Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Week 9- Thing 23

Yay! I'm finally finished. I think that I really learned a lot in the last few weeks. This program was a great format for me. My favorite things were probably the RSS feeds and everything from Week 9. Podcasts have changed my life.

Week 9- Thing 22

Project Gutenburg rocks! This free service can be great for school assignments. If the classics that the student needs is in the public domain, it's probably available on Project Gutenburg. And the fact that you can view the text online, download it, or download the audio version, it brilliant. Overdrive seems to be pretty cool as well. I still prefer my books in paper form, but it's great that there are so many options out there.

Week 9- Podcasts

Podcasts are great things. Using Podcast.net I was able to add NPR Topics: Books and NPR's Story of the Day to my Bloglines account and to my Yahoo RSS reader. Now I won't miss anything! Library patrons often ask for books that they've heard about on the radio or seen on TV. Podcasts are a great way to keep up with the current favorites.

Monday, August 27, 2007

Week 9- YouTube

YouTube can be a great marketing tool for libraries. Millions of people visit the site, increasing the visibility of any library. It helps if the videos are funny. You can find March of the Librarians here. I've also included a clip from UHF called Conan the Librarian. It's silly, I know.

Week 8- Web 2.0 awards

Looking at the short list, I see that several of the 23 Things have won. I looked at a few of the other winners including Meebo, Squidoo, and Biblio. I've noticed people using Meebo to get around the filtering of MySpace because Meebo allows them to instant message through more than one i.m. provider. Genius! Squidoo seems particularly adaptable to libraries. Through this site, anyone can create a lens into their passion: books, movies, libraries, etc. Biblio is another way to search for books online. This site can be used to search for out-of-print material, although when I tried to filter for price, that feature wasn't working. Overall, I'd say that I've been impressed by what I've seen.

Monday, August 20, 2007

Week 8- Google Docs

I sort of like that Google has web-based word processing capabilities, but I don't like the small number of fonts to choose from. Being able to revise it over time and store everything online is an attractive concept though. For now I think that I'll stick to Word, but it's really nice to know that something else is out there.

P.S. I do really like how easy it was to post the text that I wrote above into my blog from Google Docs!

Week 7-part 2

I found adding my blog URL to the Maryland Libraries Wiki fairly easy. I've had to add posts to wikis for other projects and this one was very similar.