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Read Across RI Event at Chariho High School Captured by OSHEAN
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Read Across RI Event at Chariho High School Captured by OSHEAN

The Rhode Island Center for the Book is a statewide organization devoted to promoting personal and community enrichment by celebrating the art and heritage of reading, writing, making, and sharing books. Founded in 2003, Center for the Book is an affiliate of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. As part of its mission, the RI Center for the Book hosts community programming such as Reading Across Rhode Island – the Ocean State’s One Book, One State community read program currently in its 13th year.

One example of such a program is an ongoing series featuring Derek Miller, author of the 2015 Reading Across Rhode Island book Norwegian By Night. The author recently held court at Chariho Regional High School in Wood River Junction, Rhode Island, and OSHEAN was there to capture the event in real-time and stream it live via its Video Commons services. OSHEAN members who utilize its Video Commons service gain access to a turnkey solution for broadcasting events via the web and archiving them for future use, or allowing remote attendees to watch broadcasts at their leisure. It significantly expands the audience of events like those offered by Read Across RI, and makes it possible to stay involved even when it’s impossible to attend in person.

For the students who attended the live reading with Derek Miller, they were treated to insights from an author still relishing the pride of publishing his first book and who was excited to share his lessons learned along the way. Although attendees viewing from afar couldn’t partake in the book signing afterwards, they were able to watch the author’s participation and the ensuing question and answer session that took place afterwards.

As part of the OSHEAN Media Management System (MMS), the Video Commons solution provides a host of resources that offer a scalable, proven solution for driving critical communications and training initiatives via video capture, streaming, and archiving. The MMS not only delivers the obvious benefits of streaming live events but also robust analytics behind the scenes – allowing OSHEAN members to get detailed insights into which types of programming are most popular with attendees, helping inform future programming to drive the types of events most popular with key audiences like high school students.

“The Video Commons system was an absolutely perfect use of technology to connect students from outside of Chariho to a Chariho-based event sponsored by Reading Across Rhode Island,” said Barry J. Ricci, superintendent of schools for the Chariho Regional School District. “As a result of this technology, students from across the state could participate in a book discussion which featured author Derek Miller. The Video Commons system eliminated the 'walls' of the classroom and made the world a whole lot smaller.”

For more information on how your organization can utilize OSHEAN’s Video Commons solution to enhance your event performance and participation, click here.




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