Archive for June, 2009

End of Course

June 23, 2009

The Library 2.0 has come to an end and I am relieved to have made it through, but also happy to know that I did it!  I successfully explored web information sharing and tools and now feel more confident that when others refer to  these, I will have at least a clue as to what they are about. Some of the activities I think I will explore more and continue to use them, and others will fade away. My comfort level was challenged and that is probably a good thing, but I will not likely push my privacy boundaries much further. I was impressed with the help available for taking the course  – instructors and facilitator were all very accommodating and knowedgeable and I do appreciate all their efforts.

Podcast progress

June 18, 2009

I have subscribed to the CBC podcasts of the 6’oclock news and to The Royal Society Library. Had no problem getting them into my reader and was able to listen to yesterday’s news program, loud and clear from the reader. In the Royal Society podcasts, I opened up a video/audio clip of a lecture being given in the UK on the Voyage of the Beagles. Again the video was good quality and the audio was clear. I can see how people could find this quite addicting – finding things of interest and being able to view or hear them at one’s most convenient time of day or night. There are certainly loads of options available on the web for people’s entertainment or interest needs. I now will at least have a clue what my sons are talking about regarding pods and downloads – they will be so impressed!!

Twitter week

June 17, 2009

Wow, it took me awhile to figure out how to find people/groups to follow, but finally got four established. Now what do I think about Twitter? Looking through some of the tweets that folks leave behind makes me think they are pretty full of themselves ( I am not referring to the four I chose) and have a lot of time on their hands to relay what they are doing every hour or day that they feel others would want to know. It is probably a good thing one is retricted to 140 characters! However, the ones who actually link you to a site that has information that could be of interest in your work life or home life are more pertinent to me. In a library setting I think one could link patrons to library information through this network. Again though I think time and staff would be the difficulty in keeping it up to date. Certainly social networking is an interesting concept that many people seem to gravitate to these days. It does make one wonder if it all helps us as a society or actually puts up more artificial walls.

LibraryThing

June 4, 2009

What a super neat tool to have in ones belt. I think I will enjoy using this to catalogue my house of books. Getting the cataloguing information is very simple and adding tags will make it easier as time goes on to zero in on different genres and “read again” favourites. I think this might also be a good tool to tell my fellow book club members about and keep track of our past choices. After several years of club reading we don’t always remember what we read and when! I also was impressed with the “Local” tab that gives one links to local book stores and libraries – I discovered some names of bookstores that I had not heard of before in Winnipeg, so I will be visiting them to see what they are like and what they stock on their shelves. When I have time I will take a look at Shelfari too to learn what it offers.

Online Applications & Tools

June 4, 2009

Enjoyed wandering down memory lane when reading all the different song titles that others have added to the spreadsheet. So many oldies, but goodies. I added Moody Manitoba Morning to the mix and since then have not been able to get the song out of my head, which isn’t a bad thing. I think the Google Docs is a great concept – I wish it had been around in the years when I was involved with classroom group assignments – we could have saved so much time and paper with being able to share the writing and editing of one document. I certainly think the process has value for groups of like individuals or coworkers. Next I am going to do activity 2 and see what LibraryThing is all about.