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.