Wednesday, October 04, 2006

It's a Wrap!

This was an interesting exercise, Learning 2.0.

My favorite discoveries were the Image Generators (FUN!), YouTube, downloading recorded books, and LibraryThing.

It was also useful to explore the web based software applications, like ZohoWriter.
This will be important to share with users who may be on the net and need more portability of their files.

I need more practice with tagging and Technoratie, things like that.

This program's format is difficult in our everyday work world.
For one thing, the time frame to finish all the lessons is too short.
Equipment and software abilities range at each location, making it difficult to complete all the exercises in a timely manner.

Daily library tasks take precedence over this method of learning.

Could the Library set up a weekly workshop where staff can be scheduled to go to a location with the most current technology and learn the information?
I know it is hard to get staff out of the building and go to a single location, but it would also bring more importance to this type of Learning Experience to give people the workshop.
If they are in-house at their home branch, they may not be given the opportunity to conduct each lesson, or they could be interrupted in learning if their help were needed on another project.

I would participate again in this type of training. I would like to have a longer time period to complete the exercises.

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

audiobooks!

I think this exercise is the most useful so far.

I've had several patrons come in to set up their NetLibrary account for the express purpose of downloading audiobooks.

I searched for a couple of my favorite titles, abut they are not available through NetLibrary.

I am browsing the list, which I can format to list newest additions first, and see several titles I might like to listen to.

The title I would like to download is: Undead and Unwed by MaryJanice Davidson.

Podcasts

I found this exercise to be somewhat frustrating.
Many of the podcasts I found in Podcast.net and Yahoo Podcasts on a subject I was interested in, required a download of some sort. I was able to hear audio, but didn't have the right players to play video.

I went to the suggested Podcasts in Podcastalley.com and found All Music Considered from NPR. I've found interesting music and artists over the years through NPR, so I decided to subscribe to this podcast through bloglines.



Music is an important service of the public library, whether we have the music in CD form, or through the computer.

Podcasts

This has been a frustrating exercise. I'm trying to find Podcasts on a subject, scrapbooking. I used podcast.net and Yahoo Podcasts search. I located the podcasts, but the computer doesn't have the plug-ins to view.

I think I will look at the top suggested podcasts to add to this post.

Okay, as frustrating as this exercise has been, I did manage to subscribe to the NPR All Music Considered podcast, and saved the site in my Bloglines account.



I've found good music on NPR for years.

I think I will need to experiment more with this type of media to find really useful podcasts that don't require downloads.

I'm looking forward to having my own equipment to play with this technology.

Learning 2.0 Tools

Well, I'm a little frustrated with this exercise.
Several of the award winners look great, Spurl, blummer, and furl, but they all require that I download a toolbar. Since I"m working on a shared machine, this doesn't seem right to do that.

So I'm g oing to explore Judy's Book.
It looks like Judy's Book Charlotte is just getting off the ground.


I think the concept is good: A recommended list of places and services that are trustworthy.

The page is a little cluttered and definitly needs more input.

Library use: Could use it as a referral tool for patrons and visitors to Charlotte.

You Tube Trivia

Today I explored videos on You Tube.

This is a great source for Trivia and the study of popular culture.
One of the first videos I found is a commercial for Rock Flowers, a Mattel doll from the early 70s.


Here is the video for the Baby Alive commercial.



The directions said I would need to use the HTML tab, which I misunderstood.

Here is the video for Rock Flowers:


These dolls would fly off of the record player if you tried to have them stand on the record.

You Tube could be used for Library Applications. We could definitly have teens make a video about programs, especially the Summer Reading Program.

I liked being able to search this site.

Friday, September 29, 2006

Zoho

I just created a document in Zohowriter.

Online software applications are great.
I've been stuck without the floppy that had my file on it.
I tried to save a document to my yahoo briefcase. It worked, but I've never gone back and edited it.

This option is great for portabililty. Also, I can print from it.
Yahoo! or should I say, Zoho!

Playing in the Sandbox

Yesterday, I added my blog to the Favorites at the PLCMC Learning Wiki.
I also added my favorite book to the List of Favorite Books at the Wiki.

It was fairly simple to do, and it was fun to add my title. I enjoyed reading other's favorites, too.

