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What I've learned from Learning and Playing…

I’ve enjoyed L&P for many reasons–partially because I enjoy exploring new (or new to me) technologies, and partially because I enjoy goofing off on work time. Now my job usually involves a fair amount of goofing off anyway, working with children seems like that most of the time. But L&P has allowed me to goof off with coworkers, many of whom I didn’t know as well as I do now.

Perhaps my very favorite thing I’ve discovered during L&P is RSS feeds. Though I did switch to google reader because bloglines was missing some entries, and I wasn’t getting updates timely or completely. Regardless, I LOVE RSS! I try to convince my family that they could love it too, but many of them fail to see the point. I hope that when I go out to visit them for Christmas, I can demonstrate how awesome and easy RSS is.

Hopefully, the library will continue to offer such fun and informative programs in the future. Personally, I think it would be fun to explore some of our own premium resources, since they are not always used equally across the board, and many of us don’t know how to use them to their full potentials.

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Being Cool

I’m not cool, and most days I’m satisfied with that. Sometimes I wish I were cooler, but I know that that wish takes me even further away from “cool.” I once read (in a really stupid airline magazine, for a good example of how uncool I am) that people who are actually cool are those who don’t want to be, but by wanting to be cool you automatically remove yourself from the possibility.

Anyway, this had a point, which was that people who blog or podcast, must at some level want to be cool. I say this because there is some assumption on the part of the creator of the blog/podcast that their content is interesting enough that someone else will want to read it/listen to it. (I acknowledge my desire to be cool, and to get a flashdrive)

I confronted this reality for two reasons today: one is that podcasts are thing 21, and two that another blog I follow linked my blog. This last thing led to a giddy thrill of excitement, even if it was a reciprocal link.

Podcasts are something I’ve never really understood–sure I get the concept of how it works, and in some cases why, but for the most part I’d rather read something then hear it. I do think it is great for distributing library events to those who couldn’t attend. I found a couple public libraries that podcast some of their adult and YA programing–like author visits, so those who couldn’t attend could hear the author. I found a great list–on the best practices wiki of libraries using podcasts.

I don’t know that I want to subscribe to a podcast–as I said I’d rather read most information, but I know how and can even see the advantage in some cases.

Discovering 2.0 Tools

Learn and Play has pretty much all been about discovering Web 2.0 tools, so when I saw that number 17 involved discovering 2.0 tools I wondered what new angle they had found on the subject. Well, it turns out there are groups that aggregate all sorts of tools into one place and allow users to vote for which are the best and most popular. For this week, we are encouraged to explore some and see if they are useful/interesting.

Now, many of the tools we have already used are on this list, as well as less popular versions of the same type of tool. So I can’t say I’ve never heard of them, or that all the tools were useless. What I can say, is that I had no desire whatsoever to sign up for another web 2.0 tool. I may just be jaded about the whole 2.0 thing, or irritated at making yet another user profile/password/yadda yadda. But for thing #17 I’ve discovered that sometimes it is better to enjoy what you have and not go looking for more.

After all, I’m still discovering new ways to use the tools I have signed up for–so that is where I am focusing my attention. And, many of the tools I use are on that list, even if I didn’t discover them from the list.

My Library On-line

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:
Baby Cakes

One of my favorite YA books:
Life As We Knew It

One of my favorite books of all time:
Ender's Game (Ender's Saga, Book 1)