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.

Monday, November 27, 2006

digital photography

I remember in 5th grade science class, many moons ago, making a pinhole box camera. I remember my grandparents' Brownie camera, my first Polaroid camera, and my favorite 35mm Pentax K1000. It's astounding that the medium of photography has come so far in one lifetime. Today you can take a photo with your telephone and post it for all of the world to see, probably faster than watching the Polaroid develop.... Although it was pretty cool to watch.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

To Scan or Not to Scan

I am a born scanner.
Deciding an "end goal" is the diciplined approach to learning something new. However, I tend to run with whatever grabs my attention and follow it until I lose interest. The problem with that approach is very little is ever accomplished. The flip-side is that I have a broad knowledge of many different subjects. Jack-of-all-trades... master of none.