Monday, March 1, 2010

Week 9 Thing 23

I have enjoyed the 23 Things project. It was the nudge I needed to explore new technologies. I liked that it was self-paced. It's too bad that it wasn't kept current. In fact, I think it would be good to have an abbreviated version of this program to learn say the top five new technologies each year. All in all it was a very positive experience.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Week 9, Thing 22

Overdrive, NetLibrary, Project Gutenburg
It is pretty amazing what you can do from the library website. I find it fascinating that you can read books online, listen to books online or transfer them to portable devices. I think I personally need to educate the public more on this feature. And to think that so many books and music are free! The hardest part is to get the software installed on your computer. I hope my enthusiam will get our customers exciting about using this technology.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Week 9 Thing 21

The exercise was to find a podcast and add the rss feed to the bloglines account. I had to ask a coworker for help on this one. I was going to the podcast I wanted (NPR children's books) and was trying to add it to bloglines. Instead I realized, I should start with bloglines and hit "add" and then put in the URL for NPR children's books. I was trying to do it backwards. This certainly is a learning excercise. I learned from one colleague and I will pass what I now know to another colleague. Despite the fact that it can sometimes be frustrating, I am learning a lot!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Week 9 Thing 20

This week I explored YouTube. Since library budgets are being cut and travel restricted, YouTube offers people a chance to view conference speeches. I enjoyed watching a bit of Jon Sciezka's speech at the Library of Congress. All this technology is certainly making the world smaller!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Week 8, Thing 19

I decided to explore from the Web 2.0 awards list. is a tool to find "out of print" books. You can search the following categories: books, browse books, rare books, textbooks and bookstores. There is a blog and articles on book repair. This site would be very useful for librarians because it is a resource we can use to answer questions and a site we want tell our customers about. I think it may be a good source for selling used textbooks.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Week 8 Thing 18

I used Zoho to create a document and then published it here. I certainly am learning a lot! I can see the advantages of Zoho - no more flashdrives and you can publish directly to your blog!

Toddler Planner and Checklist

Opening Song: Friends Are Special

Opening Fingerplay: Open, Shut Them

Longer story or poem with puppet:



Rhyme: Mother Goose:

Song (action):


Lap Bounce:




Song with instruments or bubbles:

Closing Song:

Early Literacy Tip

Program Checklist

Name tags


print flyer

pull stretches

pull books


Thursday, December 31, 2009

Week 7 Thing 16

I like the fact that Wikis are a shared resource. I can see where an internal library wiki site would be very useful. I am anxious to see our children's programming wiki when it becomes active. Rather than each librarian recreating the wheel, we can all share our resources. I can also see the benefit of using wikis as a knowledge base. This would be an efficient method to instruct staff and library customers on library resources.
The community guide wikis also intrigue me. This would certainly make the library more valuable to the community. It would also raise our public profile which is important in these trying economic times. Overall, I was a little surprised to see that wikis are so organized. I wasn't expecting that. And it was interesting that the members self-police the site.