I'm Going to Retire.
I just tried out Jing from TechSmith (thanks to Dave Cormier) for the first time and I'm in love. These guys know how to create software. Jing is a dead easy way to create screencasts, or as Dave likes to call them, Disposable Learning Objects. Just download the software (Windows or Mac) and when run it loads a little Sun-ish looking icon in the corner of the screen (can be changed to run in the menu bar). Clicking the Capture "ray" allows you to capture an image, or more likely, a video (with audio) of a section of your screen. I can't imagine a more effective way of building information literacy widgets for your students. They could even be done on the fly after a virtual reference session and loaded up to ScreenCast to serve to the student you are helping now, or in the future. Once you get used to ripping out a few screencasts quickly you will wonder how you ever got along without them. The added bonus is the immediate sharing with colleagues via the ScreenCast site. You can also save the video as a SWF file, so keeping your own archive locally would be a good idea.