Smart YouTube video collections

Here is a list of interesting you tube video channels.

Check it.


  • @GoogleTalks
    • Google has lots of famous visitors speaking at its headquarters, and they’re all recorded and neatly presented here.
  • Al Jazeera English
    • The Middle Eastern news service, which has generated its share of controversy, now airs broadcasts in English and presents them here.
  • Amnesty International
    • The leading human rights organization brings you various videos outlining human rights concerns across the globe, and the work they’re doing to improve conditions.
  • Artists Space
    • Artists Space supports contemporary artists working in the visual arts, video and electronic media, performance, architecture and design, and it promotes artistic experimentation and dialog in contemporary culture.
  • Bad Astronomy
    • Bad Astronomy is devoted to debunking myths and misconceptions about astronomy, and also to slap down without apology bad thinking in all its forms.
  • BBC
    • A series of videos promoting programs coming out of Britain’s main media outlet. Unfortunately many of these videos are short and not entirely substantive. A missed opportunity.
  • BBC Worldwide
    • Ditto.
  • Big Think
    • This collection brings you videos featuring some of today’s leading thinkers, movers and shakers.
  • BoingBoingTV
    • These videos are brought to you by the makers of the very popular BoingBoing blog.
  • British Film Institute National Archive
    • The BFI (British Film Institute) promotes understanding and appreciation of Britain’s rich film and television heritage and culture. And it claims to have the “world’s largest and most diverse film and TV archive.”
  • Brooklyn Museum
    • A fairly rich lineup of videos exploring the collections at Brooklyn’s main art museum.
  • Charlie Rose
    • PBS interviewer Charlie Rose presents segments of his nightly interviews.
  • Cinetic
    • Cinetic brings audiences the latest, greatest and classic festival favorites from around the globe. From award-winners by veteran filmmakers to up-and-coming talent telling new stories, Cinetic prides itself on being at the forefront of quality indie film in the digital space.
  • Citizen Tube
    • YouTube’s own channel presents videos dealing with the American political process and the 2008 election.

