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Red on red

July 3, 2009



Red on red

Originally uploaded by tednmiki

Cool picture… I wonder who put on all those caps….

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Thing 24

January 30, 2009

Yay!! The really final thing!

Before I downloaded my e-audiobook I played with the player a little. Because I did not read the instructions it took me awhile to learn how to make it play. Also, for awhile I thought that there were no ways to skip tracks…. until I discovered it by accident. Turns out that the plus and minus buttons double as volume AND skip/ go back. I thought that I would not need the instructions since I already have an iPod, but maybe I should have actually read them.

So that was the hard part of the 24th thing. Transfering an e-audiobook from Overdrive to the player was a piece of cake. I am looking forward to when I can do this for my iPod (soon, yay!). I had already installed and dowloaded an e-audiobook for a previous thing, so that part was already done. I just hit transfer and that was it. Piece of cake.

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Blur- coffee and tv

January 11, 2009

Ok, I have been on a blur kick recently… Coffee and TV was never one of my favorites by them as a song, but I love this video! The milk carton is sooo cute! (not really something I usually say…).

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The end!

January 11, 2009

Yay! I made it to thing 23! I think that this program was good at exposing staff to wide variety of web 2.0 tools and to library 2.0.

My favorite discovery was Zoho Creator. I am excited about my little movie database. I only wish that I had more spare time to add things to it! The web 2.0 awards was also a great discovery because there are so many great sites to explore. A friend and I used cocktail builder, and I am sure that I will use several other sites that won as well.

This program aided my lifelong learning a little. I cannot say that it aided it a lot since I already knew about/used most of the websites that we played with. Those that I did not use/ know about I probably would have found out about from either a friend or through surfing the net. Although, I will say that it probably would have been awhile before I found that library dominoes youtube video!

I think that a way to improve it would be to get more people to stick with it. Many staff members started it, but it seems that a lot less are finishing. Maybe having one thing a week would be better and allow people to stay on top of it. That would mean that it would take a lot longer to finish though.

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e-audiobooks

January 11, 2009

I have never used CC’s downloadable audiobook program before for two reasons:

1. I rarely listen to audiobooks. I have listened to a grand total of five complete audiobooks in my entire life. I am a music addict, so that is what I prefer to listen to. I have checked out other audiobooks, but I never made it past the first disc. Maybe one day I will love audiobooks….

2. I have an iPod and the e-audiobooks do not work on them. If I was to download one, I would like to transfer it to my iPod. But, with the free mp3 player I guess this reason will no longer be true. Still, I am excited that the system is going to offer some mp3 titles instead of just WMA. This will allow the many iPod owners to use Overdrive.

Even though I do not really listen to audiobooks, it was good for me to use Overdrive. Having downloaded an audiobook will allow me to be more knowledgable when I tell patrons about it. First I downloaded the Media Console, which was easy. Then I downloaded the Sherlock Holmes Theatre, which won an Audie award in 2006. It is a couple of Sherlock Holmes plays that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote. I downloaded it because I like Sherlock Holmes and I had never read/seen these plays before. It was very easy, and I would encourage anyone who likes audiobooks to use Overdrive.

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social networking and libraries

January 3, 2009

I looked at WCPL’s myspace and facebook page. They seem to be useful tools for connecting with teens and keeping them abreast of the library’s activites. I think that myspace and facebook pages for libraries should be teen focused. I do not think that most older adults would think of checking facebook for whats going on at the library. Most teens have a myspace or facebook account anyways, so it makes sense for a library’s young adult program to try and reach teens that way.

Microblogging…. is not something that I would do personally, but it makes sense for a library system to do it. I was surprised to see that the Monroe County Library System in NY, which is the county next to the one that I grew up in, is on twitter. Many other library systems are on twitter as well, including the Free Library of Philadelphia. I think that this is a good way to get programs to the public. It is sort of like an additional event keeper.

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podcasts

January 3, 2009

I have been getting podcasts through iTunes for a couple of years now. So podcasts are nothing new to me. I tried both Odeo and podcastalley to look for new podcasts. I am not that crazy about either site. podcastalley did not have my favorite podcast, ThreadBanger, but I did find one intriguing podcast. It’s called CraftLit: A Podcast for Crafters who Love Books. Odeo did have threadbanger, but it was hard to find any other crafty podcasts. The tag craft only came up with four, and three of those were not very crafty. Also, the site has annoying popups and ads.

All in all, I think that I will just stick to iTunes for finding new podcasts.