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