Podcasting with Youth

A Quick Guide for Librarians and Educators

by Lucas Maxwell


Makes setting up a student-led podcast approachable and shows how it can benefit your library and school.

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January 2020

Libraries Unlimited

Pages 90
Volumes 1
Size 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics Educational Technology and Instructional Design/General
  Librarian's Instructional Role/Digital and New Literacies, K-12
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Learn how to set up a student-led podcast in your library, how to involve staff from several subject areas, how to market effectively, the challenges likely to be faced, and how it will benefit the students and the school overall.

Podcasting from the library is a growing movement. Podcasting with Youth teaches librarians and educators how to set up, develop, market, and deliver a successful youth-led podcast from their library.

Putting youth in control when interviewing authors and other guests develops their leadership and technical skills and brings new users to the library to engage in a unique library activity. This program can be set up relatively cheaply, and readers will learn how to use the technology required to deliver a podcast. Sound recording equipment, microphones, mixers, and audio files may be intimidating to some librarians and educators; this book quells those fears by explaining the technology in a straightforward, how-to manner. It also includes student input on what podcasters have learned, the challenges they have faced, and their plans for the future. 

Author Lucas Maxwell offers many helpful tips to librarians who want to learn how to create a program that puts students in charge and allows them to produce a tangible product that their peers will be interested in.


  • Offers practical information on how to set up your own youth-led podcast in your library, including equipment to purchase, potential pitfalls, and marketing strategies
  • Features examples of high/middle school library podcasts from around the world
  • Includes appendices of useful books and other material related to podcasting and using related technology in the library
Author Info

Lucas Maxwell is the librarian at Glenthorne High School in London, UK. He writes for Book Riot and is a contributor to School Librarian Magazine and School Library Journal. In 2017 he was named the UK's School Librarian of the Year by the School Library Association.

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