Thursday, September 28, 2006

Peanut, Peanut Butter and Jelly

PBWiki was so easy to use. I loved reading others' favorites. It gave me some great ideas of where to go eat and what to read next. This is a great way to share info with a smaller or large group of people. Its so easy to tailor and use that I can see any and all using this technology.
I was speaking with some co-workers yesterday about Learning 2.0 and how much it has invaded our lives. The sites are so easy to use and fun to play with that we're all taken in. Others are sharing the different ways they use these sites and giving me great ideas. One co-worker said he uses LibraryThing to keep track of the books he's read and wants to read. He rates the ones he has read and the others he leaves unrated. I thought that would be a great way to keep a reading list and then I can't lose the paper. Of course, I could still forget the website but I think that's less likely.
I've really enjoyed using all these sites and PBWiki will be added to my ever growing list of tech resources at my fingertips.

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Quick, I need a wiki!

These were fun sites to peruse through. Honestly, I knew what wikipedia was but I had no idea what a wiki was in general. I had no idea how popular they were or the different uses they have had. Very cool!
I'll have to read this book that I found while perusing St. Joseph County PL's wiki. Hmm, except that we don't have it. :( I'll have to submit a suggest for purchase. Ok, did that. I find if I do things when I think about them, they actually get done instead of being forgotten!
Anyway, I liked the idea of being able to add to content. For example, when I was wandering through the Library Success: a best practices wiki, I found that they had readers' advisory info for a lot of areas but nothing specifically on children's. I don't have the time right now to add everything that I know on that area but it was neat to think about what I could write. I'm thinking about putting together an outline of basics to add in on that one. I'm sure many others would have something to contribute on that topic as well. I guess that's the idea anyway!
The best uses for a wiki in a library setting would have to be reviews of things (books, websites, videos, etc.). Also, anything that required feedback would be great in a wiki. Evaluations of programs could be done this way. Surveys could be conducted. The ideas just keep rolling in this area. Heck, you could make a wiki to ask people what kind of wikis they would like! Well, enough of the wikis for today.
Next thing . . .

Sunday, September 24, 2006

Melanie 3.14159265. . .

Yes folks, the new version of Melanie has been released. Better than Melanie 0.7, far beyond Melanie 1.847, and so much more mature than Melanie 2.999999. So enjoy!
Anyway, I read all the articles concerning the Library 2.0/Web 2.0 assignment and I found most of them a bit unwieldy except for Into a New World of Librarianship by Michael Stephens. His article was a bit more practical and not theoretical or so scholarly. I'm a fan of simple and practical ideas and resolutions. Stephens gave some hard and fast rules about how to be this new type of librarian. I liked that he said this librarian should keep up with trends and be knowledgeable but not be in 'technolust' about every new thing that comes out. Basically, he made the point that we are here to provide a service and Library 2.0 should provide just that without cutting corners. The idea of a transparent library is a very good one. Libraries should inform their patrons of how, why, and when they are making new decisions and involve them in the process. This makes for a happier group of people in the end. You can't please everyone but you can at least be fair.
I don't think the idea of Library 2.0 will change my life or how I do my job in any great grand way but the new perspective will give me food for thought. To be honest, I feel I'm ready to be a part of this trend but I'm not sure everyone will come aboard so easily. Some people in libraryland like being elitist and it takes some work to change people's minds about being user-friendly or even what that means! Hmmm. . .well, back to work on Melanie 4.4.

Friday, September 22, 2006

This video rocks

Technorati searching is cool

I have 10 minutes to finish this blog before the library closes. Pressure's on.
So, I explored Technorati and I thought it was a neat site. When I went to explore the popular section, I was surprised at how many of the results I got while clicking around were in other languages or posted from around the world. I enjoyed reading this article when I clicked on the top tag youtube. I found the article especially relevant to what we have been exploring and learning. It raises some serious questions and concerns about certain social networking sites and the internet in general. The internet has been shown to be capable of powerful and dangerous things.
I did learn how to tag my posts so I have done so right here! Well, I guess that's the extent of my experience so far. On to thing 15! Ta da!


Mmmmmm . . . Del.icio.us

I don't think you can really appreciate what del.icio.us is without trying it out for yourself. I enjoyed adding sites but I think it will take some continued adding and use to really appreciate what powers the site has. I couldn't think of too many sites I really wanted to bookmark there all at once but I'm sure as I continue to do my regular job I'll add more and more. The easy button added to my links will definitely encourage me to use this resource. I think I'll bookmark all the sites we used for our 23 things! Here's what I've done on my del.icio.us so far.
I discovered a really cool site while exploring on del.icio.us: Dogster.com. Its myspace for dogs!! I loved looking at all the many pics of people's pets and adoptable dogs that are posted. It has a space for a dog blog too! I don't know if they have something like this for other types of pets but I'll be looking. I'd love to have one for my ferrets too. I haven't yet created a space for my doggie Leeloo but I'll be adding her soon. You should check out this site.
I had a lot of fun with this one and I really don't know how much I would use this for reference work since much of what I do is reader's advisory and comes out of my head but we shall see! I'm sure it would be very helpful, however, for those working with people more interested in research and strict reference work. It would be so easy to get to the best sites you've found on a topic. This would also be a good way to keep up with current info on any given topic.
Well, I'm on to my next thing!

