November 30, 2007

18 Library 2.0 and Web 2.0

All of the topics in these accounts have been on my mind and those of the reference librarians for quite some time (except for the last one - I had not yet been thinking about Library 4.0). We are eager to meet the needs and wants of our users AND to meet our obligations as academic librarians in assuring that UMD students know how to acess the complex types of information they need for academic-level work and their jobs. We definitely need more online and easy-to-use teaching tools and need to get the training and access to create them. I disagree with Anderson who seems to be calling for the end of library instruction. I'm somewhat puzzled by his position in that he seems to view information resources as part of library services. In doing that he ignores the fact that while some information resources are becoming more similar (online indexes) some are getting more complex (data sources such as used in business and other areas). There's a lot more that I could say but time is short and I'm sure there'll be plenty of discussions in the future.


I don't like this one. I set up a searchroll and quickly learned that it only searches the first part of urls. My roll included two of my pages (lists of films) on the library web site but the search includes all items on the web site. The roll I set up was on Sociology Films (but I spelled films wrong - filmes). I can't get back into this one because I forgot the login I used (I remember the password, though). If you enter my search roll title in their search box using the misspellling, you will see what I did.

Play Week

I posted a comment on Jodi's blog

PB Wiki

I checked out some of Mary's recommends including list of 25 ideas (verygood); checked out Jodi's reciples; explored Zoho Wiki; left a comment on Mary's Zoho Wiki.

#17 Getting not-so-technical with Technorati

I had used Technorati to find blog feeds. This time I explored more generally and did searches in different categories for different topics and also looked at most popular list - checking out some of them. I searched litwin in both posts and blogs and found Library Juice well represented there. There were no results for umdliblearn in a tag search.

#16 Tagging, folksomonies & social bookmarking in

I explored and set up an account in In one of my searches I found some good sites on Library 2.0. I set up a set of web sites on good reference web pages. I tagged my entries but was disappointed that phrases don't work.
I'm unsure as to whether this would be a good replacement for bookmarks for me.

November 29, 2007


I created a few fake documents. I'm impressed with the functionality without the cost of MSWord and the trickiness of Open Office.

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I created a magazine cover - People - adding a picture of my son, Paul.

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Library Thing

I explored Llibrary thing and set up a catalog. The tagging feature looks nice but I didn't use it. I think this one has been around for a long time. The base didn't seem all that large.


I've listened to a number of podcasts on an individual basis and checked out and I selected one podcast to receive as an rss feed - some poetry readings and lectures from the University of Chicago. Looking at podcasts, rss feeds, and news feeds one can use up a good part of the day handling them all. I think the key is to be organized about it all.

RSS and News Feeds

I worked on this a few months ago. I'm currently receiving news posts from the Wall Street Journal (U.S. Business and Economy) which has been quite nice as I'm able to use our fulltext access for those blurbs for which I want to see the full article. I also get Reuter News (which I'm thinking of canceling). As far as non-news, I started with the word for the day and shifted librarian. Now I just have to get in the habit of checking them regularly.

November 27, 2007

#9 You too can YouTube

I checked out UTube and found some interesting things including a nice version of a library tour view from the Jönköping University Library as well as others that were not so good. I then checked out some on poets. I found a visual/audio fragment of one of my favorite poets. Then I looked further and found more of poets reading their own works including this next gem which has a great audio but horrible visual. Take a look. Seems almost sacrilegious.

I also wonder about copyright when I hear some of the readings.

#23 Discovering Web 2.0 tools

I checked out some of the prize winners. Ning caught my eye as a resource for providing the means for setting up a social network of one's own - on an interest, topic, whatever. Blogs, rss feeds, etc. are included. I also looked at some games and played a really simple one on colors and numbers, Lulu (in the books category) was interesting in offering self publishing of all sorts. I checked out some forums in Lulu and saw original poetry postings , an authors page, and communications about standards for commenting on postings. And more.

November 14, 2007


I completed the assigned and suggested work on wikis. The Reference Team started a wiki several months ago but has not had much time to develop it. I would like to use it for team policies and other ideas have been presented as well. Originally, I thought wikis valuable mainly for their index capabilities. However, I see how they are a great tool for organizing projects and other types of work that involve several people. I also checked out several library-related wikis

Social Networking

I established a profile in facebook in August.