video of my cat playing with a soccer ball:

3. Write a blog post of your YouTube experience! Include a link or embed a video (note: to embed a video, click on “share” under the video, click on “embed,” and copy and paste the link to your blog) of the video(s) you found while browsing as well as the link to your own video(s). Explain your interest in your browsing options as well as where your video or slideshow came from.

Have fun!

This Learning 2.0 module was originally designed and implemented by students in Dr.Michael Stephens‘ Transformative Literacies class in the Spring of 2013. This class is part of San Jose State University’s School of Library and Information Sciencecurriculum. It was authored and adapted by Serianna Leyland with the Public Library Group for East Greenbush Community Library. It is available for use for other libraries or institutions. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.