Monday, October 29, 2007
I begin this final posting with a response to the "last but not least" in the list. My answer is a most definite "Yes!" - I would like another discovery program to be offered in the future. This independent-learning online tutorial format worked for me. It seems ideal to help us keep up with new technology. Professional gain in tech learning aside, I found it valuable (and fun!) personally to learn about Flickr, Zoho, podcasts, electronic books and the rest. The program had enough built-in guidance to let me accomplish most of the exercises on my own, and my grand colleagues/mentors helped me out with the rest. The only drawback - I wonder if others were like me who had to do some of this on my own time. We part-timers just don't have enough hours off the desk and even when we're off the desk, we have other responsibilities. Also, I'm pretty sure that, tech-challenged as I am, I had to spent much more time on the whole than was figured when assigning the CEU's. In a very positive final note and in response to another point in the list, a valuable outcome for me was rediscovering that with support, time and perseverance, new learning can happen and pay off handsomely in unexpected ways.
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Looked into some of the podcast directories (Yahoo's closing theirs down soon) and then at some of the libraries now using podcasts for storytimes and booktalks. Great avenue for libraries to reach the public.
Saturday, October 20, 2007
Here is a clip of that wonderful and strange actor, Christopher Walken, showing his roots as a dancer. I originally saw it on the blog of a Frederick County librarian.
After looking around at YouTube, I better understand its appeal and why it seems that every teenager in the Library has his eyes glued to it. It is vast in variety of subjects and easy to access.
Saturday, October 13, 2007
Friday, October 12, 2007
I set up a Zoho account and used Zoho to create this document and post it to my blog. I like the idea of being able to save a document in Zoho either at work or at home on line and work on it anywhere. I can see how Microsoft might be worried that most people have no need to buy its apps if these functions are now available for free on-line. With Zoho, you've got useful templates, spreadsheets, the ability to revert to any version of a document, e-mailing and posting your document online, and even open editing and collaboration if desired. I also checked out "30 Boxes" and some of the other listed online tools.