Sunday, October 01, 2006

Reflections and Summary on Learning 2.0 Experience

Learning 2.0, the journey of acquiring knowledge, has been difficult, thrilling, exciting, and successful for me. I appreciate Helene Blowers, and whoever else has been involved in presenting it to us, for your effort and patience in leading us through the process. I'm so glad I took the challenge!

It was even more difficult for me because it came on the heels of two surgeries this summer and it was during the time when we at MOR, as the pilot for the new work plans, were busy getting our plans in order for the year. Also, I took a great deal of flack from my circulation department who thought "completing the study at home was totally unacceptable." In circ. we only have one internet PC, I'm never off the schedule allowing time to be on the computer, and it's always used by other employees. However, my goal was to learn new things and boy, did I! Because I did the entire program at home on a dialup computer, it took me longer I'm sure, but it was worth it.

Week 6 (tagging and folksonomies and Technorati) was the longest and most difficult for me because it was packed with so many exercises. I loved learning about: blogs, wikis, podcasts, bloglines, RSS feeds, netlibrary, flickr, image generators, YouTube, and Zohowriter. My favorites were flickr, image generators, and Zohowriter.

I am quite sure that even though I may not use the websites in circulation at the libary, I will definitely use them at home. Knowledge of the netlibrary download system will be of use to me when I'm on the circulation desk in explaining how to download audiobooks etc. to patrons.

Before Learning 2.0 I knew there was a vast amount of net techniques and sites, but never did I imagine what we learned. It was like opening up a whole new world, and we barely scratched the surface. I'm looking forward to experimenting and practicing all this knowledge. I agree with you, Helene, it is only the beginning and I’m enthusiastic about learning more through other discoveries. I would definitely be involved again if ever anything like this is offered, but I would prefer that we have access to PC’s with internet services at MOR.

Again, thank you, thank you, thank you, Helene Blowers for your hard work and patience in leading us in our quest for knowledge. I hope to meet you at Staff Day.

Friday, September 29, 2006

#22 NetLibrary

Once again I created a free account through PLCMC with NetLibrary and then explored the lists of eaudiobooks. I must say that searching by my favorite authors and titles (mostly thrillers) and even subjects for nonfiction, I was not very successful in finding many books I would want to download and listen to.
Some of the ones I did find were: Cold Moon by Jeffrey Deaver; Golfer's Education by Darren Kilfara; Hanged Man's Song by John Sandford; and Shooting at Loons by Margaret Maron.
Hope I'm able to find more interesting titles once I get my mp3 player I've worked so hard for.

#21 Podcasts.........

What Fun!!! I tried all the suggestions and had a great time. In I discovered Mortaine's Book Ramblings in which she reviews three books on 9-14-2006:
"Sex Lives of Cannibals"; "Lovely Bones"; and "Incompetence". Short, concise interpretations of the books including the "ugly" as she calls her criticisms.

In I discovered the library lady who read from the classics: Jane Austen, Mark Twain, etc. in click-a-story programs for children. How fun to have these on the computers for children at the library and at home.

In Yahoo Podcasts I explored some music podcasts and ABC newscasts with Stephanopoulos(sp) that were interesting.

Thursday, September 28, 2006

YouTube II Nancy Sinatra in "These Boots are Made for Walking"

I also anjoyed searching through some of the music videos like Nancy Sinatra's "These Boots are Made for Walking". It's good music even though the dress is a little risque.

I could see libraries perhaps downloading categories of these videos so that patrons might enjoy watching them. However, it would best be used in the library as demonstration videos like the IMG video on self checkout.

YouTube posting of video Charley the Tuna

I spent quite a while exploring YouTube, most of which I did not enjoy. Even the Disney scenes were dirty! However, I did enjoy the 1970's commercials because they were clean and brought back good memories of when I was younger and raising children at home. Charley the Tuna one was neat and also the Jello commercial. I tried to "embed" as the instructions said, but I have no iodea whether I did it correctly or not. It took alot of time on dial-up.

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

#19 Flickr and Hipcal

the road ahead
Originally uploaded by Henry Roxas.
Interesting photo "The Road Ahead" from the new feature in Flickr called "Interestingness."
I'm glad we got to review some of the tools like Flickr because it is just absolute FUN. I viewed lots of interesting photos from the last 7 days from animals to people to flowers to places. It is a wonderful photo management and sharing application site.

