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International Journal of Libraries and Information Studies

Editor-in-Chief: Albright, Kendra S. / Bothma, Theo J.D.

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Volume 57, Issue 4


Developing Evaluation Criteria for Podcasts

Joy L. Austria
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  • Graduate School of Library and Information Science, Dominican University, River Forest, Illinois, USA
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Published Online: 2008-04-28 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/LIBR.2007.179

The Association for College and Research Libraries' Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education speak of new challenges for individuals in evaluating and understanding information available through multiple media, such as aural material. However, little has been published discussing specific evaluation criteria for online audio media, specifically podcasts. The purpose of this study is to determine whether or not evaluation criteria used to assess print material transfer to podcasts. The author surveyed eleven library graduate school students and one library graduate professor over a four-week period. Respondents listened to either Nature Podcast or Science Talk and filled out a two-part questionnaire. Analysis of the data demonstrated respondents experienced difficulty in assessing audience, bias/point of view, scope/coverage, and accuracy in podcasts using print evaluation criteria. The results of this study indicate additional research is needed to clearly define evaluation criteria for podcasts.

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Joy L. Austria was a Master's student at Dominican University Graduate School of Library and Information Science, River Forest, IL and is currently employed at the Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton St., Chicago, IL 60610. Email:

Received: 2007-04-03

Accepted: 2007-07-31

Published Online: 2008-04-28

Published in Print: 2007-12-01

Citation Information: Libri, Volume 57, Issue 4, Pages 179–208, ISSN (Print) 0024-2667, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/LIBR.2007.179.

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