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.
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.
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?
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.
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.