Saturday, September 30, 2006

#23 Thoughts about this program

Wow! Learning 2.0 has been a great experience for me and my co-workers. After attending the PLCMC Technology Summit in August 2006, I was inspired to start learning 23 new things. There are so many tools I learned over these past few months that I never knew how to do or in some cases had never even heard of before from blogging to YouTube. Learning along with my co-workers has been a fun experience. It has been helpful to be able to look at other staff member’s blogs, ask questions, and work together on learning activities these past few weeks. It was helpful to be able to work at my own pace and ask for help when I needed it. I know that by working and talking with other staff members about their blogs that I learned more in the process. This program has helped me to think about lifelong learning in a new way and remind myself that play is fun. It is exciting and a little scary too to consider how fast technology changes. I cannot even image what tools we all will be learning about in five years or for that matter even five months! However, I want to make a real effort to try and keep up with changes and learn along with everyone else. My technical vocabulary has increased and I have learned lots of new facts but still there is so much more to learn! I plan to keep learning, growing, and playing along with my PLCMC co-workers. Again this has been a great program and I feel fortunate to have had this opportunity to participate.

Thursday, September 28, 2006

#22 Audiobooks (“The End is in Sight”)

I thought the 12 minute tutorial on NetLibrary was excellent! I successfully created my account and found books to download. I tried to find some of my favorite current children’s authors without any luck. However, I was able to find more classic titles for youth such as: To Kill A Mockingbird, The Wizard of Oz, and Alice in Wonderland. Though NetLibrary does not have every title I was looking for, this is still a great resource with over 1300 titles. The tutorial had warned me about the download time but honestly I was shocked when I read how much time it would take to download The Wizard of Oz (5 minutes for cable or in my case 2 hours and 37 minutes with dial-up). However, only 1 minute download time versus 22 minutes for radio quality. When we receive the MP3 player for completing the 23 things, it will be fun to download a book and take it with me for the borrowing time allowed.

#21 Podcasts

So I did a search for library related podcasts and got Sunnyvale Public Library. This library had a podcast of a Mother Goose Storytime for infants. It was almost like I was observing or at least listening at the door to a storytime :) I added this RSS feed to my bloglines account. I also used Yahoo Podcasts Directory and added some sports links to my bloglines account. I added a sports training feed and the following feed for tennis world radio Though I haven't yet been able to make my bloglines account link correctly to my blog even though I clicked on "share," I was able to add some additional feeds to the account. I was amazed to discover how many different podcasts are free. One day I hope to be able to create my own podcast.

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

#20 You Too Can YouTube

I discovered YouTube and found this library video. I searched by library and this is what I found. This video gave me a chance to have a quick tour of a place I could not travel today. Though this was a rather short video (only 14 seconds) it gave me the idea that other libraries could provide tours this way without a person ever having to leave his computer. This has great potential for seeing how a library is set-up, sharing merchandising/display strategies, or even watching a storytime. It was so fun to explore YouTube and see all types of videos from children playing in leaves to a video from the 60’s on “these boots were made for walking.”

Monday, September 25, 2006

#19 Discovering Web 2.0 Tools

So I followed the link for this learning exercise and explored several categories. I decided to spend the most time on events I then clicked on arts, antiques, and crafts and narrowed my search to North Carolina and got the following results
This site was listed under honorable mentions and has RSS feeds. I like the fact that the venues are listed and that you can find additional information by clicking on each event. You can search by number of miles that you would like to travel, date of event, etc. I also searched for festivals, fairs, etc. in NC. All events in NC are not included here, however I thought it was a helpful site and will return to it in the future. I think it would be nice for library events such as Novello to be included on this site for NC. This is a useful tool to share with library patrons as well.

