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I hope you all have already had the chance to listen to this interview with Kee Malesky. I love it that NPR loves their librarians. Not only do they do interviews, but thank them at the end of shows. AWESOME!

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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 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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Check out the excellent article on social networking tools. Jill, the author, has great definitions and some tools that were new to me. Well worth a look:

Library Journal had a recent article about one of the ways that public libraries are using

beSpacific has a post that discusses cyberinfrastructure basics for librarians. Sabrina writes:

Cyberinfrastructure, Data, and Libraries, Part 1 – A Cyberinfrastructure Primer for Librarians, by Anna Gold, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, D-Lib Magazine, September/October 2007, Volume 13 Number 9/10.

  • “The following two-part article is offered to help open up the discussion with library practitioners working directly with research faculty and graduate students, advising on issues of scholarly communication, and concerned with providing relevant data services in the context of relatively well-established library-based data support programs in GIS, social science data, and bioinformatics. Part 1 provides a primer for librarians on cyberinfrastructure, including an overview of major issues and readings to help locate the issues in the larger national and global framework, as well as an introduction to emerging critiques of global cyberinfrastructure theory. Part 2 offers an overview and analysis of current theories about the roles libraries and librarians can have associated with the multiple dimensions of cyberinfrastructure.”
    Library Journal brings to life the ways libraries are using social networking tools, like, to reach patrons and potential patrons.

    A librarian colleague passed along this link to gorgeous libraries around the world. Take a look at:

    Cindy Chick over at LawLibTech recently talked about CiteBite on her blog. I thought “blah blah – another little extension that is not useful.” WRONG! It is really useful, especially when blosing through many Google Alerts and trying to organize them on a blog. CiteBite allows you to point someone directly to a bit of a certain page. This works really well if you want to send someone to a specific part of a long page. It is similar to using Ctrl-F, but more direct.