Wednesday, October 8, 2008

No 23: The End

I loved doing these 23 things! I am disappointed I did not get it finished on time. Never thought I would use a blog let alone create one. Had much enjoyment playing with the Flickr toys and the Generators, YouTube videos, the MOG site I found for music videos.
Experiencing LibraryThing, podcasts, Rollyo was an eye opener of what is happening out in cyberworld. But I never want to see Technorati again!!
Thank you to all the helpers with their guidance.
My little notebook of notes and links will not be thrown away. Enjoy the video I found.

Monday, October 6, 2008

No 22: Social networking and Libraries

When I think MySpace and Facebook, I think teenagers. Designing a entry with teens is mind seems ideal - I checked out some of the libraries who have done this -- good idea. I believe we must also keep adults in mind. I believe libraries do need to utilise social networking. I like the thought of advertising events through these sites.
I agree with the statements made in the following article -- there must be goals from the library viewpoint; there must be interaction between the library and patrons; and, link it into the catalog/webpages.
Libraries in Social Networking Software
By Meredith Farkas May 10, 2006
"When you decide to put up a library profile on MySpace or Facebook, what is your goal? I think there is a big difference between “being where our patrons are” and “being USEFUL to our patrons where they are.”
I have seen two ways that libraries have used MySpace and Facebook effectively. The first is to get feedback from students. The second is to create a library portal within MySpace and/or Facebook.
If it’s a great idea to “go where the patrons are” in terms of their courseware, why not provide the same sort of portal services in MySpace and Facebook? Some libraries have made their Facebook or MySpace site an extension of the library Web site with links to the catalog, chat reference pages, research guides, calendar of events, etc."

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

No 21: MySpace and Facebook

Bebo: I liked Rotorua Public Library's bebo page better than the Auckland Public Library one. Rotorua's was much cleaner and concise. I enjoyed looking at the photos of events but again I am skim reading any blog type entries. It is overwhelming what can be done in terms of patron participation. Enjoyed the Cartoonizer feature of bebo that Rotorua used on their photos. But the dark background put me off a bit.

MySpace: Light bright and airy compared to Bebo. I found it easy to look around. Found several music videos for a singer called John (Cougar) Mellencamp through the search button. This side of it is similar to YouTube.

Facebook: Have to sign in to see any Facebook pages - gives the feeling of secretiveness. I did not feel comfortable about signing in to see these pages. I do not want my personal information on these pages (I have no interest to continue with Facebook after we have finished the program) and I have no time to make up information.
I can see the attraction to use these sites - makes the world a smaller place. But again, I have other things to do with my time.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

No 20: ebooks

From reading the Discovery Resources given I have finally ascertained that to me an e-book can be two things - (1) an on-line talking book to listen to, and (2) either the whole or part (public domain) of a book that you can read on-line (you can see the actual pages of a book!).
Google Book Search. Clear, precise, easy to use. Found the preview pages easily both for a classic (Moby Dick) and a modern (Sea Swept by Nora Roberts). Fantastic having a read - had a decent amount of time to have a read before the site told me I had seen enough of that book. I shall be back to visit this site again.
On LibriVox, I found the audio book for Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. Loved the fact you can download it chapter by chapter, or the whole book. Opened easily for me on the computer and I started to hear Chapter 1 - "Christmas won't be Christmas without any presents...". The recording is so clear. Could be useful at home.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

No 19: Podcasts - easy layout. Heard a Davis Cup Tennis show - easy to hear. Everything after that would not load. Keeps mentioning 'episodes' - I think television!

Podnova - first impression - clean frontpage. I do find this site a little slow to conduct the search. Searched for a couple of musicians - found a couple of interviews. Found a couple of podcasts for radio stations and saw the word Australia - thought Hamish & Andy who feature on Rove. Sure enough I found some episodes (although the latest were May). Made a feed to Bloglines and low and behold here are the latest offerings - including this week's already. I am looking forward to hearing more. Here is the website address if interested -

Spent lots of time looking - at useful stuff? maybe - at rubbish? absolutely. I tend to look for music whilst playing with different sites. I am going to search for more radio shows. I was impressed by the quality of the sound for most of the podcasts I listened to. Overall, I do not have much need for podcasts.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

No 18: You-Tube

Videos everywhere!

