On Tuesday, April 11, 2023, the College of Charleston Libraries will host an event featuring the latest addition to Addlestone Library: a pair of podcast and video studios.

get the 411 on podcasting flyerLed by community service specialist Laura Cergol ’17 and librarians Elena Rodriguez ’09 and Gretchen Scronce, the event, “Get the 411 on Podcasting,” will feature a tour of the studios, an equipment demonstration and a chance for attendees to record their own soundbites or videos. Refreshments will be provided and registration is not required. Get the 411 on Podcasting will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Podcast Studios and Production Lounge in Addlestone Library (first floor, computer lab and room 120).

The soundproof pods – reservable by all students, faculty and staff – are fully equipped with studio microphones, headphones and a RØDECaster Pro control panel as well as a Marantz Turret video streaming system. Their ease of use empowers the campus community with the tools to record their own podcasts and oral history interviews. The pods join the Scholars Studio, a suite of spaces, equipment, resources and services for media creation housed on Addlestone’s first floor.

“We are pleased to introduce the podcast studios to students as they complete this semester’s assignments and to faculty as they plan assignments for the next academic year,” says Christa Poparad, associate dean for access, instruction, and assessment.

Acquired as part of the 21st Century Library initiative, the pods also serve as an integral element of the Libraries’ Lowcountry Oral History Initiative, a new platform for gathering and sharing recorded memories from the region’s residents.

“Audio and video production are essential skills today and, in an academic library, they play a critical role in creating and disseminating knowledge,” says John W. White ’99, dean of the College Libraries. “This content is not only a means of communication, but also a powerful tool for teaching and learning. By providing access to the latest production facilities and resources, our patrons can express themselves creatively and share their ideas, perspectives, and experiences with a wider audience.”

In gratitude to The Wood Foundation for their longstanding support and generosity, the College Libraries are proud to have a pod named in honor of Peggy L. Wood.

Get the 411 on Podcasting is free and open to all students, faculty, staff and Friends of the Library.