Saturday, May 23, 2009

On the Road!

This holiday weekend finds me and Oliver traveling down through certain parts of Texas. I probably will not post again until we return to civilization next week. Currently I'm using the Wifi at a hotel we stopped in on the first leg of our journey. After this, it's all dirt and mesquite trees. :)

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).

Thing 2: Library 2.0 and Web 2.0

I do not know a whole lot about Web 2.0 and Library 2.0. Even after reading the blogs listed and watching one of the videos. To me it's still kind of a huge deal. I will, however, share my thoughts on what I do know. :)

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

Meet Oliver, the Pirate Monkey

Ahoy, there! A long, long time ago, before he came to live on my desk, Oliver was the property of a traveling popcorn salesman. When I first spotted him at a conference in Dallas, the look on his face compelled me to save him from his buttery fate. Grateful to be relieved of the smells of popped corn and butter, Oliver gladly took up the post of guarding my desk at the Library.

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

Meet Lilia, the Library Technician

Hello! I work for a public library and have decided to give this 23 Things project a go. I've never really blogged before, so for all of you out there reading this, please have patience with me.....a LOT of patience!

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.
Pretty much anything I write about will center on one of those things. Anything else I write about will be focused on my pirate monkey, Oliver. But you'll get to meet him in my next post!