Monday, September 29, 2008

learn&play sandbox

What fun looking at other staff's favorites...I posted a few of my own favorites in the restaurants and was too dificult to choose a favorite book.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

wiki sticks

Wikipedia is awesome even though it's not a very strong source due to the nature of a wiki. There is a danger of biased information being used on a Wiki which might misrepresent a topic. For students or anyone using it, that's not so good. After looking at the suggested wikis on learn & play, some of them seemed outdated/abandoned. I think the perfect application for our library might be to make a wiki with all of the fiction pathfinders we use to help patrons. Instead of burying them in the group work, opening it up for staff to edit might generate more varied suggestions. I liked the subject guide the St. Joseph county one used , it seemed very useful.

Library 2.0

Dr. Wendy Schultz, Infinite Futures resonated with me by stating that "...people will still need experienced tour guides."=The same role of reference staff in a public library now.
I'm excited to learn about these new technologies, hopefully I'll get a chance to share this new found knowledge of 2.0.
Isn't this a lofty idea of what a library in the future might look like: "Library 4.0: This will be the library for the aesthetic economy, the dream society, which will need libraries as mind gyms; libraries as idea labs; libraries as art salons." It's hard to imagine this.
I think the public has a misperception of how technology is used in the library now. Making the leap to a mind gym is a bit much for me. Most of our computers in HFAR are used for gaming, reading e-mail, watching movie clips, downloading music and looking at porn. In-house customers aren't clammering to use our Premium Resources, even though I love to offer these services. Maybe they'll start needing help with 2.0....
I'm not sure how libraries will fit into and thrive in the second coming of the Web.

Saturday, September 27, 2008


HFAR has been using for quite awhile. Finally something I'm already "in the know" about re: Web 2.0. It's so helpful when I can't remember all the sites we check when helping a customer find out info regarding the valuation of a piece of art.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008


LibraryThing is going to be my new way of keeping a list of the books I've read...very cool. This will help with Readers' Advisory when my mind goes blank.

Image generators

I've created my own Ben @jerry's ice cream flavor...coconut caramel fudge delightyum

Now if they'd only send me a pint of it. Try it out.

Monday, September 22, 2008


I'm not quite sure how I would use twitter? I don't really care if someone just went to the bathroom or needs to make an appointment for a facial.
I'm not having much success at finding people I'd want to follow....The only options I'm seeing are searching a name or a location. Am I missing something? Let me know. My Twitter username is jakison.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

RSS feeds

Now I'll never miss the NYT Book Reviews.