Saturday, January 26, 2008

Blog #3 - Library 2.0...exploring...eventually...

We've been working with Library 2.0 at ACPL as a way to get the staff involved with learning more about the new technologies. It's an optional program for us but it just made sense to me to be involved. The program includes information and support on learning new things such as blogging, wikis, myspace, facebook, delicious, mp3s and mp3 players, and many other internet options that can be useful for libraries. It has been an interesting getting into some of these aspects but I have learned something about myself in this process.

I am far more likely to tackle the aspects of Library 2.0 that I already have some understanding of. I would like to have been able to tackle the more difficult things first but I didn't. I followed the steps on myspace which is a site I have been using for years. I set up a Facebook figuring it was similar and would be simple. I already had several blogs, a couple of which I have been using since 2004. I even looked into downloadable audio books and mp3 players which I had quite a bit of experience with as well. I did find some more uses for several of the programs which was nice and I did reflect more on the use but I didn't learn much at first. I didn't learn much until I had exhausted all of the familiar options that I had.

It's not that I didn't want to learn the new aspects available. I love playing around with things until I figure them out and what better place than at work where they want me to do it and they want to pay me to do it and it's someone else's technology so I'm not all that worried about getting into something I can't get out of. There is tech support. I have no issues. I want to get into it but I saved all the harder stuff till last. I can definitely relate to patrons and other staff members who find it intimidating to get into new technologies. I need to continue to work on the different aspects set up and learn new things rather than reviewing and adding information about old things.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Wonderful World of Wikis

I've just begun to look at wikis as I was looking at the syllabus for class and saw that we will be doing a good amount of work with them. Wikis are an area I don't have a lot of knowledge about. The most use I've ever had with a wiki is Wikipedia and what I know about that is that I should always have a source to back up any information I find as Wikipedia is not a reliable source for research and much information. This has been drilled in as along as i have been writing research papers...or at least as long as I have been writing them while Wikipedia has been in existence. I have used the site from time to time for personal use and found mistakes and I also use it when looking up information for patrons for basic things. My point is that my only experience with wikis is Wikipedia and distrust of information.

Needless to say, I'm a little nervous about getting in to wikis, probably partly because of prior experience but also because of lack of experience. I've never participated in creating a wiki entry and I'm not sure how it all works. I am interested in getting started. I read the chapter in Library 2.0 about all the wikis there are and the different sizes of wikis and I'm interested in going to the site which has the index of wikis. I think I'm going to start there so that I can get a greater range of information and knowledge of uses for wikis. I'm also interested in seeing what uses libraries have for them. We use a blog in my branch and I can see the advantages and disadvantages of this. I wonder if having a branch wiki would be more use to us. We currently use our blog just for our summer program but if we had a wiki would allow us to cover multiple topics and keep them separated.

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Blog post #1 S554

I created this blog last semester for another class so I figured I would just use this same blog. I have blogged for personal, school, and work use before. I started a blog in 2004 on livejournal that I have been using ever since. This has been a great way to keep up with people who live far away on day to day events. I'm able to tell my friends and family what is going on in my life and read what is going on with them.

This blog for inquiry class began last semester. I blogged about a project that I had been working on for the class. This was the first time I had used a blog to document my ideas and the process of working through a project. It was an interesting experience and allowed more opportunity to reflect than I normally allow time for.

We're currently in the process of blogging with my entire branch on going 'green' for the summer reading program. We've been throwing out ideas on recycling and and utilizing recylced products as well as educating our community in many different ways. It's been great to work with the whole staff on the blog. We all work different schedules and don't have time to have regular meetings to throw around ideas so the blog has allowed us to read each other's ideas in our own time and communicate that way as well.

I will put a picture on here as soon as I find one I don't hate. Yikes!