Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Monday, March 30, 2009
My only complaint about YouTube is that there is just so much out there. Everyone names there videos so similarly and often times inappropriately that you don't always get the best results. For example, try looking for an official movie trailer and you'll find all kinds of videos not just the studio's version.
As far as applying YouTube to library services, it would be great to have video of some of our fantastic festivals. It's a lot more interactive and attractive to customers, I think. Also, there is a new trend of book trailers (similar to movie trailers) and I've always wanted to create a teen program in which the teens write and act out a trailer for their favorite book. I've just never come up with a good arrangement for this. It's also a great place to find author interviews to use with book clubs.
Check out this video about my favorite character...Babymouse!
Has anyone ever used WikiSpaces?
Thursday, March 26, 2009
I agree that we, as librarians, need to shift with the waves of oncoming technologies and reach beyond our environment to be beneficial to techno-savvy patrons but I also think it's important that we don't forget those patrons who still need us to be a so-called "typical" library. I still see numbers of customers who come in and need assistance with understanding the Dewey Decimal system or how to use a mouse. No matter the technology, we will still have those customers. The future of libraris requires a synergy of these two approaches.
"Into A New World"
I am pleased to say that TCCL leaders have been very open to new technologies and as suggested in this article, they made good, fast decisions and there are a wealth of trenspotters on staff to help lead the way. No wonder we're a 5-star library.
"Powerful Ways to Cooperate"
I would love to see TCCL allow for some sort of user added value to our website. The problem becomes who and how we will control the content. Check out Hennepin County's Bookspace. That's my RA fantasy!
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Several things I found interesting:
- One was the popular books tag. There were some very interesting titles being tagged frequently.
- I liked the watchlist options and the ability to blurb any post.
- I also like the levels of searching. Not only can you search for blogs but you can also search within those blogs for a specific posting.
I'm still a little confused as to what claiming a blog means. How do you get authority? Aah, I used the handy-dandy support feature and found that "Technorati Authority is the number of blogs linking to a website in the last six months." I do have authority (an MLIS) just no one important knows it. Ha!
Okay, now this is a excellent way to get rid of all the favorites on our work computers. We can use the same log-in for all staff and have access to the same bookmarks on each computer. This would definitely save Lee a lot of time in keeping track of what's on each of them.
I've never been a big tagger but I think in the long run it would be helpful for me to go back to sites like LibraryThing and tag all my items. An overwhelming task...maybe I'll just start from now.
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Check out my search rolls!
I could see this being useful at work on several levels. At MR we frequently use IE's favorites for potentially useful sites. Now we could create a search roll for a some of our similar sites and only have one link. For example, we could put all our car sites on a roll, social services on a roll and so on. That would save so much space and let staff search all related sites at one time. Very helpful!
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
I tried the more logical approach and used the search engines suggested in Exercise #9. The Bloglines search was okay since I am getting use to it layout. But I truly hated both Syndic8 and Topix. I was instantly turned off by Syndic8's design. I know, I know...don't judge a book by its' cover but tried I really did and sorry but no thanks. Just not visually pleasing. Topix, on the other hand, was too news center for me. But like Goldilock's search for the perfect bed, I found Technorati to be just right. Simply, user-friendly layout with directory (helps my librarian brain), manageable results and ta da!...relevant videos. Definitely my personal favorite. What do you think?
Monday, March 16, 2009
My absolute fave:
Most of you are probably already familiar with this site. But I use it to record all the books I've read. I started this feat in 2007 and my library already houses 663 titles. It is very helpful to me because I remember more about the book by seeing the cover. It's also helpful to see their recommendations. Check out my catalog.
Here I keep track of all the books I want to read. But, of course, it's a never-ending quest because I'm always adding new books. Check out my to read list.
For all you children's librarians out there, this site lets you look through easy pictures titles before you buy them. It's new so there are only 300 titles so far but I've found some good ones to check out like Chickerella by Mary Jane Auch.
This is a great site to design custom online invitations, e-cards, scrapbooks and photo albums. It's free but you do have to register.
As I think of them, I'll add more of my favorite sites.