Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Thing 12. Social Media Sites

OK. I am not familiar with these and I have little time to use them. I keep reminding myself that it's OK to set boundaries when learning and working with Web 2.0 tools. Anyway, I have seen links to Digg and other similar tools. These look like interesting ways for libraries to create current awareness or news pages. That's about all I have to say, I am not going to blog much more since I have many more "Things" to conquer. Onward!

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Thing 11. Tagging & Social Bookmarking

I find it interesting that these two things were grouped together. Yes, they compliment one another, but there potential uses can be different. Social bookmarking, this is something that I am aware about, but have not used personally. I know a lot of librarians who are heavy users of social bookmarking. For me, I rely on my bookmarks for purely professional reasons and I have them set up on my iGoogle page so I can access them where I want. I love the idea of sharing your bookmarks and discovering information from your peers, but for me I just don't have the time to do this.
Tagging, I am becoming a HUGE fan of tagging. As I have mentioned in previous posts I am a strong believer in the knowledge of the masses and find it interesting to see how tagging plays into this. I know there are many people out there who get concerned about tagging and the fact that it's an uncontrolled vocabulary. I see tagging as a way for users to enhance controlled vocabulary and it provides them an opportunity to participate in the library's organization of information. In my work I see tagging as a tool that I need to utilize to improve user access to information.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Thing 10. Wikis

I love wikis! Our library uses wikis for all of it's staff communication and they are the best, and I have a wiki for my own department. They are so easy to update and tweak which makes it easy for different staff to create and update websites. Here's our library's wiki As for my own experience with wikis, I know the basics and am learning about all the bells and whistles to make it look pretty.

I also love the concept behind a wiki, the knowledge of the masses. For the most part I think that this is true. However, as is the case with all information it's important to consider the source and be critical if need be.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Thing 9. Online Collaboration Tools

I had some early experience with Google Docs when it first came out and it looks like some of the kinks I was encountering have been fixed. I have run into frustrations working with attachments and different drafts of documents. These online collaboration tools are very useful for keeping track of whop made what edits, etc. Since I use other Google products, I would use Google Docs over Zoho Writer.

Thing 8. Share Your Creations

To move along I am not sharing any creations, since I lack the time to create any. Although I recognize the desire to use many of the Web 2.0 photo tools that are available this is something that I just don't have time for. I'm one of those people who tend to keep digital images on her camera and rarely load them onto anything else. I was like this with film too; I think I still have rolls of undeveloped film at home. I have been meaning to upload more images to my Flickr account for about two weeks now and since I want to complete the 23 Things before the deadline I am moving on.

Friday, August 1, 2008

Thing 7. Web 2.0 Communication Tools

I am an email addict, IM, and also text. I am familiar and have used all the other communication tools mentioned in this "thing" as well. I think they all have their strengths and weaknesses. For instance I love email for work and corresponding with my friends throughout the county. Yes, I like talking to people too but sometimes it's nice to just jot down a quick note and send it off knowing that you will get a response later on. I have used IM only at work, but see a lot of potential uses here. It's quick and easy to use. Texting is something that I am starting to use more, but try to avoid for two primary reasons. First, I need to pay for every text message I receive and send (I will be looking at this when my phone plan expires) and secondly my phone doesn't have an auto fill function. Yes I need to type out every letter, and will get a new phone in a couple of years as well. I have also attended several webinars as well and find them an efficient way to communicate to a geographically diverse audience. Just one reminder for webinar attendees, always use the mute button on your end. I don’t want to hear you shuffling papers or talking to a colleague.

It is interesting to see where we have come in terms of communication types/tools and it will be interesting to see where we will go.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Thing 6. Online Image Generator

I wanted to name this one Flickr cubed, but couldn't get the 3 to display properly. I don't have much else to add to this blog post. These tools can also be used in various ways to promote the library, for displays, or other items. Here is a trading card of my hound, Duke. I am just posting one image since I don't want to over burden readers with too many images of greyhounds.