Well, there is a lot of quality material as well. Like podcasts, there are a number of organizations that don't get much mainstream media attention finding their way to YouTube as a distribution outlet. So, how do you find the gems? One good way is by making use of social networking connections. If you find a video that you think is worthwhile, look at who produced it. Do they have a channel you can subscribe to to find more quality videos? What else do they subscribe to? Who subscribes to this channel? The logic here is that you'll find similar tastes. You'll find that a number of organizations have channels on YouTube where you can find collections of their videos, subscriptions, etc. By subscribing to a channel, you'll find out whenever new content is posted.
Here are some of the interesting channels I've run across on YouTube:
- ForaTV - you're getting just tastes of their content on YouTube. If you want the whole programs, many are available for download or subscription via podcast.
- UCTelevision - programs from the University of California. I get a lot of these on satellite television and am pleased to be able to share some of the wonderful lectures with others.
- TEDTalksDirector - lectures from the annual TED conference
- AtGoogleTalks - not too surprisingly, Google gets a lot of big names coming to talk to their employees - authors, candidates, etc.
- LinkTV - another satellite channel with interesting world news reports.
- AmericanLibraryAssoc - mostly promotional videos. Here's one promoting National Library Week:
- And of course, you can always rely on people you know to help find good stuff. If you want to subscribe to my personal channel and see what I've picked out, including a lot of the channels listed above, go to mtbibliotechie.