Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Week #12

Well, Learning 2.0 is coming to a close. In our final post we have been asked to reflect on our experiences. I have really enjoyed participating in this process and have learned so much and discovered so many useful sites and services.

How has this program assisted or affected your lifelong learning goals?
I have better knowledge of what I don't yet know about web 2.0 stuff. Now that I know what I don't know, I can do a better job of making an effort to learn about it. Before, I didn't know what I didn't know and that makes for a poor learning environment.

What were your favorite Learning 2.0 discoveries or exercises?
I enjoyed practicing with Flickr and its tools. I also fell a small stab of pride at having my own blog and MySpace account. I work in the SC and used to work in a branch. This process has allowed me to keep up with some of my old pals at the branch.

Did anything surprise you?
Some of the activities took longer than I expected. Sometimes, I would make a choice on activities based on how long I thought it would take.

Was there enough help available when you needed it? N/A

What could we do differently to improve upon this program’s format or concept? I don't have an answer for that right now.

Would you like to see similar training opportunities as new library-relevant technologies emerge? Definitely!

And, last one, if you could go back in time and tell yourself to either participate in the program or skip it, what would you do? I would definitely participate again. I have even shared the process with other community agencies and committees that I work with.

Lastly, we were asked to post something else that we would have liked to learn about. I would love to know how to post video. I think a section on safety on the internet would be useful.

That's it for now!

Friday, May 4, 2007


I am having so much fun this week . Instead of feeling like a fish out of water, I actually know something about podcasts already. Hooray for me! In fact, about 3 years ago I bought my first MP3 player from a colleague's son. It was nice becuase it already had music on it. It took me hours and hours but I was able to download audiobooks from Overdrive from the KCLS website onto it. I love this service because I can listen on my own timeline and don't have to worry about overdue fees. Then, I got a subscription to Audible so I could expand my collection. Sadly, my MP3 player was incompatible with Audible. So, I had to get an Ipod, of course! Well, after a year of Audible service I canceled it. But, I still wanted to be able to put new content on my Ipod. Thank goodness for podcasts. I have more content than I have time to listen to and it's all FREE. How cool is that?! Some of my subscriptions are ABC World News, NBC Meet the Press, NPR Fresh Air, NPR Wait, Wait Don't Tell Me, Real Time with Bill Maher and The Satellite Sisters. Another great thing about MP3 players is that with a cassette adapter I can listen to them in my car. The RSS feeds I added to my bloglines for this round are Harry Potter Prognostications and LibVibe. It was hard to find material that is currently being updated. For many podcasts their last posting was months or even years ago. The LibVibe's most recent podcast was about Jim Rettig the new ALA president elected last week. I have to admit I was a little surprised when I did a keyword search on "library" and one of the top responses was "Erotic Xpressions from the Lusty Library." Yikes, I think I even blushed a little at my desk.

Thursday, May 3, 2007

Oh, Oh, Oh, I have one more YouTube to Share

Another one of my favorites, it's called March of the Librarians and it was filmed in Seattle during ALA Midwinter.

Yeah for YouTube!

Where to begin? I LOVE LOVE LOVE YouTube. I spend way too much time their as it is. Some of my favorites clips to look at are vintage Sesame Street bits. Here is a classic.

I also like to use YouTube to go back and watch my favorite American Idol contestants. Yes, I am a victim of pop culture. Poor me. I just have two words...Go Blake