Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Thing 23

How could you draw on what you have learned in 23 Things to help you in your work?

I now have some knowledge, albeit rudimentary, of a number of technologies that I had never even heard of before. Some of the tools, like Delicious and the Google products are creating efficiences in my daily work practices. Perhaps even more importantly, I feel that I have a bit more of an understanding of some of the implications of Web 2.0 for libraries.

How could the library use the technologies featured in 23 Things to improve its service?

The Library Thing product is a good enhancement. I can see potential of Youtube for library promotion and education, and of RSS feeds.

Do you think you’ll keep blogging or keep using any of the other tools you learned about?

Will probably not keep blogging, but I may do at some future time, and can see potential. Will definitely keep using Delicious and will explore Flickr and RSS feeds more at some stage.

Were there any take-aways or unexpected outcomes from this program that surprised you?

The big surprise for me was that I have actually enjoyed most of the program!

What could we do differently to improve upon this program’s format or concept?

Can't really see any need for improvement.

If we offered another discovery program like this in the future, would you again choose to participate?

The program was excellent, congratulations Jason, and thanks Adrian for making us do it! I found the self-paced nature of the program great, as I started on it very late, but was still able to complete it. The fact that everyone was doing the program at roughly the same time led to some great collaborative work, and has been a good team-building exercise. I would definitely be keen to do more programs like this.

Thing 22

Have only had time so far to dip into the material relating to Web and Library 2.0 respectively. My attention was immediately caught by the stated Library 2.0 principle that 'Libraries embrace radical trust'. No doubt because 'part of the appeal of the term ‘radical trust’ is its quasi-moralistic/spiritual/revolutionary tone'! (Chan, 2006). Have started doing some reading about this, and moved through a reaction of distaste when I found the application of the concept in a marketing context to remaining interested in how this idea applies to how we manage library collections. Will continue reading in this area.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Thing 21

IGoogle is one of my favourites - I especially like my Random Cat of the Day gadget!

Things 18, 19 and 20

I like Google maps, have been using this for a while. Google docs has lots of potential - did some work with Lyn on the Berwick rosters using this tool. Google books also a useful tool for collection development.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Thing 17

Not sure if this type of social networking is for me, however have set up a Facebook account.

Friday, September 5, 2008

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Thing 16

Lots of stuff here, what a range! Can see potential of this technology. Am trying to send a youtube link to my blog, but am having trouble......