Monday, December 17, 2007

Week 9: Podcasts, Video & Downloadable audio

Discover YouTube
March of the librarians is hilarious

Videos could be used to record IL courses and library tours.

Sunnyvale PL seems to do a bit with podcasts:
I like the idea of recording programs and especially informational programs like "Advance Care directives." This means people don't have to be at an event in order to benefit from it. The library thus extends its reach.

This - and video creation is a world to be discovered. I'd like to spend more time on it.

eBooks and Audio eBooks
This is another thing I need to spend more time on. Especially technical issues; I often don't know how to respond when a patron asks what type of reader they need or what type of file an ebook is...

Summarize your thoughts about this program on your blog.
Well, that was a whirlwind tour of learning 2.0! I learned some new things with this program. I also want to put in the thought that some of these resources are transitory. The next big 2.0 application may be just around the corner. As librarians seeking to keep learning, I think we need to stay abreast of these tools. And yet, we shouldn't be consumed by them either.

And with that said, I will sign off my 23 things!

Happy holidays

Week 8: Online Applications & Tools

Take a look at some online productivity (word processing, spreadsheet) tools.
I signed up for Zoho. Looks a lot like word. And Google docs. I can especially see a use for students at the library - they can work on their papers here and not have to worry about saving to disc or drive or any of that.

I set up an account and then lost it! darn. I'll find it and re-post once I do.

Week 7: Wikis

The SJCPL wiki is awesome. It really empowers librarians to create their own pages where they may have had more technological hurtles to jump through with old-fashioned web design. I see wikis as a way to take control away from a centralized source and give it to the creators. It seems like with the SJCPL wiki, content is more likely to be current when creators have the ability to update their own subject guides at will.

I've used a wiki personally in two other environments. The first was a staff wiki; this was valuable in that commonly used documents and applications were centralized in one place. The other time I used a wiki was for a library instruction class. The students used pbwiki to create an annotated bibliography for the class. Being able to sign up for RSS notification to see how the wiki was growing was interesting (and overwhelming).

I added my blog to the wiki and did a favorite in books and travel spots. The Wiki was very easy to use; I really like PBWiki. I am curious how posting more complicated things like PDF's and other files might go. I've used another application and found that aspect a bit difficult.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Week 6: Tagging, Folksonomies & Technorati

I use more than any other web 2.0 tool (my page is linked on the sidebar of this blog). It is an excellent resource for organizing web sites and for having your web sites accessible from anywhere. when I was searching for work, I created a library_jobs tag that allowed me to organize my zillion employment sites; it was a lifesaver.

Libraries can utilize this feature in many useful ways - they can organize their web links with and link to their page from the library web site; a page can be readily available on reference desk computers so that librarians can quickly access frequently used web sites; library instructors can gather together useful information literacy sites and give students access to their delicious page. Or what about using delicious for subject guides!

I really am happy to discover the SJlibrary page:

Searching keyword then in Tags then in Blog directory whittled down the results each time. I see this site as very valuable in marketing your blog; if that's something you want to do. Tagging can be a very valuable tool--it's a lot like controlled vocabulary only it isn't at all controlled. Therein lies the problem. The lack of control results in a less clean index and more difficult searching for users. However I do like the idea of writers tagging their own work with the terms they believe to be most relevant. I have a delicious tag called "mindlessfun"-- it's my idea of mindless but fun things to look at and is a completely personal tag.

Thoughts on Web 2.0, Library 2.0 and the future of libraries.
Well, everything in moderation, right?I believe in the idea of changing direction, but paddling upstream just because everyone else is too? That sounds like a recipe for disaster.

I particularly like this idea: "
This librarian recognizes how services might be enhanced by the Read/Write web and how new services might be born in a climate of collaboration." We need to be open, to be creative, and to think as developers think. We need to change in a way that our users want us to change.

Collective Intelligence is an attractive notion too. By involving users, perhaps they will feel more connected to the library.

Week 5: Play Week

Ohh the online image generator is fun! See my holiday greeting: - Custom comment codes for MySpace, Hi5, Friendster and more

That's my table at home.

Explore any site from the Web 2.0 awards list, play with it and write a blog post about your findings.

I love the ability to share books, share your library, see what others are reading and create community around books. The book suggestions mechanism is just so-so; as is any online mechanism like this. It will never replace human suggestions and interactions.

Roll your own search tool with Rollyo.
I created a search tool for Bay Area Food:

Week 4: RSS & Newsreaders

I set up a bloglines account while a student at SJSU's SLIS. It's great for keeping track of sites. Although I have to admit that it is one of those web 2.0 applications that has not stuck with me. I prefer to have feeds sent direct to my email than to have to log in to bloglines. It feels a lot like yet another place to have to check in with.

One of my favorite library blogs is:
She always has something useful to say (especially about Library 2.0)

I like Librarian in Black too:

Week 3: Photos and Images


I am interested in iTunes University and how the library can create an iTunes space.

Check out this site:

Or Sunnyvale's: