Saturday, September 24, 2011
The use of Youtube could come in handy in libraries, given proper permissions are obtained to record and share events that take place in the library for example. Maybe an author comes to the library to speak, and those who missed it could watch the video on Youtube. Or how about using it for tutorials on searching the catalog or requesting ILL materials.
I saw some awesome ways that museums for example are making use of Youtube. One such museum would be the Smithsonian's Natural History Museum. They have their own Youtube channel, as do the other Smithsonian Museums. The video that I'll share below is about the, "Race: Are We So Different," exhibition.
The exhibition referred to in this video is made up of art work from elementary to high school aged students and will be on display at the Natural History Museum until January 2012. If you're in DC in the coming months, check it out. I visited the National Mall over the summer and visited the National Museum of American History. It in itself was huge, so we never made it to the Natural History Museum.
To find out more about the exhibition, visit there Web site:
Once I've completed a presentable Web site, I will post it's URL for all to view! The unveiling will take place the weekend of October 1st.
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
For this week's challenge, I wanted to look for new podcasts to add to my iTunes. I began my search in the iTunes store and found one, "Grammar Girl: Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing." I was so thrilled to see this because I'd been eyeballing this book for a little while and just never had the chance to buy it. With this podcast, there are weekly segments relevant to various grammar faux pas. This week's podcast was roughly 8 minutes long and addressed irregular verbs.
I also subscribed to November Learning's Podcast. This one was of particular interest because it has been a resource that we've referenced in LIS 568 course. It discusses topics relevant to education, curriculum planning, Web literacy, critical thinking, and assessment for example. They appear to publish new podcasts almost on a monthly basis. The last one was July 2011 and addressed, "Rethinking Science Education."
The Smithsonian also has several podcasts. One that struck me first was the African Art Museum podcast. However, I was disappointed to find that there hasn't been a publisehd podcast from them since September 2010. My favorite aspect of what they offered were the book readings. They read books like, "Anansi the Spider," and "The Leopard's Drum." Which gave me an idea to do this on my own. However, with further investigation, it appears that I cannot including storytelling in my podcast, of copyright protected materials. I would need to obtain permission from the copyright holder. So I'll need to look into storytelling via podcast a bit further.
In the meantime...off to attempt my first podcast!
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Yay! So excited to have a new computer after 7 years. My good old eMac was hanging in there with its 10.3 OS. So now that I have my new iMac I can see all of the buttons on a page and was able to post my Flickr photo.
Off to my next 2.0 Adventure...
Saturday, September 10, 2011
I've heard of Flickr and knew that it was a place to share photos but I'd never tried it for myself. So to start, I took a trip to Lockwood Library and took 4-5 pictures with my daughter's digital camera (sure wish I had my own), hopefully inconspicuously. I took a picture of the workstation, a book cart, the book drop, and my library card. Right now, I'm going to try and see how to add one of those pictures to this blog...
Okay, so I wasn't able to post one from Flickr. I think I'll have to try on a different computer. Sharing it via Blogger was visible as an option but I couldn't click on it. At any rate, you'll find the photo I was trying to post from my Flickr account in the upper left-hand corner of this post.
The URL for this photo:
Friday, September 9, 2011
P.S. Press play at the bottom of her box and hear her speak. Have fun!
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
1) Usability matters
2) Web pages should be self-evident, obvious, and self-explanatory
3) Get rid of the question marks
The aforementioned are the thoughts that went through my mind as I set up my blog. Though in some ways I feel like my color scheme, however pretty, is super colorful and possibly a little too busy or distracting. At the same time, I wanted it to feel adventurous and I hope that I've met that goal.
The Library 2.0 reading makes me want to investigate how our local public libraries are making use of these technologies. I think the idea of merging the catalog with the library's blog is great. Having links to click on that are relevant to the materials I am searching in the catalog would further enhance my research in the particular area of interest that I might be working on.
In this chapter, it was said that, "Efficiency has displaced the sense of team," (not sure if Casey said this or Savastinuk). I agree because face to face interaction with human beings is so valuable. At the same time, digital interface is so practical, efficient and often speedy. Face to face, as discussed in this chapter requires scheduling meetings or getting to work early, or chatting at break. Instant messaging as its name implies, is instant.
However, as a user and consumer of information in the library, I enjoy seeing the faces. For instance, there are now multiple self check-out kiosks in the Audubon library (and other libraries in the area). Even at what used to be a face-to-face check-out counter. Yes, I like and appreciate being able to check out on my own. In fact, it's even fun, but I also enjoyed talking to whomever was checking me out that day. He/she might smile and uplift or encourage me, or suggest other movies that I might want to check out next time because he/she really enjoyed it. The digital interface lacks this element of personal touch.
As I learn more about these Web 2.0 tools, I'm sure I'll rally for them more and more, while appreciating the smiling faces at my library at the same time.
Friday, September 2, 2011
This brings me back to being a Life Long Learner. I need to get beyond Dora and iCarly-quickly! I have a new goal of expanding my knowledge of all of these fantastic web 2.0 tools. I set up a blog in the past but never knew that I could change the standard design settings. Today I figured that out! I learned how to add all kinds of cool gadgets to it too (Blogger makes that super easy!).
In terms of my learning habits, I feel that I best exemplify #1, "Beginning with the end in mind." Having direction, and a plan that drives that direction makes me feel confident and prepared to take a step. Sometimes baby steps and other times grown up steps. If I stumble or fall over any obstacles, I keep the end goal in mind and persevere. When modifications are necessary due to life happening as it will, I roll with the punches, change what's necessary and keep marching.
Habit # 6, "Using technology to your advantage," is one that I need great improvement in. As I've already mentioned, in this area I am a little reluctant to embrace technology. I hope that this course and this learning adventure will show me just how useful technology is. I want to be able to share its usefulness with my family and with my students when I become a SLMS.
Lastly, I just love Habit # 7 1/2! I love to play, that's why I'm still awake playing with my blog at nearly 2AM. Sleep is very necessary, so I shall retire for the evening. I can't wait to read everyone's blogs :o)