Monday, January 9, 2017

Okay, here's the Name Tag
I'm Green - A Laurel - And Fierce!
Wow!  Happy New Year 2017!

This is Professional Development day at TABS.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Bone 23: Reflection

Well, here we are at the end. Let see what was learned:

What was your favorite or least favorite Thing? I like anything that is visual and fun, so Flickr, Flickr Mashup, and Youtube are my favorites. I could spend all day looking through Youtube. Least favorite thing is hard to nail down. I did not like Facebook and Twitter because I am a private person and do not really have a need for them. However, since you can control your groups of friends, they kinda grow on you. I will probably dump my Twitter account, but keep Facebook because I have several friends that have started posting on it regularly. I didn't like LibWorm or Digg because I think there are better search sites and you don't really need the "social" aspect.

What was challenging for you? The most challenging aspect is the "social" part of a lot of these sites. As a person who does not always trust the security features of sites, I really do not want to go around setting up accounts that want information I do not want to give. At times, this program was information overload, but that was my problem because I started late and did not give myself time to absorb like I should have done. But challenges are good and I think I can adjust my comfort level.

What did you learn? I learned so much and that I could do so much in Web 2.0. But moreover, I really feel confident about sharing what I learned. I think this learning will keep building upon itself and I will continue to find new ways to apply it. Also, I really appreciate Things like Google Reader, which keeps my more organized and informed.

What new technologies will you use in your library? I have already shared some sites with staff, like Flickr with the Art teacher. Since students can create their own Active Directory accounts, I plan to teach Google Reader for organization. I want to try to create Book Clubs or AR tracker with LibraryThing, and I plan to use Google Docs to create Library/Staff surveys. Also, I would like to create Podcasts (and learn about screencasts) to apply to the Library Webpage. I have high expectations for using and sharing this information, and I am very excited to get started. This is going to be a Web 2.0 year!

Thanks for a super program! LKO

Bone 22: Your Own 23 Things

I am the Librarian for two campuses, and the only staff person who did the 23 Things program. So, I am only scratching the surface of what can be developed for a program at both campuses. Because one of my principals knew about my participation, she has already requested that I create staff development training lessons. I plan to see how many of the original 23 Things can be accessed on the district's computers (without being filtered), and build my program that way. For sure, Twitter and Facebook will not be available, but Digg and Delicious should be available. I liked the way 23 Things was set up and you could work at your own pace, and re-work an item as many times as you wanted to feel comfortable with it. Therefore, I would like to do a face-to-face training, but then have podcasts on my school wiki so teachers could refer back to for help. Teachers (including myself) have been given technology but very little training. This is my chance to correct that on an in-house basis. In addition, students get very little formal training in Web 2.0, so this is always a way to get training to them. So, I have my homework cut out for me.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Bone 21: Podcasting

I have done a podcast before for a storytime Powerpoint and had a lot of fun creating it. However, some of the podcast I have just finished listening to sounds more like Talk Radio--boring. Let's see what I found:
Nancy Keane's Booktalks, Quick and Simple site is loaded with her booktalks on a variety of books. You can download the podcast and listen to it. The audio quality is good and clear, and I enjoyed listening to her voice. This would be a useable site for a Librarian.

MuggleCast #177: The Astronomy Tower of Terror,
This podcast had such a fun, catchy name, so I thought it would be a good listen. However, it ended up being a group of twenty-something friends have a discussion of the latest Harry Potter movie. They use a lot of movie music and cut voice audio. The sound quality is good, but the format rambling and content sparse. Maybe MuggleCast gets better later, but I could only listen to about six minutes before I had to stop.

Free Talk Live: This site advertises itself as "What's on your mind? Unlike those right-wing or left-liberal extremist shows, Free Talk Live is talk radio that ANYONE can take control of. Yes, even you. This is talk radio for politics in a digital age. What is the meaning of freedom? This show is about Liberty with a capital L." Eventhough this site is more my age group, it is endless talking--with opinions that are not supported and questionable.

Overall: How was the audio quality? The audio quality was very clear for all the podcasts I listened to--no problems
Were they interesting enough to make you want to subscribe to them? No; however, I will remember the Nancy Keane site as I can use it in my Library.

What sorts of topics did they cover? Literature, politics, Harry Potter movies, current events.

I will try to make some podcasts this year because they can be very helpful and students like them. I think podcasts work best when they are short and provide something useful. I don't feel they work well as along-winded replacement for Talk Radio.

Bone 20: Youtube

Ah, Youtube. How I enjoy all the variety on Youtube. Here are some of the videos I viewed:

Texas library: City of Plano, Texas- Library Technical Services (2007) this educational video was professionally done with good pacing, information, and audio. It was not too long and enjoyable. They are educating the public about different departments in the city's Library system and are very successful.

APL Book Cart Drill Team (2007)-Although this video had five stars, it was someone's home job with grainy picture and bad audio. They are trying to perserve the moment, the fun, and share with others. If you enjoy home pictures, you can make it to the end of the video.

public library: Your Public Library (2007)-This video is a general overview of public libraries and is meant to educate the public. They are also looking for people to support their local libraries. It is well made, but a little slow.

school library: School Library Media Specialist- my library. my life. (2008) I thought this video was so clever. Eventhough it was done by students, it has a very professional look and feel to it. It is meant to be entertaining and it succeeds.

academic library: What are our future library leaders thinking? (2009) This video is a collection of librarians talking about issues, problems, solutions they want to share with other librarians and the interested public. The video's pacing is rough, it needs narrations, and the picture quality is shakey. It reminds me of a graduate's project.

library event: Yan Can Cook Event at Monterey Library (2009) This short advertisement video is professionally done for TV. It is an ad for a fundriser for the local library. It is well paced, informative, and the audio is well done.

What were they trying to accomplish? All these videos wanted to share, whether it was information or fun. How effective were they? That depends on how they are judged. Are they all effective because they shared a message-sure. Otherwise, they can be judged by the number of viewers or stars. Some are very successful with their five stars, others have five stars and were flops. Can you think of other uses of videos to help promote libraries or serve the public? Because our society is so visual, I see more and more information being put into this format. it seems to be the quickest way to promote and serve.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Bone 19: Google Docs

I found this bone very user friendly and handy. My department uses Google Docs for surveys, but I had never explored it until now. I will be adding Google Docs to my options when creating letters, forms, and presentations from now on as it is really great.

Did you notice that you can save in Word format, or as a PDF file? Yes, and I appreciate having choices. I usually use Microsoft word, which has easier access to clipart, photos, etc., but I still liked Google Docs.

Now try doing the same with a presentation: I usually use PowerPoint, which offers more animatation and transition options, but I still liked Google Docs--it just more straight forward. This would be a good option for students who don't need to be offered all the bells & whistles.

spreadsheet: I usually use Excel Spread, which I find easier to use than Google Docs. This is the one Google Docs application I will not use unless in a pinch.

and form: I have created my own multiple choice tests before and wish I could have used this application. Google Docs forms is a wonderful think and can appreciate why my department uses it. It Rocks! And I will use in the future.

How do they differ from the programs you generally use? I like how all these applications are grouped together in one spot and you can control the management/filing of documents created. The programs are a little like the economy version of a car, not the luxury model--but they are very workable and the more I use them, the more I will achieve with them. I really liked this Thing!

Can you believe that you have already done 19 of the 23 things? NO!