Favorite movie

Favorite movie
The thin man

Saturday, November 17, 2007

My thoughts on "Library 2.0"

For SPL, Library 2.0 has given staff the opportunity to learn new tools, and to interact with each other more than normal - in both fun and frustration. Which can be read in the blogs that are tracking the/our work. 2.0 has allowed staff who would normally not attempt this to expand their horizons and it has given them some new toys/tools to play with.

Learning about Library 2.0 has been both fun and frustrating. It's been fun to dip my toes into the technological wonders that are available out on the web, finding out how things work and what they stand for. I had a lot of fun using the image generators. It's been frustrating because some of them are real big time-eaters. You can lose yourself trying to find answers, as well as finding more questions and more places to explore. But hey, that's life! What follows is my interpretation and comments on two of the given articles from the exercise.

Article #1: "To a temporary time and place" byDr. Wendy Schultz

Dr. Schultz puts forth her ideas upon the directions (past & future) of the rolls of libraries . Firstly, she defines the role of the library's current incarnation - that they are communities. Then she uses the "chain of meaning" chart to compare and contrast the placement of the library in relation to of all things the evolution of coffee offered to the public: coffee beans, Maxwell House coffee, coffee sold at Dunkin Donuts, and finally the Starbucks experience.

Now, if I am judging her statements correctly, the library and 2.0 is right around the Maxwell House level. Everybody is giving their opinion and that opinion is being changed willy-nilly by anyone who cares to. The next level that we are supposed to be shooting towards (3.0) is the one where people using the web utilize it to pick up the information from a reliably great source that will tell them exactly what book or information to get that they would like. And the final stage, is where people come to enjoy the full experience (storage, data retrievel, and solicited commentory) of the library. Something that sounds almost like Star Trek's holo-deck.

It read to me like the library is an ever evolving constant that will allow people to return to the beginning. That the library will be a place to disconnect from the ever-busy and all-connected world, almost like an old-fashioned club. But I see that the library is pretty much at the edge of that step. The library is an experience where people have the option to gather to pick up information, where they gather to connect with friends in person or on-line and where they gather to learn and think over new ideas. We're just waiting for the technology to catch up.

Article #2: "To more powerful ways to cooperate" by Chip Nilges

It will be a nice tool to have, the ability to see what is available on WorldCat. What I read sounded almost like a concentrated search roll that will allow people to see if that required item is available in the world. Would the searcher then need to go to their libraries to send for the required material? Or would the searcher be able to directly request the material be sent to them or be viewed online? That question is never touched upon in the article.

Acquiring the "user intelligence" as an added bonus makes me shiver in my boots. Because I immediately started to think of Wikipedia and how anyone can change information on its pages. Will this added user intelligence be kept separate from the original entry and just seen as someone's blog-notes about the information? Or something not as nice? We shall see.

testing, 1, 2, 3, testing

Let's go right to the source.


Link didn't work

Well, it looks like I need to go back to the drawing board and figure out how to get that blasted link ready! Or maybe, I can just get the picture to appear here. Hmmm...decisions, decisions.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Technorati - popular blog...

Explore popular blog, searches and tags. Is anything interesting or surprising in your results?
Create a blog post about your discoveries on this site.

Well, my first question was "what makes a blog popular". I found the answer as soon as I clicked "Top Favored Blogs" tab. According to which popular blogs become listed as popular when "... measured by the number of people who have made them a Favorite.". And then you are given the option to start a favorites list.

Hmmm, I wonder if this means that first you would of had to have heard of Technorati to make a favorites list that they can then sift thru to see which blog was pinged the most. Or do they use other methods?

My next thought was what do they mean when they use the word authority, followed by numbers. Alas, no easy answers and I am not that curious about it.

I clicked around on the movies and news tabs to see what was on the lists. People link to a lot of new movies and some older ones. Not too mention some weird news articles. That's it for now, the day is over.

Technorati - thing 14

I started this exercise first by looking for the 3 things that I needed: blog posts, tags, and the blog directory. I couldn't see them on the homepage, so I just typed "learning 2.0" into the search box. From the resulting search I found the tabs for post, blogs, videos and photos. The first look gave me a bunch of information on learning, 2.0, and learning 2.0. So I decided an advance search would be the best option to find the exact phrase (hopefully the blog about knowing your customer won't show up in my results).

The advance search with the exact phrase option gave me more accurate search results in the postings. I had a little bit of fun going thru and reading from some of the postings given. I found a mention of a blog called "Rather Graphic", from a blog by SoulSoup 2.0, that was kind of fun. As noted by SoulSoup, "Rather Graphic" uses hand-drawn graphics and maps about various topics. Here's a link to that blog page of SoulSoup's (finger's fully crossed this works).


I took a look at the blogs tab. There's a lot of links to blogs there, but not much in the way of quick summaries. So, I would just be guessing if I said that there was the same information or not.

And I just could not find any tabs in regards to tags. Except for what I found on people's blogs, under I am assuming the blog directory "listed as blogs", because I did not find any tags under the posts tabs. Then I went back to the posts tab and saw this following note attached to the tab "Search in tags only of blogs with some authority in English [change]". But that note was not there when I first searched, it had said "search in posts...". Very confusing.

If I needed to use blogs as a source of information, then I would definitely be interested in holding onto the technorati web address. However, I really don't follow blogs a lot. So I will probably not use this feature in the future, but thanks (to the SPL2.0) for pointing the way to it.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Thing # 13 - part 1

Already I know that I am going to have to re-visit this thing. I tried to listen to the 8 minute Del.icio.us tutorial, but I couldn't really make out anything that was being said, the sound was too jerky. So, I'll listen/watch this part at home.

I looked around the PLCMCL2 account. There's a lot of stuff there that is very informational. I can see the reasonings behing this application. Of course, there's the obvious of being able to access your favorites from any place, rather than just trying to re-create and forgetting some of your favorites. But I also think it works in anyone's favor of keeping track of research sites, if you are a student or professional.

There's a lot on this account that is very useful. In fact I'm going to send the following piece to my sister, she has 2 teen-age boys and 1 pre-teen, once I figure out how to do that.

"about Youth Tech- MySpace handouts save this
My space handout for parents
to MySpace ... saved by 17 other people ... on oct 16, 2006"

But that's something for another day, for now I'm just going to make a note of the site. I shall re-visit this Thing once I have had a chance to view the tutorial (from home).