Monday, July 20, 2009
I can't believe I'm nearly finished with the 27 things. Some of them really stand out as exciting wonderful things and I can see how they would be useful to the library world and to individuals. Others I can do personally do without.
Some I never did really succeed at (magazine cover) and couldn't care less. Others, I may try to go back to and explore further. I apparently will have to go back to Thingfo as they are not currently accepting new registrants as they work on a new version.
I will keep the blog in case I have profound thoughts I need to share with you all. I will probably continue to study Italian via Mango for my next Mediterranean cruise ;-D although it did seem incredibly repetitious. "Salve, come sta" some 200 times. Twitter has been interesting for the past week but I can't see it in the long run although I have discovered fellow library trainers across the country.
YouTube is amusing and I can see the library possibilities for short online training segments. I wasn't planning on doing Facebook as it didn't seem to be one of the 27 Things but when I saw on Twitter that Sacramento Public Library now had a Facebook page, I tried to visit it. Seems that you need to be registered on Facebook to do that so I now have a Facebook page as well… and actually have a couple of friends. (Even my 24 year old son was willing to be my friend if I didn't embarrass him too much. The tweets from my friends that I had already read in Twitter seem to have appeared on my "wall" so I'm not sure how that interconnection works. That's one of the things I want to explore further.
Overall it has been a good experience and I'm glad we did this.
Friday, July 3, 2009
Monday, June 22, 2009
Monday, June 8, 2009
Alas, Backpack was not one of those free applications. In fact, for even a small group (say a small business or a work team of up to 6 people) it was about $25 a month.
I guess I'll stick to Outlook and try to master wikis...
As someone who has been teaching word processing since the late eighties, I didn't expect to have any trouble with the basic Zoho. Indeed, it is all fairly intuitive (or more correctly - similar enough to any other word processing program) and seems easy to use.
Now though, comes the test of all the other features. I can already see that it would be useful if you didn't need to copy and paste a section of text into your email or attach a file just to be able to work on a document from home or in a different location. And it would certainly be useful for team work like the Training Day group which gets going this week.
First, I will put in a link. Next, I will try to send it to my blog... Wow! I can't believe how easy that was. All I had to do was click on the share tab and there it was. I wish I had seen this two weeks ago- I still have a document on my home PC that was the blog required for Thing 14 or 15..Thoughts on Web 2.0
Monday, May 25, 2009
As I really only have three computers on which I keep bookmarks (home, work and the traveling lab trainer's laptop), I'm not really sure how useful it would be for me personally to keep them organized with delicious. My spouse is the king of the bookmarks at home and I usually find it easier just to type in the URL rather than go scrolling through 200+ sites that he found interesting...At work, my bookmarks are limited and fairly well organized.
Technorati does sound much more interesting to use-although, as someone pointed out, knowing where all the blogs on celebrity babies are located is not all that useful. I'll need to play with it more.
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
I do think the Shelfari has a nicer looking display, however, so I may add to that rather than keep the LibraryThing "shelf."
Monday, May 11, 2009
The mixed successes (or more specifically failures) came when I tried to do a magazine cover and when both Rollyo and Library Thing said I could cut and paste the code to my webpage to provide a link. I did copy both sets of code but couldn't figure where to paste it into my blog.
I know it is possible because I have seen it on other blogs (Bird lover-could you help me?)
Friday, May 8, 2009
It is actually the groups that I am finding so interesting. I immediately checked out the Mystery group (after dutifully adding my 5 books). What fun to find others who love Amelia Peabody but aren't so fond of Vicky Bliss (both characters created by Elizabeth Peters)! And to discover that I hadn't finished all of the China Bayles series last year but that there were two new ones published last year.
I have been scanning the Mystery,Thriller group on the topic of Favorite Detectives. I will add my own list to that shortly.
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
I browsed a few library blogs but find that I really miss the one done by Walter Minkle (who was here for training day in 2007). His focus was on Youth Services issues but I really liked his insight on reading and libraries in general. Speaking of insight, I'm following several of you here on 27 Things and am constantly impressed with thoughtful comments.
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
What was more fun was finding the Shelfari widget on a friend's blog. I thought it was so neat that I started one of my own and bumped off the Flickr slide show. I generally read 2-3 books a week (Long ride twice daily in commuter bus and little interest in TV) so I probably won't keep it up to date.
Thursday, April 23, 2009
I actually just copied and pasted the first two paragraphs of the introductory blog (Thing #1) into the Wordle application. Oddly enough it came out in library colors.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Monday, April 13, 2009
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
I really liked the 7 1/2 Lifelong Learning Tips presention I looked at yesterday. One of my goals is to acquire and learn to use the Articulate tool that was used to make that short demo. I'm on e-mail list for Articulate (Tom , the E-learning Guy) and find the tips very useful.