Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Friday, December 14, 2007
Here's what I like:
1. It's easy to keep documents private and secure, and be able to access them from any computer with internet access.
2. It's easy to share documents that you want to collaborate with someone on.
3. It's easy to publish documents to the web for others to view.
Here's what I don't like:
1. The formatting is not as sophisticated as Word. While this may be good for some users, for most it is prohibitive of creating a nice looking online document.
2. That Google Docs is a replacement for other programs, such as Word, on the library's public computers. Maybe some day soon this will be okay, but until we reach the day when it is just as easy to use as Word, we will be underserving patrons. Setting up an account is too difficult for some people, especially as you must have an active email account to set up a Google Docs account. For those who just need to type a letter and will never use the program again, this is a big hurdle.
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Animals - Dog
Blogs- Likely Stories (blog.booklistonline.com), PostSecret (postsecret.blogspot.com)
Books- A Thousand Splendid Suns, There is No Me Without You, The Omnivore's Dilemma
Movies- Annie Hall, Amelie, Dan in Real Life
Activities- Umm, reading. Mountain biking, cooking, painting, taking pictures
Movie Stars-Jude Law???
Music- Badly Drawn Boy, Wilco, Michael Franti, Ozomatli,
Place in Santa Cruz County - Wilder Ranch, Beach between Sunny Cove and 26th Ave.
Restaurants- Nuevo, Pink Godzilla, Dharmas
Sports Stars- Used to be Marion Jones, before the steroids debacle.
Stores- Bookshop Santa Cruz, Best of Everything, New Leaf
TV Show- Six Feet Under, 30 Rock
Vacation Spots- Taos, Tahoe, Paris
Web tools- ScreenGrab, Pandora, all Google products
Websites- Epicurious, Facebook
However, I have never used Library Success: A Best Practices Wiki. This looks like a good example of wikis can work well. Also, The Princeton Public Library Summer Reading wiki is a good example of a wiki working well. So much depends on those who are contributing to the wiki. If contributions follow a clear set of guidelines and the formatting stays the same throughout, then a wiki can be very useful. However, if if there is not a straight set of guidelines, a wiki can become a free-for-all.
Nancy Pearl's Booklust wiki has taken a turn for the better recently. For a few months, it was really a mess of contributions without formatting or proper organizations. It is now organized, and probably moderated, and no longer spinning out of control.
I checked Kindle on Google Trends and it didn't even register. People are more interested in Donda West's funeral and Oprah's favorite things, and I don't blame them.
I really like that I can subscribe to a feed of my search, and keep current on whether or not the Kindle will really be the NBT.
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Friday, November 9, 2007
I've added a badge to my blog.
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
So I've decided to do my own search to see if I can out roll a popular rollyo-er.
Hmm. What interests me?
I love my dog.
Dogs! A popular search!
I add five or so dog-related sites to my search, then create my search, then I search.
I type, "husky."
And... it takes what seems like forever, then...
Excellent! I get a variety of results from the American Kennel Club, Dogster, DogChannel, and a variety of sponsored links (which are NOT helpful). My search results are exactly what I was hoping for, though!
Here's my search: http://rollyo.com/search.html?q=husky&sid=325373
Monday, November 5, 2007
Friday, October 26, 2007
It started with the tags. Then came the appeal of being able to choose or create a display style for the books in my library. Then I became obsessed with your widget that I could add to blogs (except for MySpace). Now I've added a couple of reviews! Each time I log in, I learn how to do something new. I especially like the recommendations (LibrarySuggester) that you give based upon what's in my library. I can get recommendations for fiction or nonfiction and recommendations for only certain tags. I'm looking forward to a long and fruitful relationship.
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
So, I am yet another Google victim. I use many of their products, primarily because it is easy to be logged in to only one thing.
But reader is a great, great tool. It is very similar to Bloglines. It makes it so easy to keep up with blogs and news of particular interest. Like earlier this fall when I decided to become a Denver Broncos fan ( I don't like football). I subscribed to the New York Times sports news on the Broncos thinking that I would read it when I read library related blogs and news and then I would be able to say, "did you see that fumble in yesterday's game?" and really impress people, but no. No, I don't read it. Football. Yuck.
A feed reader can really help keep you up to date, but you have to actually read the feeds to know what is going on.
So the news today is that Google has launched a new filter for videos on YouTube. From what I can tell they are doing this to satisfy the plaintiffs in the billion dollar lawsuit.
Originally uploaded by Abbeywoofwoof
Using Big Huge Labs, I made a magazine cover using one of my Flickr pictures. Not one to put myself on the cover of a magazine, I chose Abbey. Giving one of her sassiest looks. She looks just like a Vogue model, right?
Here's the link to Big Huge Labs magazine creator:
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
Originally uploaded by Abbeywoofwoof
I have had a Flickr account for over a year. Take note that I say I've had an account for over a year, but not have been using Flickr for over a year. It's one of those things that I had forgotten that I had signed up for and had even uploaded a few pictures to. It's pretty fun, but I like Google's Picasa better for my personal use. I like to share pictures, but not necessarily with everyone. And Picasa has a built in photo editing tool so I had get rid of all that red-eye!
Anyway, here's an example of my technical difficulties earlier this week. I had a CD that I wanted to listen to in my car on my drive to work one morning. But it didn't play. So I plugged in my iPod and it promptly froze (for the first time in its life!). And then I tried to take a picture of it and my camera wouldn't focus. And no, I wasn't driving past the Mystery Spot.
This blog entry posted directly from Flickr, BTW.
Friday, October 5, 2007
Check this out: www.squidfingers.com/patterns/
Fun patterns to download and use!
Friday, September 28, 2007
Some things of note:
Fridays 8-10 in the Headquarters Training Room we will have Discovery Sessions! I'll be at most of the sessions (8:30-10) and would love to have others come.
Tuesdays 12:30-1:30 in the Central Meeting Room we are having a support group for the 23 things. I'll be at those, too.
I'm not an expert by any means, and I will be learning along with everyone else, but I may be able to provide a few pointers along the way. I'm also looking forward to learning from everyone else. I hope to see some people at these sessions!