The library ones were a giggle.

Love all the music videos that can be found.

A video tour of all the North Shore Libraries on the homepage could be interesting.

I was surprised to find the following video - New Zealand sport - I think of You-Tube as American instead of global.
I liked the following video - if you follow rugby league and watched the Warriors match last weekend against the Roosters, you will understand the commitment, the determination, the passion, the teamwork, the desire, the captaincy, and the sportsmanship of the following moment during the game - not for the squeamish.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

No 17: Web 2.0 Awards List

I choose the category music. Then I chose to look at third place getter MOG (
I love MOG. They list albums and the song lists. They show videos (usually ones) without changing screens. You can find lyrics.
I found today's artists/groups plus artists/groups of old.
You can join the site and make posts about anything related to any musical group.
I loved MOG a lot and will be paying repeat visits.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

No 16: Zoho document - Report of Accident

Here is my Zoho document but the stylising of it has gone haywire:

Employee's Report of Accident

REPORT OF JOB ACCIDENT: Employee’s preliminary report of work-related injury to employer.

Date of Report : Tuesday 16 September 2008 Rpt No. : 159841B

Report filled out by Mrs Doolittle [name] the Library [address]

The following employee reports an injury sustained in the work-related accident described below.

1. Employee name: Mrs Doolittle
2. Employee ID: BZ459210025
3. Designation: the Library
4. Employer Name: North Shore Libraries
5. Employee address: 123 Strawberry Fields
City: North Shore
Post Code: 0689
Phone: 09 4861234
6. Date & Time of Injury: Tuesday 16 September 2008
7. Address/place where injury happened: the stairs at the Library

8. Description of injury and part of body affected: bruised ego, scrapped hand, and scrapped knee
9. Signature of the Employee: Doolittle M

Monday, September 15, 2008

No 16: Zoho

Easy to make an account.

Once in, it took a bit of playing around to work out what to do. I finally found the 'Templates' under the 'Help' button. I was frustrated at editing several templates - not as efficient or as sophisticated as Word or Publisher. I used the 'Switch to' feature and tried Zoho Writer, Zoho Notebook, Zoho Planner (the 'to-do' feature), and tried to load Zoho Sheet. Again I was frustrated at how long each page took to open.

Each time I have logged on to my account, Zoho has opened with a different page - confusing. I did manage to post one of my Zoho documents to my blog (see the next blog above) - the instructions given by the Web 2.0 Team were spot on.

I like and understand the principle of having cyperspace hard drives - can access from everywhere but I do not think I like Zoho.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

No 15: Rollyo

Creating a search roll is easy - just find and add the URLs. I eventually found the Explore tab gives the other search rolls. I tried the Free Photos site and got lots of results. Some seach rolls are rubbish.
I made a search roll then went in and completely changed the sites and name. Easy.

Friday, September 5, 2008

No 14: LibraryThing

I like 'LibraryThing.'
The number of 'Groups' was amazing - some interesting names.
The discussion in the 'Talk' tab was not just about books - I saw some discussion about tennis.
The 'Search' tab was a little clumsy.
Joining was easy. Adding books to my library was easy.


Tuesday, September 2, 2008

No 12: Learning 2.0 Sandbox Wiki

I like this sort of wiki.
I edited the favourite movies, tv shows, and books pages.
I even added a thread to one of the pages. Easy to edit although the Editing toolbar did not load through dialup!
Could have a link from our Intranet page - a noticeboard/chatroom for library staff.

Saturday, August 30, 2008

No 13: Generators

Not enough hours in the day!

