Wednesday, October 31, 2007
What were your favorite discoveries or exercises on this learning journey?
Del.icio.us, Library Thing, Zoho Writer.
Were there any unexpected outcomes from this program that surprised you?
I find myself starting to think differently about things that I would normally have ignored...
For example, when I come across a new programme/concept etc, I think about how it could be relevant to me.
What could be done differently to improve upon this program’s format or concept?
Time was an issue for most people. Maybe reduce the number of things done per week.
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
However after looking at the Project Gutenberg site I can see the merit in such a thing - I even read the first paragraph of The Raven by Edgar Allen Poe online... But I still don't think I would use them myself.
Audio eBooks are different - they don't involve reading a computer screen - so although I've never listened to one, I might one day if I ever need to drive over long distances alone.
So why don't academic libraries use eBooks more? I'm guessing price, copyright issues, licensing, lack of appropriate titles?.... This article about their use in academic libraries explains in more detail.
For this exercise I added the Open Stacks podcast to my Google Reader account... which I haven't used since Week 4. Easy enough to do, but I didn't really find any library podcasts of interest to me. There are quite a few of them, but the ones I saw mainly related to the goings-on at a specific library, e.g. Arizona State University, or were about US library news, so they may be of passing interest to an outsider but not really worth subscribing to.
Also Yahoo podcasts says this: "Yahoo! apologizes deeply, but we will be closing down the Podcasts site on Oct. 31, 2007."
"A typical day may include HOURS spent in front of a monitor... BENDING, STRETCHING!"...
I've used YouTube for a while, but I'd never thought about its potential for library use. It could be a useful training tool. For example there are a few videos that libraries have developed such as demonstrations of their online catalogue, and tours of the library.
Monday, October 15, 2007
Here is my Library Thing. I prefer Display Style B, which shows comments and book ratings.
Just to see how easy or how hard it was to do, I published the above Zoho document (well, sentence, really) to my blog. It took all of 5 seconds.
Monday, October 8, 2007
I thought a cataloguing wiki could be something useful, and discovered this one.
Library Success looks like a really useful resource for sharing information and ideas related to best practice in libraries.
I found this slideshow which goes into detail about the pros and cons of wikis and the different ways that libraries can use them. Wikis are most useful for collaboration and group work, as everyone can contribute and share ideas.
Monday, September 24, 2007
As for the Library 2.0 debate, I'm probably more on the side of "libraries have always been 2.0". The web services which are part of Library 2.0 are something new, but a lot of libraries have always needed to justify their existence: coming up with new ideas and services, so that they remain relevant. So in this regard it isn't something new for us.
A couple of interesting blogs from Technorati's 'Popular blogs' list - Lifehacker and PostSecret.
Advantages of tagging - it allows content to be described very specifically and accurately, thus increasing its searchability. Disadvantages - because standard headings are not used, content could be missed.
I have claimed my blog in Technorati and added a couple of Technorati tags.
23 things , technorati
I thought that del.icio.us could be used to create subject guides for libraries, and then I found this blog which goes into why & how to do this.
I really like del.icio.us - firstly because you can access your bookmarks from anywhere, and also because you can categorize them by subject (tags).
Friday, September 21, 2007
Monday, September 17, 2007
This site will definitely give you the travel bug, if you don't already have it. I have a lot more travelling to do so I can definitely see myself using this site in the future. It has almost no relevance to libraries, but was one of the few sites on the list that really appealed to me.
That, and Guess the Google. Be warned.. if you can't afford to spend a couple of hours playing this game, then it's probably best not to start. This game probably has a very vague relevance to libraries - you could argue that trying to guess the keyword is somewhat involved with reference desk skills?? (I did say 'very vague relevance'.)
... So far I have the top score of the day with 373.
Here's an article with links to more twittering libraries. And yes I realize that sounds strange but it's quicker than saying 'libraries who use Twitter!'
On an individual level, I personally don't know how anyone could have either the time or inclination to constantly post about everything they're doing on a daily basis. Although I do find Twittervision rather fascinating. Seeing the map makes you realize how amazing it is to instantly see comments written by people on the other side of the world, as they write them... many of whom are having trouble sleeping, since it's the middle of the night over there.
Friday, September 14, 2007
The only one that I found really user-friendly was Topix.net.
I like the layout and results are displayed clearly. It has lots of local news.
Using Topix I found The Good Library Blog which has an article called 'Cataloguing a go-go'. The article was okay but I really just like the title.
I also found this blog entry, 'All about librarians', which among other things, informs us that 'A group of librarians is also known as a shoosh'.
I really like Google Reader's feed bundles. I have subscribed to both the Celebrities and Food bundles. I'm not sure how often I'll have time to actually log in and check the feeds, or even if I want to but at least I know where to go if I ever want to find a new recipe or hear what Perez Hilton is rabbiting on about this time.
Thursday, September 13, 2007
But first I looked at the Palinet tutorial about Internet feeds, and now I think I understand them completely.
I decided to go with Google Reader's 'feed bundles' and selected the News option.
So I have subscribed to 6 news feeds.
I liked one idea that the Palinet tutorial mentioned - libraries could use RSS feeds to notify their customers about new items.
Edit: Okay so I have just been reminded that we do use RSS feeds for our new items.
I vaguely remember hearing something about that.
Thursday, September 6, 2007
Wednesday, September 5, 2007
Not sure if I should mention some of the things I found, but they're all true...
There was a picture of a book - 'Nympho Librarian'
("... the prim miss took off more than her mask of respectability behind the stacks... with any man who asked...") - shocking, I know. There was a neon sign advertising 'Gorgeous Librarians' - perhaps one idea if our student numbers continue to decline?
Then there was this one.
This librarian has apparantly discarded her red cardigan, glasses, and handbag, changed into a little black number and heels, and climbed onto a stack of books lying in the middle of the road. Maybe she put them there? Police are at the ready to arrest her, for some reason. But my favourite part - the sunlight shining through the clouds proclaims her victory, almost with the feel of a scene from a religious painting.
Monday, September 3, 2007
You're To Kill a Mockingbird!
by Harper Lee
Perceived as a revolutionary and groundbreaking person, you have
changed the minds of many people. While questioning the authority around you, you've
also taken a significant amount of flack. But you've had the admirable guts to
persevere. There's a weird guy in the neighborhood using dubious means to protect you,
but you're pretty sure it's worth it in the end. In the end, it remains unclear to you
whether finches and mockingbirds get along in real life.
Take the Book Quiz at the Blue Pyramid.
This is my favourite book of all time so I am very happy to be To Kill A Mockingbird.
Thursday, August 30, 2007
Making the avatar was heaps of fun. One of the clothing options for the avatars was 'vampire gown' so I vaguely considered using that and making my blog the 'Bloodsucking Librarian' or something similar, but I thought that may scare some people.
Instead I have gone with the suitably geeky title of 'Cataloguer's Paradise'. Ahhh.
The easiest habit for me - Habit 4: Have confidence in yourself as a competent, effective learner.
This comes from having had to learn a LOT of stuff during my 9 and a bit years at Central TAFE.
I am just old enough that computing was not something I learned at school, so I pretty much had to pick everything up on-the-job. And quickly too.
The hardest habit - Habit 3: View problems as challenges. Unfortunately I tend to view problems as annoying! It is only after I've actually solved a problem that I can feel good about it, and feel like I've learned something from it.