Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Thursday, February 25, 2010
This article is in the SLJ Extra Helping that comes to my e-mail about every 5 minutes. I thought it was very interesting. Even though I am not involved with teens, the article refers to those "digital natives" I keep hearing so much about. Turns out they do need us after all!
I really liked this article, but I guess it has "expired" or something, the link is broken, and will no longer go to the article- it is not available anymore. Sorry.
Monday, February 22, 2010
What were your favorite exercises or discoveries on this learning journey?
I like my blog. There, I said it. I think it is cute, though I may change it soon, and I enjoy posting on it. Once this is over, I may keep it and just post other random stuff. One of our teachers has a blog for family photos and recipes and musings and it is so interesting to read. I read everyone else's (in our course, I mean) blogs, too. And I click on "next blog" every time I go to any blog, mine or someone else's. I find the whole blogging world fascinating. There are so many creative people out there. And lovely families who want to share their life's journey. I know that this has little or nothing to do with the tasks at hand, but I have discovered a world that I had no idea existed!
I will also continue to use delicious. I really wish I had done this before my last computer was fried and I lost all of my bookmarks. Even though I can live without them, there were some that I know I will never find again. It is like a fire in a storage unit- you don't know what you lost, and it may have been a bunch of junk anyway, but someday you may go to look for it and it is gone. So putting all of my bookmarks on delicious (I know there are dots in the name, but I forget where) is something I will continue to do.
How has this program assisted or affected your lifelong learning goals?
There is so much to learn, it sometimes makes my head hurt just thinking about it! Some of these tasks were frustrating and time consuming, but each brought awareness of some aspect of the technical world that was new to me. I am a reader, and now there is even more to read- blogs and newsfeeds and wikis, oh my! Now I have so many more places to look for what I need to know. Time. Time is the only barrier to ever being finished with one's lifelong learning task!
Were there any take aways or unexpected outcomes that surprised you?
That I was able to figure out how to do things I didn't know how to do. Most of the tasks were things that needed to be puzzled out and figured out and then done. Difficult at times, but now I feel more confident about making the computer do what I want it to do. Surprise! And I didn't expect to like my blog. I like the wikis, and really want to get one set up on my library website. I would love to open up a conversation with students about books and reading.
What could we do to improve upon the program's format or concept?
One word- FEEDBACK!!!!! It would be nice to have comments more frequently. I think maybe submitting each module for critique would be good. I am truly not sure if I am done with this, and await word as to what needs more "tweaking." I guess I am too externally motivated- I need to know that what I am working on is working.
If we offered another program, would you participate?
I think so. . . maybe. . . we will see.
(I do want someone to help me with the wiki thing)
All in all, this project has taken MANY hours. I have spent most of the last several weekends submerged in it. Sometimes that is because I am lost in the online world, other times it is because I am inept and dysfunctional. I hope that I am done, but I will continue to explore. And post.
bye, for now.
I did make an interesting audiobook discovery, though. When revisiting the podcast.com site, I noticed a link for downloading a "free" audiobook. Curious as ever, I went to this link and read about audible.com. It is a division of Amazon, and is a monthly subscription service for downloading audiobooks. For $14.95 per month, you get 1 "credit"- usually worth one book. S0 you can download 12 books/year, and play them on any media player or your computer. This may be interesting, the 14 day trial would be a fun way to listen to something brand new. I would like to compare their library of titles to what is available for free at NetLibrary, that is if I can ever get to it! Anyway, I am an audiobook addict, so maybe once I have something to play them on (away from my car), I will investigate these resources further. For now, I am closing the book on audiobooks.
Sunday, February 21, 2010
Saturday, February 20, 2010
The other site I explored was Biblio.com, a site for finding hard to find and out of print books. I can see great usefulness for this site- there are often books that can not be found in the usual places, that may be located here. It would be a good resource for pricing, too. It was also easy to navigate and very detailed in content.
I was happy to see that many of the sites we have been visiting for this project are award winners- delicious, rollyo, googledocs, and one of my personal favorites- facebook! It wins my prize for biggest time user (waster?!) ever!!
Mares eat oats and does eat oats, but little lambs eat ivy.
OK, that seemed too easy. Write the "document" (just a silly line from an old song) and then select "share" and follow some very simple steps to shoot it over to my blog. Was that too easy? Am I just getting good at this stuff? I can see applications for this, especially the aspect of sharing documents that could be worked on by more than one person. Who comes up with this stuff?? I find it all pretty amazing and very sophisticated, considering what a short time the whole online world has existed. I mean, in the vast measure of time it has only been around for about a minute and a half! When I was in library school (and even more of a novice than I am now), there was talk of the "invisible web," and the fact that we only see a very small percentage of all of the available material online. I believe that is very true. Based on all I have seen since starting this course, I would say most of the time we are aware of about 1/2 of 1% of what is out there. This has been very eye-opening and fascinating, for the most part, I think!