I also enjoyed exploring HipCal in the personal organization category. The site is quick to let you know that Hipcal has been taken over by Plaxo whose new calendar will be available by the end of the year. I explored by the demo sign-in and learned about putting various tasks on the calendar which has several formats such as a day planner, calendar, monthly, daily, etc. I can see it being used for college students, business, or anyone who is busy and organized.
Hipcal includes forums for chats about topics, bug reports to explain and get answers for problems in working with the site. I think it is a valuable tool for organization and its only drawback that I can see is the fact that they are changing ownership and revamping currently.

Playing with Zohowriter

A couple of days ago I had fun playing with Zohowriter and g-mail spreadsheets. These are great web based applications that eliminate the need to worry about software versions from PC to PC. Fun way to create test documents and save them online; share documents with friends; e-mail documents; export to favorite format; all for free! The g-mail spreadsheet is a good way to save files online and export them.
I compiled a few lists and a few plans for outings. Great for group planning events or trips, sports schedules, meeting schedules--the possibilities are truly endless. I can see committees or departments using this at the library.

Wild Dunes Plans

Test 1

Plans for trip to Wild Dunes

October 5-8


   Everyone:  Arrive:eat lunch at condo: walk on beach;

                   Dine out seafood; play cards


   Everyone:  have breakfast at condo; walk on trails

   Guys:  Play golf

   Ladies: Shop; hang out ; see everyone's pictures of grandchildren

   Dinner at seafood restaurent; play games


    Everyone:  antique shopping in Charleston

                    Lunch at Poogan's Porch

                    Dinner at Shem Creek




Everyone:  breakfast at condo

                Drive home

 Looking forward to seeing everyone on Oct. 5th.  Please use this document to add

 comments, suggestions, plans, etc. Need to know about plans for taking snacks, games

 Bring cameras and drive carefully!!!!

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Amazed and Excited about Wikis

Reading all the library wiki examples I am amazed at the endless possibilities for all libraries. Librarians can share ideas and implementations that have worked for them (including websites) with other librarians easily and often.
I especially enjoyed reading from the subject guides wiki from St. Joseph Co. Library with its categories like books (great for book reviews or finding "if you liked this book, try" or book club leaders); genealogy with gen. websites, links, subscription data bases; health including local organizations and services; government services; news and current events; cooking and gardening; recreation; business. education-- all in St. Joseph Co. What a wealth of information for residents where they can ask questions and share information.

The wiki established for a specific event like ALA was also interesting. Delegates could check the calendar of events, rules, contributors, conference questions, discussions, volunteers, and even the weather. This would probably be valuable for events at PLCMC like Novello and even Staff Org. could form a wiki about its events. I just think the tool is invaluable for organizations and even personal group trip planning etc. or hobby information.

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Perspectives from OCLC

I read the perspectives of Wendy Schultz, Michael Stephens, and John J. Riemer about the progression of libraries through the Library 2.0 concepts. In his article, "Into a New World of Librarianship," Stephens joins the rest of the authors in expressing his ideas about libraries and services being revamped to meet the needs of users through mainly technology, communication (I loved that he wants to use instant messages to users), and user-centric mindsets.
Of course, libraries have no choice but to progress with the times. I know even I when I want to know ANYTHING, I go to the web, but as a reader-for-pleasure I would hate to think that I would have to download all the thrillers I read of worse, buy them.
It was interesting to read that John Riemer in his article about changing bibliographical services, referred to Endeca-based NCSU tool and the fact that users may choose different ways of navigating.
It will indeed be interesting to see how libraries change to meet the needs of its users now and in the future and exciting to be a part of these changes.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006


Technorati seems to be an excellent tool for searching for blogs. It's also helpful to register your own blog making it available to other users.

Week 6 Delicious Comments

I enjoyed playing around with Delicious. It was great fun exploring the optical illusions in the Viperlib site. Using the tags and bookmarks is like having the "My Favorites" category on my computer, but my favorites can be viewed from any computer used. It seems to be a great way especially for reference librarians to have many subjects bookmarked, making research much easier and faster.
By the way, Helene, I loved your suggestion to use an unpublished draft in our blogs to keep track of logins and passwords. I was using Word.