Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Antlers Hotel

Okay--found the Antlers Hotel and successfully uploaded. On to more practice and learning of techniques.


Originally uploaded by p.csizmadia
Learning to add photos. This one had a Blog This! tag. Makes life easier.

Chocolate Truffles for Librarians

Learning how to add photos to my blog! Sometimes works, sometimes doesn't.

Friday, September 28, 2007

Flickr: Search

Flickr: Search

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Week 9, Thing 23

The first library I remember using was a Carnegie Library and thinking about Andrew Carnegie--see left-- makes the Web 2.0 concept even stronger: bring information and reading to all. We may not agree with the way Carnegie made his fortune, but his model of sharing the possibility of knowledge is extremely relevant to Web 2.0. Our leaders in CSLA are to be congratulated for envisioning the program, fashioning it as a summer treat, to be imbibed slowly, a sip at a time.

Of course, this is only the beginning. The Web 2.0 class showed us what the next wave of web communication can deliver. We learned so much--now to go back, learn more deeply, and begin to apply. I am already thinking of the ways I can use many of the tools to improve communication and productivity within the committees on which I serve at school. And technical questions--many how-to's--continue to develop. Weeks ago, I wrote technical services at one of the touted sites we studied and never heard back from them. We have to work together, engaging everyone on campus with technical expertise in order to improve skills throughout the school.

Big jobs ahead of us. Thank you, CSLA, for leading us. And many thanks to my daughters for faithfully reading the blog and providing fashion advice for my avatar! My community of Santa Cruz has a wonderful history of Carnegie Libraries. Read about it here: http://www.santacruzpl.org/history/libsch/carnegie.shtml

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Week 9, Thing 22

Explored e-books at the World Book Fair, also Project Gutenberg. Great to have free access to complete text of books out of copyright, but limited number of students want to read these. Always good to have for reference purposes--check on things--way we are using Amazon and Google books now to check on character's names, settings, whatever.

Pay for downloads of ebooks? I don't know if my student population is ready for that yet. Our public library does have ebooks available for loans--limited number of student based options, and when I talk to the public librarians they have mentioned that most popular use is for technical books. I have yet to see students popping Sony's reader--is it called the e-reader?

PrintQ and other companies that print on demand will be huge. Libraries probably can operate more cheaply by printing and distributing materials as needed than by accessing, cataloging, circulating, and holding materials. Time to check for library research articles on that issue.