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Rollyo: The Fruit Roll Up of Search Engines

:)
I like it.
I was a little confused on the concept at first but I like it now. I created a ferret rollyo and then I had to take the wikipedia ferret site out because it ended up searching all of wikipedia instead of just the ferret site. Yeah, that screwed up my results a bit. Soooo, now it works and I can look for products for ferrets and anything else I'd like to know! Cool.
I used the gamers rollyo as well. I'm not a gamer myself but my husband plays xbox a lot and he is always asking for cheat codes. This should make them easy to find. I tried out Helene's rollyo of PLCMC's sites but I couldn't really think of too many things to search for. I know all those sites already I guess.
Hmmmm, guess that's all for now.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

LibraryThing

Ok, was I the only one that thought of the Addams' Family when you got to this thing. I don't know what it was about the name LibraryThing but I just picture that hand crawling around.
Anyway, back to the thing at hand. I found this site extremely easy to use. Probably the easiest thing I've signed up for and used online and I thought it was fun too. I don't know how much I will really use this site since I find it hard to use sites that recommend other books that people think I would like. Usually I do much better choosing my own books by serendipity. I like shelves. I do think its an easy way to keep track of your books though. I have a paper list of all the books I read. Not sure I quite want to give that up yet but I'll try this out for a while and see how it goes.
I especially liked looking at my own 'author cloud' and the LibraryThing author cloud. It was a really easy way to see what I have the most of. If I really got all the books I've read in there, it would be even more fun to look at.
Hmm, well here's my catalog. Enjoy!

Oops, forgot to post on this topic :)

I was looking back and realized that I explored the Flickr 3rd party sites but never blogged on it. I really liked the Flickr Color Pickr. I thought it would be a fun way to decorate a room if you wanted to accent with one color. Plus it was just fun to play with. I'm not really sure why I thought it was so fascinating but I was amazed that there were so many pictures with those exact shades. Who has this much time on their hands to make all these mashups? Its cool but I've never met anyone who had the time and motivation to create something like this. Well, it was fun. :)

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Badges, we don't need no stinkin' badges

I could spend all day playing with these but I really have other things I need to be doing! Ack. Can I find a job where I can play with technology stuff and get paid to learn. Oh wait, I do have that job. :)

And you can make your own badge too. Right here!

Wedding Graffitti


Wedding Graffitti
Originally uploaded by ender202.

I love it. I still don't understand how to put a heart in the picture. It had some weird symbol that it said to type to get one on there but I didn't see it on my keyboard. Anyway, this is cool because of the graffitti alone but then having the cute bicycles makes it so much more us. I like these generators but I wish I could pick the picture to use to modify. I guess I'll have to become more of a tech geek. Ah, le sigh.

Here's where I made this cool pic!

Searchin' for feeds

Ok, I really didn't like too many of these search tools. Feedster was probably the most friendly for me since the actual feeds were broken down into their own category. I really wanted a feed that would update me when something new came out or an article was written by Stephen King. I never really found what I was looking for so far but I haven't given up hope yet. I seemed to get a lot of results that weren't really focused on cycling, for example, but happened to have that word somewhere in the text. I'm not sure what I'm doing that isn't bringing back what I'm looking for but I'm sure continued use will improve my results.
I'm tired now. Sleep. Good. Tired. :)

Sunday, September 03, 2006

Procrastination

Yeah, I'm going to be married in 5 days, or something like that. I'm trying to get my posts up to date for the Learning 2.0 because my last day at work before I'm off for a week and a half is Tuesday and I don't know how much time I'll have after that to get around to blogging. Ugh. I'm tired. So, I've been working on the bloglines thing and its pretty cool. I really enjoyed the link to the 'what not to crochet' because some things just shouldn't be. I had heard of RSS but had no idea what it stood for and, to be honest, I really didn't care. I think its a very useful tool even though I lived just fine without it before. :) I use all this new technology and then one day I stop and think, "Crap, how did I live without my _____ before?" Its cool and sad all at the same time. Whatever shall I do when modern society goes kaput? Sooooo, here's the link to my bloglines account. My public bloglines, oh yeah.