Sunday, September 28, 2008
I feel better for having completed the programme and gained a wider knowledge of what else is out there in cyberspace being used vigorously by such a wide section of the community and especially the younger generation. I am glad to have been part of the programme and apart from what I have gained in knowledge I have also a sense of achievement and satisfaction. A downside was the length of time taken to explore the various links, it did rather seem to take over my life. My answers seem to have grown longer as the programme has progressed.
My favourite discoveries, particular sites that I could revisit and explore further at some later date, were: Image Generators, Rollyo, Google Docs, YouTube, ebooks, Library Thing, Del.icio.us, Flickr, RSS Feeds. The unexpected outcome from this programme was that I actually completed it and within the timeframe as well.
Friday, September 26, 2008
Social networking is a new way for libraries to communicate with patrons, targeting all sections of the community with an emphasis on teens who are more internet savvy and the readers and knowledge information seekers of the present and future. It makes sense to put library related material for teens and twenties on a site which they already visit. The target market is already there in the social networking sites and 'connecting' is the important word here. Through their profiles, many of the libraries visited during my exploration are already addressing teen needs, interests and involvement. The different ways of making social contact are numerous -special interest groups allow people to connect by way of a common interest e.g. reading, theatre, poetry, music, sport. The social networking sites chosen need to be interactive, inviting comments and feedback for the libraries where collections and services fall short of patrons' expectations. Blog application is essential for this. I see social networking as an extension of outreach programmes already offered in most libraries and a way to tempt new patrons to the library. I read where the average user spends up to 2 hours per session on MySpace - love the term 'screen-agers'.
There are also disadvantages to a library presence on social networking sites: are they validating the sites as being safe? There would be a need to educate people on the use of the internet and internet security. Many patrons are innocent of possible privacy issues e.g. choosing a password and then announcing loudly that they use that one for everything. Are libraries invading patrons' space? Some patrons would find it useful, others invasive.
In my spacewalk through other library sites I found a few things I enjoyed e.g. the 'clock' story from Brooklyn College Library; Hennepin County Library's list of Outreach Services accessed through the Library Info button and their online tutorials on keyboarding skills, using a mouse and using information sources; I liked Salt Lake City Public Library's BOOKS WITH BITE @ your library - a heading for advertising the Teen Read Week in October; Fairfax Public Library (which is "reading as it rains outside") gives URL of its profile, shows blogs on its homepage, a note to check out its Facebook page, runs music nights at the library and invites you to listen to its podcasts; Jefferson County Library's catalogue page set out very like NSL's.
With regard to patrons' blogs, imagine the time spent in the library countercommenting on the comments...
Most useful links were "Libraries in Social Networking" and "Your Space or My Space".
Thursday, September 25, 2008
In Bebo I watched a Maori concert at Te Papa, under Music I listened to Diana Krall, but some videos were no longer available. I was intrigued by the map covered with photos you could click on and add yourself to, then I read they were no longer accepting new images. Even Father Christmas had been there! My search for library applications took me to Renfrewshire Library, and the City of Boroondara Library Service (East of Melbourne)and a welcome from Victoria University to study there. I liked what Auckland City Libraries had written and preferred it to Rotorua which I found too busy but the concept is great. On bebo.com/goodreads I found Paul Coelho's The Alchemist online for free. If libraries are to become a clearing house of digitally delivered information people will still want their quiet spaces and the human contact.
Sunday, September 21, 2008
When I searched libraries that owned 'just this edition' of 'Pride and Prejudice' I found one in Darwin.
I also perused some interesting manuscripts in the Bodleian Library.
After just learning about Podcasts, I was interested to see that Santa Monica Library offers an Online Fact-filled tour and a virtual tour of their award winning Main Library.
Friday, September 19, 2008
The video I have chosen for your entertainment is a musical one I have enjoyed many times and saved to my favourites.
Saturday, September 13, 2008
I finally decided on Revolutionhealth, a very busy, colourful site with lots to look at and judged first in its category. There were good links to respected health sites e.g. New England Journal of Medicine, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. The content is current, most recent date was 10 Sept 2008. Health Record is a secure place to keep your health information. The Community button links to blogs, forums and groups - enabling you to select a topic from a list, join discussions, share stories and find people with like problems while The Store button leads you to a drug store where you can purchase health related products. Overall excellent detail on a good range of medical conditions and related information.
Library applications? I would suggest the site as an alternative to Health and Wellness, as another option, and a site where people can communicate and share their personal medical
stories and experiences.
Thursday, September 11, 2008
I did some exploring on Zoho but found some things I clicked on were very slow to load so I moved on to Google Docs where I created my document. I can see this application could be very useful for those who need to send documents to a number of people who can work on the text together correcting mistakes, rearranging layout etc and thus arriving at the perfect copy. In Google Docs I was interested to see how it could be applied to language teaching.
Monday, September 8, 2008
Friday, August 29, 2008
Monday, August 25, 2008
Seriously Via Wiki seems a great way to collaborate and share knowledge with others of like interests and as well as in libraries.
Some ways in which wikis can be used in libraries are in library reference services for knowledge management - collaborating and pooling knowledge with information coming from the user back to the library in the form of participation and feedback; a wiki could be used in Readers' advisory and subject guides which facilitate customer feedback and can be edited by patrons who can add newer and useful resources which reflect the users' interests.
