Thursday, October 2, 2008

Play Week and Catch Up

Whew! Made it!!!! Feels like I've run a marathon.....This course has been a wonderful yet in some ways painful journey. I have certainly learned much about the Internet and have learned some new skills. Some of the exercises I would need to go back on and spend more time working through them, which I intend to do after finishing off Open Polytech assignments and a million and one other things that are competing for my attention.
I certainly enjoyed setting up my own BlogSpot and had lots of fun downloading poems and photos for it. Some of the exercises were really great and opened up new vistas of possibilities....
This will enhance my skills especially as a librarian and for user education purposes this course has been well worth it. Thanx to all who organised this!

Social Networking

The future is here and the world is getting smaller! It seems as though more and more libraries are getting on board with social networking. I think it is a very good thing that libraries are connecting with people and people connecting with libraries via the Internet as this gives more exposure to a vast range of information available. I had a look at some of the library sites on MySpace and was impressed not only by the layout and creativity of these sites, but by the vast range of activities and information on offer. who knows? Maybe one world library??????

Get Social: Bebo, MySpace, Facebook

Yep.....I admit...I took the plunge and joined!!! (Facebook that is). Must confess I didn't enjoy Bebo as much as MySpace and Facebook. I found a really great site on MySpace on the rock band Genesis and must admit to listenin' and a-hummin' along to some of those ole' favourites while watching some outstanding photo's from their live performance in Rome last year before a crowd of 500,000 people. I joined Facebook some time ago and have connected to many of the librarians on the North Shore through this. Even wrote some poetry for you all........


My experience with ebooks was 100% better than my experience with podcasts. The title (Treasure Island) I chose was easy to find and I had the option of either listening or reading it. LibriVox offered a wide range of titles however I was disappointed that I couldn't find much in the way of World War One/Two naval military history....


Sheeesssshhhh........! Don't know about other folks but I really battled hard to get my noggin' round all this! Looked at all the podcast websites but found it all way to confusing and difficult to navigate round, even though I found a lot of interesting things. I did eventually manage to do an RSS feed to my Blogline account, but I don't know if I could do it again. I think a lot more practice is required for me in this area. Again, I know I'm not the brightest bulb in the chandilier but couldn't this possibly be made somewhat simpler for us poor turnips who battle with computer technology?

Monday, September 29, 2008


Totally Awesome Dudes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I LOVE Youtube! Found some great music video's from the 70's....especially those old Genesis classics (I'm a great prog-rock lover). Also found some great clips from the Paul Hogan (remember him?) show and Seinfeld which I had a good cackle over. Pity about the slowness of our computers really does test my patience!!!! Another great resource for libraries - particularly if one is looking for documentary clips.

Web 2.0 Awards

Having worked through this course over many weeks now I have to say that Flickr is a cut above the rest. Here's why. The range of images is quite astounding and you can almost find an image on anything and everything at this site. The potential for growth and expansion is incredible. In a library context this is particularly useful for those involved in school projects, research, or plain general interest.