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Tuesday, April 07, 2009

The Shanachies Live at Monmouth U

Two of our travelling Shanachie friends, Erik Boekesteijn and Jaap van de Geer, appeared for NJ librarians at Monmouth University on Friday, April 3. On that rainy morning, the duo brought their unique combination of library inspiration and instruction to a whole new audience.

They talked about their ShanachieTours around the US, Jamaica, and Australia. And they gave a fun tour of their home library in the Netherlands. (Seeing all they have there always makes me so jealous!)

But their real mission for this presentation was helping NJ librarians learn how to tell their stories by making compelling videos. Jaap talked about different ways to shoot and edit video, and the attendees listened closely and responded with good questions. During discussions about cost, I liked something Erik said: "Good projects always find a budget."

However, video can be done inexpensively, as Jaap explained while talking about the simple cameras he started out with just a few years ago. It's more about creativity than about making perfect films, he assured the audience.

In this photo, you can see that the Dutch guys demonstrated their craft during the presentation; Erik interviewed audience members while Jaap filmed.

The Shanachies appeared in support of the State Library's Tell Us Your Story campaign. Keep an eye on it to see how these videographers' tips inform participants and improve their video contest entries!

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