Wednesday, November 5, 2008

FINISHED.

Alright, I'm just going to answer the prompt questions..

1. The things I was most interested in were LibraryThing (which I've continued to use) and Bloglines (which I've also continued to use). Especially Bloglines, because I keep track of quite a few different things online, and it's nice to be able to have it all in one site. Rollyo was also pretty cool.

2. Um.. lifelong learning. Well. I know more about the Internet than before. And it's mostly useful stuff. So. It should help.. life. Did I get it right?

3. I was surprised at how many things interested me in this program, to be honest.. I kind of thought it was going to be just a boring "class" that is supposed to make us better library employees or something, but it was more than that.. it introduced me to some useful tools, things that I can use outside of work as well.

4. Improving the program? Don't force us to create so many accounts. It's hard to keep track of all of them.

5. I have no idea. I'm not the most up-to-date dude ever.

In closing, I would just like to say..

Thanks in advance for the Best Buy gift card. Goodbye.

Thing 22

Well, we're almost finished. Woo.

So I decided to use Overdrive, because it looked the easiest. Yeah.

Anyway, I looked around at a couple different books, and I requested one. I was told I'd get an e-mail when it becomes available. I'm not sure what that means, since there was no one in front of me on the list, but whatever. I checked my inbox and it wasn't there, so I will continue to wait for it. Anyway, it looks like it could be pretty useful, so I'm interested, and it seemed incredibly easy to use, so I'm excited. It seems like an excellent thing for a library to have, for obvious reasons..

Anyway, on to the final thing..

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Thing #21

I tried a couple podcasts on one of the lists and couldn't get them to work.. I finally was able to listen to one that posts electronic music (which I'm listening to as I type this..). I did subscribe to some feed about folk music, too, so.. yeah. I already knew about podcasts, I just don't use them. I never have found one that was particularly interesting, to be honest. Sorry. I don't really see what the library would use them for, either. But I'm just a page. Library assistant. Whatever.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Things 19 and 20

My eyes are bulging a little right now, because I just had a bunch of stuff typed out, and then somehow deleted it. Great thing is, Blogger autosaved right after I did it. Awesome.

Anyway, I was interested to see pandora.com on one of the Web 2.0 lists, because a friend had mentioned it to me, and I had meant to check it out for a while. Perfect.

It's a pretty awesome site. You can type in the name of any artist or song you want, and Pandora finds music similar to what you you've selected. You can create your own "radio station" that plays only the music that you want it to play. And the coolest thing is that it's all free. (As I understand it, the site is paid for by advertising..) Also, because it costs the site for every play(again, as I understand it), you can apparently skip only so many songs per hour. It's still awesome.

Thing 20

I didn't actually know that there are people out there who don't know what youtube is, but whatever.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nU96Yvk310s

No real video, but the song is amazing enough that every person who links to it should sit mesmerized through the entire thing. All fifteen minutes. Yes.



Hopefully that works..

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Things 17 and 18

Thing 17

I tried this a couple times and couldn't get it to work, so yeah. Sorry. I can't really say anything about it, which is why I combined two "things" into one post.

Thing 18

I must confess, this is the first I've ever heard of online apps. It's an interesting program, but I can't see that it would be useful to me.. I mean, I'm 16, it's not like I'm sending out lots of important documents.. but it's interesting, and I'm glad I know about it for future reference. Nice to stay with the times, I guess.

Still, I don't really have a problem with carrying stuff on my flash drive, I use a portable Internet browser anyway, so I have the flash drive plugged in either way.

But mainly, as I said, I just don't have any reason to use these apps.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

So yeah, more learning.

Well, I already know what wikis are, but I didn't realize there were so many of them. I will say that I'm constantly amazed by just how much information is available right at my fingertips. Now I sound like one of those over-enthusiastic elementary school teachers or something.

But yeah.

I checked out the BookLoversWiki and liked it, though it's still kind of small.. There are hardly any reviews up right now. Hopefully it grows, it's an easy-t0-use site for book reviews. For now, I'll still probably just do a google search or something.

I also looked at some of the other wikis, but wasn't terribly interested in most of the topics, to be honest. They looked kind of small as well. But whatever.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Okay, great...

So there's a search engine for blogs, and it's called Technorati.

I looked at a few random blogs.. one about Sarah Palin, one about the iPhone, one about Windows 7, and one about.. I can't remember. But anyway, yeah, I guess this could be useful, I'll definitely remember to use it when doing research on something I want to buy.. I mean, if there's any market for it at all, somebody's probably written a blog about it, so I will probably use Technorati in the future, yeah.

Anyway. I'm not going to do the optional thing, because I'm lazy.

Okay, let's get Library 2.0 in here, as well.

Um.. yeah. I'm not really a librarian... and I've worked here as a page for only a few weeks.. so maybe I'm missing something. But aren't libraries, like everybody else, always trying to adapt and change with the world around them? Aren't they, like everyone else, always trying to be more efficient, give better service, stay up-to-date?

I mean, like I said, maybe I'm missing the concept here. But it sounds like we're taking something that everybody does out of necessity, slapping on the rather kitchy (in my humble Library Page's opinion) label of "Library 2.0," and trying to make it something profound, when really, it's just things we're SUPPOSED to do anyway: provide good "customer service," run things smoothly, stay up with the times, etc. And if we haven't been doing that up until now.. well, I'm not sure what to say about that.

Seriously, if I'm misunderstanding this concept, help me out. I don't want to be blabbing about a topic about which I really know nothing. So enlighten me, I'm definitely open to looking at things from a different perspective.

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