Monday, March 26, 2007

Week 9 #23

1. What were your favorite discoveries or exercises on this learning journey?
I enjoyed realizing that by taking one's time and reading help screens, one can usually figure things out. I learned a lot more about You Tube which should come in handy. I had a few ideas that were sparked along the way about things that we could do here in the library.

2. How has this program assisted or affected your lifelong learning goals? I am not sure how this will affect my lifelong learning goals but I do feel far more capable of understanding the current technology and will feel less intimidated by moving forward. A friend of mine once told me that if you get too far behind with technology, it's almost impossible to catch up. Programs like this one, keep that from happening.


3. Were there any take-a-ways or unexpected outcomes from this program that surprised you? I have been blown away by the creativity of some of my colleagues blogs.

4. What could we do differently to improve upon this program’s format or concept? I have been thinking about it and think that many people had a roadblock in the beginning. I would look into making the beginning a little easier.

And last but not least…

If we offered another discovery program like this in the future, would you choose to participate?
Of course!

Week 9 #22 Ebooks and Audiobooks

I love audiobooks and have downloaded from our site on several occasions and recently downloaded the Silicon Valley Reads book The Tortilla Curtain.I do find that the interface can be a little tricky. I think many of our patrons may find it somewhat daunting. I only wish one could download to an iPod. I figure that might happen sometime in the future. I have yet to find a Windows based player that has the ease and simplicity of design that the iPod has. If you listen to a lot of audiobooks, it is very helpful to have a player with bookmarking capabilities. Those are things you learn as you go along.

Week 9 #21 Podcasts

I have been listening to podcasts for awhile on my computer and also on my iPod. I have subscribed to them in iTunes but never in Bloglines before. There are a lot of boring podcasts out there. It's kind of like karoke-everything thinks he/she is a star! I do like the NPR Podcasts however. I have listened to some travel ones that were interesting also. I think 5 mintues is about my limit, unless I am commuting on a long trip. I did find a new podcast to subscribe to however-Americana Roots. I like old style country or alternative country music and this fits the bill.

http://www.americanaroots.com/content/cd-reviews/index.php

Week 9 #20 You Tube

You Tube is way too much fun. I love Conan the Librarian and a few other library videos that have been making the rounds. What a huge variety of material! Something for everyone! I also think it is a very democratic tool-anyone can film an event and share it with the world.

I did find that travel videos-what a great way to see if your vacation spot is on film. As far as library applications, we could film events, speakers, storytimes, and instruction sections. We could also film tours of the library! Lots of possibilities.

This Seinfield sketch is fun-nothing like a little library stereotyping!


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Week 8 # 19-Library Thing

I have checked out Library Thing before but I don't really see that much of an advantage to it. It's kind of fun to play around I suppose. I don't think I would use it much. Maybe it would be good to use it if you had a book club and wanted to keep track of the books that have been read. I usually just keep a list in Google Docs and Spreadsheets of what I have read. I did add my 5 favorite books however.

http://www.librarything.com/catalog.php?view=WhereDIdISeeThat

Week 8-#18 Zoho Writer

I have opened a Zoho writer account and did do a test document. I am so used to Google Docs and Spreadsheets which I use all the time that I don't know if I would use Zoho. I do like the Zoho templates however. That is a very nice feature that I haven't yet seen in Google.

Week 7 # 17

I have added my blog to the sjlearning2 pbwiki site. I wish I had done better following along with every week rather than trying to catch up at the end. Oh well-live and learn.