Thing 17: LibWorm

July 2, 2009

Massive amout of information available, takes a bit of time to narrow the field, good for summaries, lots of interesting  small quotes, appreciated help with info on e-books, behavior problems in the library, advantages only limited by time. 

One comment about students not using e-books on their mobile phones in Britain where they use them constantly for texting.

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Thing 15:Digg

June 25, 2009

At first glance this looks like a Yahoo quick bite that appears on log in.  Obviously someone other than the Yahoo staff gets to decide what is newsworthy and what is not.  Interesting concept.  Apparently some of the info challenges our gullibility level and presumably is meant to be a joke.  Since news items are involved it seems a step above the sites that specialize in “what are you eating at present”..

Thing 14:Delicious

June 25, 2009

Especially enjoyed the concept that there is a sharing of useful and fun information in an organized fashion.  It would obviously depend upon those in the loop how valuable the finds are and how well the categories are labeled.  This  and Ning are so far the favorite Things.

Thing13:tagging

June 25, 2009

Seemed directed at a specific level of users, so I found it an overload of terminology and imformation without time or direction to explore the concept.  I would feel impertinent and inadequate to comment on the usage in a library situation without exploring it in more depth.
Seems a rather curt comment so I went back and looked at the Wikipedia article and tried using tagging and it made much more sense. I think it would require a good deal of training for it to be used successfully in a whole library setting, it’s free form, which is fine but wonder if there would not need to be parameters to keep a whole staff on target rather than sliding into chaos. Great idea.

Thing 11:about IM

June 25, 2009

IM was amazing, I had only known a few of the abbreviations and printed out 18 pages!, really helpful and would be great to use when I learn more of them.
Now several weeks later I have been talking with friends who use IM all the time and wouldn’t be without it. Most people here use Google and Yahoo if they are adults and the teens MySpace. It has been suggested that we use it for the library staff, but that has not been implemented yet.

Thing 6:Blog Readers

May 28, 2009

For some reason this Thing took more time for me to input than it apparently should have done. This is a new feature for me to do more than just scan someone’s blog for information…that at work there are so many useful blogs that it takes collating them!
Glad to get in step with this.
Some family members work abroad and it is important to keep up on the breaking news in their area…having a quick access daily has been time consuming, this feature makes it much faster. Appreciate it.

Thing4:More Flickr

May 19, 2009

This was a very fun thing, I loved doing the pictures and the lettering. All this would be very helpful in setting up presentations for the library and for patrons who are into establishing themselves in business. I’m not used to working with such a range of applications and am hoping to get back to this and experiment with more of the modalities.
I have found that some of my signage is a bit boring, and this will perk it up markedly
I have a friend that does photoshop and I’ve been in awe…no wonder it looks like so much fun. Thanks for the introduction.

Thing 5:image generators

May 19, 2009

Flickr is great fun, but some info came out vertically instead of horizontally…is there a way to flip it? Could use a few more directives in the presentation.
Flikr will be great for flyers, children’s materials, letterheads…seems the options are endless. I’ve already used it for a special project.

Thing 3:Flickr

May 19, 2009

Uploaded Nagano City, Japan where we had lived for 16 years…brought back great memories and updates. This site could be addicting, my fellow librarians here have all been showing off what they have found on their sites. One patron was asking for information on US travel and we pulled up some of the cities he would visit to show pictures and information.
Have not had the opportunity to create a Flickr account yet, but it looks like a great opportunity to work with photos.

Learning 2.0 Thing 2

May 16, 2009

Glad to be part of Library 2.0 and the fascinating possibilities of the project.  Our library is small at present but expanding rapidly and this program should be helpful for the staff and also for our patrons.

The groundwork done to prepare and share this program is very much appreciated.