Friday, August 14, 2009

Thing 23: Reflection   I added a bit more to my posts...) 

nt23 says: Congratulations! You’ve made it to the end of North Texas 23: A roundup of Web 2.0 technology! You’ve worked hard to complete each of the 23 Things. For this final Thing, take a moment to think about what you’ve done. What was your favorite or least favorite Thing? What was challenging for you? What did you learn? What new technologies will you use in your library? Write a paragraph or more, reflecting upon your experiences.

Least favorite thing = Ning (I didn't feel compelled to add much, but admired TWU's site). too much to do on the podcast one (review a few, answer questions) If ya got the equipt, try it out.

Favorite thing = Image Generators - I had fun playing with a tool I didn't have to sign up for

Challenges = I enjoyed being on the leadership team but doing that and NT23 took some serious weekend time management. After a tool that isn't for you, or takes up a chunk of time like the podcast one, it's hard to jump on the bandwagon immediately (other times I didn't want to stop going through the tools). I did learn from participants who had some posts far superior to mine, so I wouldn't trade the experience.

I learned that motivation is a virtue and we all waver and excel in that regard at times :)

Technologies I would use (am using) include wikis (pbworks is for me) and maybe even playing with the image generator to spiffy up logos.


Now to check on my peeps...then i am done. This was a fun program, thanks!!!!

Thing 22: Developing your own 23 Things for your library

nt23 asks: Think about your own library for a moment. Perhaps everyone from your library participated in this program. Perhaps you are the only one. Regardless, write a paragraph about how you could adapt this program to increase the technology skill level among the staff at your library. Even if all staff at your library has gone through this program, there is so much more to be learned. It is not necessary to limit this to just library staff, however. For example, perhaps you are a librarian at a school. This type of program could be adapted for all the staff at your school.

I developed a set of condensed 23 things for University of North Texas. I encouraged people to partcipate in nt23 even if they didn't come to the workshops (and visa versa). What I did was identify several practical technologies for the academic library world. There were guest speakers (including a few slis students at UNT who assisted in order to having teaching experience). My only regret is that I wish something like this was mandated for the reference librarians, if not with one of us on their own. It's embarrassing if you say you hate facebook, delicious or blogs and never tried to use any of them, right? Anyone? Tee Hee.
1. Focus your list (library specific is best)
2. Invite/market your workshops (know your audience)
3. Create handouts (pdfs for macs please)
4. Have a instructors who want to teach or facilitate who also have patience or a passion for teaching technology skills. Note to participants that they don't have to endorse all the technologies.

Well overall it was a blast, and the participants left with blogs, wikis, flickr accounts, and ideas for use. You can find the blurb and the handouts (handouts should be incorporated for independent learners and distance students). The plan is to offer a similar series of workshops for students, faculty, and staff for the fall or spring semester. (My first round was limited to staff so they felt comfortable)

Thing 21: Podcasts

REVIEWS: (Lot to do this week for NT23!)
nt23Q: 1For Thing 21, listen to a few library podcasts, and write about them in your blog. How was the audio quality? Were they interesting enough to make you want to subscribe to them? What sorts of topics did they cover

BookTalks Quick and Simple

Friendly, voice but a little fuzzy (for a second). "Ace your research paper" by Gaines. Peaks interest for the book. Misspelled on website. I could see a parent getting this for a kid. Since I work at an academic library this k-12 podcast is not for me, but I applaud public and school librarians using them.

Shelf Life: Cornell University
Now this is one I would subscribe to but it's Cornell specific so I'm not sure. Audio quality was good. I listened to Susette Newberry discussing LibX, which was pretty good. Hard thing to describe (no visual) but the speaker did a good job and the modertor asked essentials :where do you get LibX, less trouble with the authentication system (easier off campus access). etc. As a librarian, I like it. Students... I hope so! I will share with a collegue who developed LibX at the University of North Texas.