Swedish furniture name generator
I enjoyed playing here.

Limited but could not resist the picture I made.

Does say "Is this the last golden egg Mr Wonka? I want one Daddy!"

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

No 11: Wiki

I like using Wikipedia. I am conscious that anyone can edit Wikipedia so I am careful at what I am reading and passing on for homework.

Is Fitch a form of wiki?

Could the Millennium Helpdesk be described as a wiki type document - but who uses it??

A long time ago at a meeting, a staff member recommended placing the soon-to-be training documents on a wiki. Oh no the other staff members at that meeting said - main reason (I think) being we did not want everyone to be able to edit the documents. I think the other staff members did not really understand the concept of a wiki. Now having read about wikis, the idea of it cannot be immediately dismissed as a place for a training manual.

As long as there is agreement of what purpose the wiki will serve, I see a place for wikis for collating information within a library - either for staff or patrons. The idea of a community services wiki linked to our website could be good e.g. clubs and societies, hall hireage details.

I like manuals. Electronic wiki-manuals would be fabulous as long as computer access is convenient. It always comes down to accessibility in a library - we have shared pcs. Sometimes it is easier to pick up a physical manual/book.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

No 10: Perspectives on Web 2.0 & Library 2.0

Love the video illustrating the Web 2.0 phenomenon!

I like what Dr Wendy Schultz has said: "Libraries are not just collections of documents and books, they are conversations, they are convocations of people, ideas, and artifacts in dynamic exchange. Libraries are not merely in communities, they are communities: they preserve and promote community memories; they provide mentors not only for the exploration of stored memory, but also for the creation of new artifacts of memory."

Technology is helping libraries become these things and we have to embrace it. As Rick Anderson says - "As a Web 2.0 reality continues to emerge and develop, our patrons will expect access to everything – digital collections of journals, books, blogs, podcasts, etc. You think they can’t have everything? Think again."

Working in a library exposes you to all forms of life and needs. Being a patron of a library exposes you to a limited view of what a library can offer. The old stereotypes are still out there - usually said by non-library users. As librarians we have to fight for our funding and move into the technological age - it does mean libraries need more computers - for the staff as well as the patron.

Maybe we should be running with concepts like "Any Questions" - instead of nation wide maybe it should be localised. Computer interaction with the local kids at home doing homework instead of coming into the library. Even interaction with our catalogue - patrons adding book reviews into the catalogue record - not a separate page (rather than the rating system that is there now).

Having been exposed to so much tagging through this Web 2.0 programme, I can see it is the way of future cataloguing practices. It is a shame it is called tagging. The keyword search is a form of tagging but I can see the benefits of really letting the idea of tagging be run with.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

No 9: Technorati

Yeah, Technorati is working.
Found the Blog Directory by accident - found 7 pages of Web 2.0. Lots of languages so I avoid those. It has taken me a moment to realise that by clicking on a link you do not actually go to the blog as such - it is all there for you in Technorati - the latest posts and comments in a simple format. Still overwhelming seeing all these blogs filled with people's opinions, findings, etc.

Found the Tag search through the Advanced Search. Results were 327 for Learning 2.0. I feel overwhelmed with all the blogs and all the writing. Who has time to read all these blogs?

I am frustrated with Technorati. Getting different results through the search box, and through the different tabs along the top, and the links within the tabs. I am reading through the Post and Blog titles but not into the actual blogs. It is too much!

I would like to come back to Technorati after the course has finished so I can spend more time here.

Monday, August 18, 2008

No. 9 Technorati

The next day I go in to explore Technorati further and they are having technical difficulties which makes the searching function very weird. I shall try again tomorrow.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

No 9: Technorati

No comments yet. Still getting my head around Technorati. I have run out of time...

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

# 8: Tagging and

I have been in very quickly for a couple of days but keep running out of time.
Having now viewed the Youtube video, the site now makes more sense.
My first thought is, this is similiar to Fitch. As the video says, it would be very useful in finding websites on a particular topic but associate words to differentiate the differences between the sites.

