Wednesday, May 7, 2008
i don't know if i learned anything during the web challenge process ... i already knew i'm not very "2.0"-ish and that i don't want to spend any more time in front of a computer than i have to. i can't wait to get back to work! the popular applications of tagging, blogs, wiki's, the collaborative websites, the user-driven focus that is sometimes clearly lacking any design, style, leadership,or management, etc., - ick - i'm just very dubious and reluctant to rejoice in those things.
i'm very glad administration has supported the web 2.0 committee work and its efforts, that there are staff who (after a few moans and groans) blossomed, really enjoying doing the *things* and became master bloggers and really excited about what they were learning. i'm glad we've had this opportunity to mentor each other and maybe become a better team for it. and... i'm glad not everyone thinks the way i do and that we had a chance to express ourselves.
my one shining moment of the webchallenge: searching for brodeur's goal on youtube.
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
Monday, May 5, 2008
okay okay... i did find something related to bright eyes on odeo - but it kept having an error loading, so i couldn't even listen to it - at all.
give a whirl & let me know if it works for you.
there was a podcast from npr and that did work - - but i couldn't listen to it because it was too long and i lost interest.
i didn't even know i had a youtube account, but somehow i do? maybe i did that back around december for the staff breakfast? who knows! i'm not a fan of youtube (quelle surprise!) but this clip is a beautiful thing. when the NJdevils lost to the rangers in the play offs a couple weeks ago - it was a bummer, for sure. finding this video is wicked awesome though!
Monday, April 28, 2008
web apps would be useful for almost all collaborative work - but i don't think we use them as often as we could, similarly we do not use the chat technology for meetings...
Saturday, April 19, 2008
in doing thing 17, there was a lot of back and forth - making sure i'm doing what i'm supposed to for 17. i still wish instructions were not so verbose...
wiki's could be useful for committee and group projects - obviously. i haven't had a use for them though - i should say yet. i wish we could use these applications more for committee and group meetings - it would save so much in travel time and gas money, and i could still kind of be in the branch. i've used things like aol chat for njla committee meetings several years ago, and i never had a problem with it - i know some people don't even like the idea - i have no idea why, i mean - i have my ideas about why but there isn't a point to writing them out here. online meetings are easy, the entire meeting is fully documented, and it would cut out road travel completely. hello!
i did look at the best practices wiki - it was pretty boring overall. i checked out the programming and services to the poor & homeless. the programming topic had a few interesting program ideas and descriptions, but it could use a lot more - someone needs to add to it. the services to the poor & homeless were just links to websites outside of the wiki - not helpful at all.
i looked at ocl's article on wikipedia - i have no idea of who made what edits. am i supposed to?
wiki's are wiki's... i guess they can be useful?
check out the surferpedia article:
please note: study was done in australia, not the u.s.
Thursday, April 17, 2008
one point that michael stephens - librarian/blogger - made in Into a new world of librarianship that struck me was, "Perpetual beta works well for the library’s Web presence. This librarian redesigns for ease of use, user involvement and easily added/re-configured pieces." i believe libraries and staff always need to keep in mind the importance of being a dynamic element and point of interaction - whether it is in their online presence or in real life.
i did the learning 2.0 search and looked at the popular blogs and i wasn't surprised or interested in any of it. it's as though before the internet, there was a filter between what everyone in the world had to say and you.
now, that filter is gone.
for people who have A LOT of time on their hands and think what they have to say is hyper-critical and earth shattering - it's a great thing. for me, not so much.
Monday, April 14, 2008
but, i would not say it is something i will ever use in my personal life. and, i'm not that crazy about the design of the website. the font style/size and colorings, some things upper case, some things lower case, make it a little difficult for me to read and it looks overall ... not so hot, to me.
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
i performed an advanced search for letting go - and unfortunately there are no holdings at all. when i searched for just kelly slater - i see how all the different formats are listed with their little icons, including articles - how cute. a couple of years ago when the dvd was first released, quiksilver had slater do a short tour to promote it. one of his stops was the club in ortley beach, and i made it there - it was pretty cool to see him and strider wasilewski. we tried getting them to stop at the library while they were in town, but they just didn't have time - quiksilver had them on a super tight schedule. his agent said, "definitely next time"
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
over the years, i have demostrated to numerous customers how to access and use netlibrary - and they have been well satisfied and impressed with it.
and i would be bummed out if i lost all those songs i've collected over the years. i guess this will be my next project. i'll need an external hard drive or lots and lots of discs. i love my ipod - i don't like worrying about "losing" all that music. when everything was just on cd or cassette, or lp, you never had to worry about this type of thing really.
Monday, March 31, 2008
i like randomly browsing the web, finding one good blog, and seeing what blogs are linked to it - and jumping around blogs and setting up feeds that way. usually, if i like someone's blog - i will enjoy blogs they read/recommend.
Monday, March 24, 2008
i see all the cool blogs i added when i first opened bloglines, and though i still think they're cool - i dont' have the time (or is it the attention span??) to sit and read off my computer screen.
maybe it is like with flickr - i don't have the interest to pay attention. i don't think i have a short attention span, but i guess if i were to compare myself with people who enjoy spending that much time on the computer playing around with flickr, youtube, myspace, friendster, blogs, newsreaders, RPG's, chatting, delicious, and so on and so on and so on - i guess i do.
no, its really not a short attention span - i'm just not interested in what anyone online has to say. i'm interested in paying attention to the people in my life.
i would just so much rather be out in the water or somewhere on a trail, than sitting with a computer.
Thursday, March 20, 2008
the only bothersome thing about the scanner is that it is such a slow process - just opening the software and warming the scanner up takes forever
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Monday, March 17, 2008
i opened a flickr account a while ago - and i can't say i'm fond of it.
i love photography, playing around with pictures, sharing them with my friends, taking video clips - but i just can't get into posting those things online. i guess i just don't have a reason to do it.
the hardest habit is viewing problems as challenges. when i face a problem in life - whether it is changing the wipers blades on my car or figuring out how to use a new gadget because an old one broke - i think i'll never get to understand and know how to do something. but, it usually works out that i do, i just think that i can't.
Sunday, March 16, 2008
or is thing one to read an introduction and send an email?
so thing three is to blog?
the instructions for the challenge overall seem a bit wacky and hard to follow - that could be me :)
thing three was creating the account for this blog and thing four was... hmmm... registering - which is why i'm posted on the oclwebthingschallenge blog :)