Friday, April 17, 2009

13 Things 2/2/09-4/13/09

Week 1 (February 9, 2009) — Introduction
Week 2 (February 16, 2009) — Blogs
Week 3 (February 23, 2009) — Tagging and
Week 4 (March 2, 2009) — RSS & Newsreaders
Week 5 (March 9, 2009) — Wikis
Week 6 (March 16, 2009) — Photos & Images
Week 7 (March 23, 2009) — Online Applications & Tools
Week 8 (March 30, 2009) — Podcasts & Videos
Week 9 (April 6, 2009) — Library 2.0
Week 10 (April 13, 2009) — Wrap-up

Instructors: Sharon Dennis, Rebecca Brown and Susan Robert

Friday, April 3, 2009

What is Library 2.0 ?

My initial thoughts were quite random and then I found We Know What Library 2.0 Is and Is Not and realized that this post expressed many of the ideas I was having including:

"...the discussion of Library 2.0 has been focused on little things we can do to better serve our users... implementing IM reference and creating a presence on social networks ... we have to be careful to not flood ourselves with new projects until we have a clear understanding of what it is we’re trying to do and where we want to go ... and that means first figuring out what our users want and need...

Library 2.0 is:
constant change and evaluation
not just about technology

...providing our users with access to information. Library 2.0 strives to reach this goal in part through customer-driven services."

I also found What is Library 2.0 interesting. It's also posted on slideshare.

Monday, March 30, 2009

YouTube ... 4 Favorites ...+ YouTube features

More than 1-2 favs. Hope you enjoy them, especially if you've not seen them.
Smart Crows and Ravens
Smart Crows and Ravens use a pedestrian crossing to crack nuts open

YOU'RE GROUNDED 'TILL YOU'RE 36!!! Sung by (apparently): Anita Renfroe
There are other Mom Songs on YouTube; the previous is my favorite, as well as, a Mom Song Kid's Response to William Tell's Overture with Lyrics

Patches the Coolest Horse
Horse riding in car....

YouTube Features that might be interesting if they were applied to library websites:
-Videos being watches right now
-Quicklist bar

Friday, March 27, 2009

Online Productivity Tools

Snipshot the web-based photo editing tool seemed great -- $3 for 2 weeks (good for vacations or meetings) or $9/month - the sample dog image was easy to manipulate.

30 Boxes, the free web-based calendar was easy to setup and use - able to incorporate weather into calendar too! I am still wondering how it interfaces with Groupwise or my Blackberry.

Basecamp, a project management and task software tool, was outstanding. Imagine being able to control calendars, tasks, tracking, etc. online. Cost was a DRAWBACK. The lowest subscription was Basic for $24/month for small groups. I quickly realized that I was wowed by the features, but that I wanted a 'personal' management tool like Basecamp, rather than a project management tool.

Zoho Writer - Saving & Posting

Zoho Writer - Untitled post - editing

My original message was untitled (I signed into blogger using gmail account) and used 'New Post' > 'Post' tab > 'Edit' to give my original untitled post a title.

When you click 'Share' it warns you you have not saved it, so I saved it as Zoho Writer - Saving... and am retrying the 'Post to Blog'

Zoho Writer has a 'Get my Blogs' window and window with a 'Post as Draft' or 'Publish' option. I will try the 'Post as Draft' option.

When I logged into Blogger I found the draft. The file title had became my blog title. Next I 'Publish Post'

Zoho Writer - Posting to my blog

I signed up for Zoho Writer just a few minutes ago. When you confirm via email, I immediately got a Welcome to Zoho Writer message in Zoho. Of course, I wanted to print the Welcome :<), but instead I just scrolled and found the

Post to Your Blog

Being on the web, you can post to your blog from within Zoho Writer.

I found it under the 'Share' tab.

Saturday, March 21, 2009 - sending to another account

From the Social Bookmarking Bibliography PDF, I went to Brown, Rebecca’s Social Bookmarking presentation:

Rebecca demonstrated how in the tags one can type
for: [name_of_del.icio.us_account]
and it will send it to the specified account

Friday, March 20, 2009


Success! I created my first Wiki. I created a "Invited members" (private) wiki on wetpaint. My idea is to experiment with the wiki to post my personal tips and tricks for faculty, staff, and students.

I began by experimenting with searching for YouTube videos and adding them to 'Video' tab. Took a while to find the "Delete" video to remove one I didn't like.

Next I plan to work through the "Create and Edit a Wiki" document from 13 Things and the Wetpaint 'Tips for a Successful Site'

Wiki - Getting Started with Wetpaint

Frustration ... finally figured out I already had a Wetpaint account after multiple attempts trying to bypass errors in completing the 'create my own free wetpaint wiki' forms. The final tipoff was when the message indicated that my email was already being used. I used Signin 'Forgot your password' link to remedy this.

IRead Wiki comments

IRead Wiki, Iowa librarians' Readers' Advisory, was interesting. I like survivor stories; however, displaying the last edited date (1 year, 7 months ago) is disturbing. Have they not purchased in this area or have they neglected to update the Wiki.

Perhaps a Wiki is better for topics with a limited time period, such as the MLA09 Wiki.

Flickr - Haflinger horses

Hi, I want to share some photos I uploaded to Flickr. Hope you like them!

Flickr - Nuuanu Pali lookout near Honolulu

I experimented with finding photos of Nuuanu Pali State Park near Honolulu for the MLA09 meeting. Thousands of photos...this was a favorite.

I used the info at - "How do I post photos to my blog?' which allowed me to send a test message to the blog which I will leave up and also to blog this photo.

Located at Nuuanu Pali State Park, the lookout overlooks the 985-foot cliffs of the Koolau Mountain Range. (Translated, "pali" means "cliffs.")

Nuuanu Pali State Park is open daily (weather permitting) from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free.



This is a test post from flickr, a fancy photo sharing thing.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

RSS Feeds

I had used Bloglines previously, but stopped -- it was just one more thing to check.
Thanks to Rebecca for creating How to Subscribe to a feed using your iGoogle page . I finally created iGoogle and expect I'll use it.

Glad we created a Google Reader account too.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

What's a Haflinger?

What's a Haflinger?
a) Military Truck
b) shoe
c) Horse
d) All of the above