Wednesday, January 03, 2007

23. Summarize your thoughts about this program on your blog

I've finally made it. At the start of this program I thought I'll give this a go even if I went part-way, hopefully I would've learnt something. Well, I've come all the way and I'm now not affraid to try things that I not sure of.

I found that I was more comfortable doing the program from home as I could concentrate more without interuptions. Also, it took a long... time to do each one.

I think I enjoyed learning about WIKIS. It was much more user friendly than I thought. I'm not so affraid of that word now. YouTube was fun too. I think I'll visit that one again.

I have a funny feeling that Learning 2.0 is only 'the tip of the iceberg', there is a lot more to come...........

22. Audiobooks (or "The end is in sight")

This one was another challange. The Yarra Plenty blog gave me directions to go into the "World E Book Fair" site. Gutenberg Project gave me a list of free eBook collections I chose to hear The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Anderson http://www.gutenberg.org/files/12703/12703-m/12703-m-1.mp3 The next eBook I listened to was The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. http://www.gutenberg.org/dirs/etext05/advsh1601.mp3 I noticed that the first book took a while to load and was about to try again when it finally appeared. The second book was much faster. You had a choice of human voice or computer voice. I still would much prefer to read my book in print form...

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

21. Podcasts, Smodcasts

Podcasts can be done automatically through RSS feeds. You can also search by topic, author or any keyword. Once you've found something that looks interesting, you can listen to it by clicking on "Listen" and if you like it you can subscribe - its almost always free. To subscribe though, you need music software like YAHOO MUSIC ENGINE or APPLE I TUNES. If you just want 1 copy of a particular episode, you don't have to subscribe.

I went to Podcast.net and looked at the Podcast Directory for the subject "The Library Channel". I then listened to Fred McIlvain's interview titled "The Library System's Help Desk". He spoke on how this area looks after the reporting of any problem areas such as: - Catalogue, Data bases, Electronic Resources, Hardware issues, WEB Site, Software Issues and Log in Problems. These are then routed to the correct area.

20. You too can YouTube

By far this is the best site... This one is going to be so popular. I thought I'de start by looking up my old favourite show "National Velvet" with Elizabeth Taylor. Well did this take me back in time.. 42 secs of pictures of Velvet, Mike and Mrs Brown to a saddle club song.

I then thought I'de search a more recent film. Going into Categories - Music, I searched for "Crossroads" - Bone Thugs N Harmony. 7.04 minutes and secs of the best part of the movie were viewed. How cools that.. This was viewed by 83,626 comments 136 and favourited 741 times.

The ease of use in YouTube, allows anyone to upload videos, not just the younger crowd. Videos are never automatically removed if someone flags them. Every single flagged video is reviewed by someone at YouTube, they determine if the video contains material that is against the terms of use.

Monday, January 01, 2007

19. Select a site from the Web 2.0 lists

I selected a site from Web 2.0 Awards from the category of RETAIL - 1 st Place Etsy. In this category I chose Quilts then Patchwork. This was also all found in the Short List of WEB 2.0 Awards. I found this was a site where you could buy and sell things handmade. I liked the fact that you didn't have to pay or join anything to view the site.

The reason I chose this site category, was because I've recently become interested in Patchwork Quilts and was considering thaking classes this year. I've been given some basic lessons on hand sewing patchwork quilts. I thought I'de look around this site to see what people were making and selling.

I found a quilt titled "Heart and Soul Quilt". This was added to the site on Dec 31, 2006 and gave me a full description of its dementions, fabrics, shippinging costs and payment methods - much the same as EBAY.

I found this site easy to use and would be most useful to the crafty person.


Etsy is an online marketplace for buying and selling all things handmade. There are over 300,000 items for sale by 30,000 sellers from around the world. You can go shopping by color, geographic location, traveling time, connected hearts, member curated featured items, categories, and more!

