Friday, August 14, 2009
I have re-read all of my blog posts, and I can see that I have come a long way. I remember looking ahead a little and feeling trepidation about some upcoming exercise. Once in a while, I asked someone for clarification or a little help, usually one of my kids. Which just illustrates that the up and coming generations are living online. They have not only integrated these technologies, but they are creating them and morphing them into new "things" every day.
The experience of writing in a blog regularly was sort of addictive. I regret that I never took the time to really personalize my blog and add the bells and whistles. I'm not sure I want to give it up. I'll have to think about that. One of the things I have not done as much as I wanted to was read everyone else's posts. I hope to be able to take a little time to do that over the next couple of weeks. I assume that anyone who is going to finish the series will be wrapping it up between now and then.
It's been a great training experience. Thanks, teachers and monitors!
For others, managing email seems to be challenging enough and their perspective is that all this other stuff (23 things) just isn't for me.
I think we could build on what we are already doing and show all the staff how the librarians are doing the blogging for the reader's advisory section on the web page and where to find it. I could probably throw a rock and hit two staff members who don't even know we do that. We are also working with Delicious and Twitter. The process of discussing these things that we already do would help everyone with the vocabulary, to facilitate discussion.
After that, I would like to work with some folks who have time management issues or who feel lost when techie topics are discussed in meetings about blog readers and LibWorm and those "things" that are just really useful professional tools.
For this assignment, I listened to quite a few more podcasts. Frequently, the sound quality was poor, echoing or tinny. The voices didn't always sound professional. This was disappointing, and generally I stopped listening before it was over. Strangely, I have more tolerance for grainy film, shaky cameras and real people who look a little nervous to be on camera. Is this the influence of YouTube? On the other hand, my experience with audio is NPR and audiobooks, with silky smooth voices and professional actors.
I did like a podcast from Australia. The accents were great, and hearing about issues from people so far away was interesting. My opinion is that there are specific applications or situations that would lend themselves to audio, but I am not inclined to subscribe to a lot of them. I would rather read the content online or watch a video.
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
YouTube is a part of life
- mildly amused
My son is older now, and he deigns to admit that I may actually know what's going on in the world, so he will ask me if I've seen whatever--the man who can sing like a girl or mean kitty. Library Ninja is the name chosen by the teens for their page on our library website.
Increasingly, there are videos created by my family and friends there, and I can watch them whenever I want. I was going to refer you to one or two, but after viewing them again, I've had second thoughts. We are using video more on our library website because we can "park it" on YouTube. I know that's not the correct terminology, but in other words, it doesn't drain our capacity.
I prefer videos or vblogs to podcasts for most communication that might lend itself to one or the other. More about that in the podcast blog.
I am out of order with my blog posts. I am waiting for a reaction from some other people before I discuss Google Docs.
Monday, August 10, 2009
Making wiki pages was pretty easy. I did have trouble trying to title one of my pages "Interests" or "Interests & Hobbies." Each time it would jump to someone else's page who liked scuba diving. Finally, I titled it "Stuff I Like" and I was able to proceed. My pages are under "Debi" if anyone wants to look.
Friday, August 7, 2009
I am using Google Reader and feeling very efficient about it, and I do have some professional subscriptions there, but LibWorm really just wraps it up for me. I like the categories, so I can focus primarily on what I do every day and what I am interested in. I like not having to have an account and remember the password. I also like that I will never have to explain to the city's IT department how and why this is job-related.
One of my favorite "things."