Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Thing #19 Web 2.0 Awards

Well you piqued my interest with the music award winner Pandora--I definately will use that one--like having your own Juke box.

I also liked "Yelp" under City Guides and Reviews. It allows you to find good restaurants, shopping and whatever in many cities.

Lots of stuff to be used from that. Will explore further:)

Monday, April 28, 2008

Thing#18 Googledocs/zoho

That was really fun! I like the concept of being able to change the document without having so many copies of the old versions.

The spreadsheet in Zoho would be useful for updating the budget on the Diversity Committee.
In fact, that is what we are currently doing! Angela set it up for us to be able to adjust our spendings. Great tool.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Thing #17 Play in the Sandbox

It was fun playing in the Sandbox. Lots of cool things to do. As I said in the last Thing, this could be used if 2 or more people are working on a project together. Instead of so many meetings, they can work from the Wiki.

Thing #16 Wikis

The only thing I think I might use on the Library Success Wiki would be the readers advisory. It gives you authors that write like other authors--so you can refer customers to other authors they might like. Most of the other links I wouldn't need for my job.

I never did notice the tabs on Wikipedia--interesting. I can understand now why teacher do not want their students to use Wikipedia for research.
I guess the whole concept is great--more social ways to connect with other users--what I don't like is that the information is not necessarily true. I guess if you are working on a project with others in different locations, it is a good way to communicate and do the work together.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Thing #15

Web 2.0 is the new technological way to get the information to people faster. It is a way to have information more accessible to the average consumer. Libraries can set up pages, programs in order to assist customers in accessing the information more easily.

"Away from Iceburgs" brings up some very logical points. Younger people are computer savvy and they need their information at their fingertips. As discussed in the article, libraries had a monopoly on information--now everyone can access things such as NADA on line or stock information. It doesn't mean we should totally dump our collection, but we need to be in step with the demands of the new generation of customers, while still servicing those who would rather have a book or print document. There is a fine line which we need to walk in order to be able to service all types of learners/ users of the library.

"On the way to the library experience of the future" is quite interesting how libraries have/ will evolve over time in order to meet the needs of customers. First 1.0 as books, print, 2.0--making the library accessable to everyone--on line, etc. 3.0 for those who spend lots of time on the computer, and 4.0 the library for aesthetics. None of the above will be eliminated, but all will need to be incorportated in order to better serve all.

Thing #14 More Technorati

I looked at some of the "popular" blogs--it is just too much lingo for me. I would rather do my own search for what I am interested in. For example, Boing boing--how would I know what that means unless I was a computer geek. I just don't get it. I would use the site if I needed to find blogs about something specific, but otherwise, not too interested in it.
It uses too many technical terms.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

del.icio.us Thing #13

Ok--I can see how this could be helpful for those of us who work in a library. This is a great way to keep url's handy at your fingertips instead of having them all in your favorites. You can organize them with the tags--which is handy. HOWEVER, and this is a big however, personally, I would not spend the time on the computer organizing such things. I don't spend any extra time on the computer than necessary and to me this would take a lot of time and organization for something that I frankly would not use very much. As I said, libraries can benefit from this--good way to pull in all that useful information for reference help, programs, whatever. But for personal use, I wouldn't use it. Sorry :(
The reading lists area super idea--will suggest we do the same. :)

Monday, April 7, 2008

NetLibrary/ WorldCat Thing #12

I am familiar with signing up for this service since I work the reference desk and have had to help customers sign up for it. I did create my own account, however, and had fun trying to read a book online. It really is a different experience. I can see how this would be helpful for research--you really need another source, can't get your hands on the book, but are able to get it on line. Great stuff. :)

WorldCat is a great tool. Now after all these years of doing the request for purchase, I know what World Cat is and how you use it to locate the books for our customers! I like the way that they show you the closest library where you can find the book and it goes further and further away.

Library thing #11

Here is the link to Library Thing

This is a great way to keep track of books you read or wish to read--perhaps books that are not on Horizon yet too. Good way for people who like me who can't remember what they already read. When I have more time, that is how I will use this great tool.

Thing # 10 Technology

I would like to comment on the GPS--we have one and use it all the time. It is great to know that when you are lost, this amazing piece of technology can get you back on track. I actually also experienced someone who was geocaching--I helped them locate a "cache". What a fun way for kids to learn about directions and such! This particular family does this on a regular basis.
There are "caches" right in LEH!
E-books--what a great way for those that are homebound to be able to read a book. Or if you are doing research and need to check on something, how great is that?
I commented on a few blogs--(A view/ Jedimaster/ and A's webchallenge.) I will continue to comment on other people's blogs :)