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.

Monday, September 11, 2006

De.lic.ious...

Sounds like a nickname for one of the girls on Flava of Love.

Anyway,

Delicious ... is a little confusing. I have tried the help screens to explain how to read each part of the entry.
I don't think the help screens have kept up with the page display.

I am looking at the PLCMCL2 page, and there are several Library learning related bookmarks.

I looked at this topic: SJCPL SubjectGuides, which 47 other people bookmarked.

I can see the comments added by other people and when they saved the bookmark.
I can also see common tags that this bookmark has, but not the specific tags that individuals added to this bookmark.

Right now, I'm not sure how useful this tool is as a broad research tool.
I can imagine if you searched by a tag, you might get a ton of non-related bookmarks.

At this time, I think it is a useful place to keep your bookmarks.
I can see if you were working on a project with a group of people, that it would be really useful to have a delicious account so you could post the links to information that everyone needed.

for PLCMC people, it reminds me of brarydog, and how we can save links to our page in our account.

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Rollyo? No, Rollos

Today I created a Rollyo search box.
It is entitled HomeDesign.
I linked together several home and garden websites that I like to visit and keep up with design shows.

Here is a link to my rollyo.

http://rollyo.com/dollbrarian/homedesign


Could I have a pack of Rollos for my trouble?

LibraryThing

LibraryThing rocks.

I guess Librarians would be excited about this, huh?
This is a great way to keep track of your home collection, and also make a list of beloved books.

Unfortunately, I only have two covers on my catalog.
I think I will play around some more and figure out how to add covers of the other books.

Here is the address of my catalog, I hope this is the right way to link:

http://www.librarything.com/catalog.php?view=dollbrarian

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Generator URL

This is the URL for the list of generators.

http://generatorblog.blogspot.com

This is the url for the Fortune Cookie Generator:

www.redkid.net/generator/fortune/sign.php

Image Generators


I found a great generator- a tattoo generator. I can't paste the picture here because that image is a macromedia file. It sure was fun to play with.

I also like the Fortune Cookie Generator.

These generators might be fun to use to make signs and handouts for programs.

Blogging Day

Today, I added 5 new feeds to my blogline account.
The topics range from Entertainment news to healthy cuisine, to a Joke a Day.
I think Comedy Central is going to be a good source of daily inspiration.

I wonder... too much information?

Finding more Feeds

Today, I looked at some tools to discover new news feeds. The two that I liked best are:

Feedster : the search seemed easier

Bloglines: Directory. A good list with a variety of sources.

I am still having trouble figuring out how to search for a blog that's on a specific topic.
My searches tend to find a blog with one mention of the term I'm searching for.

I guess as I learn more about Tags, etc., I will find more of what I'm looking for.

I also discovered that any search you do on the Internet leads you to porn.
I typed in a search for needlework, and the returned list on Feedster contained several porn blogs and or feeds.

Bloglines, We Don't Need Stinkin' Bloglines

Okay,

I figured out how to add my bloglines URL here.
I had to set up a username, and this step is not outlined very well.

http://www.bloglines.com/public/dollbrarian

I'm going to see if this works.

RSS, One more Acronym

Yesterday I set up an account on Bloglines and learned about newsfeeds.
This is great, because I can check the things I'm interested in at one time, and not have to remember to go to different websites.

I'm trying to figure out how to display my url for bloglines.
Waiting for help.

I found some feeds through websites I normally visit, and I also added feeds for the suggested sites.