OBS Technology Plan

OBS Technology Plan

Goals/Objectives for Technology or Service:

The goal of the One Button Studio (OBS) is to provide a simplified video recording setup that the community can use to create high-quality video products even if do not have any experience in video production.


The community that I wish to engage are:

  • Elementary, Middle and High School students
  • College and Graduate school students
  • Business owners
  • Startups
  • Families
  • Homeschoolers
  • Town Government
  • ESOL students
  • Teachers/Educators
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Churches

Action Brief Statement:

Convince students, educators, businesses and organizations that by using the OBS they will be able to provide high-quality videos which will assist in completing their goal because the library is a community resource.

Evidence and Resources to support Technology or Service:






Mission: Provide a simplified video production experience.

Guidelines: This equipment is available by reservations or walk-in (as available) on a first come, first serve basis for any patron with a library card in good standing. Reservations take priority over walk-in requests. Reservations may be forfeited if the room the participant does not show up within 15 minutes of the reservation time.

Participants under 12 years old must have a parent or guardian present. All participants will be provided with a short tutorial prior to the first use.

Participants of the OBS are reminded they must comply with the Library Code of Conduct and the Acceptable Use Policies. Failure to adhere to the posted rules within the OBS room and/or the above mentioned policies may result in the loss of privileges.

Please do not make adjustments to the equipment. If you need the camera adjusted, please contact a staff member.

Participants must supply their own USB drive or purchase one from the circulation desk.

Policies: The policies for the OBS will be set by the library administration and approved by the Board of Commissioners. The library administration will use the mantra Overthink and Die (http://tametheweb.com/2012/05/30/taming-technolust-ten-steps-for-planning-in-a-2-0-world-full-text/) for the policy creation. We will contact libraries that already have OBS in their library to obtain policies/procedures and then adapt them.

Funding Considerations for this Technology or Service:  Funding for this service will be provided in-part by the current programming budget, grants and donations. Library administration will provide the initial staff time to get the service started and library staff trained. The teen volunteers will also be trained to provide support during the afterschool hours.

Action Steps & Timeline: The library already has much of the equipment necessary to get the OBS up and running. The equipment that must be acquired would be purchased after grant funding has been secured. The timeline for the completion of grants/donations to purchase the equipment would be the end of June. The library staff would train on the equipment in July. The teen volunteers would train on the OBS in August. The library would begin marketing the service to the schools, churches and Chamber of Commerce in August. The service would debut in September.

The library director has the final say on the approval of the project. If the funding is not secured, the library administration and the IT staff will consider a variety of ways to use the current equipment to create a similar environment.

Staffing Considerations for this Technology or Service: The service will require some assistance from library staff. During the day, there is adequate staff members to fully staff the OBS. The teen/adult volunteers will be trained to provide support for the afternoon and evening hours. The library will seek partnership with the local community college to get interns to assist with staffing.

Training for this Technology or Service:  The entire staff will be trained for the OBS room. The training will be designed by library administration in collaboration with other libraries who currently have a running OBS room. Training will occur during our current Friday professional development days. The training for the teen, adult and intern volunteers will be scheduled on an appointment basis.

Promotion & Marketing for this Technology or Service:  The OBS room will be promoted through the current social media channels and information will be posted in the library. The librarians will use the OBS to promote new materials and post this information to social media with a dual purpose (promote OBS and materials). The teen volunteers will create mock (or real) presentations to demonstrate how students can use the OBS. We will partner with an educator to mock the use of an OBS and email it to each of the teachers in the school system. We will get a homeschooler to create a video to share with the homeschool listserv. We will partner with the Chamber of Commerce president to create a video for the next chamber meeting. We will partner with a local business to shoot a commercial for their business as an example to businesses and startups.

Evaluation: The beginning of the evaluation will be the times OBS is used, number of participants, and length of session.  At the conclusion of the session, the participants will be asked to complete a short survey regarding the ease of use and effectiveness and impact of the OBS. I envision telling the story of a classroom that used the OBS for an assigned group project, which the library (with permission) could share in the YouTube page. I envision telling the story of a graduate student who received an A on a presentation. I envision telling the story of a business who created a commercial and increased profits. I envision the Town Council using the OBS to promote the council meetings and result in increased attendance. This service could be expanded to additional rooms or an off-site location through a partner organization.

One thought on “OBS Technology Plan”

  1. @sdpdestiny : your OBS plan seeks to provide users with an experience that is useful, useable and desirable. Already, some patrons are familiar with the simplicity of pushing one or two buttons to start recording video on iPhones, so the expectation for a simple process in the library’s studio exists as a precedent. Your info graphic is strong and easy to interpret.

    Your project has me thinking about public access computers in our library, and how I might be able to make them more useable to those of our patrons who struggle with them. I want to be able to say “Yes, it’s that simple. Enjoy.” Instead, I say, “hold on, let me see if I can get some coverage for the desk so I can come over and see what’s going on.”

    Thank you for sharing your plan.

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