This is a fun way to communicate over the Internet.

Thursday, September 28, 2006

Waki Wikis

I looked at several of the Library Wikki's suggested on
the Learning 2.0 blog.

Libraries can use Wiki's for online Readers' Advisory/Book Discussions.
It seems like another, easier, format for something like Reader's Club, but
I think the original review would have to be protected.

I also like Bull Run's wikki. I think using a Wiki for a genalogical department is a great idea.
What a good way for people to input their research, that often takes a long time to find.
I think Genealogists would be proud to share their information on a Wiki.

Also, a Library could use a Wiki to promote programs, giving background about the program, bibliographies, and allowing patrons to post information and feedback.


The coolest thing I found is .

this is an internet radio station that creates a radio station for your tastes.
Try it out.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Just for Fun

Pirate name:



My pirate name is:


Dirty Mary Rackham



You're the pirate everyone else wants to throw in the ocean -- not to get rid of you, you understand; just to get rid of the smell. You have the good fortune of having a good name, since Rackham (pronounced RACKem, not rack-ham) is one of the coolest sounding surnames for a pirate. Arr!

Get your own pirate name from piratequiz.com.
part of the fidius.org network

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Thoughts on Learning 2.0

Web 2.0: Where will the next generation of the web it take libraries?
Away from Icebergs
Into a New World of Librarianship
To a Temporary Place in Time


These essays are though provoking.

I believe that Public Libraries are more customer centered than they used to be .
The challenge is reaching out to people who don't come into the Library or don't know what the Library is all about.

The Library is a type of Community Information Clearinghouse.
Using Web technologies, we can serve our customers better by providing reliable information on the web.

I am enjoying using these Web 2.0 tools, but right now, I see the use for them more as communications tools. I don't have confidence in some of the information I'm finding. These tools will be a great way to dissiminate information from Researchers, journals, and government agencies.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Technorati 2.0

New assignment: search Technorati for Learning 2.0.

Blog posts: I wonder if you have to use the quotes to search for the entire term.
I didn't, and I'm getting a ton of posts with the word Learning in it. 2.0 seems to be connected with Web 2.0
Tried it with quotation marks, did get some actual blog posts with the phrase Learning 2.0 in it.

Very broad search, over 11 pages of blog entries.

When I searched Tags, I got more specific information about Learning 2.0. There must be a lot of people all over the country using Learning 2.0

59 posts were tagged with Learning 2.0

As I expected, when I searched the blog directory for Learning 2.0, I got an even more narrow, right on the money search. 10 blogs concerning Learning 2.0.

If you really want to focus on an entire blog on your subject, use the Blog Directory Search.

This all reminds me of my early days in Library Land when we used the Dialog company of electronic databases. We spent hours refining our searches to get to the most specific information so we didn't have to pay for extra online time or useless hits.
Now, we don't worry about connect time, but we still plan our searches to get to the most specific information the fastest. However, you also are depending on the person who assigned the tags, and who described their Blog with the subject of the blog.

Assignment 2:

exploring top Blogs, Searches and Tags

Okay, it strikes me that the Top 100 blogs are mostly blogs about Technology and blogs written by people who've become famous because they write blogs.
There are some current events blogs, but there are also a lot of blogs by people like Ariana Huffington, and other politicos, who have nothing to do but run off at the mouth and are read by people who have nothing to do but search the web all day long.

This makes me think that blogs don't offer any real information outside of the world of technology.
I also don't think I would use a blog as a research tool.

Top Searches:

Well, you do need to be more specific than putting in the word Pinky to search for.
You never know in what kind of post the word Pinky will show up.

Under searches, you see people looking for Celebrity news and current events.

This is a good use for blogs--people's opinions on current events (shared experiences) and celebrity gossip.

Top Tags:

Interesting! you can see what people all over the world are writing about.
Also, I see that the good thing about blogs is that they are used as communications tools.

There was a post about Lonelygirl115, a girl that made videos of her everyday life. Turns out, she is not real person. It is an art project. This shows you that you can't believe everything on the net is true.
Blogging is a great social tool.
Not so sure it is an accurate information tool.





There doesn't seem to be anything from normal people.