Thursday, December 14, 2006

finish line

Learning 2.0 has been a very educational adventure. (A little long perhaps, but educational.) I have been introduced to online tools that I never knew nor understood. At least now it's not all geek speak to me.

Favorite exercises:

I think the blog format was a great concept for log-keeping. Plus it was fun designing the page graphics. I'm considering creating a new, private blog for my own book summaries. I've kept computer notes on nonfiction titles for years. This would be so much easier and "friendlier" looking than plain MSWord docs.

Podcasting grabbed my interest immediately. Within seconds I found several sites that I can download old radio shows for free. ("Free" is a nice four-letter-word.) If Santa brings me the MP3 player I'm wishing for, then I'll beeline to Yahoo's podcast directory by New Year's.

I was somewhat familiar with the wiki concept before completing 2.0. In fact, Sunday Morning on CBS did a nice segment on competing online encyclopedias and wikipedia just last week. I did bookmark one particular wiki for/by librarians. Intending to revisit and root around for teen programming ideas.

Having varied interests and little free time (There's that "free" word again.), Bloglines has definite appeal. RSS feeds would allow me to narrow my topic selections to specifics like Roman archaeology, old radio shows, science news, etc. And Bloglines allows me to sort the links by topic, which makes it easier to navigate.

In conclusion, Learning 2.0 was a good experience. Sort of a crash course for the online ignorant. Like probably everyone else who made it to the end, I'll keep my notes. You never know where you might want to go tomorrow...

net library

Well, finally Learning 2.0 hit on something I was already familiar with. (I know, I know, ending with a preposition...)

I like the site. I would like it better if Mclib had more titles available on net library. (One of my favorite mystery characters was cut from the lineup.)

Adult audio books circulate quite well downstairs. I expect that as adults become more computer savvy, that ebooks will continue to gain in popularity. Just a different way to "check-out" library books.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

happy dance!

The podcasting exercise was definitely worth doing: I found several podcasters of old radio shows on Yahoo's directory. I've collected these shows since I was a teenager, and now I find they're FREE for the downloading. (The internet can be such a nice surprise sometimes!)

Here's the RSS link to one site

You can bet I'll have hundreds of shows to listen to during my work commute...

Monday, December 11, 2006

U tube

I dug up the old Christmas Coca-Cola commercial. It was one of my father's favorites from a more innocent time...

You Tube was easy to navagate, but it's awash with a bunch garbage. Goes with the territory, I suppose.

Library apps? Why not upload all of mclib's commercials?

Sunday, December 10, 2006


My 2.0 site search involved food, of course. Seriously, this was one application I had thought of earlier in this Learning 2.0 "experience."

I found a site called It functions as a restaurant directory. Fine for large cities. I tried Nashville with an "italian" tag. Popped up several establishments, as you might imagine. I chose the Spaghetti Factory, one of my favorites. It gave me a very nice street map, plus address, phone. A comment feature, as commonly used in hotel directories, was nice. Unfortunately, no users had left reviews of that particular restaurant.

Very friendly site though. A lot easier and faster than mapquest search.

explorer probs

I was able to create an account on Zoho, but internet explorer kept shutting down my composition before I even began writing. Happened three times, and I gave up.

Saturday, December 09, 2006

learning 2.0 wiki

Easy as pie to add/edit post.
What more to say?

Even I can do it!

wiki wonka

Now THIS one I see LOTS of possibilities. Like most surfers, I've used wikipedia in the past. Of the links given in Learning 2.0, I most appreciated the one for librarians. Like cruising a network or conference of fellow professionals. Lots to learn from each others trials, successes, and no doubt failures. I plan on going back to check out programming ideas for teens...

Other applications could be club postings/events, especially teen groups. One app I would have liked when I was a business traveler was a city restaurant wiki. For example, a wiki of the best restaurants in Atlanta. My favorite places to eat are usually hole-in-walls, and who else can tell you but the locals?

Very versatile app.

Techno What-ee?

Sorry, but most of this flew over my head. Unlike other web tools, this one left me at the bus stop. I have difficulty seeing practical uses for Technorati. Even after reading the site's FAQ page, it seemed more tailored to computer geeks than to a newbie like myself.

Thursday, November 30, 2006

libraries of the future

Many of the same points have been discussed among us here at Mclib:

How much of a print collection do we maintain? Especially nonfiction, which commonly becomes dated material? Especially when circulation stats are stagnant or falling? (Younger generations do not check out print material to near the degree that older generations do.)

We've also discussed that training/educating of patrons can be a trying experience for both patron and library staff! The simpler the better. That is the trick.

Keeping up with technology is a challenge, at least for most of us. Yet it's necessary in order to reach out to patrons (especially younger ones) with services that take advantage of advances in info gathering/transmitting.

Bottom line, I think we are talking about transforming from serving the old way (traditional print services) to older patrons to attracting a younger patron with modern services.


I think the author of Learning 2.0 article on site missed the obvious: The best explanation for tagging is smack dab on the website! I read the other cited articles, but they went too deep for me. At least on the site, they gave me plausable reasons as to how and why I would WANT to tag in the first place: planning a vacation, researching a paper, creating a wishlist, etc.

One other thing the site told you was that your tags don't HAVE to be public. You can keep your post private if you want. (I didn't particularly like the one guy's description of "stalking" another user's tags. Sounded creepy to me, even the stalker doesn't know who you are...)

All in all, I can see practical applications for tagging. The best benefit is being able to access your bookmark favorites from any internet access computer.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

rollyo vs yo-yo

The yo-yo wins.
Took a lot of searching for me to find anything of interest. Ended up collecting movie review sites. Link is

my agatha raisin library

LibraryThing is a neat compiler. The best thing about library thing to me is the "recommendation" feature. The "if you like so-and-so author, you might like x-y-z" is very helpful. I would use the site to create a list of "I'd like to read someday" books.

My link to Agatha Raisin mysteries that I have already solved is .

magazine mock-up

Image generators are pretty cool. Would have eaten this up as a kid...

I used the fd toys site to create a magazine cover. Used this site before when making the "trading card" of my pet, Felix. Another cat posed for the mag shot though. (Felix is not this "bookish". He prefers to lay on top of any book that I'm reading.) links you to the "toy" I chose for this exercise.

My cat mag is at

RSS feeds

Like a kid in a candy store... or a super duper magazine rack!
I tried out Bloglines as suggested. Very simple, user friendly. Tried some of the news index sites, but was overwhelmed by the volume. Also surfed around at other favorites websites, but alas no orange RSS buttons to be found.
So I found the easiest way to locate feeds that tailored to my interests was back at Bloglines. The Search tool was great. I'm an archaeology buff: Got super excited about the number of feeds that were narrow in scope. I think that is the way I would set up my account: With narrow feeds, rather than a million "world news" reports.