Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Thing 8, data sharing

Not really sure what I am doing, but I trying to link to the database I made at So here goes nothing...

Is there an easier/better way to do this?

I called it "books I want to read" and thought I would send it out to my book club so they could let me know if any of the books I want to read might have potential for book club. It seems to always come down to me, so maybe this would help get more input from other members. I can see how lists like this might be helpful inner office or potential spots for reading lists? Maybe staff could recommend favorite books for patrons? I wish there was a way to spice up the looks of the database. It is a bit...drab!

Have I mentioned how excited I am that I am getting a second chance to finish 23 Things! I'm so glad they decided to have it again. I am really learning some interesting things. (granted some of them I should probably already know...but lets not talk about that!!) :-)

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Thing 14, Library Thing

I stumbled upon this one by accident the other day and had fun playing with it a bit. A someone who is a little obsessive about my personal collection of books I can see how a site like this could really eat up my computer time. :-) What a fun way to catalog your own collection and find new books to read though other peoples collections. I am part of a book club that is always looking for new things to read and this site could be a fun place for us to not only find new reads, but also check out each others collections. (If any of them were a little obsessive too).

As for use in the library, I'll have to look into it some more. Might be good for reader's advisory? Or as a site where a book lover could find other things to read? When I actually get to 14 I will blog about this some more.

Thing 7, Communication Tools

This is where I really start to feel like a lacky! While I use email all the time at home, I have never used IM, TM or SMS. Mostly it has been because our cell phones have never been that great and we usually are trying to keep costs down on phone bills. I do have a few friends who text back and forth on occasion, but I don't seem to be the only one who isn't doing it on a regular basis.

I am intrigued with the idea of using these technologies in a work setting. I can especially see how IM could be very useful at an academic library where most of their users would be frequent IMers and having quick access to a librarian through IM would probably appeal to them. For our smaller public library I'm not sure there would be as much use. Especially since you would have to have someone online at all times to be there for those messages. Maybe a metropolitan area would have more patrons using IM? It seems that TM would have the same issues for our library.

Web conferencing would be bennificial if you could afford to keep up with all the techonology needed for it. (And for all I know our library already does this to an extent). I was excited to see the MINITEX Webinars. What a great way to orient new employees or develop current staff. (Ann, do you use these in Austin?) My guess is that keeping everyone up to date on using the technology in order to participate in the webinars might be problematic for smaller libraries.

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Thing 6, flickr trading card

dino hunter, originally uploaded by jandjclinefelter.

I really need to update my photos, but at least it is all working. I think these would be a great thing to use for promoting kids summer reading programs. I know our library has posters of the local fire chief reading a book like the ALA posters you see and those are really fun. I would think kids would love to see themselves on the walls of the library as well. I'm still amazed at how easy they make it, yet again, I'm not sure I would have been able to figure it out on my own. But then again...

Thing 5, more flickr

My creation, originally uploaded by jandjclinefelter.

I can see how it would be easy to get distracted and find yourself spending all day creating things through flickr. This didn't turn out just right, but how fun to be able to create movie posters for your kids, or if I'm staying on task, for your library staff or summer reading program. I've never considered myself very creative in the traditional sense, but this sure makes it easy!

Saturday, March 1, 2008

Thing 4, cliffs of moher

cliffs of moher, originally uploaded by carrie227.

This particular THING didn't work last time, but I might have it now. I think it might me easier to just download my own pictures and use them. But seing as I have not yet been to Ireland, I wanted at least one picture on my blog just for inspiration! Will this give credit to the photographer on its own, or do I need to add that? Well, lets see...


This is a test post from flickr, a fancy photo sharing thing.