Saturday, January 24, 2009
The one thing I like about blogging with this program is that it makes one really think about the material that is presented and experienced. In order to verbalize about the experience, one must spend time analyzing it. This provides for a larger chance of ingraining what was learned and making it a part of one's everyday life.
This particular Thing required refreshing one's original blog. I must say it went a lot quicker and smoother this time than with Thing # 1 originally. I was able to navigate around the Avatar sites fairly quickly and roam the Blogger dashboard with little trouble. It was again enjoyable spending some time creating / updating my site. I am looking forward to learning more throughout the coming weeks.
Friday, April 11, 2008
I have learned and been exposed to a lot of new things that I had very little or no knowledge of prior to pursuing this quest. It has been a worthwhile learning experience and a good investment of the time put into it. I have seen different ways that we can reach out to our patrons.
A quote made by Steve Campion in the article "Building a social networking environment at the library" says it best: "The library is already a community space. Let's make the social web a new meeting room. We already interact in person. Let's begin interacting online."
Here's to what the future may hold in the form of Web 2.0 and Library 2.0!
In exploring Gather, the social networking and media site for adults, I found that I really liked two of their suggested groups. The first one was called First Chapters, which is basically a writing competition site for first time authors to have a gateway for publication. the second one was called Art Deadlines List - which was a listing of film / video festivals, competitions, grants, scholarships, and internships. I know of some young adults that would really like these types of group social networking utilities.
I currently am a member of Webjunction Minnesota. This online community is a great utility tool to support library staff with technical and library development materials. I have used this site in some of my MSLIS coursework as a reference tool for projects I have worked on.
Other social networking sites that were of interest include: Classroom 2.0, College 2.0, and the Teacher Librarian Ning.
Thursday, April 10, 2008
The library has also used Facebook to advertise student-worker parties or library outreach events. Utilizing Facebook to communicate events has worked well. Students at the college regularly check their Facebook accounts and many have attended advertised events through the invitation extended through this medium.
In browsing through the podcast directories, I found that I could not access podcast.net. I could look at each of the other ones, however. One of the features that I particularly liked in the directories was the ability to pick the genre that I was interested in. Podcast Alley had a link in their directory to do exactly that.
I also liked the Educational podcast network and how that was laid out by grade level - elementary, middle, or secondary or by subject specification. One of the podcasts that caught my eye on this site was the weekly web tools podcast - a great way to stay up-to-date on Web 2.0 tools.
Monday, April 7, 2008
Browsing around YouTube was a lot of fun and one could easily spend a large amount of time exploring what is out there. It is amazing the actual number of videos that have been posted.
The video I chose to post was a time lapsed image of a flower blooming. We live in a world surrounded by beautiful things, unfortunately we sometimes get too busy to appreciate them. These types of videos remind me to take time to "smell the roses" - slow down a bit and enjoy that which is around me.
The way that YouTube could be utilized in the library would be similar to some of the examples presented in this thing. The one I particularly liked was the tour given by the Winona State University.