Class: 000 Computer Science, Information & General Works
Contains: Encyclopedias, magazines, journals and books with quotations.
What it says about you: You are very informative and up to date. You're working on living in the here and now, not the past. You go through a lot of changes. When you make a decision you can be very sure of yourself, maybe even stubborn, but your friends appreciate your honesty and resolve.
The children have loved decorating the Christmas tree with baubles on their visit to the library. Believe it or not children and adults have got a thrill out of seeing the staff in their Christmas gear
Still find it hard to believe the extent of social networking. Until now I thought (and I hadn't really given it much thought) that Facebook and MySpace were for the younger generation wanting to keep up with friends. Me, well I like to have a coffee or a meal to catch up with friends but then if your friends are far away I expect these networks are a good option. We've read that a website is not enough to attract attention online these days and social networking reaches a wide community,plus participants can contribute so it's no wonder that libraries and museums are using these opportunities. I thought the Rotorua Public Library on Bebo was colourful and interesting...I can't imagine us having enough staff to maintain a site like this but who knows in the future. After the initial trauma I've enjoyed the experience of Learning 2.0 so thank you for this opportunity.I'm pleased that I have learnt lots and will continue to learn.
On the very day I was learning about Google Docs a customer was unable to open his file on his floppy disk (you might ask why are people still using floppies!). At least he confessed that he was the one to damage the disk. I was chuffed to be able to tell him about Google Docs (as if I'd known about it for yonks). I created a document in Google Docs and shared it with nswpln. I won't have use for GD myself at work but it will be great to tell the customers about it. Perhaps I won't see anymore floppies left behind in public pcs. If I'm out and about without my USB then I will certainly use GD. Google Docs is easy to use. It took forever to set up an account in Zoho on my staff pc, it was just so slow, most likely because it was lunchtime and staff were at it. I also tried Zoho from the public pc and was able to invite Vanessa to a meeting...no signing in to my usual email.
I had no idea what a mashup was so was glad to learn that Google maps is one. How easy was it for me to create a map image from Big huge labs but alarmed to know that it is so easy to produce your own photo ID. I've included in the map some of the places I visited on my recent overseas holiday. Local studies and tourism could use Google Maps mashup, and libraries could use Big huge labs for publicity and displays. I've also added another example of a mashup, taken from my own picture of Quincy Markets in Boston (stamp) and a photo that I had on Flickr of our spring display at Lawson Library (poster).
Today I have had more success in accessing podcasts on Library Success wiki on the public pc... Online Education Database has lots of courses to offer and I hate to admit that downloading to some is a test of one's patience and obviously I don't have enough. Would be different if I intended to do the course. Like lots of technology the quality varies, and with at least 2 I had difficulty with the sound.
I'm branch librarian in a small library and I really enjoy helping customers of all ages. In my other life I have a patient husband and 2 grown up children. Weekends are full on doing things I enjoy and the essential housework (which I don't enjoy)