Archive for August, 2009

Thing 22: Developing your own 23 Things

August 1, 2009

All the staff members of our library have participated in the North Texas 23 program and it has been a subject of conversation each week. The questions are often, “What did you think of that one, how do you add a sub page, HELP I don’t get this one at all, I’m confused.”
One of the most helpful areas I found, in that we are a small library with a limited amount of reference material is the Library Thing and the other search modalities. There is no doubt that the teen patrons are very savvy about Facebook and MySpace, but some of them hadn’t figured out all the other information that they could generate for school and just general information. The director is having each of us choose one Thing to focus on and present to the staff as it would apply to our specific situation. I hope to use LibraryThing as my topic and share with staff as well as patrons.
I would also like to take the time to set up some instructional Podcasts as I saw done in some of the other libraries that were featured.

Thing23: Reflection

August 1, 2009

My favorite Thing was Library Thing…I do a lot of library research personally and also for patrons and Library Thing had some marvelous categories and collections. I had been limited more toward Google, Wikipedia, well known sites and this one opened a huge search field that was easily accessed and well presented. Patrons liked it, even those who aren’t super savvy on the computer.
The 23 Things presented modalities that I had not known before. I plan to take time during the next few months to review many of the Things that I went through too quickly due to work-time constraints. Some have interesting tangents that are very appealing, eg, Wiki.
My least favorite Things were those that dealt with personal sharing, as Facebook. I explained that because of past professional history I was advised and chose to use a pseudonym…
In our library we are planning on having each staff member choose a Thing to flesh out as it would apply to our situation. I hope to do Library Thing…we are a small library and have a limited reference section and LT opens up huge areas of information which we can share with our patrons. I’m already planning two displays which features background on Western novel genre and British detective fiction. Thanks to all who did the huge amount of work to set up this program for the rest of us!