The Bob videos explain key concepts of research and information literacy and are designed to be used by library instructors to set the stage for further learning within a lesson. What sets these videos apart is their narrative, storytelling approach and their conceptual, rather than procedural, content. While many research tutorials discuss research as simply a series of steps to be completed, the Bob videos set out to set straight misconceptions and talk about the bigger picture of research. And they’re done in a typical “explainer video” fashion–informative, yet pretty entertaining.
While I can’t take credit for the premise of these videos–all of that goes to Julia Feerrar, another Undergrad Library alum–I did get to flex my creative + info lit muscles yet again when I was passed the torch once Julia graduated. Scripting was a joint effort between me and my supervisor Jonathan McMichael, visuals were done by me in Prezi with some handmade images from Adobe Illustrator, narration was by Jonathan, and I put it all together in iMovie. These videos were made completely from scratch, and I picked up a bunch of technical skills from this project–not to mention a new appreciation for all of the work that goes into creating even a 3-minute video and how economical one has to be with words in that short amount of time.