Tuesday, October 03, 2006

The End

And she lived happily ever after...! What an accomplishment! I feel so good right now that I have been able to complete Learning 2.0! I feel like I have learned so much over this time. One of my goals in the beginning was to feel as if I knew more about the new technologies out there...and I really do! I didn't know what a wiki was or about image generators. Now, I've even added a video to my Blog! And I didn't ever know anything about Blogs before! I feel like I have this whole new understanding and have developed professionally and personally throughout this process. I really feel as if I'm on the way to being a Librarian 2.0. It is a great feeling. I think Learning 2.0 was a great program and am so happy that I participated. I think, even if the only thing that comes out of this is that I know about the Web 2.0 tools ,I will at least be able to converse with others and know what is happening to help further the goals of libraries. But, I really think that I will keep up with them myself and really use them in my daily life. If the library did another program like this, I would definitely participate! I feel like I have learned so much! And, well, I guess this is... The End. onto the next chapter!


It was very easy to create an account with NetLibrary. I browsed through the different subjects to see what audiobooks NetLibrary has...there are a lot to choose from! I looked mostly through the adult titles, there seems to be more than for children. I am very excited to try this out! I really like to listen to books and this will be a great place to come and find a good audiobook to listen to. I found a few audiobooks that I will definitely download and listen to. I think I'll try a Sandra Brown...just for fun!


I explored all three tools to see if I could find a podcast or two that would be interesting. I ended up using Yahoo Podcasts and found two that I really liked. The other two tools I think are still useful, but I had a harder time finding something that I liked using those. What I did like about was that you could browse tags. This is a useful searching technique. I just thought that Yahoo Podcasts was the easiest of the three to use, at least for me. The searching was user-friendly and I could locate the RSS feed very easily. I found two podcasts and added them both to my Bloglines account ( I found a library related one that seems very intersting: Open Stacks. The topics on the podcasts were very intersting. I also selected PotterCast to keep me up-to-date on HP info, just for fun. I think that these tools are very useful for personal interest as well as locating podcasts for the library.

Monday, October 02, 2006

"The Magic Begins"

YouTube is a very intersting site. I wasn't sure how to find different videos at first when I started looking. The browsing wasn't as useful to me as just searching. So, it would probably help to have an idea of what you're looking for in terms of videos. I really like the search feature on the site. I chose this video because I thought I'd continue on with my Harry Potter theme...being a true HP fanatic! I really liked this video because it is of the first movie (my fave) and has some of the best lines from the books/movies. I think that, in terms of teens, if they had a teen blog/site people were contributing to, it may be fun for them to make videos and post it on the group blog/site. Or even libraries could make a video, maybe something for summer reading to publicize the program...

Keepin' Track of Time with HipCal

I explored a personal organization Web 2.0 tool called HipCal (won 1st place). This tool actually is a way to keep track of, well, your life! It's a free resource that you can keep a calendar online. It is very easy to use and right up my alley! I always lose my regular calendar, which is why I decided to just not keep one. But, this is a great resource. I can get to it anywhere, on any computer. You can look at your calendar either by day, week, month or even year! A feature that I think is great is that it has an alert message that you can send to your email or cell phone! So, if you have to do something Tuesday night at 7:00, you can program HipCal to send you a reminder message. You can keep your contacts in there too. I really love this Web 2.0 tool! I registered for an I just need to make time to use it. Maybe I should send myself a reminder message...

Sunday, October 01, 2006

Visiting Zoho

This is such a useful tool. I didn't realize this was out there! I can definitely see myself using Zoho Writer in the future. It is very easy to use and has some cool features, like the different "emotions" you normally see in IM's. I can really see my youngest sister's generation (she's 19)getting into this app...she grew up IMing all the time. I also like the "collaborative" aspect to Zoho Writer. You can email your document very easily to a friend or co-worker and choose to read-only or allow the person to write to the document. This could really come in handy. It seems easy to keep track of your docuements too. I really do love this tool! What a great resource!

