Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Thing #22

1. Take a moment and look back at the first Thing you posted to your blog. Reflect on how far you've come since then.

Blogs do grow -- they really do -- if you give them regular attention.

2.Make a resolution to maintain your blog, use the tools you now know, keep up with new tools, and apply them in your library. Give yourself the gift of time—15 minutes a day, a Webinar now and then, conversations with colleagues about Library 2.0, whatever—but don't quit now! Put your resolution writing in your blog!

I'm sure there will be things I stumble upon online that I'll want to store away, ponder, and keep around for later -- where better to do this than right here.

3. Every day, ask yourself, "What did I learn today?" Record your responses in your blog.

Yes it would seem that regular updates are what keep a blog interesting and fresh. Fortunately, it is a convenient medium that can be updated in just a few minutes.

Thing #21

How might the RPC and the Teacher Guide help you help students plan and manage research projects?

This looks like a good way to pace yourself through a project -- and would be helpful to have during a busy semester. Also, for someone that has no idea where to start, or how to proceed, this thing could provide valuable help in pointing out a path.

Can you think of any uses for library projects—could you use it to help manage a timeline for a project of your own?

Most of the projects I have worked on have short and sometimes unknown timetables -- or -- are done routinely on a monthly or weekly basis.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Thing #20

What are you observing in your library about books and reading?
Our circulation stats keep going up.
Do you think these Book 2.0 tools hamper or enhance one's reading experience?
It is a personal preference.
Which of the sites/tools did you visit?
The flickr vintage books photos.
What are they appealing features?
The artwork.
Any features seem unnecessary or just there "because"?
Nothing jumped out at me.

Thing #19

Are you a member of any online communities?

Goodreads for books.....Webjunction for library stuff......and one or two for other personal interests.

Are any of these social networks appealing to you?

Goodreads is great. I've gotten a number of book recommendations there.

What did you find that was interesting and that you might use later?


Friday, March 27, 2009

Thing #18

I've been active on Facebook for the past few weeks. And joined the group Libraries and Librarians.

Thing #17

iTunes offers many podcasts -- I'm currently subscribed to NPR: Planet Money, Onion News, Real Time With Bill Maher.

Thing #16

Embedding this took less than a minute -- I don't know how many "Chicken Fight" sequences there are in "Family Guy" but this one claims to be the first one.