Swilly Library Talking Points
Okay money (or food) talks when you're a student. So just to see how it was carried out (not planning to subscribe) I listed to the podcast Library Director responds to survey, announces $25 winner . Woah--she actually gave a couple of specifics about how to "address concerns." Good PR, telling patrons "prove to you that your opinions matter." Did a patron throw a tantrum? Hope not! The content of the podcasts varies from "What are you reading?" which is a cool idea, to contest winners. The audio quality was very good. The rock music in the beginning was hip...just tell people not to turn up their ipods too loud (been there, done that).

Mohawk college - Braincasts Podcast
Mohawk college? Heck yes I will give that a listen. Braincast 15 - Wild and Wonderful wikis. While I was expecting punk music, I heard some jazzy bass. The audio quality was okay, Sue sounded less echo-y than Larry but they may have done that on purpose. Not subscribing but maybe if I check out more tech tools they discuss I will change my mind. I do want some staff members to listen to this, muhahahah. I think 8 minutes may be too much for a I like her mock fear about people who don't know HTML editing wikis, but that is either because I'm a technie nerd or a librarian:)

nt23Q2: Do you think that podcasts be useful to your patrons? If so, what types of podcasts do you think would interest them? Post your thoughts to your blog.

Podcasts: some are enlightening and others are sleep-inducing. t sure if I could do better though. If they are helpful or interesting, as well as brief, they could be great for patrons. Podcasts of interest would introduce them to resources that can either assist them or make their library experience enjoyable (CDs, etc). I like the ones on technology because sometimes I find that people need a reason to PLAY even for a few minutes and I want to say, just try it, pleezzz

Thing 20: YouTube

We've starting using YouTube videos for library instruction at UNT. I do like how you can have a private account (used that for our ill-fated book cart drill team videos, ha) and also save your favorites. Sure, the educational videos are mixed in with the zany "look what I can do" shtick, but YouTube is still pretty darn cool. For the BPM vox video section, I found "library" Youtube videos-educational and fun. Seinfield Library detective, ha!

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Thing 19: Google Docs

I actually ended up using Google Docs quite a bit for work the last couple of weeks. As part of a training group using a gmail account for communications, it was easy to colloborate and export the document to a pdf or word doc. I like using wikis like pbworks for my docs, but google docs are a good colloborative space. I never did check out the blog before. Nice!

Thing 18: wikis

I like how the coordinator of Thing 18
set up a wiki where people can just play around with the concept without signing up. Wetpaint was used.
Although I am partial to pbworks, I gave it a shot. Pretty neat!

nt23 says: Under that page, create sub-pages on your hobbies, interests, career, or anything else you would like to share with others. Create at least 3 sub-pages so you can see how Wiki hierarchies work. Make sure you are on the "parent" page (the one that you want to add sub-pages to), and then click the Add a New Page link on the left hand side of your screen.
To save your work after editing a page, use the Save button in the
EasyEdit Toolbar.

I added 3 pages under the Lilly main page: Lilly's Hobbies, Lilly's Interests, and Lilly's Carreer (the final page obviously illustrates I am not an editor, as I misspelled Career.
Got an annoying flashing pop-up on wetpaint, so I wouldn't use this format professionally (again, partial to Pbworks, sorry--it was still an interesting experiment though!

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Thing 17: LibWorm

If you sign up for an account you can e-mail links and save clippings, but a quick search of LibWorm yields some helpful results. Ex. Virtual Reference.

nt23 says:
Try doing a Phrase search using the name of your library. What did you find?

search for University of North Texas Libraries :
The first result was actually about UNT and TWU participants in the North Texas 23 team:

North Texas 23: A Roundup of Web 2.0 Technology!: Thing 14: Delicious email this article save this article to My Clippings
-Shaun Seibel, University of North Texas Libraries -Lilly Ramin, University of North Texas Libraries -Greg Hardin, Texas Woman's University Libraries
Source: pligg - all - June 23, 2009 Tags: Public Libraries
Other entries included posts from tame the web and our government document digital collection. The phrase without quotes appears to alternate between finding the phrase and the components as a keyword.