Thursday, June 14, 2007

Week 9 - Thing 23 - Summary

Well...I've reached the end of "23 Things"!! and I feel like I've really learned quite a bit about technology on the internet. I think some of my favorite exercises included: creating a blog (now I get it!!) and learning about podcasts. I had actually already participated in a podcast with a page at Eldersburg, but never realized how she was going to use my voice and our discussion to create a "podcast". Somewhere...I might be "famous". I can see the benefits of blogging just by reading other peoples blogs and learning what they're thinking about the very same things I'm doing... I think this program has helped me realize just how much you can do with a computer and on the internet and now I feel that I can actually use some of the things I learned here in both my everyday life and my work life. Growing up without the benefit of the internet I think limited my idea of learning to just books, lectures, etc. this program made me realize just how much you can learn just by trying new things....
If something like this was offered again I would certainly try it. I was trying to think of ways to improve on the program, but nothing comes immediately to mind because we had plenty of time to do the 23 things and everything was well described. I guess I'd describe my learning experience with this program as "expanding my potential and my abilities."

Friday, June 8, 2007

Week 9 - Thing 22- Audiobooks

I looked at Overdrive and Project Gutenberg. Because I've had training in Overdrive, it was fairly easy for me to find the titles I was interested in. I am going to go home and try checking out a title and downloading it to my laptop. Actually I was hoping to use the MP3 player we will receive after finishing 23 things to download a book or two also. I usually don't enjoy "listening" to books because I get distracted more easily but I'll give it a try.
Project Gutenberg was really interesting to me. I picked a favorite author, Jane Austen and proceeded to find A Memoir of Jane Austen (written by her nephew) as well as Lady Susan....This is something I think I would use quite often. It just amazed me what was ontained in this website.

Week 9 - Thing 21 - Podcasts

For this exercise I chose two podcast sites to add to my bloglines account. The first was Book Voyages I found this podcast interesting because it contained author interviews, book reviews and reading ideas for children's books. I thought it would be good to keep in touch with children's literature as I now work in the adult department. I guess I just needed a "children's literature fix".
The second podcast I subscribed to was Collected Comics Library. I chose this one because my son is a comic book collector and enthusiast and I thought it would help him with this collecting. I also looked at some podcasts that had video w/them and these were the ones I enjoyed the most.... The voice only podcasts held almost no interest for me at all.
In general, I found podcasts to be "somewhat" boring. I guess it has to do with the sites being strictly audio and sometimes I found the podcasts to be "droning". I actually have participated in a podcast with a fellow staff member, Natalie Tier. She had to creat a podcast for an assignment in school about libraries and she asked me to participate. It was basically an interview about my job, etc.

Week 9 - Thing 20 - YouTube

I started exploring Youtube with the search "library fun". Needless to say I was a bit naive about this one....SO....I moved on to library dancing!!.. It was kind of funny to watch the videos and see just what some people think other people are interested in!! (does that make any sense?).... anyway....right now I'm looking for my daughter's videos on Youtube. When I find them (or at least one of them), I'll hook you up so you can see them. I found one!! See it below.....

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Week 8 - Thing 19 - Web 2.0 Awards List

First I looked at Cocktail Builder (strictly for research purposes!! and fun!!). It was kind of cool to find all the different cocktails you could make with what you had in the house. might have to jet out for some more ingredients but...who cares!!
Then I looked at Library Thing....again the research thing. I really liked the area where you could put in what you enjoyed reading and up popped a list of other titles you might enjoy. (Book Suggestions).
I also enjoyed searching around the Groups section. That was really neat. I intend to go back there and search some more about YA Literature and what everyone is reading.....

Week 8 - Thing 18 - Online Productivity Tools

Hello!! I'm here at!! I'm going to play with it for awhile and try to learn something about it's features.

♥ I guess I just learned I can insert characters.

This is an easy way to create posts and publish them in your blog as well as create docuements when Word might not be available.