Sunday, September 21, 2008
It has been an interesting learning experience and I acknowledge that without participating I probably never would have taken the time to explore the many different applications and opportunities that are available like Flicker, or establishing a Bloglines account or learning about RSS feds. No I am not going to list all the activities but will say that I probably won’t go on to use Rollyo or Zohowriter.
With exercise 17, I received a comment in Spanish, inviting me to visit a blog by secondary students in Argentina
on discrimination but the actual message is for there to be no discrimination. The website has a translator so you can read it in English but I had to find a translator programme to understand the comment on my blog. This was a different learning exercise outside of the programme.
The only exercise that I really needed assistance on was the podcast and it was (the suppose to be easy step of) pulling the RSS feed into my Bloglines account that stumped me originally. I acknowledge the help I had from the NSL web team on this.
There are things that I will continue to use especially YouTube and Facebook but then I had already explored these prior to our programme.
Many thanks for the opportunity to participate.
Saturday, September 20, 2008
I can see that it would require the right team to create and develop a dynamic Social Networking Site which would appeal to users. Perhaps it would be possible to employ undergraduate university students or other younger people who are already active users of Social Notwork Sites to drive the building and maintenance of a library social networking site. It would be a continuous process with the regular addition of material, updates, comments and feedback otherwise the danger would be that it became static and dated.
Information does need to be gathered so that we at NSL do choose the methods that patrons prefer. However I anticipate that with young people especially being keen users of social networking this has the potential of providing in the near future an excellent way to reach them.
The Corrs Everybody Hurts
Facebook is something that I am already using. I set up a log in to this last year when my daughter went overseas and have continued to use it since. Recently experimented with and succeeded in loading photos to that as well. I have found it a really useful tool to keep in touch with folks overseas and around NZ. We use Skpe phone and have set up Webcam to keep in contact as well. All these opportunities help to keep in touch.
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
For this exercise I used LibriVox because it is a website that provides audiobooks form the public domain and searched for William Shakespeare. This search gave me 69 returns covering a range of things including plays, sonnets and monologues. It was a simple matter to scroll the list and select different items to view the content.
I found 'King Lear' and the LibriVox recording marking the 400th anniversary of the first performance of the play, on December 26th 1606, with a total running time: 3:23:02. Information given incuded a summary of the play, the cast list, who did stage directions as well as links to Gutenberg e-text 1532 ,Wikipedia - William Shakespeare ,Wikipedia - King Lear
LibriVox’s King Lear Internet Archive page ,Zip file of the entire book - 97.5MB
RSS feed · Subscribe in iTunes · Chapter-a-day and most importantly the mp3 and ogg files to enable downloading.
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
I did pull the RSS feed into my Bloglines account for Booklog Book Review Podcasts, YA Bookcasts, and The Great Radio Show. I have reservations regarding the first 2 podcast as they do not have any new casts for 2008. The Great Radio Show podcast was different and had a July 2008 cast on 'The Darkest Evening of the Year' by Dean Koontz.
While I think this has the potential to be another useful tool, the book review sites will only be valuable for libraries and individuals if they have regular new casts and include new publications and not just material on older titles. Also it is wise to remember that these casts are just individuals opinions and often when others read the same title they may view it differently. This is true no matter the media.
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Saturday, September 13, 2008
From that list I choose the site iFoods.tv to explore.
The site has a blog where I discovered a recent craze in America is Pizza vending machines! What next? I am going to follow this blog for a week or two just for fun.
There was also a Recipe Podcast: Potatoes with chili, garlic and spinach which I watched and may even have a go at cooking sometime. Great cooking tutorials available which may mean the demise of cook books.
So iFoods is a way of interacting with other food lovers worldwide. It is possible to upload your own recipe videos, develop your profile and prove your culinary genius to everyone or you have the option of learning from the professionally produced video cooking tutorials.
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Web-based word processing tool
I can see that this web-based word processing tool does have major benefits as they eliminate the need to worry about different software versions or file types as you email documents or move from PC to PC. I have found though that it does take a lot longer to load than just going to Microsoft Office Word that is installed on my computer.
It is quite functional though and allows the addition of images but again this took quite a long time to upload. I have attached a photo I took out of the window of my work area. Note all the reflections of the lights and can anyone spot the fans reflection.!!!! Another of many grey days this year.
Monday, September 8, 2008
Personally at this stage I can not really see an advantage to take the time to set up these because I continue to find interesting and useful websites so would be cautious about limiting my options to a specific group of websites.
However as with all the exercises in this Web 2.0 program it is always useful to know what is available.
