Archive for June, 2007

Week 4: RSS Feeds & Merlin

OK… I know… not fair, right? I mean, but that’s the way it is. I’ve had a Bloglines account for about 2 years… and I have lots & lots of subscriptions. In case you’re wondering, here’s the downside… you still have to go to your Reader and actually READ the stuff. Whew! The time factor is still there… but, at least, it’s less time than before AND, I know the stuff that’s there is stuff I’m really interested in. Don’t be afraid to “weed” your reader after the first few weeks. If you didn’t read those posts in the first weeks, you probably never will. Take my word for it. 🙂

Some of my favorite librarian blogs are The Shifted Librarian, Stephen’s Lighthouse, blyberg.net, and Tame the Web. But I also have Boing, Boing and other fun stuff.

For those of you interested in what I subscribe to… here’s my blogroll at bloglines:http://www.bloglines.com/blog/irmbrown.

TIP: Remember, the directions to getting your bloglines blog public is easier now… just go into your account and click on the ‘public’ check box.

Merlin was one of the first places I saw an avatar talking… I still hope to get our avatar out there… just time and code … that’s what it’s all about. A number of the techs here in CSC were using Merlin for tech training and the 23 Things MD liaisons have a group there as well to keep up with issues… of which there have been very few.

Irm's Meez Girl

Thought I’d have some fun with Meez… what do you think?

There’s so much more I’d like to do … I did think it was cool that I did a search in Technorati on Library 2.0 23 Things and the first blog post that came up was this one. Is that odd or what?

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Week Three: Things 5, 6 & 7

FlickR Tip: For those of you remember the Tech Fair demo that I did along with Rosemary, Debbie & Andrea, we mentioned that a private account has some issues because of the “delay” in posting and that your invitees needs account. But, I just learned, walking throug the actual Things for this topic that you can extend a “guest pass” to those family members who may not want a set up an account… like grandma. That’s cool.

Little HCPL Staff IconI have to confess, I’ve been pretty lazy about tagging my photos. And now, I’ve got a bit of a nightmare. My first FlickR account was a combined personal and library account… I’m trying to separate those now… not so easy! Well, it’s just one more project on my list of things to do one day. Here’s my personal FlickR url: http://www.flickr.com/photos/irmgarde/; I also created an account from the Tech Fair that staff can use to post Library photos… from a branch or staff event: http://www.flickr.com/photos/hcplonline/. If you are interested in the logon information, please email me or leave comment and I’ll send it to you. OR.. you can create your own special branch staff account. REMEMBER (Tip): each account needs a separate email address/account.

If you would like to join the HCPL staff GROUP… just search for the group by name … and select “join group” – when you do this, your pictures can be added to the “group pool of pictures.” Check it out and see what you think.

I also set up a map. That was fun. More coming later today or over the weekend.

Week 2: Blogging

Well, OK… I do think I have the blogging thing down… In case you’re interested, I have a number of blogs on the web. Besides the library blog that I maintain, HCPL News & Events, I also occastionally contribute to the Innovation Blog on Passport (our Intranet for anyone reading this not from HCPL), AV2C (in the AVZone), Blogabook (our Readers Place blog), and TeenSpace in the TeenZone. Privately, I have my primary personal blog, Refiner’s Fire: Emerging Heart which chronicles my personal journey, both spiritual and day-to-day, as I feel led, a women’s bible study blog called Wisdom Seekers, and a church-based blog (that I’ve gotten lazy about) called Meditations from Zion. The last two blogs plus this one live on WordPress and all the others live on Blogger. Please notice that the library blogs, although “powered by blogger” actually live on our own server… all the content is on our webserver. This is a more advanced feature in which you actually ftp to our server. Most of the contributors to the library blogs don’t even realize they are doing that as it’s pretty seamless from the end user’s perpective.

Happy blogging everyone… watch out… you might get addicted. 🙂

Week Two: Tips

Permalinks: These are links to a specific posting… so you click on the time stamp, go to the address line and copy the new URL there… then you can paste it in wherever you want. In this way, the person going to your blog does have to slog through all your postings.

For instance, a permalink in my personal blog to see Pinky when we first got him would be this:
http://emergingheart.blogspot.com/2006/08/just-one-more.html which was over a year ago.

Hope that helps.

Week 1: Lifelong Learning

Tips:

  • Watch the way you click on this tutorial…it’s a little muddy… just hang in there and persist.
  • Here’s a link to the “contract” mentioned in the Lifelong Learning Powerpoint. (It’s a Word doc.) I understand that Firefox users are not having any problems.
  • See below for quick list to the 7 1/2 habits.
  • 7 ½ Habits of Highly Successful Lifelong Learners
    Habit 1: Begin with the end in mind
    Habit 2: Accept responsibility for your own learning
    Habit 3: View problems as challenges
    Habit 4: Have confidence in yourself as a competent, effective learner
    Habit 5: Create your own learning toolbox
    Habit 6: Use technology to your advantage
    Habit 7: Teach/mentor others
    Habit 7 ½: Play

    Here’s my personal take on these:
    The 7 1/2 habits and what I think about them…
    I am so ready to “break out the box” for learning… I think I have done it the “old way” too long. I’m such a “good student.” yuck! But I do love NEW things!
    Begin with the End in the Mind – so Covey.
    Accept Responsibility for your own learning… I’m for that. I’m sure I drive Terri crazy because I love to sign up for classes…
    View Problems as Challenges… hmmm, I do get sucked into the “problem” too much.
    Have Confidence in yourself as a learner…
    Create your own learning toolbox … I like this the best… sounds intriguing… got to figure this out for me.
    Use technology to your advantage… ok, I got this one down…. more or less.
    Teach and mentor others… this is one of they keys to my personal mission statement.
    Play! … I’m really going to work on this part.

    My goal: Complete a set of podcasts and upload a YouTube video.
    Obstacles: Not setting aside the time.
    Toolbox: I’m all set with the hardware I need.
    Resources: Gia, Nini, Maurice, Annette, Jamie, Angelique, Keith, Tom
    Time Table: by the end of Learning 2.0 – Staff Day
    Check-in: with each posting
    Signature… ib

    Week 1: First Thing

    Reading about the program after I worked on setting up the blog is kind of interesting… putting on my “end user” hat is always a good thing. Tomorrow is the Tech Fair… got to be honest… my head is more focussed on that. Hopefully, all will go well. I hope it’s fun and I hope it makes people want to get out here and do the Learning 2.0 thing! 🙂

    Play is so important to this project and I’m looking forward to doing just that!

    Library 2.0 and Looney Me

    Well,
    In little spits and starts, I initiated this blog some time ago when I discovered WordPress. At the time, I thought I’d search out library humor and just try for a “fun and funny” site. Har Har… that didn’t pan out. So, I guess it’s time to let the darn thing evolve in some other way.

    I’ll be going through Library 2.0 and the 23 Things just like everyone else. Despite the fact that I use a great number of these technologies all the time, I think it’s a good idea to review and of course, learn something new.

    I’m also hoping to drop in some TIPS along the way … as I’m sure my “Almost Bald Chronicler” colleague and “nette” will also be doing. In fact nette is already at week 8… I’d better get hopping. 🙂

    P.S. I do enjoy good library humor… so if you run into anything… drop in a comment here or email it to me at brown@hcplonline.info …. thanks.