October 06, 2008
My favorite thing was LibraryThing, I love this website and can happily spend hours on it. I love the social interaction with other people and how you can build up your profile making it more and more personal which then leads you to more aspects of the site and things you might like. My reserve list is already filling up with their reading suggestions. I think that the social interaction and how it adapts to you and gives you suggestions are all the best aspects of web 2.0 and the ones I am most keen to see incorporated into our library.
While the Image generator sites and YouTube are a lot of fun I also really enjoyed finding out about the more educational ones. I really liked the Rollyo technology and I think I will come back to my personal search engine a lot.
Many thanks to the Web 2.0 Admin team for their helpful and encouraging comments and everyone else who took time to comment.
I feel a great sense of accomplishment in having finished, however I think I will miss it a bit.
Thanks for everything
If these new technologies can bring new people into the library, they need to be utilised but it is very important to use them the right way to have a major effect.
October 05, 2008
Facebook is a great tool for keeping in touch and recently it has enabled me to reconnect with friends I hadn't seen for about 7 years. This personal side of Facebook is great and I am very curious to see how libraries will come to use these sites in the future.
October 03, 2008
Ebooks are fantastic and I was very happy to read all the articles on how they are becoming more and more available. I use ebooks all the time for research at university and it is great as it lets everyone have a change to read it and not just the crazy people who start their essays two months early. With ebooks everyone gets a turn and there are no recall wars.
I searched for Jane Eyre on Project Gutenburg and I was impressed by their range. It's great that you can also download audio versions which I plan to try out for myself. Once you have actually chosen a book however, I found the print size and style very unappealing. It would be great if in the future they could become more readable.
One of My favorite authors Diana Gabaldon regularly realises podcasts of news and other information on her website that I listen to. I think they are a great tool as they are capible of so much variety, as you can listen to them anywhere. They are great for lazy people and have that added leval of personality which is nice.
October 01, 2008
All these sites are so fantastic and I had fun exploring a few of them as one was not enough. I was really pleased to see how many I already knew about from doing this program, really getting up to date with what is happening on the web.
I had a look a the books category as that is what I am most interested in and had a look at all the sites. I chose to focus on VuFind and I was very impressed by what I found. I love the social interaction of this site, how you can leave comments and tags and I think the link to Amazon reviews is a fantastic idea. I look at these all the time an they have been very helpful.
I think it is great that this is the direction that libraries are going in and it can't come soon enough.
I also really loved Onesentence, such a great idea and I spent over an hour reading the funny and poignant stories. I can see this becoming a great procrastinating tool in the future.
I found the site fun and easy to use, all the formats are similar to Microsoft Word so that made it simple. I had great fun playing around with the Zoho Show, great lot of templates and clip art and the Writer is a great tool.
I decided to create a search engine that could be useful in my art history studies. I get most of my information out of books but I still use websites to get good colour representations of paintings and often short summaries of paintings to get me thinking. I put lots of the official art gallery sites as I knew they are trustworthy and fulled with interesting facts as well as links to scholarly journals and more amateur sites that I still like. Rollyo is a great tool that I think I will come back to again.
Link to my Search Roll
September 30, 2008
The interaction with other people on this site is great, through forums, reviews and the cool feature of finding people with the same books as you. The reading suggestions are also very good. The only complaint I have is that often the search brings up very poor results and the book I want is often not on the first page.
I am very excited about the possibilities for colaberation with libraries, as the visual and interactine acpects of this site are very cool.
The link to by catalog is here, hopping to add more soon.
September 29, 2008
I liked this image so much that I chose to add it to my blog as the front of my posts. I tried to add it as my banner but couldn't get it to work. I played around with a few other images (I could spend hours on this site) and also looked around some of the other blogs out of interest to see how everyone else had done it. I found some very cool and creative images. I Would love to come back to this site to add more things as I am trying to personalise my blog more.
September 28, 2008
My favorite wiki is of course Wikipedia it is such an amazing body of information and it is my first port of call when I'm looking something up. People go on about how unreliable it is but, I've never had a problem and the many people that add to it daily are amazing.