I followed several tags; I followed several people's bookmarks; and, searched for a few tags of my choosing and found a couple of sites I did not know existed - thank you very much. I shall revisit those sites.
I am still finding sites like a little messy - so much to see and not all of it that enthralling. I need more time to really decide if libraries should get into it all in conjunction with cataloguing rules. I am still open.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

No 7.2: Search for RSS Feeds

I have been back to Bloglines to look at the sites I have selected. The display on Bloglines still confuses me - still too much writing at times. One or two of the feeds have headlines and a one or two lines, then if you want more you can click on it.

As for searching, I am extremely frustrated.
Bloglines Search Tool confused me immensely.
I do not really 'get' Topix or I guess I am not a fan of blogs in general.

I did accidentally come across the fact that the North Shore City Council website had the Bloglines symbol; so I added that to my Bloglines feeds.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

No 7: RSS Feeds continued

Back to Bloglines today - what a lot of writing on the front screen - took a few seconds to find the log in button.
I am having a look at some of the feeds I subscribed to - what a lot of hooha. I do not have time to read about some person's experience getting to work on the train (that was as far as I read on that particular link story!).
I am looking at - all the fashion runway shows - I like. Lots of pictures - not too much writing - not too slow to load.
Dilbert was funny.
I tend not to do too much reading from the Internet - I find it hard. I want short and sharp.
ResourceShelf - I like - short and sharp writing.

I can see the benefits of the 'one stop shop'. I look forward to searching and finding other sites I like better. Eg. headlines from newspapers.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

No 7: RSS feeds

Found Bloglines and quickly picked nine feeds....

Thursday, July 24, 2008

No 6: Technology

Technology. I remember when Dad bought a colour television set. I was so impressed - it had buttons for choosing a channel rather than a dial! I thought a video recorder was fantastic. Now I have to use three remotes to programme my video (no dvd for me yet - too complicated; and I am not convinced dvds are better than videos - one scratch and it is stuffed).

Has technology made life better? We have 24 hour access to each other with mobile phones, computers/laptops and internet. Where is that moment to ourselves?

Internet. An amazing technological thing. Email is cool. Having made a blog, I still do not have a use for it (maybe I do not have enough friends or the fact I do not have internet access at home!). I have other things to do to spend my time on - weekends are short enough now.

Digital cameras - I love them - especially the library camera. I have not got my head around the technical photographic terms but I love the fact I can take a photo and check it immediately. I love taking lots of photos - not bound by the roll of 24 photos any more.

Monday, July 21, 2008

No 5: Flickr fun

Wow I found the 'Billboard' function on Flickr. I also tried Framer, Jigsaw, Magazine Cover, and Captioner - then I ran out of time.

I liked Billboard and created the graphic to the left here. I found this wonderful picture on Flickr. I have made each of these faces so far while processing my exercises for Web 2.0.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

No 4: A Sunset in Italy

i have been fiddling with flickr. what to search for? started looking at sets and collections, by dates, and calendars - bewildering.
saw a tv programme last night of an italian man wanting to leave his native italy and live elsewhere because he was not getting ahead in italy - too expensive for food, rent, living. i thought most people would jump at the chance to live in italy!
i love sunsets. so i searched both words. look what i found.
i had trouble adding the image to my blog. i had to find the full url address by right clicking on the image, clicking Properties, then copying the stated url. this address was not showing in full in the address bar in flickr. at least i figured it out.
so many things to search on flickr and so many ways. i got confused to begin with. a person could spend lots of time just looking.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

No 2: Creat a blog

I have just created a blog - oh my god. at the moment i have no idea how to find this blog again. i have written lots of information down so i can possibly find the blog again.
am i who i think i am? am i a real person or am i a fake identity? the internet is so scary.
are the organisers (the three wise women) reading my blog (i keep typing bog!)