I used Peanut Butter Wiki for a class a year ago, but I don’t have very vivid memories of how it worked. So this new experience was a refresher. Once I was added as a user and able to modify the wiki, it wasn’t too hard. The trick was to steal the lock from another user so I could whip in and add my own, with bullet points no less! So now this very blog is on the library’s wiki.
For my Foundations of Library Science class, we were required to contribute to a class wiki using PBwiki. It was a great experience, and I hope that I can use wiki (or wikis if that is the plural) in my library career. Some of the library wiki I viewed for this Learn and Play exercize were very well done. I particularly liked the wiki that was done in connection with the adult summer reading program, where people could post book reviews and discusions of books. As with all 2.0 technology, there is a great need for oversight by staff members to make sure that they stay focused on the content area and that nothing inappropriate is posted. I suppose it all depends on who is allowed to modify the wiki and who can police it!
Library 2.0 is, as I’ve already blogged about, one of those things that sort of hits at only certain sections of our clientele. When reading the Learn and Play articles, it seemed like some of the ideas were really out there and not approachable to users that are already not technologically savvy. But, there are ways that the library can use 2.0 concepts to help those who are less savvy. Some of this can be done by building them into already familiar tools, like the self check outs or OPAC. Personally, I’d love to be able to connect my goodreads to the catalogue, or build “libraries” of books from the actual library. I know a number of customers who would love to be able to record all the books they check out so they can remember what they’ve read. Just my 2.0cents!
Today marks the fourth day in not having electricity at my apartment, and I am exhausted. The Library still has power, which allows me to type this, but which has contributed to the exhaustion by keeping me on my toes finding outlets for everyone. Last night I remarked that this was the sort of thing that I would blog about if I had power, but then of course there wouldn’t be anything to say (That is the kind of circular thinking that I do when I’m really tired and cranky from not having power for going on 90 hrs.)
Since I lack electricity and a certain other energy that keeps me going, I am only now getting to the learn and play exercises. This time it is Delicious tagging, which I can see the use for, particularly since CML has changed their computers so they can’t be modified to include saved bookmarks. There are a number of reference type websites that I use that I’d like to have at hand, the Juvenile Series and Sequels at the Mid-Continental Public Library, and many others, that I’d like to be able to access at what ever computer I may be working at. It also would allow me to see what others use for that kind of reader’s advisory.
So, while I lack the energy to set up my own account now, I can see that I might once I do get electricity back and have a good nap!
Since January, I have been using the online book cataloguing system called Goodreads. It allows me to list all of my books, both for work and for pleasure reading, on different “shelves.” Because the shelves are more like tags, each book can be labeled with more then one, and there is no limit on the number of shelves or books you can have in your goodreads.
Some of the features I particularly like in Goodreads are the unlimited capabilities to add books and shelves (if the book you want to add isn’t in the system, you can add it there, the abilities to share my books with others and see their books (get lots of ideas for what to read next), and the opportunities to connect with other librarians and YS professionals across the city and the country. When I worked at UAPL, they used good reads all the time to provide reader’s advisory, by using the lists created by colleagues.
Here is a sample of the lists I’ve created:
One of picture books on opposites http://www.goodreads.com/review/list/828864?shelf=p-opposites
I’m still creating this one for a class I’m taking: http://www.goodreads.com/review/list/828864?shelf=50-books-for-dickson
Here is a list of books for YA on volunteering: http://www.goodreads.com/review/list/828864?shelf=ya-volunteering
In addition to these lists, I can share books on my blog, with an image of the cover and a link to good reads. One of my favorite board books:
One of my favorite YA books:
One of my favorite books of all time:
These are my three snakes–one is shown twice–I made this graphic using one of the image creating tools for CML’s Learn and Play, so I can say The two babies are so squirmy, that it is a wonder they stay still long enough to get their photos taken. My three snakes are: A.R. Snakeypants, DeDe Snakeyshorts, and Sneaky Snakeyspots.
I could like twitter. It is possible that it could be a lot of fun, and even potentially useful. Sort of like High School. Some people loved high school, they played sports, had tons of friends, learned a whole heck of a lot: it was the time of their lives. But not me.
My high school graduating class had over 800 students in it, and the school had about 2000 students in 10, 11, and 12 grades. I had maybe five or ten friends. It wasn’t as bad as middle school (nothing can be that bad, honestly) but high school was not the best years of my life.
Twitter makes me feel like I am back in high school–hovering on the borders of all sorts of different social groups–overhearing what they say, but not being included. Sarah is one of the most common names for my age group, and in high school people would say “Hi Sarah!” when I responded they’d say “I wasn’t talking to YOU!” That is twitter to me–people talking to each other while I listen in and am not included.
I suppose to make High school/Twitter successful, one has to go out and find/make friends who will include you in their conversations and care about what you say. But now, as then, I find myself tuning out everyone who wants to say Hi Sarah, because so few are actually talking to me.
Originally uploaded by cwegie
This is my cutie little neice, I just love this picture–they titled it little angel, but she actually looks a little devilish–sort of Mr. Burns like from the simpsons “E-xcel-ent”
This is the cool thing about Flikr, I can see the brand new pictures of little baby girl whenever they post them, which had better be often. Isn’t she the cutiest thing ever?
I’ll admit that I was wrong. There, I said it. I do think RSS is cool, and I maybe even am a little addicted. It seems particularly useful for those blogs that are irregularly updated, so I can see at a glance if any of my websites have new content.
As part of CML’s Learn and Play, I added a whole bunch more library blogs and library news feeds–primarily blogs I already checked and LJ news feeds. I did use the bloglines search feature to find the LJ feeds, but I prefer a more organic discover of blogs. The best blogs I find are those that are good enough to be linked on various other blogs. I find a blog I like and glom on all of the blogs they like, it works well enough for me!
So now I can just go check one site to see if any of my library peeps have written anything funny lately!
So this morning I decided to try to get a handle on this RSS stuff for Learn and Play @CML. I understand the basic idea behind the RSS, but never have bothered to explore any further. At the moment, I’m not even sure how it will save me time/energy. First of all it took FOREVER for the computer to verify my e-mail address and then it froze and wouldn’t let me add any feeds. I shut the computer down and then came back and it was much faster. I added some of my favorite blogs, and some new CML blogs that I thought might be updated.
For me the question really is: what is the advantage of this over bookmarking pages? I suppose if one wants to keep track of blogs that are infrequently updated and want to have something else keep an eye on it, but if you read blogs that are updated daily then one might as well just go directly to them. I suppose that the usefulness of RSS will be determined by the individual user–I’ll give it a try and see how I can use it!
Curious readers can check out my RSS feed at: http://www.bloglines.com/public/swegene1