Saturday, August 22, 2009
...not much to it (sorry if you're from Iowa). On the second day of driving, we passed along through the rest of Minnesota and up through most of Wisconsin to end up at our destination: St. Germain!
We stayed on one of the many lakes up there, did some playing around, shopping, and a whole lot of relaxing! Here is the link to my Flickr, where I post many Oliver pics:
One last thing about Wisconsin is that Oliver's eye patch died. I'm currently on the lookout for a replacement. More stories will come, but not today, I started library school today and my brain is pretty fried. Here is my fav Oliver Wisconsin pic:
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Friday, August 14, 2009
He hasn't forgotten you. . .he's just let me take center on the blog to finish posting about the 23 Things project. :)
This has truly been an interesting experience. I learned that I have a hard time randomly blogging about each thing and had to truly stop and think about what I wanted to say about each thing. When I started this project, a friend said blogging gets easier the more you do it. . . .I think it'll just be one of those things I'll always struggle with.
I think my favorite thing had to be finally getting on Twitter. I think that if I use it more and more, it'll help me develop my blogging skills. :) My least favorite was RSS feeds. I still think they're a great idea, just truly not for me. I'd rather have hard copies of items or go to each site I want to view. I think I just get way overwhelmed at the amount of information provided.
I think I did learn a lot about many of the things. As I mentioned in an earlier post, our library has already started a Twitter. I think as we become more aware of what our patrons view in their leisure time that we may explore other online methods of getting our information out to them.
Overall, I'm so glad I participated in this project and feel like I've learned so much about the different Web 2.0 resources available out there. :)
I'd like to go a step further and throw this idea out there: wouldn't it be great if public libraries could somehow get a community-wide 23 Things going on as a way for parents to know what their teens are doing online, as a way for teens to find new fun social networking sites, as a way for non-computer literate patrons to know what possibilities are out there as a way of keeping in touch with long lost friends and relatives?
I think it'd be worth looking into. . . .perhaps in a long while. . . after staff members have had an opportunity to explore and grow comfortable with these 23 Things.
Since I have started to work more closely with teens at my library, I decided to listen to a couple of teen-oriented podcasts. The first one was a public library podcast featuring a teen reading her 3rd place winning short story from a contest the library held. I thought the audio quality was good, she was careful in her reading and I thought it came across very well. I did not see a way to subscribe to this library's podcast, but I personally would not if the opportunity presented itself. I think if I was a patron interested in what activities and events were going on, then I would definitely subscribe in order to keep in touch with what is going on. The second podcast I listened to a speaker from InfoPeople talk about teens and poetry. The audio quality was excellent. I think if I had more time to listen to podcasts, I might possibly subscribe to this one.
I think some podcasts might be of interest or use to our patrons. Although we have a lot going on in the line of programming, I think at this point we don't have quite enough to qualify starting a podcast. We've recently started a Twitter, and I think that is currently grabbing the attention of a pretty large audience. The only downside to podcasting is finding the time to listen to them and download them.
Out of curiosity, I decided to search iTunes for public library podcasts. I was surprised at the results that came back. And I noted that a great majority of them were targeting teens or created by teen groups at public libraries. This is a subject that might need to be brought up to our teens to gauge their interest in podcasting to see if it would be something we might want to explore.
Thursday, August 13, 2009
I think that videos posted online would be a great tool to use for encouraging teens and adults to participate in library programs. I also think if they're updated regularly that this would be a great place to post information about upcoming progrms on your library's channel.
I certainly hope that this is a tool we can somehow utilize at our library in the future.
Also, as I was scanning the blog, I noticed that Google Docs admins were taking feedback from users and finding ways to implement the ideas. I think that is a very cool thing. Something I don't really get to see a lot of with online resources.
Sunday, August 9, 2009
Friday, August 7, 2009
I have heard of libraries using LibraryThing for Libraries. That could be cool, but I think for now I prefer to use it in my home.
Friday, July 31, 2009
Thursday, July 30, 2009
My initial thoughts on Twitter (upon first hearing about it a while back) were "What's the point? Will I be able to keep up with it?" But now that I've seen it in action at my house, I feel confident that it is low maintenence and can actually be a new fun way of keeping up with online interests and friends.
For those of you interested in following me (not Oliver) on Twitter, my user name is AggieLily. And just so you know it's the same person posting on Twitter as here, I've put Oliver up as my Twitter ID photo. :)
I also used AIM a lot when I was in college. IM was the best way to have a conversation with your friend in another dorm or room without having your roommate overhear everything. ;)
Now that I'm out of college, the only place I truly use IM frequently is at work. I'm hopeful that one day we can maybe explore IM Reference. It seems a lot more of our patrons would be comfortable chatting online instead of face-to-face. I'll just have to wait and see!
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
I have to admit, though, the one positive is that if you are a member of one of these networks, there is a wide variety of methods for you to share and gather information related to your network.
One interesting network I found was for the band Jet (one of Oliver's favorites). They had most of their music videos posted, tour information, band info, etc. So things like that could be pretty cool.
Over all, though, I think I'll stick to my Facebook (eventhough I don't use it very much).
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Another task listed was to join three groups and then list them for all to see....over the years I've joined many groups, but just for this occassion have joined a couple more. Here is a list of three that I'm a member of:
- Aggie Football
- UNT-SLIS Unite!
- Celebrate Your Freedom to Read! Banned Books Week
I do have to say, though, I really enjoy the way Facebook has provided me with a method of staying in contact with friends I haven't seen or heard from in a long time. In college it was the easiest way for me to keep up with what everyone was doing and to let them know what I was also doing.
