The attempt to post everyday

November 30, 2008 at 10:32 pm (fun, learning 2.0, social networking, web 2.0) ()

ok– November has 30 days — I posted on 22 day  and I had 26 posts. ( This is 27) There were one or two posts that felted forced and stupid to me.  There are times when my brain is not good at expressing things in an organized fashion and it isn’t much  fun to force it. On the other hand – some days forcing myself to write something or find some thing to post was good for opening my brain. I have decided that posting more than once a day is fine — I like to keep one thought per post, but I have more than one thought per day. (of course) Posting something because it makes me laugh– thumbs up.  I now know exactly where to go if I need a laugh.  Other people might get a laugh, and maybe  get  a hint of me.  I know if my DH has been reading he has a few ideas for xmas presents. The more I post , the more people seem to read my blog.  Of course, that  could just be the extra cat posts.  ( the internet is really all about cats.  No, really) Some where in December , my blog will be a year old.  I think I am going to continue to try and write more often.  No promises for everyday, because I don’t want to drive myself buggy.  But pushing my self to write a little more than I want to seems to be a good thing.

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I can haz shuffle

March 6, 2008 at 6:34 pm (learning 2.0, library, tech, web 2.0) ()

Umm… I’m not an early adopter of new tech. I just sorta have to see what I think it is going to do for me. Cell phones, late. TIVO,on the early side. No ipod.

Today I received an ipod shuffle for completing the web 2.0/learning 2.0 extra training at the library. Very cool. I was thinking the prize was going to be a  certificate and a t-shirt.

Now I have a new phone and a shuffle to learn. I guess learning never ends.

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23 Things – Learning 2.0

March 1, 2008 at 2:46 pm (fun, learning 2.0, library, web 2.0) (, )

First, this was fun. I am not the most self directed learner, but as I have said for years the reason I work in libraries is because knowing just a little bit about everything makes me very happy. I spend a fair amount of time on the internet,but there are tons of places I hadn’t explored. Now.I’ve started. I’m guessing there are places that will never call me back but blogging seems to be a part of my life , both personally and professionally. I am thrilled to find Zoho, LibraryThing and del.icio.us (which solved my problem of my bookmarks being scattered on computers across the universe). There are a few places I want to revisit and see if I can figure out my frustrations with them.

Favorite thing: Tag clouds. Looking at the author cloud for my LibraryThing account is fun because it is a sort of visual graft of how many books I have by an author. ( come on say it with me – GEEK ). I keep thinking a user generated tag cloud in addition to regular cataloging might actually expand a search for someone, especially if they are looking for more obscure information.

Changes I would make. Really, the biggest change I would make is to make the last week two weeks long. I fell about a week behind and I felt a bit rushed in finishing this up and I would have like to think about some of the things a bit more. Esp for this last exercise.  I saw other catch up from even further behind adn I’m guessing some of them might have liked a little more time ( but then again – who knows)

Would do something like this again. Yup, you bet, uh huh.

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audio books/ebooks

March 1, 2008 at 1:29 pm (learning 2.0, web 2.0)

I went to Califa Digital  Libraries to see what was available in audio books. I was surprised at the number of tech books that are out there in audio format. Not the way I’m going to learn anything technical.  I think the important thing going on is that format doesn’t really matter. I wonder about all that surveys that talk about how little people read if they count anything other than the traditional book format?

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Will write for Wine

March 1, 2008 at 12:50 pm (fun, learning 2.0, library, web 2.0, wine) ()

I know about podcasts and I’ve occasionally listened to things I’ve missed on NPR. But since I don’t have an ipod, I haven’t done a lot of exploring . I spend too much time staring at my computer on a regular basis to add another reason to become one with the couch. But while exploring I found Will Write for Wine. (web site) It is a podcast by two midlist Romance writers – Samantha Graves and Lani Diane Rich. The drink wine and talk about writing. I’ve only listen to a couple of episodes,and it is way too much fun. The only question is – if I spend all this time listening to them talk, when will I read their books?

Now back to the real question – what are we going t use podcasts for in the library?  I know libraries that  have used it for story  times.  I’d love to see our bookleggers ( volunteers that go into  classrooms and talk books) have podcasts on line.  Maybe  how to use our databases.  This is one of those places where I could see us radically changing our interaction with the public, without really changing what we do, just how we do it.

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lunar eclipse – youtube

February 29, 2008 at 5:33 pm (learning 2.0, library, web 2.0)

I love YouTube. I like to post stuff just for fun. We use it our library, here is a link that shows you how we use it. And Just for fun, a short clip of the Lunar eclipse.

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