Tuesday, October 31, 2006

#23 Finis

This has been an eye-opening project and I'm glad I got on board to do it. My favorite discoveries and exercises are the ones I believe I'll use soon like the BookThing and podcasting, and Bloglines. To be honest, I haven't looked at YouTube until this assignment and I rediscovered Craigs List. I also really liked the "online image generator" which I plan to go back to and use.

As far as lifelife learning, the project is good in that it does tackle newer technologies and use on the web that is benefitical to know. Several resources such as NetLibrary and download audio books, wikis, and particularly podcasts, YouTube and blogs in general are ideal. Learning 2.0 does make it a nice environment in that so much is provided that you can sample a little or try a lot.

If I could mention any unexpected outcome from the program, it's that several activities had more creativity and imagination than I had expected such as Flickr.

And as far as improving an activity like this, I don't have a quick ideal but the MP3 giveaway and laptop drawing is good. Finally, I would do another Learning 2.0.

#22 NetLibrary

I listened to the podcast and to the “Introduction to Netlibrary” tutorial before starting this assignment. I attempted an author search for writer Walter Mosley but didn’t get any matches with a general author search. I did a “keyword” search and got 55 matches or so with seemingly only non-fiction books which mentioned him or his work.

I did try eAudiobooks and clicked on the “Mystery & Suspense” subject with more than 300 titles. I pulled up the entry for “The Snake Tattoo” by Linda Barnes (an author I recognized) and started playing a preview of the book. I clicked through the mystery entries and found that Walter Mosley wasn’t listed in the “M”s. However, I'm certain I could find a title available what I would like to download.

#19 Discovering Web 2.0 tools

I started with the short list and looked at "mapping" as a worthwhile entry (later I took a glance at the entire list of entries--goodness, there's a lot there!). I'll admit, I'll have to look this material over again because I moved to "HousingMaps" [www.housingmaps.com] which was the most user-friendly of the three options. The site offers the ability to use maps which were movable and to search by city with "For Rent," "For Sale," "Rooms," and "Sublets." I looked at the search feature for "City" (with major or selected cities to search--for instance, Charlotte is not listed whereas Raleigh is) and "Price" (with ranges from <750 up). I was also impressed with the satelite map shows street maps and the Hybrid map with imagery showing street names.

I like this tool as it can be ideal for house hunting as some individuals may want to do when using a PC in the library. And this can be a good web site to use in a library workshop setting for an introduction about helpful new web sites or as a quick resource for the reference librarian on the service desk (we could put that site in our Internet rollodex here).

#18 Web-based apps

I have heard about web-based applications before in a PLCMC workshop so it was nice to get a much closer view. I listened to the “Web-based Apps” podcast and looked at the Google Docs tour. After several trial and error attempts, I created an account for Zoho Writer’s account (I missed getting email confirmation for creating the account..!). Otherwise, I typed a short document and emailed it myself and looked at the various buttons on Zoho.

#17 Playing Around with PBWiki

I followed the required assignments and posted a favorite TV show (two actually). This exercise offers a good amount of freedom of expression with favorites lists and tips on construction of an appealing wiki. The BPWiki Tour is informative and effectively identifies different ways to use a wiki. At this point, I wouldn’t use wiki for the suggested methods from this exercise but that could change.

#16 Wikis

I listened at a slideshow presentation about wikis [Wikis: a Beginner’s Look] and looked at the “Book Lovers Wiki” from Princeton Public Library. I liked how the coverage seemed quite thorough although more so effectively wide-reaching with a useful section of book reviews (including 5 star, classics, contemporary fiction and non-fiction). It doesn’t include ethnic (i.e. African-American titles) or graphic novels for instance. The book review webpage arrangement is great with a star rating, book cover, author, review and the reviewer’s name. Additionally, I looked at the “Book Discussion Group at the Library” under the “Navigate to” guide. If offered additional information book lovers, in this case for book clubs. I can borrow possible book club titles from here I believe. I also peeked at the SJCPL Subject Guides – a pathfinder wiki developed by the St. Joseph County Public Library system. The law section looked quite impressive.

The entries I mentioned previously are interesting and good applications to work for a wikis in a library.

Monday, October 30, 2006

#12 Rollyo

I started this assignment by listening to the podcast and looked at the searchroll with PLCMC’s websites. Afterwards, I took a break and searched for book clubs on Google and found four matches and checked the PLCMC website for an additional website.

I registered with Rollyo and created a searchroll I titled “Book Club Info!”

In regards to potential use for Rollyo, the tool can be comfortably shaped to share info about a range of topics or interests. It appears to be a great professional or personal tool.

#21 Podcasts

I listened to the podcast for this section, zipped through the "Yahoo: what is a podcast" tutorial and took a long look (considering the upcoming deadline for this project) at the Podcast.net site.

That site is nicely enough arranged with entries of interest to all but I didn't see any type of "help" or "about" options--I guess everything is supposed to be so clear and transparent. I looked for book reviews (with mysteries mostly) and had better luck with a "keyword" search. I found a number of sites with a "title & description" search and many focused on comic books actually. With the "keyword" search, I did find the "Forecast Stormy" site which included the tags for the term "mystery book reviews." The tags for the site include: music, books, television, movies, cinema, comedy, reviews, crafts, baking, excerpts, mystery. I listened to Episode 15, from June 10, 2006. It included brief book reviews although one was just a book promto. I got some assistance and placed this on my Bloglines account.

