Archives for the month of: July, 2008

Yes, I am blowing through the weeks I missed pretty fast. I have to make up the time because the program started and I was away from the office.

The question for week 4 was: Which Web 2.0 technology have you found most challenging so far? Why?

I don’t usually find the technologies challenging, once I get into them, but I do find a couple things surrounding the technologies challenging:

  • getting started, trying things out
  • hearing about cool technologies or sites
  • finding help

Getting Started, Trying Things Out

Well, if it is working fine, why change?

As librarians, we can’t think that way, we constantly have to try new things and change, which makes doing it at home more challenging. Who wants to sit at home in front of the computer after working in front of a screen all day? I find that the difference is the fun. A lot of Web 2.0 technologies have a fun factor that our normal online searching sites and library catalogs don’t have. I think that knowing that something will be fun makes it easier to get started.

I also think that if websites or technologies can be used in something you want to try (like adding Delicious to your Facebook profile), then it makes the whole thing easier. You are repurposing content so you don’t have to create new content for each new Web 2.0 technology you try. Flickr is great at making photos available in other places.

Hearing about Cool Technologies or Sites
While this may seem like a no-brainer, for people who consume vast amounts of information and spit it back out, finding info about things that aren’t related to your specific field can be a challenge. I just don’t go to the sites and blogs that announce them. I am not sure if I have time to go to those sites and blogs either. Some newsletters help and, of course, being friends with other tech savvy folk is always useful, but it remains a problem.

Finding Help

If there are help screens (see Delivr), the dudes writing them haven’t talked to users. I can almost never find exactly what I am looking for and I think the help screens need some librarian intervention. Help screens are undervalued and resources are not put toward them as they should be.

I never looked at the Google Blog Directiory, and especially not the Information Science section, but I did today as part of SLA’s 23 Things and thought it was useful. I highlighted a couple of blogs of the many interesting items listed. I was thrilled to find LISNews again after having it drop off my radar due to a forced homepage project where I work. I am also intrigued by the Handheld Librarian and wll have to take a closer look.

BTW, Icerocket, a blog statistics tracking widget/program looks interesting. I’ll have to play around with that and see if anyone is reading.

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Collaborative Weblogs
Reference > Libraries > Library and Information Science > Weblogs > Collaborative Weblogs

Collaborative forum for library and information science current events, brain-child of Blake Carver.

The Handheld Librarian-
Collaborative newslog on library applications for handhelds.

Library Grrrls!’s Journal-
Collaborative arena for discussing library work issues, women’s evolving roles in libraries, and general library bitching.
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The bad of the web is that it is a time suck. There are other bad things like scams and viruses, but the time suck part is quite insidious. The web is FUN and web 2.0 makes it more fun.

I think that librarians are in their element now with all of the ways of connecting various Web 2.0 applications into feeds and posts to Facebook, etc. I wish that librarians were more out in the forefront and think that this whole SLA23Things project rocks.

There will always be more to learn to what can we do to continue learning? During Week 2, a lady posted about Tumblr. I took a look and didn’t understand it right off the bat and will have to go back, but an option is to have a monthly post or email about something new.

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As technology continues to evolve to accommodate social collaboration and innovation, the world becomes “flatter” and more connected. You’ve already touched many of the new ways that people are sharing photos, videos, blogged thoughts and experiences, and connection with their network of contacts. Global companies have invited consumers to collaborate openly in the development of products and marketing organizations are learning to involve consumers in interactive experiences with their brands.

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While it is fabulous to be able to get news in a second and wonderful to view online albums of photos from friends, one of the best parts of the Internet and its functionality is getting access to materials to which ordinary people would never have access.

The project to digitize the Codex Sinaiticus has been several years in the making and it is finally coming online this week. While most people won’t be able to read the ancient text, having access and being able to puzzle over the words yourself without an intermediary provides the opportunity to translate the Bible yourself and make your own interpretation.

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LONDON, England (CNN) — The oldest known surviving copy of the New Testament gets the modern touch Thursday when parts of it go online for the first time.

The full manuscript of the Codex Sinaiticus will be online a year from now.

While the Codex contains all of the New Testament, it also includes part of the Old Testament and originally contained the entire text of the Christian Bible. The manuscript also includes the Apocrypha, 14 disputed books of the Old Testament that are usually omitted from the Protestant Bible. It also includes two early Christian texts: the “Epistle of Barnabas” and the “Shepherd of Hermas.”

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I bought the new version of Photoshop Elements with the intention of making squares of smaller photos to post to my blog once in a while. It never happened; I can’t figure out how to do it. Imagine my thrill when Julie posted this online mosaic maker! I can’t wait to try it out. Thanks, Julie
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Mosaic Maker: Create a photo mosaic from your digital photographs
Make a mosaic from a photoset, favorites, tags, or individual digital photographs or images. It’s a whole world of creative photo possibilities — themes, colors, shapes. So, get that digital camera out and shoot some photos!
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