Friday, February 19, 2010
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
I found the Wikipedia entry on Library 2.0 interesting, and went to some of the links. One I found most intriguing was about making the OPAC "fun," more like Librarything or Google, with lots of ways for the patron to actively engage with it while searching. Hummm- seems like that would be like saying "why doesn't my dictionary get up and dance?" If you want to "play" with books, find reviews, post opinions, engage with others, etc, etc, then, by all means, go to a site that does that- Shelfari, Goodreads, Librarything- but if you want to look up a book and see if it is in the library and available to check out, then the good old OPAC is what you want. Do I use a dictionary much anymore to look up words? No, I go to the online dictionaries. Do I use an encyclopedia much anymore to do research? Nope, I go to the online encyclopedias. Do we still teach students to use dictionaries and encyclopedias? YUP. Do we also teach them to use the available online resources? YUP. Web 2.0 is with us every day in a number of very important, and very routine, ways. But I see these tools as existing along side of the more traditional tools, at least for now. It is fun exploring all of these technological marvels, and I can see where we will be moving toward incorporating more and more into our daily lives. But I am not ready to chuck all of the books just yet. . .I think we will need them for at least a little while longer!
Monday, February 15, 2010
Oh, and my blog has a new design. I found another source of free fancy stuff, and was able to upgrade yet again. It may change again, I am still searching for the perfect style!
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Monday, February 8, 2010
Sunday, February 7, 2010
Saturday, February 6, 2010
I also visit almost all of the other blogs in our "block" often- especially if I see someone has just been logged on (I click on "participants" to see who was on most recently). I am so nosy and snoopy! Fun times.
Saturday, January 30, 2010
Here is what you need to know about Librarian Etiquette-
Who doesn't love WOOT? Great deals, fun to read-
There, did I do it? Did it work? I am never sure until I post it and see it in "real life." What an adventure. . . goodnight.
I have spent all of that time on the Bloglines site (yes, it is quite confusing to have the Bloglines site and the Blogspot, too- don't these geeks think of these things?) trying to add RSS feeds to my account. I was able to add 2 and see them on the left hand side, but everything else I saved seemed to be saving, but did not show up in the list. Where did they go? Oh, those tricky little buggers saved themselves to my browser bar under a little Favorites spot with a sneaky little star. Hummm, however did I find them? Why, I screamed and tore some hair out, of course, and they somehow appeared. Joy! And since I had so darn many of them- they kept vanishing so I kept on subscribing to additional ones- I didn't move them all to Bloglines. My favorite is Neil Gaiman's Journal. I love him, and his posts are wonderful. He had to put his cat to sleep not long ago, and had a long post on the process- I just went through that last year so I shed a tear or two. Ok, so I admit being glad I found that. Will I read all of these things daily? I doubt it. How could they be of use in the library- well, isn't information always of some use? But, at the same time, aren't we already bombarded with information? There are an awful lot of feeds and blogs on knitting- maybe we could have a library knitting club. Cooking, too, and crafts- fun stuff, for sure. But who has TIME?? The little video said how this was time saving, but if I wasn't going to look for this in the first place, how is bringing it to me saving me time? It is just one more thing in my "stuff I want to read" pile, but the pile has now migrated to a new place. Jeez. . . I am tired. I will post this and then try to figure out how to post my RSS feeds. You will like the Neil Gaiman one. The rest are ok.
Sunday, January 24, 2010
While I appreciate the idea of backing up photos on the web, and I already have a Picasa account, I am not sure just how much I would use Flickr. It has taken me a long time to get this done, and haven't really experienced the "fun" of it.
Saturday, January 23, 2010
I am a relatively new librarian who is very old. No, really. When I went to graduate school the first time, data for my thesis had to be recorded on punch cards and fed into a computer that took up an entire room- maybe even an entire floor. I had such great computer anxiety that I paid another student to do this for me! When I went to graduate school again, for my library certificate, things had come a long way- but I hadn't. I learned (under protest) how to put assignments into a drop box (what? where did that just go?), do online discussion groups, use online resources like databases (you mean I can't just look this up in a BOOK?) and such. Now I spend about 8 hours in front of a computer screen, both at work and at home, check my e-mail and facebook compulsively and wonder what I would do without this [dumb] machine! Alas, somewhere along the line, I drank the Kool-aid.
I do view blogging as one of the more repugnant aspects of the online world. It seems as if too many people (not us, of course) seem to think that anyone else in the world even cares about what they have to say, when in all likelihood they don't. And the people who follow blogs, well, they just need to get off their computers and get a life.
Okay- case in point. . . I just clicked on "preview" to see how this thing looked, then went "back" to finish it and it was GONE! I am sure that speaks volumes to my reluctance to take on this whole project. Thankfully, I have exactly half a brain and figured out that my draft had been saved and so all was not lost. sigh. It is on to my next task. More later, if anyone is interested!