Wednesday, November 19, 2008

I can't believe it's the 23rd seems like I just started blogging. After my initial complaining that I'd never have enough time, I ended up finishing and enjoying this exercise. For a lot of my 40+ friends (that's older than 40, I don't have over 40 friends) - web 2.0 is an unknown thing. So when I use words like Twitter, Flickr, blogging, tweets, etc. it feels good to share with them what it all means. It makes me feel a wee bit hip. Learn and Play has helped me feel comfortable explaining and sharing web 2.0. I hope we have more opportunities to learn even more...It was fun trying so many new things, a nice change from the usual.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008


Unfortunate name. I'm ready for the next customer that asks me about how to use MOLDI. I don't have any interest in reading a book, unless I actually have the book. Old School.
I'm more interested in Librivox. LibriVox volunteers record chapters of books in the public domain and release the audio files back onto the net. Kinda like free books on tape, not just your average bestseller either. I don't really like how my eyes feel after staring at the moniter for too long, I can't imagine reading a book that way. How can you take it into the bathtub with you?

Monday, October 27, 2008


Libraries have created Podcasts to keep patrons informed about services and current events. Why can't we, or do we? A podcast of Teen Dept. news and programming would probably be the most efficient way of reaching teens. Or could the Library sponsor a spot for podcasts with news, programs, and commentary created by and for teens. I saw some interesting ways of getting word out to customers. After checking out some library related podcasts, I tried some gardening related ones for fun.

How to Make Moving Dragon Wings

This is an awesome project that really has nothing to do with the Library...or does it? I watched other instructional videos, form everything to making an omelet to these awesome wings. I'm going to suggest YouTube to customers trying to do/make almost anything. The Library could do little features for our internet customers (website users) that might entice them to make a visit. HFAR has an art exhibit now, which hasn't recieved much coverage on our website...we could make a short video of what's here to entice a visit. Or CFD could show a clip of a storytime to show just how much fun they are for the kids.
It would be awesome to embed these videos into our events (recurring) calendar somehow???

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

boing boing you're dead

Boing what? I couldn't really figure out why that belonged in our toolbox. Digg seems like another random collection of sites/posts. Birth of stars/Cannabis can save your life/dinking alcohol shrinks your brain/How random is that? Who makes time to look at this random info?Worldcat, LibraryThing, book burro, g-mail seem to make more sense in our toolbox.

google docs...again

I'm trying to use google docs...again. A co-worker found awesome 4 petal cards in an invitation feature from the templates. I tried to create a card, without much success. The application seemed more like a slideshow than a template. I enjoyed playing with it though. I made something similar on my own in Word, going back to the basics. Another site I looked at was, for people who love to go out. It automatically puts you in the Columbus cultural scene, where I found out a good friend of mine (who actually does go out a lot) will be playing at my block party. Now I will go out my front door, down my porch steps, and into society. I'm going out.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Google Docs

My coworker Jay showed me this a few weeks ago. It could be very useful if I were working on a computer from home and I had Internet access at home. However, I'm not interested in having a Internet access at home and I'm not supposed to work from home (for the Library.) But, for someone like Jay who travels a lot and needs to access info for teaching and working in various locations, I can see how useful it might be. But, alas, I probably won't need to use it, yet.
I did try to upload a file that I'm working on with a couple of other coworkers. It didn't translate onto google docs. The formatting was completely screwed up.