Wednesday, August 1, 2007
Two skiers atop the summit of Mt. Baker standing next to a U.S. flag, n.d.
Originally uploaded by digitalinitiatives
This has been an incredible learning experience. Early on in the program, I was going to give up as there were so many new technologies that I found it overwhelming. I'm so glad that I persevered. I think it's important to continue to learn as we grow, especially when the subject matter is out of our comfort zone. Web 2.0 technology was definitely out of mine.
The Journey Continues...
I plan to go back through all 23 Things in order to identify which web technologies I would actually use on a daily basis, whether personally or professionally, and then spread the news far and wide.
The housewife gave the tramp a large piece of pie on condition that he should saw some wood. The tramp retired to the woodshed, but presently he reappeared at the back door of the house with the piece of pie still intact save for one mouthful bitten from the end.
"Madam," he said respectfully to the wondering woman, "if it's all the same to you, I'll eat the wood, and saw the pie."
I found a few interesting podcasts when I searched for children's book reviews: BookVoyages and Booktalks Quick and Simple. BookVoyages is a podcast about children's literature from the point of view of a school library/media specialist. It features reviews of books as well as inteviews with students and authors. I listened to an interesting interview with children's author, Bruce Coville. In Booktalks Quick and Simple, you can listen to booktalks by one of the experts, Nancy Keane. I added this podcast, as well as, NPR Books and NPR:Story of the Day to my blogline's account at http://www.bloglines.com/myblogs. What a quick and easy way to stay in touch with topics of personal or professional interest.
Podcasts could be used in the public library in various ways: staff training, staff booktalks, etc.
Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Here's a short video from YouTube entitled, "A Battery Powered By Water." Particularly interesting is the possible use of the battery in emergencies. The theory is that just by licking the end of your flashlight battery that has gone dead, the moisture from your saliva can provide enough power to get the flashlight working again. It paints an attractive picture, doesn't it?
I prefer the videos that teach or entertain. The odd videos about identifying people from the neck down, for instance, are fairly useless - to me at least.
Applying this technology to library websites is fascinating. Libraries could provide video clips of program highlights, like the Harry Potter Party, as a marketing tool, or provide a video tour of the library, its services, book talks, etc. The possibilities are endless.
Google Maps was very helpful. Usually, I use Mapquest but I think I like Google Maps better as you can post maps to your blog, etc.
I also took a look at Medstory under the Health category. This would be a good tool to lead patrons to when they're researching health issues, as the websites listed are very reputable, like the Mayo Clinic and the National Cancer Institute.
NEW TITLES FOR BEGINNING TO READ BOOKMARK 2007
Bess and Tess by Susan Blackaby
My Birthday Cake by Olivia George
Old Mo by Stacey W. Hsu
Pig Wig by Yukiko Kido
Dancing Dinos Go to School by Sally Lucas
Tiny Goes Camping by Cari Meister
Follow Me, Mittens by Lola M. Schaefer
Can You Play? by Harriet Ziefert
This should be useful as it's a bookmark that Deb Shepp and I are working on together. This web-based productivity application will make it easy for Deb and I to work on the list whenever or wherever we choose. This is especially invaluable given our different schedules. This is a great tool!
I ran into some difficulties when I tried to publish my document to my blog. The following message appeared: "Unable to connect your blog. Username or password may be incorrect." I checked the username and password; they were both correct. I think the problem may be that I never verified my email address when I first opened my blogger account. When you don't verify within a short period of time, it's a bit tricky to get it all straightened out. I'm still working on it.