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Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Wiki

Wiki is a great idea. I like what Bull Run has done in Virginia, allowing their patrons to maintain their own wiki site of library info. I think something like this would work well here in Charlotte because, frankly, some of our patrons stay more on top of our programs and events than we do :). Anyway, the only major drawback to access to editing a page, is the authenticity of its information. But, even before wikis that was the major problem with internet info. So, all-in-all it seems to be a very good way of sharing info.

Saturday, September 16, 2006

Library 2.0!

wow, could there eventually be libraries that have no books in them? If that's the case, then libraries ought to dive into this Library 2.0 head first. Because if they don't someone will, and step in to take the library's place. It's good to know that there are librarians pushing for these changes. I hadn't thought about it before this excercise, but I guess it's inevitable that electronic resources are (relatively soon) going to replace printed info if for no other reason than cost. The more you think about it, the more you realize Library 2.0 is necessary for libraries to remain relevant anywhere.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

TECHNObRainrotTIng...

I searched "Learning 2.0" in blog posts, tags, and directory. I got different results each time. That's good. I can see the interest in reading what different people around the world think about what's going on in the world, but at some point it becomes too much. I don't need to know what agentlogic thinks of the mystery of LonelyGirl15 http://slimspeare.blogspot.com/2006/09/mystery-of-lonelygirl15.html , or what Piccolos thinks of the Denver Nuggets' payroll http://jefflittle.ca/blog/?p=65. If I want my sports news (or any other news for that matter) I'll check my bloglines RSS feeds, not Piccolos' blog.

Not so del.icio.us...

Man, this is by far the most confusing, seemingly pointless excercise we've done yet. I don't understand how tagging a website is such a novel idea. Is that all delicious is? a place where people put links to websites about certain topics/tags? Also, the tutorial didn't work on my computers, so maybe that adds to the confusion, but if anyone reads this and understands del. please let me know what you know.

Monday, September 11, 2006

RollYo!

Well, this seems to be a useful Thing. Reference librarians could customize this thing to help them out tremendously when searching for answers to patrons' questions. It will give them all kinds of anwers to all kinds of questions instantly. Great tool. Keep it up PLCMC!


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LibraryThing!

This is nice. A virtual personal library?!? Awesome!! Luckily I don't have too huge of a collection, so not much typing :). http://www.librarything.com/catalog.php?view=majape

Image Generator!

I must not be as creative as a lot of you people out there, because I can't really think of any way to us this productively. Anyway, it's pretty cool, but if anyone can find different uses for these generators, fill me in! Until then, enjoy this...http://txt2pic.com/signs/comic-strip/create-right.asp?title=PLCMCLAND&text=It...+can%27t+be%21%21%21++++++I...I...I...+++++I+can+read%21++&tag=September+11%2C+2006&fontsize=19&font=bonzai&color=black&move=-4&move2=&cartoon=anime-character-generator&time=1328

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

more RSS news feeds?

Ok, I think we may have gone a little ovrboard on the RSS thing. It's great, but it's also just news and words in different formats. I think once you've subscribed to one feed you pretty much know how to find others and add them to your account. I'm hoping there are more productive "things" from here on out.

Bloglines/RSS!

Man, once I got going subscribing to the feed sites that I liked, it was hard to stop. I like the idea, but I think I'm still going to go to my normal websites, because I like the pictures and stuff. The coolest feed I found was one where you get updates on all the earthquakes that occur in the world instantlyhttp://earthquake.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/catalogs/eqs7day-M5.xml. Overall, Bloglines is very cool, I think I just got too much on mine.

Monday, August 28, 2006

Technology

Last week my good pal John D told me what RSS feeds were. For the longest time I had seen them on news sites, sports sites and any other type of informational website out there. He showed me how setting up an RSS feed account is like getting all the information that is important to you presented to you in a quick, concise way. Instead of having to go to 20 different websites to glean all your information every day, all you have to do is set up an account with an RSS website and subscribe to whatever websites you want the latest information from. Then you can just log onto that one website and read just what you want to read!

flickReplacr

The coolest tool/mashup I could find was FlickReplacr. As it says on the webpage, it replaces any text on any website with a link to a corresponding picture on Flickr. It works fairly well. The bad thing is that it only replaces the chosen word with a link to the picture, and not the actual pic itself. Still it's a fun idea that anyone should check out, it just needs some extra work.
http://www.kokogiak.com/flickreplacr.html

Saturday, August 26, 2006

Dart Frogs!



I love, love these colorful little boogers. Any picture taken of these little splotches of color is a masterpiece. This picture from Flickr.com was taken by jnxrtist.