Wednesday, February 18, 2009
I'm slow to adopt technological trends. I tend to carefully pick and choose what I will take part in. But I'm looking forward to what new things I might discover with the next set of Things!
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
From 0 to 60mph in 23 steps!
It was painful learning and that was why I knew I had to finish it.
Yep, now I know I can do it. That's my biggest triumph. Having forced my way through, I proved to myself that I can learn this stuff, the tools do work and I've lost my fear. I will not shy away from trying out any 2.0 tools in my library. It actually took me much longer than a few minutes a day, and it was very painful learning all the way through. The more uncomfortable it was to learn about these tools, the more I knew I was on the right track. Good learning should be painful. And it is true, we can't get so bogged down in the drudgery of our daily work that we fail to keep our vision focused on the future. This kind of development is indeed something that requires an ongoing commitment.
I've already put LibraryThing to work for me. I use it to list and tag all my storytime books. I can keep track of my favorites, tag them how I like, access my list from any work site and share my list with any of my colleagues. I also loved del.icio.us, WebJunction and the online productivity tools. I've already incorporated these tools into my work routine.
Perhaps more important in continuing, is that I have lost my fear! I now know enough to venture into this world even without guidance.
Monday, April 14, 2008
The article on WebJunction about social networking was great for imaging all the ways they could be used in the library. I was already a big user of WebJunction and use it all the time! It's such a great site for sharing anything from library policies to programming flyers, not to mention articles and discussions. If I am ever wondering, "How have other libraries done such-and-such?" I look it up on WebJunction and usually find something useful. I will probably do more idea browsing on WebJunction in the future.
I will consider joining Ning in the future, specifically to exchange with librarians in the 23 Thing on a Stick group. After I finish working through the program, I may be looking for additional ideas or feedback on putting some of the tools in action.
Sunday, April 13, 2008
I would consider working on a project to create pages for my library on a social networking site. But not just for the sake of doing it. I would want a clear idea beforehand of just what kind of utility it would serve and then worry about how fancy cool it looked. And I would be extremely cautious in the photos or information I loaded, with respect to the library and our patrons.
Thursday, April 10, 2008
I subscribed to a couple podcasts through the RSS feeder on my Google Reader account, just to try it out and demonstrate to myself that I could do it. This is a feature I might actually use! I haven't discovered a blog yet that I can't live without and would conceivably want to subscribe to. But a podcast maybe. I feel much better equipped now to use my blog reader. And now I am much handier at recognizing those little RSS icons and other indicators of features - and I even know what the features are now and how to use them! Imagine that!
I listened to a few podcasts from MPR. MPR makes it pretty easy to find its podcasts and to use them. Here's a link for the "Midmorning" program interviewing librarian extraordinaire Nancy Pearl back in June of last year.
MPR podcast and load it onto my MP3 player! Hurray for me! Also, my MP3 has recording capabilities. I could make an audio recording, upload it and make my own podcast. I'll have to think about how I could use this in the library. If I do come up with an idea, I would fearlessly try it!
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
After embedding my video in my blog, I now know a little bit more about making better use of the video clips. I would love to make a video for my library and now would fearlessly load it onto YouTube or the library website or wherever! I loved all the library promotional videos. I would look for any opportunity to use online video clips to promote my library or our programs!