Week 8 OnLine Applications & Tools

I've now registered at Zoho and looked at how people use Zoho Sheet. Someone has even created an interactive "parenting stress level checklist" in Zoho Sheet and have embedded it in their website for parents to try out. How clever is that??

I looked at Online calculators and tried to work out my BMI. I got stuck when it asked me for my weight in pounds?? Had to think there... I do know that my BMI is too high though..

It's great that these applications are free. I think that our users will be queuing up to check this one out.

17 Playing around with PBWicki

I've now added my favourites to Favourite restaurant being Paladarr Thai Issan Restaurant in Alphington and also added my favourite place I visited which was New Zealand. I added these both to existing sites.

16. So what's in a wiki

Finally I'm having fun. Wiki is a Hawaian word meaning quick or fast. This suits me fine. I found it very user friendly. I like the idea of being able to develop a Web site with no knowledge of HTML or other markup languages. Anyone can add to or edit in a wiki.

I explored the "Booklovers Wiki" thought this one would be good for Bookgroups, perhaps to add their readings to as well. Better still, we could have a Bookgroup Wiki.

I also looked at "Library Success: A Best Practices Wiki. Thought this was also a great site for library practices to come together and be shared. We could tell them all about YPRL's great achievements with Learning 2.0.

Using a Wiki to create Online Communities. Finally, a website that reflects the imagination and good ideas of the ENTIRE ORGANIZATION, not just a select few with the requisite "tech-savvy".

There are endless possabilities for libraries to create an online hub of their local community. Not forgetting our Multicultural needs of the community.

I thought of what Wiki I would create for our library and came up with the idea of a "LIBRARY TECHNICIAN'S WIKI" In this we could discuss the roles and ideas other Technicians. In the past we have had to wait until a Library Technician's Conference comes around, which is every two years, to share our skills and achievements. WIKI-LT HERE WE COME!!

15. On Library 2.0 & Web 2.0

Libraries need to adapt a stratergy to deal with constant change. Libraries of tomorrow will look substantially different to libraries today.

Rick Anderson spoke on "Away from the icebergs" 3 icebergs that pose significent threats to our future. 1. Building a large "just in case" print collection no longer makes sense as circulation has dropped dramatically in recent years. As Web 2.0 continues to develop, our borrowers will expect access to everything - digital collections of journals, books, blogs, podcasts ect.
2. Educating our users to retrieve the information they need using One-button commands, such as Flickr's "BlogThis" and easy-to-use programs like Google Page Creator.
3. The "come to us" model of library service where libraries excercised something close to monopoly to power in the information marketplace. We have to find new ways to bring our services to our borrowers rather than insisting that they come to us (i.e., the Web).
Librarian 2.0 also listens to staff and users when planning, tells the stories of successes and failures, learns from both, celebrates those successes, allows staff time to play and learn, and never stops dreaming about the best library services.

The 2nd article I chose to read and talk about was published by Michael Stephens, whom I happened to come across in my previous blog 14. Technorati. Michael titled his article: Into a new world of librarianship. Sharpen these skills for Librarian 2.0.

Librarians 2.0 plan for their users on user needs and wants. They breakdown barriers and allow access wherever borrowers are: home, work, commuting, school or at the library.

Librarian 2.0 embraces Web 2.0 tools.

Librarian 2.0 controls technolust. Technology is tested - does it meet the users need? Does it create a useful service for putting users together with the information and experience they seek.

Librarian 2.0 makes good yet fast decisions - redesigning for ease of use.

Librarian 2.0 is a trendspotter seeking out information and news that may impact future services.

Librarian 2.0 gets content -understanding that the future of libraries will be guided by how users access, consume and create content.

After reading both these articles, I can see that we at Yarra Plenty Regional Library, are definetly moving with the times and embrasing these changes. We are no doubt the leaders in Australia of these constant changes. Doing 2.0 has given me incite to what is out there waiting for us to implament within our library service. We should be proud of our achievements.