Overall, I could find fun things here and perhaps a little useful professionally. I did one "library" search with results that looked OK. I didn't take a closer look but I suspect there worthwhile even noteworthy entries there. And in the future, I would like to attempt a podcast myself for my blog if I can stand listening to myself.

#20 YouTube

I've looked at YouTube recently looking at the recent political TV ad with actor Michael J. Fox (linked from a blog). Mostly, this is a novelty outlet to me (and most I guess) especailly looking at old TV commercials. However, I'm certain it is great for a video blogger. The web page is categories are logically and include a fine "most subscribed" (this week) featured. It's also good you sign up a musician or comedian account--nicely tailored for those interested. The "History" option works like the web browser and is convenient and can be cleared. Overall, the web site offers a fine range of video options including a "YouTube College."

Regarding a library setting for YouTube, I'd think it would appeal to younger people as an outlet for creativity but also to show a library building or part of an adult or children's program.

Also I looked at several videos and here's one from the Dave Letterman show--

The web page with the video is appealing and very net savvy with "Tags" along with comments from users and related videos from CBS-TV.

Thursday, October 26, 2006

#15 Library 2.0

Library 2.0 means to me—as I experience library work and reflect on changing technology—that librarianship will have to repeatedly adjust and change and to use new technologies. And this is done in within the context of staying up-to-date with the patron or customer who comes to the door. Essentially, for the library to continue to deliver services, products and information in a manner the patron comes to expect, then libraries adapt. That point was hammered home to me when I read in “To More Powerful Ways to Cooperate” that OCLC will offer Open WorldCat where no authentication is required for searching. Open the resource for the convenience use of a possible customer. I like the Wikipedia’s entry on Library 2.0 with its “Key Principles” and find it both refreshing and practical.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

#14 Technorati

For the exercises, I searched first with "Blog Posts" with the term "Learning 2.0" and received 31,726 results for the search. This search covered all blogs, authors, and languages and the searches included separate searches of the word. Using the "Blog Directory" the search resulted in 19 matches sorted by authority. That search included posts by PLCMC employees with three in the first six entries.

For part two of the exercises searching "Popular Blog, Searches and Tags" I concluded the blogs cover a wide range of topics of interests. I was surprised to see even the Firefox home web page as a "TopSsearch & Tag" entry and even an Amazon web page about the book by Barack Obama The Audacity of Hope.

Further down the web page, in "Top News" I went to a Washington Post news story and noticed the blogger submissions "powered by Technorati" as mentioned in a podcast.

I will consider entering a blog I work on to Technorati.

#13 Tagging, folksomonies & social bookmarking in Del.icio.us

I watched the video for the assignment and appreciated it description about "Del.icio.us" and other topics. The ability to create a shared reading list and even a syllabus can be a powerful tool for researchers, writers, students and others. And as I read later in the Del.icio.us account set up through PLCMCL2, if going through blogs but are pressed for time then "tag" the web page and you can find it later (by Peter Merholz in "Metadata for the Masses.") In the future, I'll look at creating a Del.icio.us account.

Thursday, October 19, 2006

#11 LibraryThing

I previewed "LibraryThing" before beginning Learning 2.0 in earnest and decided it would be an excellent way to present to my book club members our previously read books. As it turned out, one person asked which books have been read in the past (the book club is several years old now) and I hadn't amassed a list but I will now. I'm inspired. Here is my personal effort for this assignment.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

#10 Image Generators

Before I officially started on Learning 2.0, I previewed this site liked it right away. I hope to use three or four entries for an existing blog (the "Animated Neon Sign Generator" particuarily). I appreciate the extended entries with a photo of the generator and an accompanying description.

Moreover, I'm happy for the "previously posted generators" with a nice long list of options. I was disappointed that the "Law & Order" entries were no longer available but I liked some of the other options. And the "Email Icon Generator" is just what I wanted to see. I have two email addresses I use a lot outside of work and this would be a neat signature for email. I compared it with the "Email and Forum Signature Generator" and found that few options were better.

Click here for the link.

#9 Finding Feeds Blog Post

For this exercise, I looked at both Feedster and Topix.net and liked both. In both I searched for entries about graphic novels. Feedster has the appealing feature of restricting searches by "news," "blogs," or "podcast." The option to search by "date" and "relevance" is good too. I didn't care for the multiple listings of the same story in my search but I've seen that before in Google News searches. And several stories became roadblocks too as I had to have the proper version of the video support to see a news story from CBS News for example. That's standard for a lot of web surfing, though.

I did prefer the make-up and appearance of Topix.net though. With its headline upon headline of news stories and multiple photos--it appears to be a close one-stop for news and views. I read some entries in the Forum section and I could spend hours there. The "Advanced Search" is great --for moving between blogs and "no blogs." and other options for restricting searches (as by source, URL, country, etc.). And the descriptions of entries is nice too with the highlighted subject and their use in the body of the text. Good stuff.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

RSS assignment (#8)

I love using the RSS. I've checked them using MyYahoo! for a while now. And I like the offerings with Bloglines and most of the assignment. However the last part with how to "create a post to your blog" was hard to follow. I got assistance and muddled through the assignment but I finished it using a user name I did not want to use. It made the effort disappointing in that regard. If I had more time, I'd redo the assignment...

Here's the link: http://www.bloglines.com/public/lturner