Google Docs

I’ve used Google Docs for almost 2 years now.  I don’t use it a ton, but I do like it.  My husband and I use it to track our budget and I like that both of us can go in there from different computers.  I didn’t know I could turn things into pdfs until reading the Learn and Play exercise and that is handy.  I played around converting a couple of my old documents into pdfs and found a letter a wrote to the City of Columbus contesting a ticket I received.  I used to live on a street that did street cleaning 3x a year and I ended up getting towed twice in 4 years!  It really stunk!  Getting towed is expensive.  Last May I moved my car just in time but they still gave me a 20.00 ticket and I used Google docs to write up a letter contesting the ticket.  I still had to pay it…I know, poor me…but it was a great experience using Google Docs and funny to re-read the letter after all this time :)!

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Wikis, Part 2

Wow, I am finally up to #16!  I actually starting to feel almost caught up!  I added my blog to the Learn and Play at CML Favorites Wiki and I added some favorite books, restaurants and vacation spots.  I think this exercise may be good for experience publishing online, however, I think this wiki looks messy.  It isn’t organized at all once you get into each category and isn’t actually set up for finding anything.  You have to read through everything and I prefer my information organized.  Some link, some don’t.  It just looks like a mish mash of random information.  I think the jury is still out for me on wikis…although I do like the name wiki, makes me think of the Ewoks.

Wikis, Part 1

I took about a half hour to look at the wikis linked in the Learn and Play blog post.  My wiki experience really only goes as far as wikipedia, so a half hour is really not enough time to get a true feel for wikis.  I still don’t feel completely clear about the best ways to use them.  I still have a hard time browsing wikis, they just don’t look inviting to me.  I thought the ones linked seemed a little sparse on content and being used to wikipedia which is anything but sparse, I found that somewhat disapointing.  I can see how wikis are useful for colaborative projects.  I also think they would be useful as a sort of database, for recipes or book lists, other things with a lot of “stuff.”  Still wikis seem to me most useful when you already know what you are looking for and not so much for just browsing.

Library 2.0 and Web 2.0

***this picture has nothing to do with this post, just thought it was pretty…it’s what I did last Monday 🙂

I read most of the articles on Library and Web 2.0 and my first thought was that 2.0 is a lot more overwhelming to read about than it has been to explore some of these 2.0 technologies.  Some of the articles just got a little too technical for me.  Reading some of these perspectives, however, reminded me that Library 2.0 is more than just the web or technology, which is probably how I tend to think of it.  And I am glad for that.   I think the key phrase I got out of all of this is that Library 2.0 is user-focused.  Previously when I heard the term Library 2.0 I thought of technology and it doesn’t have to be that…although I think the discussion does tend to focus more on technology sometimes than user-focused.

I think my philosophy on Web/Library 2.0 goes along best with the Michael Stephens article.  I loved what he said about technolust and that Librarian 2.0 does not buy technology for the sake of technology.  I think this is critical as the library evolves…lots of technology ends up just being a passing fad and it takes a higher level of thinking to identify if certain technology will truly improve service. 

What I think is most important for Library 2.0 is that we do not leave people behind.  I see a lot of people who have been left behind at my location.  I see this also with my family and friends and that scares me sometimes.  How can we meet these customers needs?  How are we helping the person who has never needed to fill out an online job application before, but now needs to in order to get a job at McDonalds or Family Dollar.  I don’t feel I ever have enough time to really work with folks on things like this…and they don’t always want to come to a scheduled class.  Another thing I notice, and maybe I just hang out with people from the stone age, but the majority of my college educated friends (the ones who don’t work in libraries) who are in their mid twenties to early thirties do not have flickr accounts or blogs.  Most don’t even read blogs.  They don’t twitter or have a facebook page.  How will Library 2.0 meet these people if they aren’t in these places I keep hearing they supposedly already are?  This is why I think it is important to go beyond technology when we discuss Library 2.0.  It is important for us as a profession to be familiar with these tools, and many people are using them, however there are still a lot of people who are not using them and have no need to use them.  And I am not saying here that we shouldn’t be moving forward like we are, we most definitely should, however, I hope as we move forward we are not turning a blind eye to what is right in front of us and that we are truly focusing on what our users want and need.

Delicious

I am pretty behind on Learn & Play, so I’ll try and catch up.  I played around with delicious over a few days (well weeks actually, like I sad I am behind).  I liked it okay and definitely see a use for it.  It is definitely handy to be able to save your links no matter what computer you might be on.  Only thing is I don’t save a lot of links.  I seem to always be able to relocate a link I need with a google search.  But I did save a few links and tagged them.  Now, we’ll see if I use it again 🙂

A Cat in the sink and Twitter

Here is my latest cat photograph.  Don’t you wish you could curl up for a nap in the sink?  Perhaps not 🙂  Anyways, twitter…

I created a twitter account yesterday.  I’d been putting it off until I discovered one of my favorite blogs has a twitter version.  I thought that seemed kinda neat, it gave me a point of interest anyway.  So I signed up.   I am still feeling a bit skeptical about it and I simply cannot figure out how to ‘tweet’ from my cell phone.  I texted a code to some number, but it didn’t work.  I do think I would use it more if I could text my tweets from my phone.  I can see myself right now: “At the grocery store, buying pineapple.” or if it had worked yesterday, “headed to the Nordstom Cafe for Crab Bisque.” I had an unstoppable craving for it yesterday, wouldn’t you have loved to get a ‘tweet’ about that?   I thought so.  If you would like to follow me…I can be found here.

Library Thing

I like Library Thing alright.  I’ve been using it for about 6 months or so.  I use it to keep track of books to use in programming.  I list picture books I find when going through new books that I think would be good in storytime…I also listed some tried and true faves and I also try and list the books our Teen Book Group has read using Library Thing.  It is pretty handy actually.  I also have a GoodReads account, but I don’t use it so much.  I think it seems better for the social networking aspect than Library Thing.  I was going to try and figure out how to put my Library Thing in my sidebar, but wordpress had foiled me again!  I don’t have time to google how to figure this out today, so it is just going in this post.  Click here to visit my Library Thing.