  • Computer History Museum
    • A good number of videos that delve into computers, networking, and semiconductors.
  • Council on Foreign Relations
    • A resource designed to provide insight into the complex international issues challenging policymakers and citizens alike.
    • Videos that keep a close eye on the inner-workings of the American political process.
    • Delivers video presentations from the world’s great writers, leaders, activists and thinkers.
  • Guardian Unlimited TV
    • The Guardian brings you videos that make the television world its focus.
  • Gizmodo
  • Google Tech Talks
    • The name kind of says it all.
  • HBO
    • Provides outtakes from new HBO productions. The videos are all short and largely promotional. Give us some beef, sirs.
  • KQED on Demand- San Francisco
    • Media provided by the public broadcasting company in the San Francisco Bay Area. I drink at this well daily.
  • MoMA
    • Videos highlighting the art collection, public programs, and temporary exhibitions at The Museum of Modern Art in New York City.
  • Monty Python Channel
    • Their videos have been circulating around YouTube for a while. Now, the comedians have their own channel. A good place to have a laugh.
  • National Geographic
    • The collection is rich, but the videos are short. Another instance where the provider could use the medium to offer more substance/depth.
  • New Scientist.
    • Videos and vodcasts covering science, technology, space, the environment and a whole lot more. An international team of expert journalists brings you the latest innovations and ideas in science and technology, from the wonderful to the worrying to the weird.
  • NOVA
    • Short video outtakes from PBS’s popular science program.
  • Philip Scott Johnson
    • Some great videos that put art in motion.
  • PBS
    • Promotes new PBS programming with painfully short videos.
  • PoliticsTV
    • Political videos with a progressive bent.
  • Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting
    • The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting’s mission is to promote in-depth coverage of international affairs, focusing on topics that have been under-reported, mis-reported – or not reported at all.
  • ReelNASA
    • Videos show the latest happenings at NASA and new developments in space exploration.
  • Reuters Video
    • The latest video from Reuters.
  • ScienCentral
    • ScienCentral, Inc. produces science and technology content for television, video, and the web. From broadcast news features to educational products, they cover the medical, environmental, and technological issues that affect daily life.
  • Sundance
    • Provides video clips from original series and films airing on the Sundance Channel.
  • The Alcove
    • A program that features interviews with various influential thinkers.
  • The Commonwealth Club (San Francisco)
    • Videos coming out of the nation’s oldest and largest public affairs forum, presenting topics ranging across politics, culture, and society.
  • The Commoncraft Show
    • The Common Craft Show is a series of short explanatory videos by Lee and Sachi LeFever. The goal is to fight complexity with simple tools and plain language.
  • The Davos Question
    • Every year, global leaders attend the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland to discuss how to better the world. Here you get to see what they have to say.
  • The New York Times
    • All the news that’s fit to stream.
  • The New Yorker
    • The official video channel of The New Yorker magazine.
  • The Nobel Prize
    • Brings you fascinating insights into the minds of current and past Nobel Laureates.
  • The Onion News Network
    • A good dose of funny videos from The Onion. Good for when you need some comic relief.
  • The Real News
    • The Real News Network is a global online video news network that listens to and is dependent solely on its audience. No ads. No government subsidies. No corporate sponsorship.
  • The Research Channel
    • Based out of the University of Washington, the ResearchChannel brings together content from leading research and academic institutions.
  • The World Bank
    • Videos coming out of the institution whose goal is to rid the world of poverty..
  • The YouTube Screening Room
    • Provided by YouTube itself, this collection presents high quality, independent films to web users and promises to roll out four new films every two weeks.
  • TED Talks
    • Generally engaging videos coming out of the annual TED conference. Features important thinkers from different walks of life.
  • Travel Channel TV
    • The Travel Channel brings you around the world on YouTube.
  • WNYC Radio
    • Videos provided by WNYC, New York Public Radio, the largest public radio station in the US.
  • World Economic Forum
    • The World Economic Forum is an independent international organization committed to improving the state of the world by engaging leaders in partnerships to shape global, regional and industry agendas.
  • Yad Vashem
    • Containing the world’s largest repository of information on the Holocaust, Yad Vashem is a leader in Holocaust education, commemoration, research and documentation.
  • 92nd Street Y
    • Pretty much anyone and everyone on the cultural radar passes through the 92nd Y in NYC.


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List prepared by Dan Colman, Open Culture .com


ISL-LINK [Indian School Library Link]

An e-mail message service ISL-LINK (Indian School Library Link) has launched recently to connect School Librarians across the country and abroad.

This will act as a discussion forum and professional information sharing platform.


The School Library professionals in India are unorganized. There are no professional bodies to cater their needs. The pathetic image of the librarians in the schools are the creation of the librarians them selves. This condition is due to the lack of professionalism in the field. In the ever changing information scenario where Library 2.0 and Web 2.0 are the catch words, the traditional librarians have been forced to be more narrow in their outlook due to the lack of right information at right time. ISL-LINK addresses this problem.

How ?

A huge quantity of information is available online. The online searching patterns of each individual is different.When you search internet for a particular information, you have been coming across a number of sites, blogs, wikis, multimedia,etc. Some may be useful for you and some may be useful for the nearby larger community, i.e.,the group of fellow Librarians.They can use that information for their students or teachers.Just tell about your finding to your friends. You can share that information which may be a link to a website, a document or a multimedia presentation through ISL-LINK.

Just like if you couldn’t find a particular information about something (website, book, online resource or anything) ask your professional friends about that through this group ISL-LINK.

You can also start discussions by sending questions or views to the group ISL-LINK.

What you need to do is just e-mail that to

You will get e-mails of all conversations exchanged between the group members. You can send a reply, participate in a discussion or simply read the message.

Remember that, All your messages to ISL-LINK will reach the group members immediately. They can respond to your mails at the same speed. If your user is asking for an information that you couldn’t find online or offline just mail that question to ISL-LINK. May one member of the group could send you the answer.

The ultimate aim of ISL-LINK is professional development through collaboration or networking.

The Group url is

So, join the group ISL-LINK . Be well connected and informed School Librarian.