Thursday, June 14, 2007
Podcast.net was the easiest to use, in my opinion, but there was nothing newer than 2006 in my area of interest, which was Teens and Libraries. Some of the podcasts were still interesting, but a little dated. Their search was the easiest and most user-friendly of any of the podcast examples. This is also where I discovered that you can put up anything on a podcast, if you have the technology. I listened to a baby "read" a book. Very strange!No words, just babble.
Yahoo Podcasts was great! It had newer podcasts. Some of the podcasts were over an hour long, which meant that I just sampled a few of them. It also puts an "Explicit" warning on podcasts that it sees possible issues with, instead of blocking the podcasts completely. That gives the listener the opportunity to decide whether to censor or not. One issue that I did discover on Yahoo Podcasts is that some of the podcasts are no longer available. If it is part of a series, sometimes it had been recorded over. You never knew for sure what you were going to hear, which could be entertaining, but made the search function useless. It was still my favorite of the three.
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
I did get signed up for Netlibrary and am currently reading this scary book called "1001 Chemicals in Everday Products". I don't understand the "checking it out" thing, but I am enjoying having access to books that are not physically in our library. I have helped lots of people set up accounts for Netlibrary, and I may have even had one before, but since I don't use it often, I have no way of knowing what username, password, or even which email address I signed up with. Hopefully, I will remember the new ones.
Wednesday, June 6, 2007
I have liked armadillos since we moved to Oklahoma when I was nine. I think that they are cute, in a piglet sort of way... and if you ever want to know armadillo trivia, I have more than you probably want to hear!
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
Sunday, May 6, 2007
Google Page Creator- One thing that drew me to this tool page was the fact that it makes developing a web page so easy. One of my favorite things is that, on the front page it says "Google Page Creator saves your changes automatically as you type, so no more nervous breakdowns from losing all your work. " It claims that as you edit your page, you're seeing exactly what it will look like when other people see it. It gives you the choice of a variety of looks, layouts, fonts, and color schemes. I'm sure there are other options available to help you produce webpages, but this is the first one I have played with. It has options to download images and to connect to link to other webpages. It was fun, but not something I would use on a regular basis. I could see it being used though, since there are many people that want to share their knowledge and this makes it easy enough for them to do.
Google Suggest- This is fun! You start typing your search topic and it comes up with a list of possible options related to what you have typed. It would be helpful, if you weren't sure what you wanted to search. I would use it in that case. If I know what I'm searching for, it could be a little confusing. I can imagine it becoming a permanent option on Google search, because people like the assistance.
This is kind of cool, but it would be nice to have more fonts available. I'm just used to all of the possibilites of Word. Other than that, I don't see many differences. The "Revisions" option is nice. I like the thought of being able to change the document and then change back if the original copy is better (or at least parts of it).
The coolest part of this is that my daughter, whose computer doesn't have Word Processing on it, now can use this to write papers for college! It saved her money over having to buy a Word Suite and since she is in college, any money saved is a great thing! It is also very handy to be able to work on your document from any computer that you have access to. The portability and compatibility is a definite strength! I can remember when I was in college and you had to make sure that the computer you were using supported the version of Word (or whichever application that you were using) that your report was typed in. Then, half the time you couldn't print because your word processing application wasn't supported by the computer or printer. This is such a huge improvement!
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
There was a time, not very long ago, when libraries exercised something close to monopoly power in the information marketplace. During the print era, if you wanted access to pricey indexes or a collection of scholarly journals, you had no choice but to make a trip to the library. It wasn’t a good system, but it worked. Sort of. That is to say, it worked moderately well for those privileged with access to a good library. In the post-print era, libraries no longer have the monopoly power that they had in the days before the Internet. We have to be a bit more humble in the current environment, and find new ways to bring our services to patrons rather than insisting that they come to us—whether physically or virtually.Many of the other articles made strong points, but especially from a reference point of view, that point hit home in regards to current library service!
As far as the search engines go, my biggest problem was that of the search engines listed, several had different search focus, which made it difficult to compare the various engines. I usually end up using Google, with the understanding that their are weaknesses involved in the order of listings. I have used Dogpile and Yahoo in the past, but I usually end up going back to Google if I am in a hurry because I do understand its strengths and weaknesses.
Wednesday, February 21, 2007
I was very impressed at how real they made the description, even for someone as challenged by all of this as I am. I have problems sometimes adjusting my thinking from html to xml to web 2.0, but this is an excellent clarification for the linear development from print through digital text to html and beyond. Please check this out! I think it will be worth your time.
My only problem with Bloglines is that I am not finding the topics listed that I feel are really importnat to me. I was finally able to find YPulse and add it, but it took several additional steps that I wasn't required to do for the other feeds that they connected me with and they have not sent me any additional feed ideas based on my original themes. I have my ten, with YPulse, but I don't know when I will have time to check them, even on a semi-regular basis.
Friday, February 2, 2007
Now, you are probably wondering what this has to do with Library 2.0 and Flickr. The truthful answer is nothing, but the picture of me on a horse started my thoughts away from my focus. I have discovered lately that I am highly distractable. I basically need to do what I have done with this blog and circle back to the original focus.
I could easily spend hours looking at the pictures and explanations on Flickr. It is a dangerous site for someone who enjoys beautiful photography and is highly distractable. It did make a trading card and set myself up with a Flickr address, which is: http://www.flickr.com/photos/teenlibrz Go see what you think and please comment on my trading card.