Wednesday, July 29, 2009
So I checked out some library sponsored events as recommended and found a few notable ones:
From State Library Association Sessions-Book Cart Drill Team Competitions
Palm Beach Library Cart Attacks
Biblioflies (TLA 2008 Champions!) HILARIOUS!
An ad for using the public library (like the MasterCard commercials)
I could see doing something like this for the community...showing them what your library has to offer. I might be able to do this for my students as well...maybe advertising the cool library programs or hot new picks.
Why come to the library? (I LOVE THIS ONE!)
What a great way to motivate kids to come to the library.....use them to talk about it....love the bloopers, too!
- I love being able to create a Word doc. online and share immediately...thus saving my hard drive from multiple copies of the same document; however, I miss the various fonts to choose from.
- The presentation feature was nice and easy to use, but again a little limited on choices to "beef it up."
- Upon creating my spreadsheet, I came to realize that I prefer the Excel version better. I really didn't like that I couldn't change my row height simultaneously. I like being able to right click and change the pt. right away, instead of having to use the arrow bar to expand the rows.
- I didn't finish the form...it reminded me a lot of SurveyMonkey, which I use on a regular basis and probably will continue to use.
- All in all, using Google Docs was quick and painless....and I really like that it's all done online!
Monday, July 27, 2009
I'd first heard about Wikis at the TCEA conference in Austin a few years back...never really got it until I saw the great You Tube video explaining it....then it occurred to me that Wikipedia was a WIKI, too! (an aha moment....or a DUH? moment) Not soon after, I decided (with the complete support of my ITS person, LaDonna) that I wanted to play with a WIKI with my students...you know....let them share in my "aha" moment, too!
So.....my plan was to approach my most willing guinea pigs....my third grade team. They were planning on doing a unit on the United States and wanted the students to research each of the states and create a travel guide for the state. So....being the non-humdrum librarian, I one-upped them and suggested that we randomly divided up 101 students into pairs/trios and each person would independently research his/her state, then collaboratively (but not simultaneously) compile the information onto a Wiki page! VOILA!....my teachers had the same look on their faces that I had when I'd first heard the term....I felt so good explaining what it was and sharing my "aha" moment with them.
Needless to say...the project was a huge success and we now have a complete US website with a Wiki travel page for each state! I love WIKIS!!!!
LibraryThing....reminded me of Shelfari but with a lot more features. I added a few books to my collection, tagged and rated them, then read some of the reviews by others (which was interesting). I think I like the look of Shelfari better than LibraryThing, but I could see how it would be beneficial for me to keep up with my personal reading collection using this site. Honestly, right now I am following so many blogs and newsfeeds that I don't have the time to keep up with what everyone's saying....BUT I went ahead and found a few more groups to follow ;)
Thursday, July 9, 2009
- popularity of the news articles/videos/images are solely based on viewer's discretion and NOT media
- news is interesting, informative (?), and unusual
- easy to "digg" into
- definitely not something I have the time to sign up for
So in my perusal of Digg, the articles/videos that were most popular ranged from most Americans in agreement that the media spent way too much time on Michael Jackson's untimely death and not enough on Farrah's from finding just the right night light for that child who's afraid of the dark ;).
I also loved this old cover from Life magazine entitled: A Squirrel's Guide to Fashion
And this clip from Gizmodo: The Seven Types of Employees You Meet at Best Buy
Some really funny stuff here...just not enough time to play :)
I signed up to use Delicious and imported my bookmarks; however, upon import, I quickly began deleting bookmarks that I currently use because I thought this might just be for my "librarianship." Duh? It wasn't until I delved deeper that I realized this is something I might use all the time and not just when I'm being a librarian....SO.....I re-imported those that I deleted...I NOW know.....
What a GREAT tool. I've also added the feeds to my facebook page (I figured it would make it easier to share, too!). I can't wait to send some of my links to co-workers and friends!
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Tagging: a quick and easy way to classify or categorize things like blogs, photos, slides, etc.
I use them in my blogs and in my photo sharing platforms as a way to help others get to what I've posted. Is it a good way to classify? Well, that depends....in the library, we use subject classification in the hierarchy form, which is the way we teach children to locate items, so tagging would not necessarily be a good thing for getting books in the right places on the shelves or for helping them find the books they need. Our catalogs are based on very specific headings and spelling even counts. There are many school librarians, though, that sort their collection into various subject areas or genres to make it easier for children to quickly find what they are looking for....seems a little like tagging, but in a more formal sense as only one person is assigning labels to collections. I would be very apprehensive to allow patrons to start creating their own tags for items in the catalog since everyone doesn't associate the same words with the same things.
HOWEVER....I think teaching kids to "tag" their own work, whether in blogs or electronic portfolios can be a good thing. I think it reinforces "main idea" or "gist" because it allows them to think of the "big picture" in order to come up with tags that are appropriate to their work.
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
I'm on: http://twitter.com/librareprincess
It was fairly easy to set-up. I'm not sure how often I would use it, though. I already use FB and am addicted to that. Pretty soon I'll have too many things to keep up-to-date! I did subscribe to a few of my favorite country music stars!
I think it would be way too hard to follow and I wouldn't be able to keep up with the storyline (if there is one.)
Scrapbooking: MY PASSION :)
- Inspired Blueprints: Sketches to Build On
- 52 Sketches...52 Weeks
- Embellished Scrapbook Shoppe
- The Coffin Cafe (I think you get the gist!)
- Twilight Dirty Coven (Hmmmmm)
I use FB primarily to chat with old and current friends or reconnect with loved ones. I admit, I am addicted. I like to see what people are doing, saying, and taking photos of. I comment on many, but not all posts. I guess one could deem FB as to impersonal (usually my older family members) as you are communicating through the computer and not over the phone, but hey....I'm still communicating, right? (And I do make the weekly phone calls!)
FB has SO MANY applications....sometimes I find myself ignoring the majority of the invitations for them. There are too many to keep track of. I do love the quizzes though...they can be so addicting! I also love the games! Again....addicting.....I see a pattern here!
As for any other issues....I've heard several comments that viruses are added to weird places on your computer due to FB....not sure how valid those allegations are, but I suppose it's possible.
I'm ADDICTED....I am chatting with someone and checking new posts as I blog...that could be really bad! :)
I think these are pretty similar to what I already have with my personal blog feeds and my feeds/updates on Facebook. I also figured they are pretty identical to the feeds coming through on Google Reader. Basically, I subscribe to certain feeds from blogs or websites with articles and I automatically get updates when they exist.
Well, now that I'm back and there's nothing but the sounds of the gurgling fish tank to distract me, I can get back to business. I actually explored Thing 6: Google Reader a few weeks ago, but haven't had a chance to blog about it (plus I forgot to bookmark my personal Google Reader page!)
Google Reader is SUPER EASY to navigate. What a great way to help keep me organized when it comes to following blogs and file sharing! I think I'm a pretty organized person for the most part (aren't most librarians?) but this tool really put things into perspective for me on the computer. I must admit though, with all of the things I'm using: Facebook, Twitter, Blogspot, Outlook, Yahoo, etc....it can be quite cumbersome to keep up with it all! It would be a heck of a lot easier if they were all accessible from one location. Maybe that's possible on Google Reader and I just haven't figured that out as of yet? Anyway....it's another handy tool!