Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Friday, May 15, 2009
I learned more about the other NJSL staff members as I did this. Although I didn't have much time to read their blogs, I did check to see who was following me. I intend to start following them too.
I really liked the format and the concept. Bob and Andrea, you did a great job! The only change I might make to this exercise is to give everyone a little more time to complete the 13 items. I know it seemed like we had enough time to do it and maybe a lot of people did, but I found that I didn't because of all my work commitments right now.
If you offered another discovery program like this in the future I would definitely do it.
Thursday, May 14, 2009
This is where I'm going on vacation! I love Italy and Venice is one of the most beautiful cities anywhere.
In looking for photos on Flickr, I found that there were a lot of photos to choose from, almost too many! I'd start looking in one tag and then see something else I wanted to check out. It's very easy to get distracted and spend hours instead of minutes looking at them - not a bad thing except when you don't really have the time.
I can't wait to upload some of my photos from my trips over the years in Flickr so my friends can finally see them. I've been promising since I first started traveling in 1995 but most are still in print form in shoe boxes or on my digital camera.
This beautiful photo of gondolas in Venice isn't my photo, it was originally uploaded by lalla2006. Thanks lalla2006. Great shot.
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
I posted my blog on the Favorite Blogs page of the NJSL Technology Tapas wiki. It took me a few minutes because you do have to type in your URL and blog name exactly. It was fun "playing" by adding comments to other favorite pages.
Wikis don't seem to be that unique anymore but libraries still don't seem to be using them as much as they could be. Policies and procedures and strategic plans can be posted on wikis so they can be accessed by everyone in the library and easily updated as needed. I love the fact that Best Practices are being posted on wikis. Any programs that we want others to see and add their own ideas to should be available on a wiki. I would love to put the library winners of the Best Practices for Early Childhood Literacy programs on a wiki so libraries could add their own ideas to them. Everybody would benefit from the shared information. Booklists are also perfect for posting in wikis because titles can be deleted and added so easily. I also hope that the beautifully printed Guidelines for Young Adult Services in Public Libraries of New Jersey and the Guidelines for Children's Services in Public Libraries of New Jersey can be posted on a wiki. Since I'm having trouble converting them from a printed document to electronic text, it makes sense to retype them into a wiki so they can be easily revised as needed without costing so much to reprint them. I wouldn't have to do it all myself either, committee members could each do part of it at their leisure.
Although I knew a lot of them - Facebook, Yahoo! Answers, Monster, CareerBuilder, & have checked out others - Craigslist (love it), YouTube, Flickr and subscribe to Twitter (addicted) and Del.icio.us, there are so many I'd never heard of. I really liked the music site Last and Yelp was great in providing me with the names of some great local Indian restaurants.
The one that I looked at the longest was UPCOMING, an award winning Events site. I checked out all the music and performing arts events that are happening in the town and county where I live. This is a great site for any organization (including libraries) to post their events because it gets lots of hits and it's free. I noticed many libraries did list their events - from music performances to yard sales. I'll be sure to recommend it to my library colleagues.