Libraries can call on customers' knowledge to improve library services, e.g. developing library collections which better serve community needs.
I particularly enjoyed the Book Lovers wiki from Princeton Public Library with their book reviews and Index to reviews (found one The Bookseller of Kabul which needed editing). I also found useful and clearly explained were Libraryjournal.com and the Library Success link.
Thursday, August 21, 2008
The important goals for libraries of the future include reaching out into the community, embracing constant change and with an emphasis on sharing, making libraries the focal point of the community. Putting users together with information requires a technology which will meet the users' needs. In our digital lifestyle we have already MP3s, TV, Laptops, cell phones, cameras, ipods etc. From one of your links I found libraryjournal.com interesting and Web 2.0 features clearly defined. Ann Arbor District Library has turned its homepage into a blog where customers can share their favourite authors, titles, genres, write reviews, create tags and assign ratings. Customers always like to know what others are reading - just see how they browse the returns shelves. Philadelphia uses its blog for "news, events and discussion". Thus library users can participate in the services libraries offer and the way they are used. NSL is already on the way to embracing Web 2.0 and is implementing programmes e.g. information literacy, to encourage and support reading; is committed to providing access to good online resources, with realisable aims and objectives; is continually improving technology resources and access to electronic data e.g. Opacs, public internet computers, and is constantly upskilling staff to meet the challenge. North Shore Libraries is committed to providing space for people to meet. Our user education is resulting in our users issuing their own books, accessing the library website from home, requesting items and searching for information. We reach out into the community with local history and our housebound service. I'm sure we will be a New Age Library.
Monday, August 18, 2008
Saturday, August 16, 2008
Libraries can create reading lists, book reviews and are already being used in many libraries. Bookmarks can make a student's research more productive and can be a good place to begin the research.
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Technorati.com -Interesting blogs on current affairs but I was put off by Google ads. I chose to search under Lifestyle, Photos and Blogs. Here I found an Italian couple blogging their way around the USA and followed them for a while. I clicked on some tags to view photos (Olympics, Obama, Business). Blog directory easy to follow. Found everything from George Clooney to Martha Stewart, Georgia and the Olympics. When Internet Explorer closed down the site I decided it was time for bed.
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Sunday, August 3, 2008
Friday, August 1, 2008
Well I seem to have messed this one up so I'm adding some extra bits. Enjoyed my Flickring experience, learning about online photosharing. I saw the advantages of uploading photos for safe keeping, organising them into collections and sets and tagging them for easy access later, even putting them on a map - very handy for travel and family pics. I noticed that the lists of tags for one photo can be long and range from specific to general. I enjoyed searching the photos and for my photograph I used tags Nevada, Joshua tree, desert. The Joshua trees can be found in the Moave Desert in Nevada. Here is the link to my chosen Joshua tree photo:
Friday, July 25, 2008
Subject: self service versus customer service. I have always been of the opinion that when self service was instituted customer service went out the window. I suppose self service is supposed to be convenience shopping but there is nothing more inconvenient than trying to find the packaged version of a displayed article or a handy shop assistant to ask.
Yesterday we arranged to meet a long time friend for lunch. We usually meet 2-3 times a year and this was one of those times. As the weather was doubtful we decided to play it safe and lunch in a shopping mall. After eating and chatting we strolled down the long concourse of shops with me periodically abandoning the 2 men to dive into any interesting looking shop which caught my attention. On reaching the end of the concourse we stopped for a cup of coffee before heading back to the other end where we were stopped by an enormous shop easily as long as the concourse itself and many aisles deep. After firmly stating that I had no interest in going in, I sensed the 2 men did, so I relented. This is where my story really starts. We began to wander aimlessly along the aisles with myself lagging behind somewhat as I noticed that the displays looked modern and the product new, quite appealing, and well priced – quality? Well, who knows? - in an attempt to be more upmarket somehow.
Suddenly a display stopped me in my tracks and told me it would look good in my
home and that I should buy it. Couldn’t do that of course without prior approval but the men had vanished. I then found myself ducking and diving around the aisles to find them. After quashing their protestations I dragged them back to the displayed product which was duly approved and we began a hunt for the packaged version.
Bad news – there wasn’t one. Let’s find a shop assistant. The ducking and diving around the aisles again, this time in search of a shop assistant, drew a blank .This required us to look further afield and led us to the checkout where all the assistants were busy – “Oh, just a minute there’s one, quick grab her”. Caught, she accompanied us back to the display where she also looked in vain for the packaged version. All right, could we buy the displayed item and as it was looking somewhat shop soiled and scrumpled would a discount be possible? Oh no they didn’t sell displayed items, they were just for display. Could she find somebody to ask? Off she trotted, disappearing from sight never to be seen again while we waited and waited and waited… Drastic action was needed. As there were three of us we went off in three directions looking for her. I ended up back at the checkout, quickly jumped in between customers and asked for some floor staff explaining that the girl who was serving us had gone to consult someone and not returned. One of the men found an assistant who was going to drag someone out of a meeting to serve us and the other man had found someone else so a consultation ensued and a discounted amount agreed upon. A very pleasant young lady agreed to package the item for us while I waited at the checkout. The men went back to where they were heading when I dragged them away, while I waited and waited and waited… The men returned. “Hasn’t she come back yet?” so off they went again while I waited and waited and waited… The pleasant young lady did return all smiles and the transaction was happily completed and so is my blog.