Saturday, March 10, 2007
My favorites were Flickr, and playing around with the online image generators. I also thought Rollyo was pretty cool.
I'm happy to have completed all the 23 things by the deadline. I had some challenges with equipment and finding time to complete the exercises, but now that I've reached the end, I realized it wasn't really that difficult. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed learning about all that was new and I feel a real sense of accomplishment at how much I learned over the last 9 weeks. Thank you Virtual Services Team for all your help!
Regarding improving this program - I know many staff members did not participate for lack of equipment at work or at home to listen to the podcasts, or a feeling that they didn't have time to complete all 23 things, so why start? We could remedy the equipment problems and we could also allow adequate time on the schedule, just as we would for any other staff training.
Another discovery program? Count me in - I hope we will all have the opportunity to participate in more programs like this one!
Friday, March 9, 2007
I took a look also at World EBook Fair. It's good to know it's out there, but it is somewhat limited, since a book generally has to be in the public domain to be included. I found it particularly lacking in the Children's literature titles. But, if you are into long out-of-print children's books and can't find them anywhere else, maybe you can find them here.
Having these podcast directories is great, but really, I don't really have the time to be listening to lots of podcasts. Maybe once in a while, but I'd rather use my time differently.
Thursday, March 8, 2007
YouTube is fun! You can search for all your favorite sports highlights, news events, etc. I really like all the variety. Yeah, there is a lot of trash, but one person's garbage is another's treasure, right? Who am I to judge? (Just kidding - UTube could be better if there was some kind of control! Also, some of the video quality is VERY BAD and there is a LOT OF REPETITION in postings! I picked the above video because I thought others would like it as much as I did. I think libraries could post videos of their programs (with permission from the participants of course), how about this week's Storytime on UTube?
I thought it was amazing how some librarians have incorporated Library Thing catalogs into their library services with links to special lists of librarian-selected and new titles, including user reviews.
Who needs Word for simple documents? Zoho Writer offers all the word processing basics. There are 19 fonts to choose from up to 36pt. Documents are also easy to share. You can easily insert images and publish to your blog. I'm sold! (oh, it's free!)
Note: The above was a Zoho document I published to this blog. It was so easy! This is yet another way to create documents and insert them easily into another application.
I added entries to Favorite Books and Favorite Movies, including a picture. So easy!