UK Blue 2.0

Friday, April 4, 2008

Weeks 11 & 12: Social Networking

I like these last activities! For the first one I created a MySpace account. I have experience with Facebook, but I had yet to join the MySpace scene. Now I have. Once I get into it I will see how it compares to Facebook. Here is what I have so far:

Facebook is something I have enjoyed for a few years now. I originally joined when it was for college students exclusively. It has undergone several changes and additions, but for the most part I am happy with it. I know that social networking can be good for libraries to connect with its patrons, but it is something I just do for fun and I want to keep it that way. Here is a link to it: but I think I have the privacy settings so that there won’t be much to see!
In the past I created a LinkedIn account, but I don’t check it very much. The purpose is for people to network for professional reasons, which was why I joined. I can see this becoming a popular site and hope to use it more in the future.

Weeks Nine and Ten Photos, Images, Podcasting, Video

So I am a little behind but I would like to have this finished by the deadline, although the staff has been kind enough to extend it. Nevertheless I will be blogging my experiences while I am actually experiencing them! Basically, I am blogging while doing the activities instead of after having completed them because I have two sets to conquer. It should be noted that I have enjoyed what I have completed so far. The Flickr activity was simple since I had a Yahoo account. I uploaded a picture of “pineapple literature” that was taken while on vacation in Hawaii a few years back. Obviously it is not a great photo but I am not a great photographer, so bear with me. Here is where that can be found:

I have a relative who uses one of these services to send pictures of her kids, so I do have some familiarity with it and perhaps will continue posting pictures. I just don’t take photos that often so I imagine I will forget that I have Flickr before the next round of pictures is taken. But you never know!
The next activity is Podcasting. This is such a complicated procedure! Of the three activities given this time, this is the one of which I have the least knowledge. However, I have enjoyed listening to the podcasts and learning more about them. I have listened to some of the ones people in the Blue 2.0 program have posted and I must say I am impressed! I have also looked on the Internet and it’s amazing how much stuff is out there.
I do enjoy Youtube so I found this activity to be enjoyable. I used “libraries” as a search term and found a wide variety of material. I saw how libraries are using this popular medium to promote and explain its services, as well as for other purposes. I saw demonstrations of “chat reference” as well as promotions for ALA. I was pleased with what I found. Yet for mine I am choosing a Sesame Street clip about libraries only because it amuses me. I can sympathize with the librarian and the lack of communication between him and the “patron.”

Friday, March 7, 2008

Weeks 7 & 8: Play Week

These two weeks we are presented with a bunch of activities and are allowed to pick two of them. The first one I selected was the fourth activity, which requires us to check out Encore, the new catalog. I must admit I am not a huge fan, mainly because I am familiar and comfortable with InfoKat so it isn’t convenient for me to use this one, especially since I am in need of a catalog for many of my tasks. I can see Encore being successful for non-specific, general searching needs. In fact, Encore reminds me of the catalog from the local public library. As I usually have certain information and certain ways of performing searches, I prefer something where I can have limits and specifications in order to retrieve what I need. In a formatting sense, I don’t find is as useful since some items only have pop-up window options, and the window opens up to the original InfoKat record. Therefore, I’d rather use InfoKat so I don’t have more windows open on my computer.

The second activity I ended up selecting accidentally. A link was posted for Web 2.0 Winners. I started perusing through it and found many fun things! There are many categories ranging from “Digital Storage and Remote Access” to “Social Networking”. I enjoyed the “Fun Stuff” category. One in particular is a site where “true stories are told in one sentence.” It was amusing to read through the creative postings. I imagine I will continue looking through the links on this page since so far I have only viewed a few.

Friday, February 15, 2008

Activity 1: Create a account

Okay, I am doing this a bit backwards since my Google docs activity is already posted. I enjoy the concept of It is a smart way to organize as well as make access easy and available for use at any time.

Here is mine:

Activity 2: Google Docs

These activitivies are very interesting. I had heard of the sites but have never used them nor really understood their purposes. They are worthy sites to havefor use on a public computer. Of course, the organizational aspects are appreciated too.

Thursday, January 31, 2008

RSS, newsreaders and wikis

The third and fourth activities involve RSS and wikis. We created Bloglines accounts and added feeds. I found this one to be slightly more confusing than creating a wiki, but I think I figured it out and it didn’t take too much time. Perhaps since I was more familiar with wikis, that activity seemed easier. Wikis could be practical for use within an institution, since the editing features could be handy for updates, etc.

Here is a link to my wiki:

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Instant Messaging

The next activity involves using IM. As I have been it using for years, I find this activity to be more fun than anything else. However, I know it can be a useful professional tool. I am most familiar with how it can be used for Chat Reference, which I think is a great library service. Nevertheless, I am sure there are many other ways it can be useful in the workplace and I look forward to learning more about them.