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RSS Feeds

I’ve been doing RSS feeds for a while. I’ve been enjoying getting Librarian’s Guide to the Internet, NYTimes, and even Dilbert. Of course, my favorite is PASS IT ON, the adult services blog.

(I just realized that I had saved this as a draft, but never “published” it).

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Google can organize your surfing/

I haven’t used all the Google tools as much as I thought I would, but I think that this custom searching tool can be quite helpful. I can definitely see using it for planning travel, when I continually go back and forth to the same sites. I also have been doing a lot of online shopping recently, and I could see grouping my favorite sites/stores together. (I’ll do that when I’m done with this “homework”.) For this exercise, I just wanted to try looking at Library 2.0 sites, so here is my Google link

http://www.google.com/coop/cse?cx=011001260382988253415%3Avp7_oc7dk8i

In keeping with the subject at hand, namely Library 2.0, I found the articles that were mentioned quite interesting. I especially resonated with the first article “Away from the “icebergs”. Having just been weeding a lot of fiction, I am always worried about discarding classic authors who just aren’t popular anymore. With Link+, I began to hesitate less about letting go of some of these classics; now after reading this article, I think I will just go for it! There is no reason to keep a book that hasn’t circulated in years “just in case”. A very freeing concept!!

Another article “Into a new world of librarianship” discusses users accessing, consuming and creating content. This dovetails nicely with the discussion we just had at our last SDWT meeting regarding LibraryThing for Libraries– in which users will be able to add tags to books, thus creating their own content. I think this is definitely the way to go. Having helped patrons for years with cookbooks, I still can’t get past our subject designation of “cookery”– now who uses that term except librarians??

The article on better bibliographic services intrigued me in regard to packaging and pushing metadata. It makes perfect sense to me that in this day and age there should be as much collaboration as possible.

I enjoyed seeing where Wendy Schultz thinks we are going in Library 3.0. I’m not sure I have enough time in my week to do my real life, and here are people spending more than 40 hours / week in Second Life. At this point I can’t imagine Second Life being as compelling as that, but time will tell, and I certainly don’t want to be left behind!

Wikis

Having used wikis (most obviously Wikipedia, which I really like!) I never really thought about starting one and now I can really see how useful they would be.  I thought the booklovers wiki from Princeton was particularly good; I could definitely see us starting one similar to that, with staff suggestions as one of the options.  I could also see SDWT using a wiki to keep track of policies, procedures, etc. which would allow us to  easily search (and I don’t mean thumbing through the Red Book!)

Library Thing (Lesson 14)

I have looked at this before, but hadn’t set up an account.  Now, I realize it’s a very good (and easy) way to keep track of the books I have just read, since that is my usual source of suggestions for patrons (and friends).  What I found quite interesting is that many of the same people reading the books I liked also read the OTHER books I liked.  The “unsuggestions” were quite good too– books I would never pick  up to read.  My librarything link is:

http://www.librarything.com/catalog/librariansue

Social bookmarking is delicious (Lesson 12)

I can really see the use in this!! I keep adding to “My Favorites” to the point, where it is ridiculous.  Add to that the fact that I have different computers at work, at home, etc. and using a tool like this becomes even more important.

 I particularly liked

Kathryn Greenhill’s tips for finding time for Learning 2.0 ,

since I think a lot of us were hoping to just do this one hour/ week and are finding that it is taking a lot more time than that.  Though I agree that if we went back and did some of the earlier lessons now we would find that we are a lot more adept.  What I am really enjoying about this whole process is just becoming familiar with the tools and terminology.   (Plus now I have a few friends who have found me on MySpace, so that has been fun!)

 Technorati was interesting; going through the advanced search (Thanks, Garrett!) I found the way to search through tags, blogs, keywords,etc.  The general (keyword) search was the most useful to me, as I found other libraries who were partcipating in this type of program. 

Social Networking: OK for libraries?

I do think that there is a place for libraries on MySpace/Facebook, etc. because I do think we have to be in a place where people can find us if we are going to stay current.  I understand the argument that it should be individual to individual makng friends and connections, but as long as institutions aren’t “banned” from setting up accounts, why not do it?

 Also, to address the argument that MySpace and Facebook are for “kids”, and the older generation shouldn’t try to gain access to their space, I subscribe to the idea that you are only as old as you feel!  If we can keep up, and want to be there, more power to gray power!

 Lastly, the argument that predators are on these sites, and we shouldn’t validate them by becoming part of the “problem”, I think that we all need to be aware, and make the public aware, that the internet is open and accessible to ANYONE, and let the buyer beware! 

Mashups

I’m having fun trying some mashups.  I liked the spelling one
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