The possibilities for their use in libraries are very fascinating. One of the best ideas I read about was to try and make the library page for a specific title on the catalog like the ones on Amazon. I am on Amazon almost every day looking at books, adding to my ever growing wish list and reading other people's review's about books I am interested in. Having this kind of system in a library catalog would be great as having one local to New Zealand would be a great step.
I think it is important to have some moderation by trained librarians like the SJCPL subject guides, but still encourage ordinary user imput as that is the way to build useful and reliable websites.
September 26, 2008
The aspects of web 2.0 I would really like to see added to library systems is programs such as LibraryThing (which I absolutely love) and tags. Tags are great because they put the power in the hands of the user/ordinary person.
I do think that changing existing library systems and educating patrons will be a challenge, but the usefulness in web 2.0 technology for access to library services and in enhancing these services will be worth it.
We are the machine!
On technorati I could not find the search box with the 3 drop down options, just a simple search line. I searched for web 2.0 on this but didn't come up with anything particually interesting or relevent.
I'm very excited by the possibilities for libraries in this new technology. I've always been very frustrated by the restriction of cataloging and I love being able to create my own tags.
I took the next step (yeah me) and created my own account on delicious, it's a great ideas and since my computer is always breaking down and losing all my bookmarks I will love having them stored forever in cyberspace. It was great fun creating my own tags and unlike my bookmark toolbar on this site the more the better and I will enjoy adding as many as I can to My new account.
September 25, 2008
There is so much stuff out there it is a little overwelming. The best thing I learnt the meaning of the orange symbol, its so easy to add using it. Now I'll keep my eyes out for it on all my websites and add them to my feeds, I love have everything together like that.
I liked learning about Rss, even though I think of myself as quite computer savvy I have never heard of them before. I was quite daunted ad the start as I thought it looked very difficult and I found the Discovery Resources quite confusing. But once I got to actually making my account I found it nice and straight forward and didn't have any problems. I found the Bloglines suggestions very useful and interesting and I am looking forward to keeping up to date with all my movie news. Great to have feeds to sites like Rotten Tomatoes, which i really like but always forget to check.
September 08, 2008
The technology of the DVD changed the way movies are made and opened up a whole new world for movie lovers. The quality of the DVD was so good that no only could it give a cinema-like experience in your own home but with the amount of space available the "Special Features." These have totally changed many viewing experiences and added so much to the world of movies. Some of the best examples of these are deleted scenes especially when integrated into the movie like the Lord of the Rings extended edition (best movies ever made), informative "makings of" and director and cast commentaries with offer an often humorous and always enlightening incite into the movie making process. (The cast commentary on The Two Towers DVD is possibly the funniest thing you will ever hear).
Due to my feelings about DVDs I was very sad to hear that they are in the process of being replaced by a new model the Blue-Ray, which may be better but could never hold such a place in my heart.
I could spend hours going through the Flickr Color Pickr, so clever. I love how it doesn't really have a purpose, its just really fun and pretty.
But the application I found the most interesting and useful was the "Trip Planner," such a great idea to share your experience with others, see what are the best places to go and see and really get a feel for a destination. Travelers rate each activity and destination as well as keeping a diary of their activities. I loved reading about the totally different trips different people had in similar places and I have added even more destinations to my growing list of places I must travel.
This site is so much fun, I had a quick tour and look around and I am looking forward to more exploration later. It is great to have a safe place to store all my photos and I plan to upload some of my own.
Since I'm doing all theses activities at home in my holidays I can't take pictures of my library so I went searching. As I was recently at World Youth Day 2008 in
I enjoyed creating my blog, it was extremely simple and easy and it is fun to play around with my Profile.Creating my own alias was fun, it's a combination of two of my favorite fictional characters. I chose Blogger because it seemed to be the most straightforward and it was. I was surprised to find how simple it was, it was great because it goes through Gmail which already has all my information so sighing up was quick and easy. Haven't started playing around with the settings yet but looking forward to personalizing my blog more.