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.