Tuesday, May 8, 2007

#27 - This Is The End, Sort Of

The question for this lesson is...
Upon reflecton of yesterday's reflection, we do have one more question for you - was there anything else you thought we should have covered?

My answer: nope, so much of what was covered by the 27 Things program were totally new for me. I would be hard pressed to find such things on my own. Thanks for exposing me to what is currently out there.

Monday, May 7, 2007

#26 - A time for reflection...

Here are my answers for this lesson:

How has this program assisted or affected your lifelong learning goals?
This program made me aware of some of the different ways that information is exchanged and shared. It also assisted in defining what different technologies are and what they do. The only way to have adequately learn about what is out there was to work with it. This is exactly what this program did.

What were your favorite Learning 2.0 discoveries or exercises?
Setting up and maintaining a Blog.

Did anything surprise you?
The many tools that are out there on the web that can assist. I especially was surprised and apprehensive over reading about Library 2.0

Was there enough help available when you needed it?
No. But was able to figure things out on my own.

What could we do differently to improve upon this program’s format or concept?
Start the program with the RSS feeds. Seemed like this would be a better base to operate from then just the Blog. There was so much more to offer there.

Would you like to see similar training opportunities as new library-relevant technologies emerge?
Only if it was in a classroom format. The amount of work time spent on this was criminal. Actually spent hours working on the program from home. Plus it would be better to have the assistance that is available within a classroom.

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 defiantly participate again. It exposed me to a lot. Though I will not retain nor use most of it, the exposure was great!

Saturday, May 5, 2007

Signs of Spring

Opening day of boating season.

Longer sunny days
Tulips in La Connor

skimpy outfits

People singing in the library

Some good/Some bad

Thursday, May 3, 2007

#25 - OverDrive/MP3

Today's lesson was pretty simple. Look over what all is in KCLS's eaudio collection (OverDrive Collection). I guess I would choose to listen to Peter and the Starcatchers since it was the first one to jump out at me.

Wednesday, May 2, 2007

#24 - Podcast

When looking around the three different sites (podcast.net podcastalley.com Yahoo Podcasts) suggested in this lesson I noticed that they did not all share the same content. For instance I found more items in the Yahoo site then I did Podcastnet site. I also felt like I was missing the uniformity of Youtube. Then to like video better then audio. Don't get me wrong. There are video podcasts. It is just that there are so much junk on these sites.

To finish the lesson I chose a podcast from the 'Laughing Librarian' tittled: Dance Dance Librarian

Even though it is linked in my Bloglines Account I thought I should post it here too. Why? Don't know.

Monday, April 30, 2007

#23 Albino Bowler gets embedded

Had recently posted my very own video onto Youtube for the first time. It was easy! Though, due to traffic on the site, it took nearly eight hours for it to become posted.

(no this is not my video)

A really cool new website offers free Youtube video conversion vixy.net/
This way you can capture those videos and view them offline. I like this for finding music videos. I can capture and convert for use on the Ipod.

Before this website came along I would first have to play the Youtube video through. Second find the file in the temporary files folder and drag it out. Then third place .flv at the end of the file name so that the FLV player could play it. (Did I forget to mention that one needed to download a FLV Player software? oops)

The first thing that comes to mind for KCLS in using Youtube is for story times. This seems to be already being done with those annoying Dewey and Sketch characters on the library's Youtube account http://youtube.com/user/kcls1947 Would be nice to have actually story times taped and placed onto the site..

Friday, April 27, 2007

#22 Choose Your Own Adventure

Looked over some of the sources that were listed on Web 2.0 Awards and the Webware sights. Was overwhelmed by all of the websites that had such cool things to offer.

In the end I chose http://www.avvenu.com/ for my in-depth study. This site allows for you to stream tour iTunes play-list from your home pc to wherever you want.

I found that this idea could be beneficial for KCLS in the future. Instead of having CDs, that could easily be damaged, the system could have the music it owns online. Think e-audio, but instead of just books, music!