Coming soon! This is where you’ll find an ever-growing list of genres on YouTube, a brief description of them, and how they might be applicable to libraries.
BookTubePeople talking about books, typically in a very vloggy format. Reviews, book love exuberance, “what I’ve been reading,” etc…
- Library Relevance: You can guess this one.
- Examples: emmabooks, Kathy Trithardt, the (book) supplier
YouTube EDUVideos created with the express purpose of educating viewers on or inspiring curiosity about a subject; usually the same subject across a channel.
- Library Relevance: Learning about different topics in an interesting, novel, maybe even entertaining way.
- Examples: Smarter Every Day, Sexplanations, minutephysics
GamingVideos showing creators playing through a game while also providing narration or showing their reactions to the game.
- Library Relevance: Sometimes folks will watch other people play the games that they can’t, or for entertainment value. Yep, including minecraft.
- Examples: jacksepticeye, markiplier, DaisyyMichelle
How-ToVideos created to guide the viewer through the completion of some kind of task or process.
- Library Relevance: step-by-step instructions on how to do something very specific (home improvement, programming, cooking, math).
- Examples: Bon Appétit, NanciPi, ExcelIsFun
Think PiecesSimilar to EDU, but more of a one-shot rather than following a theme or subject area across an entire channel.
- Library Relevance: Satisfying curiosity, answering questions you didn’t realize you had. Often cover contemporary ideas.
- Examples: veritasium, Vsauce, PBS Idea Channel