Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Using the 3rd party sites, I was able to experiment with making a kaleidescope as well as other fun things.

EUREKA! I finally finished! This journey took me to places that I probably would not have tried out on my own. I am aware of things now out there in technology land because of this journey--which has been a bittersweet one. Enjoyed most of the exercises, although at times I felt pressed to complete them, so it became more of an assignment than a discovery. There were some sites like "librarything" and "YouTube" that I liked and felt I could use.

I'm not sure how this has affected my life-long learning, except that although I know that I want to continue to try new things--I want to do them in my own way--my own time.

I enjoy listening to audiobooks as I drive, and browsing the Netlibrary I see other titles that I'm sure I'd like to listen too. I'm sure that I will be downloading some of these to my MP3 player soon.

Checked out Yahoo Podcasts for anything interesting--finally selected something that was vaguely interesting--then--couldn't listen to it. Go figure.

I'm familiar with YouTube having received videos from friends from this site. There are so many different kinds of videos that you could spend a good amount of time just browsing. But I have to say my all time favorite is the link below.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ms6BtRYMtpw

Looking at various sites from the Web 2.0 list, the winner of the 'mapping' catagory--wayfaring.com-- caught my eye. I can see it being useful personally and professionally. Example? One could draw up a map of good restaurants to check out for a friend who may be visiting somewhere you previously went. Or share with members of an organization who may be coming in for a meeting or conference.

I tried the ZohoWriter word processing- just the basics. At this time I don't see how it could take the place of Microsoft Word, but certainly as an alternative word processing tool.

Went to the SandBox . Gosh. I have a quite a few favorite sites, but I decided to add one of my all time favorite-www.foodnetwork.com. Checked out some of the others as well.

After reading a few of these I decided to comment on 'AWAY FROM THE ICEBERGS'. Three points stood out in my mind.
#1 - There's the 'Just In Case' collection where patrons expect us to have it all-
#2- The 'Reliance of User Education' that can eliminate barriers between patrons and info that they need.
#3 - The 'Come to Us' model that presents new ways to bring info to patrons rather than insisting they come to us.

I've been in the library world long enough to experience some of each. Am curious to where we will go next.

Wiki! Wiki! I looked at several from the suggested list and found many interesting. What do I think could work? The BOOK LOVERS wiki (set up by the Princeton Public Library) could be used as Reader's Advisory resource--especially after you navigate to the Databases on Books and Reading link--which has databases listed by subject. Very helpful indeed.

How could I benefit from using Technorati? I did searches on three of my favorite subjects: diabetes, left-handedness, and of course, reading. I found some interesting, useful and fun to read entries. I can see myself refering back to these time and again, and maybe even adding my two cents worth.

Monday, October 30, 2006

I looked at the LIBRARY SUCCESS wiki. The way it is organized makes it easy to quickly browse the contents. Was able to look at some of the catagories in no time at all.

I checked out a library feed called, UNSHELVED, and read some of the features there, including its Book Club and Comic Strips. Very interesting.

I just checked out RSS feeds again. Had already set up a Bloglines account (and actually remembered my sign-in info). Searched some feeds about being a lefty and read those. Interesting, but not really my thing.