Sunday, September 7, 2008
Thursday, September 4, 2008
As I am still in catch up mode I haven't added anything else to the wiki, although I did check out favourite books.
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Of the library wikis that I checked out I particularly liked the Book Lovers Wiki - developed by the Princeton Public Library – I was caught by the book reviews and ended up requesting one of the titles reviewed. I think that a North Shore Libraries wiki, established for book lovers by book lovers to add book reviews to should be considered and may be a useful tool for selectors to view.
As an aside my daughter alerted me to an interesting wiki www.tvtropes.org - a catalogue of the tricks of the trade for writing fiction. It includes a page or two on how it differs from wikipedia (less stringent guidelines on language for instance).
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Into this environment enters Librarian 2.0 which has been described as a “strategy guide” for helping users find information, gather knowledge and create content in the context of using technology that is changing and developing rapidly. It calls for libraries to encourage user participation and feedback in the development and maintaining of library services. Clearly North Shore Libraries can be seen to be onboard with this concept as one of their objectives is to be up-to-date and relevant, and Action 8 in the Draft Library Strategy identifies the need to “Provide electronic services to meet community needs.’
Further exploration led me to the Technorati Blog where I was interested to read that
Technorati has experienced a problem with their search result updating infrastructure. They were able to continue to crawl and save data, however, post search results were stale and temporarily stuck at about 3pm Pacific Fri. Aug 15. Link results (reactions) were stuck at Thu. Aug 14. Technorati identified the root cause and I expect the system has caught up now. It was interesting to note that no data was being lost just that the most recent posts and reactions at that time were not reflected in search results.
I elected to have a look at recent 'design' bookmarks without any idea of the volume there would be. Some 6441292 Bookmarks at the time I checked it out. It was interesting to see that there were several (11) related tags which included 'inspiration,' 'webdesign', 'graphics', 'illustration' 'art' and others.
Obviously Del.icio.us is a well used tool and it was interesting to see how many people bookmarked the site or added comments. Delicious is about sharing your favourite sites with the community and is a wonderful window to look through to see what other people find interesting.
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Has anyone pointed out that there is a spelling typo in the exercise instructions for 7.1?
'Often a feed icon will be diplayed somewhere in the navigation of the site.' diplayed should read displayed?
Anyway having created a bloglines account and subscribed to several feeds it was interesting over the next few days to see how many different versions of news items came through. I also found when reading information/articles from other sources that I would look for RSS feeds. In this manner I added Reuters; Top News. It took me a couple of days to figure out how to remove items but this is easy with the Mark All Read Button!
Explored the search tools noted in this exercise and found the Bloglines search tool okay to use. Looked at the others mentioned, Topix.net, Syndic8.com and Technorati. I found that I spent more time using Technorati the blog finding tool that searchs for blogs -- I looked into entertainment and found lots of interest. Bloglines and RSS feeds are great tools but need to be monitored and used wisely to avoid information overload!!!
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Currently I have added 'Scrabulous' (this is a game of scrabble online) to facebook and have two games going with different opponents.
I must admit because I work at a computer for the major part of my workday that often I do not feel like sitting down at night and exploring all the great new technology available. I do realise that I am not taking full advantage of all that is available.
Does anyone else really like 'Spellcheck'? I often find that my mind and my fingers have a difference of opinion so it is great to have a tool to assist -- provided that it is New Zealand English.
I have explored maps a tool where users share where their photos and videos were taken, and see photos and videos taken near them. I was amused by the cheese map at the following link http://www.flickr.com/photos/tags/cheese/map?&fLat=48.2816&fLon=1.3183&zl=14&order_by=interestingness
However I think what appealed the most was the ability to create trading cards. As we want to remain anonymous for the purposes of this training I have not created a card at this stage but have viewed several of the librariantradingcards and found it hard to select a favourite. So to prove that I have been there here, and because I think this card indicates a sense of humour here is the link to questing librarian trading card
Saturday, August 9, 2008
Next I actually completed a search using the tag 'webs' and returned a result of 5130 in comparison to doing a full text search which returned 867,208 results!
Some images that I really liked were:
Dewy Web by shesnuckinfuts http://www.flickr.com/photos/shesnuckinfuts/315869573/
Frosted Web by shesnuckinfuts http://www.flickr.com/photos/shesnuckinfuts/336437000/
I will probably take my digital camera to work next week and get some photos and actually join Flickr so can upload photos.
Thursday, July 24, 2008
If you google Millau Viaduct you will find some trully amazing images.