Sunday, October 12, 2008
I find I get a bit cross about the amount of time I need to spend in front of a screen at home in order to find information, answer the emails, keep up with my interests. I would rather be in the garden and would like to better organise my time so that the computer doesn't take such a big role.
At work in the library it I can see that social networking may be an inevitable step to keep libraries used and relevant. It is a pity that this will mean librarians spend more time in front of a screen, but for the moment there seems to be a good balance of direct interaction with library users and working on line. This is possible because of the hourly roster rotation where I work. I couldn't imagine working all day at a desk as I really enjoy being on my feet at the desk, back and forward to the shelves, etc.
Change is inevitable and I am sure we will rise to it as it comes.
Myspace involved a very short visit from my slow home computer, I then found that I could not paste images into this Blog as the Compose window has lost its toolbar with the import images option. Will try for time at work tomorrow to have another go.
Then finally to Facebook, which I have been invited to join several times by others. I have joined up and found my son on the site, who is now my friend (at last), and someone from work. Thanks both!.
I have run out of time to explore further, which is a bit frustrating. Hope to get back to it tomorrow at work.
Monday, October 6, 2008
I think going back after the race-for-the-finish-line will be a key component of making this course work.
Thanks so much to my great helping hand for this one!!
Viewing a quality video in this way is almost like being there. The possibilities for library websites seem endless and would make for exciting viewing. Those who cannot attend an author presentation might find it very helpful to be able to see it later on line.
In the confrontation between the stream and the rock, the stream always wins – not through strength, but through persistence.
In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.
You cannot discover new oceans unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.
Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadows
There are many things in life that will catch your eye, but only a few will catch your heart – pursue those.
Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you fail to focus on your goals.
Anyone can hold the helm when the sea is calm.
For exercise 17 I chose the award winning site, www.revolutionhealth.com, and it has simple tools such as BMI and Daily calorie need calculators and another to estimate the money spent on smoking per year to further scare those who haven't given up yet. There are health tracker tools as well.
The site was full of news headlines and more solid articles, with specific health conditions linked to the home page. The learning centres are backed by respected health organisations such as the Mayo Clinic.
The tools I tried were simple and easy to use, and helped to thus speed me on my way.
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Can I see the value in Rollyo? Well, at present it is the cause of much grinding of teeth and rolling the eyes upwards, but yes it looks useful both in the library and at home to keep track of various interesting websites.
Here's the URL for my searchroll http://www.rollyo.com/search.html?q=Try+it+out...&sid=464965&x=11&y=9
Monday, September 29, 2008
Below is a link to they first few entries on my own library at LibraryThing
This could be good for creating a Christmas card, or similar. And if it was slightly less creative, without moving objects etc, it could be useful for display purposes in the library.
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
I can also see lots of benefits for people doing committee work - wikis seem a marvellous way of sharing the writing of articles, web content and publications, and for facilitating joint input to all sorts of documents.
As a chronically addicted committee person I look forward to exploring wikis further in that role and the library where I work. Exciting stuff!
Monday, September 8, 2008
In the library, I cant envisage the day when books disappear from the shelves, and cannot imagine that I would ever be pleased about that. But I see the increasing need for more facilities for patrons to interact with web information in libraries as well as from their homes, etc. It follows that librarians will need to be very familiar with what patrons are doing - we need to be doing the same things ourselves at work (and out of work) in order to be that step ahead. LIbrarians will be called on to teach others how to use the web capabilities that are continuing to develop, as there will always be plenty of patrons who get left a bit behind. We need to be part of the technological revolution, rather than just keeping up. (Help!)
This will change the type of training we do, and will most likely influence the sort of people who are selected to work in libraries.
I am aiming to make a supreme effort this week and try to catch up a bit with these exercises.
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
I really liked the Youtube video - it took ages to download but was very clear and helpful. And yes, I will join Delicious and start using tags and bookmarks for my own use - it is easier than the bookmarking folders I try to keep under control at the moment. I can also see the possibilities for libraries, and it's really interesting seeing what some libraries are offering.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Some of the topics on topix.net attracted the sort of red-neck comments you hear on bad talk back sessions - the sooner I could get away from it (these were from New Zealand too) the better. On the other hand I liked the feeds that listed life stories in 6 words - they were clever and fun.
It will be good to look at my blogline site and see what marvellous tidbits it brings up in the next few weeks but for serious searching I will stick to other ways for now
Monday, August 18, 2008
Then there is the Internet - what wonders are out there, but how challenging to master it all! I guess I must try if I want to have any hope of keeping in touch with my children and grandchildren who speak the language- so here we are.
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
But I am also daughter, sister, wife, mother, in-law, cousin, friend, work-mate and grandmother. These links each have their own strength and they enrich me.