Tuesday, October 30, 2007
I like the idea of a wiki for some things. I particularly like the idea of a wiki where patrons contribute reviews, but I notice that the Princeton Library wiki hasn't had new posts in a while. I notice that some of wikis have restricted who can add information, and my librarian's soul approves of that. A wiki that has infomation about a city, for example the Ann Arbor one, seems very useful also.
Like a lot of other people I question the value of an information source that can be changed and added to by anyone, but maybe this is a somewhat old-fashioned idea. To paraphrase George Orwell 'All infomration is correct, but some information is more correct than others' We shouldn't lose sight of the fact that one of the most important roles that libraries and librarians have in these days of deluges of information is to sort and verify, so our patrons not only have the information but have the correct information.
Sunday, October 28, 2007
In the best of all possible worlds a library is a place where anyone can come in and be respected, where we try to tailor our services to meet our users needs, where we treat each and every request with attention. But we live in a world where we deal with constantly shrinking budgets and rising expectations. The library is one of the few places where those closed out of the digital world can come and expect to find real help. We need to remember this. I don't know one person in my son's generation who uses the public library - I keep on having conversations that begin with 'You know if you went to the library you could ...' We are failing to reach these people, and I wonder why.
This learning project has been a wonderful opportunity to come to grips with some of the new technologies available, and to remind us that as soon as we learn something, it is already out of date. There is something new 'coming down the pike' (as they say in Maine).
If Library 2.0 is all about access, and letting the customer have input into the service, we need to rethink some of our policies and procedures. Why don't we have wireless Internet access in all of our branches, why has it taken us so long to allow customers to use memory sticks, why are we charging for Internet access? Just a few questions that have occurred to me as I have been doing this course.
And finally, if you want a bit of a laugh about Internet 2.0 check out The Librarian's guide to Etiquette.
Thursday, October 25, 2007
I have listed some of my favourite sites for book information. Matilda is a wonderful blog about Australian literature, I don't always read all of the reviews in the weekend papers, but Perry keeps me up to date.
The Waterboro Library h20boro lib blog (in beautiful Waterboro, Maine) is a great places for bits and pieces of book related information - and written and maintained by a volunteer. Good work Molly!
Both of these sites also have great lists of links.
At the moment I am reading Perdio Station, it is a fantasy, and I'm not gobbling it up. I am interested enough to keep reading, but not to the point that I am anxious to get back to it. Bram will come over tonight and I can forsee a few readings of Where is the Green Sheep. I try to have a new book for him every time he comes over but we don't always get time to read. I have a Julie Vivas book I Went Walking in the book bag for him, we will see if he likes it.
Sunday, October 21, 2007
There are some things that I would like to know how to do, that I can't quite figure out. For example does anyone know how to make a direct link from a catalogue record to the blog? I would like to create a link from my What I am Reading and Recently Read lists directly to the WHMRLS catalog.
Now off to BOX for some Sunday fun.
And of course if you use the custom searches, there isn't much Australian content.
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
I work as a casual, that means that I don't see any of my colleagues on a regular basis. I'm finding this learning project interesting but somewhat lonely! Is anybody out there?
Is anybody reading my blog?
Please leave me a message if you are reading my blog, I promise I will leave a message if I read yours.
BTW have I mentioned how much fun I'm having with FDs Flicker toys?
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
I LOVE Library Thing, not the least because it comes from my old home town, Portland, Maine.
I have added some pretty pictures of books I've recently read, to myself and to the lovely Bram. His current favourite (by a country mile) is Where is the Green Sheep?
I'm pleased to be able to talk to my colleagues about the program also, and find out what they are doing.
The image generator is fun, I have created three images so far and discarded them. I like the Dylan film, but it takes so long to load. I did a ribbon, but I didn't like the way it looked. I also did a TV widget generator, but when it loaded up it had ads on it that looked VERY dodgy (The Napster of Porn, Live Asian girls web cam), and I really don't want those on my blog!
But this should work
Images from AlphaPicture
Monday, October 8, 2007
I'm still not really getting this properly I think. One of the problems is because I have the new version of IE when I try to add something to my feeds, it automatically gets added to my IE favourites. I need to clean this up, and figure out how best to organise them.
It's been unseasonably hot here in Northern Michigan, so yesterday we were all on the lake.
Today we begin the trek home, I hope to be back to blogging at the end of the week.
Friday, October 5, 2007
Thursday, October 4, 2007
I'm feeling clever!
Look to the right to see photos of beautiful Torch Lake.
Wednesday, October 3, 2007
First I moved from Australia to the United States. I was often home sick and felt out of touch. Being able to read my favourite newspaper, browse in a book shop, read about Australian literature, and see what's on helped me to maintain a connection.
I have three adult sons, and when I am not able to see them often being able to look at their Flickr accounts, see them on Face book, and read their blogs has been wonderful.
In my professional life I am constantly amazed by the information I can find for library users in databases, and on the Internet. The revolution in technology has meant that I can almost always find some information to answer even the most off the wall question ("I need some information about commercial uses for seaweed"). I find this very satisfying. I have also found library and literary blogs very helpful in keeping up with reader's advisory. I have put links to some of my favourite sites, blogs and otherwise on the right. More to follow.I have embraced technologies that I find useful (Tivo, blogs, photo sharing), but this program will help me to learn about other things.
And last but not least - another photo of my grandson!
Tuesday, October 2, 2007
I have found photos of my high school (Taken by Colros)
Photos of Falmouth, Maine where I lived for 12 years.
Photos of Torch Lake, Michigan - where I am at the moment.