Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Week 9 Thing 23

1. My favorite discovery was probably u-tube. However, I must admit, the only videos that were of interest to me, involved horses. I was thrilled that I could watch Secretariet run the triple crown again. I also discovered Craig's list. I had heard about it, but really got a chance to explore it.

2. This program has expanded my horizons as far as web-based resources. While I am not into reading people's blogs, at least I'm more aware of them and how to create one.

3. I can't say that there were any unexpected outcomes. Before participating in this program, I was not the kind of person who was tied to their computer. Upon completion, I am still not tied to my computer.

4. I think to improve upon this program, an initial training program as a group would have been beneficial. I have a harder time grasping some of the concepts presented than most people, and working as a group might have helped me.

5. I'm not sure... I think I need a little break to digest everything. If there was more group help, I might consider this.

6. I did learn about many things that alot of our patrons already use (u-tube, myspace, etc.), so I do feel more up-to-date. However, creating all those accounts grew tedious, and I must admit, I still worry about identity theft.

Week 4 Thing 9

Even though I'm still waiting on approval of account, I did explore the Merlin site. I liked the calender... It's nice to see what training is available.

Monday, August 6, 2007

Week 9 Thing 22

I looked at Overdrive, Netlibrary, and Project Gutemberg. I spent the bulk of my time on Project Gutemberg. I looked at Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights, and The Ghost in the White House. While I am an avid supporter of having the written book in hand, I can see where having access to downloadable books could be great for a lot of people. This could even save the day in those cases where teachers assign a classic to the whole class and all of our copies are checked out.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Week 9 Thing 21

Banned Books Week On September 20, 2006 a group of students and librarians gathered at the Fletcher Library on the West campus to discuss personal experiences of censorship, the motivation and history of the Banned Boo...

I listened to several podcasts.... I was delighted to see so many podcasts geared towards young adults. Several of these interviewed young adult authors. I can see where the library could possibly incorporate these somehow. I also listened to the one above on Banned Books Week. I have still not figured out how to get the link to my blog.

I must admit .... not into the podcasts as much as the youtube videos. I guess I am more of a visual person.

Monday, July 23, 2007

Week 9 - Thing 20: YOUTUBE


This was my first experience with youtube. Naturally, I went right to the things that interest me... horses. I found some great videos. Some that explore inhumanities to horses, some in remembrance of great horses (Secretariat, Barbaro) and some just about the ordinary horses that fill mosts horse lovers' lives.

However, I can see where a person could end up wasting a lot of time just viewing videos. Moderation is the key.

I can also see where libraries could use you tube to reach audiences.

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Week 8 Thing number 19

I explored several sites from Web 2.0 Awards.
The first site I visited was Craig's List. I love this site... easy to use, breaks things down into easy to find catagories etc. etc.

I explored several real estate sites ... I enjoyed looking at these, but they were pretty limited. However, you could get a feel for home prices around the country. This could be a useful tool in the library. People who are thinking of relocating to different states, could develop a sense of what their money will buy (real estate wise) in another part of the country.

I also looked at several music sites. This was a great way of listening to the type of music I like. One can really create their own radio station. I would love to pass this on to customers. I really enjoyed exploring these different sites... much more than reading personal blogs.

Week 8 Thing 18 On Line Tools

Separate Peace Farm
July Newletter

I would like to welcome two new boarders to the barn... Juno owned by Cassie Haga and Jack owned by Daphane Sterk. Both horses are settling in nicely and already have the routine down.

......Finally, I have found something to really get excited about. I can see how zoho writer could be a great thing. I could actually work from any computer without having to worry about software purchases.