November 7, 2007

wetpaint.com

The site I choose was wetpaint.com--a free wiki website with more than 500,000 Wetpaint wikis. The EasyEdit Toolbar makes adding content simple and I liked the way Wetpaint was set up because you start by choosing what topic your website is about. There are now nine categories, including Arts, Business, Music, Lifestyles, and Technology. Along with the wiki collaboration feature, the sites are listed in categories, so it's easy to look up information on something you are interested in, which fits in well with a library setting.

Web-based apps

I created an account in Zoho Writer and made a couple of test documents. I think this would be a good application to use. The functions, options, toolbars, etc. would take a little time to get used to--but to me it seems very similar to using Word and Excel 2007.

PB Wki and Zoho Wiki

I learned alot from the videos on PB Wiki. They gave good examples of the benefits of using wikis for collaborating on projects. I preferred Zoho to PB Wiki and I created my own Zoho wiki homepage. Zoho also other products including templates for writing speeches, student progress reports, online spreadsheets, all kinds of things that could be particularly useful. And, I saw an awesome slideshow on ZohoPhoto:http://show.zoho.com/public/costalsina/Fotos2007.pps. Which I added to my del.icio.us.

November 4, 2007

Library Wikis

Because of the highly technical content, I was surprised that the LEO homepage was a wiki. However, I understood why when I looked at the UM Libraries Staff Wiki, where it is stated "staff input is cruicial to this site's evolution." So libraries could find wikis useful in the development of subject guides, reading lists, locating materials for ILL, sharing information regarding conventions, etc. It is a good way for professionals to collaborate, but there are also problems that have to be dealt with as shown by the message on the Library Success wiki: "Because of vandalism problems, email configuration is required."

November 1, 2007

Learning 2.0

I think what I have learned about new technology in Library 2.0 will prove useful to me in the future because new technology will definitely effect the future of libraries. In the article "Away from Icebergs" Rick Anderson points out 3 changes that librariees need to make. He stated that libraries need to have digital collections, blogs, podcasts etc. available for users and that libraries need to switch to user-centric service, which means services that patrons can use with no training both in the library and at home. He stated that this is all necessary because libraries will no longer have a monopoly on the supply of inforamtion available to patrons. Even though I work in a library and am in a library every day, the way that I retrieve information has changed. Now I start out by looking on the www. That may lead be back to the library to get more in-depth information, but I start out where it is easiest to get a lot of information fast. Chip Nilges states in "To more powerful ways to cooperate" that cooperation is the key factor to keeping libraries essential. This includes such changes as opening WorldCat to anyone with a web browser.

Searching Blogs

This was very interesting and valuable information. I tried searching for topics that I am interested in by using both the entire blog and also tags. Again, this would be a valuable tool for doing research, or for just casually finding out information about things you are interested in. It takes you to blogs and then you can go from there to other blogs, and on and on...

Tagging

Very interesting. It would be a good way to collect research on a topic. It is particularly interesting that you can see how many other people have tagged that item and then look at the items they have tagged and also read comments that others who have the same interest as you have made. It would be a valuable tool for research and academic activites like creating reading lists or a syllabus.

Roll your own search engine

This was interesting--something I didn't know about before. It would be a great tool if you were doing research.
http://www.rollyo.com/dashboard.html

October 29, 2007

LibraryThing

I created an account and added 5 books to my account. http://www.librarything.com/profile/pzierke
A very interesting site.

http://flickr.com/photos/10842442@N06/1799144096/

Image generators


http://flickr.com/photos/10842442@N06/1799144096/

This is the image I created. I used the FD Toys link to get to the following link http://bighugelabs.com/flickr/magazine.php.

Blog about Technology

Time is the main factor here. I've learned lots of new interesting things, and I now have some familiarity with terminology that before left me in the dark as to what someone was talking about. It's also been a help in my ICL classes to be familiar with these terms because students do use them in class or in their assignments. At this time I don't feel that I have time in my schedule to donate to keeping up with these new lines of communication and creativity. However, I can remember when my son first started text messaging me on my cell phone. It was a new way of communicating for me and I thought I would not use it that much. Now--text messaging on my cell phone has become a part of my daily life--and it's great because I find out the little day-to-day things my family does, even though we are miles apart. So, if the need should arise or someone else started using it to communicate with me, I would find that some of these technologies that I've learned about would fit into my schedule.

October 28, 2007

Fun with Flickr

I checked out putting graphics on photos (stars, dots, swirls, etc.)--could be fun for the right occasion. I looked at making online labels and photo books. Creating screensavers with my own photos interested me and I also liked motion graphics (e.g. Whitney music box - http://www.coverpop.com/whitney/). I looked at Librarian Trading Cards, too.
I looked at Google's Picasa, which would be a great way to organize, edit and add effects, and share photos. At this time, I am not taking a lot of photos, so it's not something I'm interested in spending time doing. My children do on occasion send me photos and this would be a great way of organizing them--when I have the time.
It's interesting taking a look at all the photos online--but then after I'd looked for a while--on a variety of subjects--it reminded me of when people would show 35mm slide shows--fun for them--got boring for those forced to sit and look at someone else's many, many photos. But today when I got tired of looking--I just clicked it off!

October 25, 2007

Flickr

http://www.flickr.com/photos/16153671@N06/1747326119/
I have used Flickr before and it has been a fun way for family and friends to quickly share photos with me. I also used Flickr to add images to : http://patzy-libraryexercise.blogspot.com/

Cat Alarm Clock

I've never explored You Tube before--it's quite interesting--definitely entertaining. I chose to search for cat videos and there were a lot of them--the ones I saw were all funny things that cats do.

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