Just what is a podcast? Podcasts and webcasts are online video or audio “programs” that can be downloaded and listened or watched at anytime and are also usually available through a feed. The New American Dictionary defines a podcast as “a digital recording of a radio broadcast or similar program, made available on the Internet for downloading to a personal audio player”. Podcasts and webcasts are the same thing. The term “podcast” seems to be becoming common nomenclature given that these programs can be downloaded to an iPod. Many radio stations offer podcasts of their radio programs. Both NPR and CBC offer podcasts so lets say your favourite show is Quirks and Quarks, you can simply listen to the podcast at any time on your computer instead of waiting for the radio broadcast (Podcasting at CBC). For a more complete discussion of Podcasting the Wikipedia has an extensive introduction.
There are a number of podcasts and webcasts on issues related to libraries, and in particular cataloguing, available on the net.
The Library of Congress has a page of webcasts specifically for librarians. Some of particular interest to cataloguers are “Life beyond MARC” with Roy Tennant, “Cataloging and Librarianship” with Diane Marcum, “No Longer Under Our Control: The Nature and Role of Standards in the 21st Century Library” with William Moen.
I will continue to post podcasts related to libraries and cataloguing as I find them.