Friday, October 12, 2007
I would be interested in completing another set of 23 Things that would perhaps be more library-oriented. It would be nice to become more knowledgeable about KDL's new technological offerings for our patrons so that I can help them when they have questions.
Thursday, October 11, 2007
As podcasts pertain to the Library I think that they could be used for a number of things. You could do Library news and events, book reviews, book talks, read a book or a chapter of a book and promote the Library. I think it's a great way to reach an increasingly mobile populace.
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
I chose a Crazy Cats! video on YouTube:
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
I especially liked the end when they state that digitization will make us rethink the way we govern, interact, and relate to others. It has already begun to turn the judicial system on its head with copyright, security, and privacy issues. The fact that these issues often cross national boundaries is yet another quandary we are finding ourselves in.
It reminded me of a book that I have read recently: Revolutionary Wealth by Alvin and Heidi Toffler. The Tofflers are futurists and in the book they give an overview what may happen in the years to come. Some of it is exciting and some of it is frightening. It's a good book to read if you are interested in where the world is headed next.
Monday, October 8, 2007
I really like being able to access music online or directly from my computer. At home I have some free software from Yahoo! that has some nice Internet stations called the Yahoo! Music Jukebox. You have to download it onto your computer but there are lots of different genres of music to choose from. You can also organize your music from there or even buy songs. I love music and will continue to use it digitally or otherwise.
Saturday, October 6, 2007
Social networking does have the potential to be a significant influence on our culture, for good or ill. A positive aspect it that it can increase visibility and accountability. A negative aspect is that it can increase sensationalism. At this point only time will tell...
Wednesday, October 3, 2007
- SJCPL Subject Guides – a pathfinder wiki developed by the St. Joseph County Public Library system; and the
- Book Lovers Wiki - developed by the Princeton Public Library.
Both wikis offered a lot of relevant information. The SJCPL Subject Guides wiki is a great way to provide information for your patrons in an easy to use format. I liked the way they included information about the subjects, resources available at their library, bestsellers, award winners, and classics, staff recommendations, and stuff that you can do on your own. It is also easy to navigate.
The Book Lovers Wiki is valuable because you could have different staff members doing book reviews and have them categorized by subject and a link to the library catalog. It's a great way to do staff recommendations. Overall, I think that wikis offer a valuable way for people to collaborate and I am glad that Librarians are starting to use them.