Thursday, September 28, 2006

WIki This, Wiki That

This was very fun! It gave me a chance to actually post to a wiki and see what others have already posted. I added my faves to movies and books...and added my blog to the fave blogs page too. This was a really great way to learn how to contribute to a wiki. Now I feel as if I have a better understanding of wikis. This exercise helped me realize the true potentail of wikis for collaboration and sharing of ideas with others. I can see how fun this would be to use and it wasn't as diffificult to add to the wiki as I thought it would be!

At last... Wikis!

I have been waiting to get to this "thing" so I could learn what a wiki is...! I think that wikis are very useful because of their collaborative nature. The first I thought was: "This would have been great in grad school!" When doing different projects at IU, a wiki would have been a great tool. Many times we wrote group papers or emailed each other ideas. A wiki would have allowed me and other students to talk with one another and edit any assignments within the wiki. I find that there must be different levels of wikis. What I mean is that some like the ALA conference wiki for New Orelans allowed people to edit more easily...while the Book Lovers Wiki was just for the summer reading group and people would need to get the directions from library staff in order to contribute. Wikis are very conducive to libraries...I could see myself providing a book club for older kids or tweens using a wiki. Even working on a project with other librarians using one. Wikis will even help librarians (or anyone) to collaborate when separated by a long geographic distance even easier than just emailing back and forth. I really like the idea of patrons being able to write reviews on a wiki like the Book Lovers wiki. I think especially with teens, a wiki would be a great place for them to be able to share ideas, maybe something in a teen advisory capacity. Instead of trying to force teens to come to the library, go to where the teens are! I really think that the ideas for application to the library is really limitless, anywhere where your imagination can take you really. Finally, I know what a wiki is!

The New Librarian?

I think that Library 2.0 really focuses on a new way of thinking in libraries, which I think has been slowly evolving already. I don't know if it is necisarily "new" per se but just has been evolving and developing. The one perspective that really hits me the most is "Into a New World of Librarianship" by Michael Stephens. I think that librarians are becoming more open now to new technology, but we just have to keep learning how to use them, how to implement them into our daily working lives, and how to get in touch with users. I think that Learning 2.0 has set PLCMC in the right direction into creating librarians and staff who will be thinking more in terms of Library 2.0. I also really liked what Rick Anderson had to say in his article. I think too that we need to help train the patrons, customers, borrowers...users as he says. I also think that a main goal should be to make sure we are thinking "outside the box" on how to use these Web 2.0 technologies in order to meet our users half-way and on their own turf... in "the Web" as Anderson says. Especially if we want to keep in touch with the newer generation that has completely grown up with blogs, IMs, cell phones, texting, etc. It's their way of life. We need to make sure that it's ours in a way, but without "technolust," as Stephens says.

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Technorati: Not just a site.

This is a great place to find interesting blogs...I like how it is organizes by category, When I did the searches on Learning 2.0 the results were very different. With the "blog directory" search I found some PLCMCers right away with there being only 9 hits! On the other end of the spectrum, there were over 28,000 when searching in blog posts, which makes sense since it is searching all the posts. I think that I would use Technorati if I wanted to find a blog on a certain subject. It also helps you find what's hip out there in the Boing Boing.

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Yum! Delicious!

I have never heard of until working on Learning 2.0. I think that this tool will be very useful. Traditional bookmarking isn't always that great...when I moved here three years ago, of course I lost all of my bookmarks I had at home and at work. But, if I had had a account I could have kept everything easily. I could have had all my bookmarks in one place, as opposed to two different computers in a whole other state! I can also see how useful this tool could be with research for the same reason. Instead of bookmarking sites in various places, everything can just be put in one place that can be accessed from anywhere. When looking around the site, it was very interesting to see the different tags people use, follow through with a specific tag or click on one of the user names and see what other things they have saved. I also think that it is such a great tool because you can see what other people think about a site. Not to be redundant, but I did a search on "Harry Potter" and it is interesting to see what sites people find as "the best" just by looking at their comments. What a great tool!

Sunday, September 24, 2006

Attention Muggles!

I think that this is a great tool! It is fairly easy to use too. I can see people compiling search rolls for homework or libraries could develp some search rolls on popular searches on the library website, such as great genealogy sites. Instead of doing a Google search each time, you could just go to your search roll and find all those sites on a topic that you like! For example, I have included my search roll on ....Harry Potter! So enjoy!