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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