My thoughts on privacy on Facebook are these: it's the Internet...you should always be careful what you put up there, Facebook allows you to restrict what certain friends, networks, and even the public can see on your page (for the casual Facebooker, you can see just the basic information on me), and as for all the information they need...well, I don't mind....I know who has my information and if any of it is abused I will pursue action through appropriate channels. :)
That's all I want to say for Facebook...for now. Can't wait to see what Thing 9 will hold in store for me next!
Saturday, July 25, 2009
I will have to give another Hurrah! to Google for how easy it is to use and modify my Reader. It is amazing to me how many web tools they have been able to develop for users of all skill levels to use.
Friday, June 19, 2009
Overall, this was a fun thing to play with. Maybe I'll play around with Big Huge Labs and come up with my very own demotivator. :)
Sunday, June 14, 2009
.......Oliver somehow beat me to the keyboard. I think it looks pretty great.
Overall, this mashup was pretty cool and easy to use. It took me a few seconds to figure out how to link it back to this blog, but as you can see.....even I can figure it out.
I think I'm going to try another one real quick, this is pretty neat and easy, I'm excited to discover a new toy!
Recently we went to go visit my family in south Texas, Oliver and I. Oh yeah, my husband was there, too. ;) I always have my camera handy and took some pics of my fav monkey pirate to help pass the time on the very long drive.
All the pics were uploaded to Flickr using their website. On my other computer I installed the easy uploader, but have yet to do so on my laptop. As I mentioned in my previous blog, I had some issues getting some pics changed over to private but eventually figured it out. So far, this has been the only issue I've encountered with Flickr.
All in all, it's a pretty fabulous photo-sharing site and I love that it doesn't all that much each year to renew my subscription. Plus, photos are really cheap when you send them to Target which comes in really handy.
Here's the link to my Photostream.....enjoy the picks of my adventurous pirate monkey!
Thursday, June 4, 2009
Anyway, Oliver survived his first trip out of the DFW area as Pirate Monkey. I think I will post a couple of my personal favs and then will include my photo set from Flickr when I talk about Thing 3.
Oliver camped out on the dash the morning we left San Antonio to continue further south. You'll notice he stil has his hook. The boat got ditched as soon as he realized we would be surrounded by dirt and mesquite trees.
Oliver getting acquainted with the local livestock from a safe distance.....behind my father's pickup truck. We no longer own cattle, but our neighbors out there sure do....curious bunch, they are. As you will see, he no longer has the hook. After the hook sustained damage outside of San Antonio, I decided that I did not want to invest in repairs for it. Oliver took it as a sign that his confidence is growing, but assured me the eye patch and bandana would never leave his head.....would totally kill the pirate monkey image if they did.
Saturday, May 23, 2009
I am taking pictures, since Oliver is very excited about being able to see new things and places he's never been. I will post these for all to see either on my Flickr or just here (as soon as I can figure out how to put pictures on this thing).
I think it's really interesting to see the rise of Web 2.0. I'm not sure exactly when it began, but one of the blogs listed an equivalence list for features seen in Web 1.0 and Web 2.0. While looking at the 1.0 list, I was thinking, "Hey! I remember that!" It is very obvious to me that 2.0 is very much alive, kicking, and the only real option online. As I said, I'm still wrapping my head around Web 2.0 and will continue to seek out information. Up until recently I didn' realize just what 2.0 encompasses. At my library, as I walk up and down our row of computers I see patrons of all ages on sites like MySpace, Facebook, YouTube, etc. Which leads me to my thoughts on Library 2.0.
At my library, Library 2.0 is certainly creeping slowly into how we do things. We have a Flickr already to share photos with the community of our events. I teach computer classes and am tailoring my subjects to what the public wants (based on my evaluation forms and just by seeing what people are using when they come in). And there are some ideas already bouncing around about trying to do more! Personally, I think Library 2.0 is a fantastic thing. Public libraries everywhere are already pulling away from being a fortress of silence where you are only allowed to ask the librarian for a particular book, where children aren't allowed to play and where absolutely no beverages were allowed anywhere near the books. They're all growing, changing, evolving into the place where teenagers hang out after school (to study or to play on the web), where children are very welcome and more than one storytime a week is now offered, where patrons can find DVDs, popular books, CDs (and anything they can't find you can order for them), etc.
I realize I'm rambling. But I really am a fan of Library 2.0. And I personally can't wait to have the opportunity to participate in its growth at my library.
“Library 2.0 simply means making your library’s space (virtual and physical) more interactive, collaborative, and driven by community needs. Examples of where to start include blogs, gaming nights for teens, and collaborative photo sites. The basic drive is to get people back into the library by making the library relevant to what they want and need in their daily lives…to make the library a destination and not an afterthought.”
Write a post on your own blog about your thoughts about Library 2.0 or Web 2.0 and how they apply to you and your library.
Sunday, May 17, 2009
It's best to not get into the long boring story of how he became a Pirate Monkey. But let's just say that thanks are owed to the Storytime Room and the kind person who gifted me with the coffee cup that now functions as Oliver's boat.
The important thing is that Oliver is now a pirate monkey and he's pretty excited about all the adventures he'll be a part of this summer.
We promise to keep you all posted. . . who knows, there might even be pictures! :)
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Some basic things you may need to know about me are:
- I just got accepted to UNT to pursue my MLS,
- I've been married for just over 2 years,
- I enjoy working with technology very much and am always looking to learn more, and
- I love working at my library.