Monday, August 31, 2009

Thing 23

The Thing I enjoyed the most was the blog itself. I think will create a new one to use as a semi-journal to help others and my friends follow my life a little closer, however not too close. The most challenging Thing about this was finding the time to work on it. After speding hours online for classes I found my enthusiam for spending even more time on the computer was not there. However in the final hours I can say I finished this and am so glad I did. This is a wonderful way to learn about new and sometimes intimidating technologies. I hope to be more adventureous in the future, however I still feeling over run by the vast quantities of technology that are thrown at us daily. Progress is great, but being unable to keep up is overwhelming. I would definitely recommend hesitant computer users try out programs similiar to NT23Things.
Thanks for the program. Happy almost fall.

Thing 22

If I were to develop a 23 Things program for my library it would have to be done throughout a years time in quarters. The staff at library range from a variety of computer skills, however time is not really available for them to persue professional development on any level unless it is done on their own. I would start them off with a basic Google tutorial, which would include using every feature offered before tackling social networks, Flickr, Delicious, and many of the other things we've tried here. I would also categorize the quarters into different aims.
Quarter One: Google Skills
Docs, blogs, translator, Scholar, OCLC, etc.

Quarter Two: Social Networks
Facebook, Ning, LinkedIn, Myspace

Quarter Three: Professional Resources

Quarter Four: Fun but Useful resources.

Thing 21

Podcasts could be used to allow patrons who cannot attend a lecture listen to it afterward. For auditory learners it could be a method of teaching them if they can not attend a class the library is holding. Podcasts could also be used from a library's home page to let people now of changes in policies, new materials, new services, and many other things. I think I may need to delve into this area a bit more before I understand it. I have downloaded podcasts to listen to for learning about studying abroad and found them very informative.
Cornell has podcasts about its library's history which is very cool from my historian point of view. The National Library of Medicine has a podcast about the Swine Flu vaccine. Oh there are just so many podcasts out there to explore, I really like the ones that also supply transcripts, because when you have a slow Internet connection like me it makes it difficult to listen to in real time.

I think some patrons at my library would be interested in podcasts about politics, book talks, and how to do things, but for the most part they would not be interested.

Thing 20

YouTube is a great tool for finding information on how to repair sinks and many other repairs, a great laugh such as the SNL United Way skit with Peyton Manning. The Peyton Manning skit was my first introduction to YouTube.

So library related youtube videos:
Are a great method of informing patrons, students, or anyone whose wondering how to use the library system from finding books to how to use the databases. Another coworker and I would like to create videos like these for our patrons, but I do not have the time. I would love to work in a library system that would allow me the opportunity and the resources needed to create a quality product.

I looked up American Library Association and found some videos about conferences and contests.
Last year I found a clip about using bibliotherapy on YouTube and forgot that it was not a reliable resource and used it in a bibliography I was making. Needless to say my points were a little off.

YouTube can be a great source of entertainment, but it can also be a good source of information as well.

Thing 19

I love google docs, I would rather use a google doc than a wiki any day. I've used google docs for school and love looking at the the templates for the different forms, presentations, and spreadsheets. It is so much easier to use than the Microsoft templates. The templates are much nicer looking than Microsofts. I haven't had to print anything, so I don't know how they come out.

Thing 18

For my Wikipedia search I looked up the term British Monarchy, there was quite a lengthy discussion about various terminology used to be used.
In my local library association we use WetPaint for our newsletter and updates instead of a static website. So I added some pages to the DFW 23 page under Lisa Anne. I added TV show and book recommendations, and interest and hobbies pages.

I'm not a true fan of wikis but wet paint is okay.

Thing 17

I found the easiest way for me to use LibWorm was to use its subject search. My search for my library did not come up with anything nor did a search for my undergrad library, however that is not surprising, since neither has a huge web presence. I do not think LibWorm is an accurate source of information for scholarly research, but if you want to spend the day looking at all sorts of library information, instead of actually working on it be my guest. This site may be more useful if in a search for specific library related materials.