#18 Web-based Applications

So I experimented with ZoHo Writer and created my own account. I was easily able to create a document, edit, and save it. I did have trouble being able to publish my document to my blog however. I liked the icon for inserting emotions into text and also the fact that the document can be saved as pdf, word, etc. The ability to save in different formats is a big plus. What a great tool to have documents saved online so that you don't have to worry about bringing a disc. In the future, I would like to experiment more with shared documents for work projects. I think a great benefit of web-based applications is that they are free so everyone can use them.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

#17 PBWiki

In this learning activity I have been exploring PBWikis. I created a login account and added my blog to the "Favorite Blogs" page . I also added my favorite animal to the "Favorite Animals" page which was pretty simple to do. PBWikis (peanut butter wikis) can be a fun way for a group of people to work together on a project. This could be a useful tool in a long term project where goals, deadlines, revisions, etc. are constantly going on or even in a short term project where a person wants to make revisions.

Monday, September 18, 2006

#16 Wiki

I have reading about wikis and learning that almost anything can go in a wiki. Anyone with access to the wiki can add or change information. I thought it was pretty cool that you do not need to have knowledge of HTML to add to a wiki and that you can keep track of all revisions on a wiki. If I could create a wiki for my library, I would create a program wiki. Storytellers could write down program ideas that they have used or tried with a group of children. This could be separated out by age of children, types of programs, etc. Any interesting resource books on children's programming, articles, etc. could be added to this wiki. This could also be shared with other library systems. I don’t know if it would work, but it might be fun to try. It might be a good tool to use also when training a new storyteller.

#15 Library 2.0

While reading different perspectives on Library 2.0, there were several phrases and words that really jumped out to me. Tom Storey mentioned an “open, programmable web” which made me think of Library 2.0 as a place where all people will contribute content to the web. I think this will change libraries of the future and has already begun to do so. Rick Anderson mentioned in his article about bringing “digital access to everything” and bringing information to our users through the web instead of always expecting users to come to us. I think this will become even truer. Libraries of the future will be providing information to users who may never enter the physical library building. Another article on Library 2.0 mentioned that libraries serve as communities. Libraries of the future and even now serve as community centers and hubs. This will only increase will time. Library 2.0 to me is about learning and collaboration. Some users will connect to libraries through technology, some through community space, and others through print material. To me Library 2.0 is about learning and always taking in new information through electronic and print means. This new information must be sorted through and used to make quicker and more informed decisions.

#14 Technorati

So I started playing around with Technorati. When doing a keyword search for "Learning 2.0" in Blog Posts, I got 27,949 results from all blogs with any authority in any language. When doing a keyword search for "Learning 2.0" in Blog Directory, I got 11 blogs with authority. Of course both of these searches can be refined, but I was surprised by the number of blogs that I got as well as the different number of results depending on the way I searched. It is amazing how much information can be found using Technorati. I now understand why it is the leading authority. I also enjoyed watching the 12 minute tutorial to get an overview in the last exercise.

Friday, September 15, 2006

In this learning activity I found out about social bookmarks. The links for beginning users and habits of successful users were very helpful. This looks like a great tool to keep bookmarks organized and to help staff assist library users. With the amount of information available on the web, organization through bookmarks is very important. This is helpful to share with library users so they can begin to bookmark important research websites for themselves. Lots of information in this activity . . . I will plan to come back and play more :)


I created a Youth Reference search tool in Rollyo. My link is This exercise was a little harder for me because I needed to come up with several useful websites for research. With more time and practice, I think I will get better at using this tool. This is a great resource because a person can put together a list of trustworthy websites for research purposes. This useful tool creates the potential for saving time during a reference interview.

Library Thing

So I used Library Thing to catalog some of my books. Check out the link, . It was interesting to find out how simple this learning activity was and yet how useful. This is a great way to keep track of books you own, titles you want to remember, etc. It is amazing to realize that Library Thing is a year old.

Image Generators

Image Generators are so cool! I created this one using

Useful library related blogs

I have been looking at useful library related blogs and found which contains some great information for children's and teen librarians. I also discovered which should be another library related blog to explore in the future.

Flickr Fun

So I had fun exporing Flickr and 3rd party tools. The trading card maker is easy to do and pretty fun. I also enjoyed Mappr and thought it was quite cool to have photographs posted across the map of the United States. I'll have to explore this site even more.