Friday, September 21, 2007

New post--Storm coming up

Here's another video--trees in the wind. AND I added some NPR podcasts to my bloglines account. Whooppee!

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Week 9--Thing 23--Wow!

I am so amazed, delighted, and grateful! I have learned so much more than just 23 things! There's so much technology out there, and I understand it's just the tip of the tip of things to come. But I have a glimpse--I've made a start!

Favorite parts?--writing in a blog, using photos from a digital camera (!), reading other people's blogs :), discovering the possibility of online work processing, finding music and books and podcasts--even videos--on line!

Least favorite parts?--the frustration of trying to understand procedures for simple (?)technical procedures--e.g. manipulating pictures in Flickr or even just setting up my blog!; wading through wordy, opinionated wiki entries, feeling stupid for not seeing any use for or Rollyo in what I do.

The unexpected wonderful part?--camaraderie with and help from co-workers. What a great bonding tool and a chance to learn together! Imagine--work sanctioned time to learn something great together. Not just sanctioned, but encouraged! :)

Things I wish you could do differently next time?--really consider what you'd like us to learn, run through the process ahead of time and look for pitfalls for us newbies. Explain simple procedures that really are NOT intuitive, like "uploading" pictures, why our entire BCPL email address really IS our Google name, or how to navigate in some of the websites. (The helpful hint handouts Joyce and Ellen gave us at the North Point catch-up sessions were WONDERFUL--wish I'd had them weeks before.) Believe me, techniques that tech-savvy people take for granted were horribly frustrating stumbling blocks for me. I spent hours trying to work in Flickr--when by chance I actually got two photos into the mosaic I was creating, I couldn't figure out what lucky button I had pushed so that I could repeat it for the last two photos.

BUT, if you do another discovery program in the future, YES, YES, please count me in. I am so blessed and excited about what I'm learning! I don't want to stop.

Week 9-Thing 22--Audio books

I set up an accoount on Overdrive, even though I don't have an internet connection at home. But I enjoyed choosing some titles as if I did--Elizabeth Peters for one. :) They even have graphic novels (!)
I downloaded a visual copy of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice from Project Gutenberg on to the work laptop desktop--ready for any afternoon break--and enjoyed the first two chapters. What a treat!

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Week 9-Thing 21--continued

HOORAY! I finally wrestled the RSS for British Old Time Radio to my bloglines account, too.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Week 9--Thing 21--Podcasts

Podcasts are great! I discovered a radio episode of a Peter Wimsey mystery, wonderful children's books read-alouds, and finally, a podcast site with a RSS feed. I added International Audio Tales for Kids to my blog (using the directions I kept in my 23 things notebook.:) I want to go back and look for more when I have the chance.
The Merlin podcasting link was more helpful than most of the podcast directories. I can see a lot of ways podcasting can be used in libraries--booktalks, reading children's stories, interviews, author talks, poetry slams, CEU workshops--and all this from someone who didn't even know what a podcast was two days ago.:)

Monday, September 17, 2007

Week 9--Thing 20--Spider Web video below

Please enjoy the spider web video in the blog below. (Blogspot won't let me rename that blog, so I'll just point you to it.)

Spider Web

On a misty morning in Herrington Manor State Park.