Sunday, September 30, 2007

Md Libraries Learning 23 Things

In looking back over the past two months at my blog and that of my coworkers, it is amazing that the first posts of our blogs we have withheld our feelings and thoughts. Some of us seem to be unsure of the up coming adventure, I know I was. As time progressed, I enjoyed reading some of the "not so work related" entries that my coworkers added to their blogs some of them were just too funny.
Me personally, I liked discovering the use of the RSS feeds, learning flickr, podcasts and mostly this last exercise Project Gutenberg! I will take this exercise as a lifelong learning opportunity to improve my technological skills which in the past were limited. I feel it was a bit long and maybe 16 things would be a more realistic challenge due to the time frame in which we had. Most of the Md. 23 I completed at home to give me a better understanding as to what I was doing without interruptions or feeling like I was spending too much time on "company" pay. However, I didn't feel that this was too overwhelming. It also gave me the chance to really learn the ins and outs of what myself and the computer is capable of. I feel some of the resources explained in this program will be a fabulous tool for librarians to use in the daily work place. I would love the challenge to participate in another learning experience offered.
Thanks to all of my coworkers for sharing their thoughts and ideas and most of all their time and patience helping me along.

Just Havin Some Fun

I got my name in lights with

ITEM # 22!

For a minute there, I though Project Gutenberg was an attempt to better a really bad actor into something worth watching. I was so wrong! Project Gutenberg is really a fantastic use of technology! Although I did not like the computer-generated voice (freaked me out) I did like the pleasant voice of the "human" readers. I visited one of my favorite "old" authors Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. I have been a fan of such writers as Dumas, Agatha Christy and Sir Doyle. I will search out these particular authors in the winter when my schedule isn't as busy. The Sign Of Four by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is the e-book I chose to listen to (while I dusted furniture). Haven't heard/read that one before. I think this is a fabulous tool especially if you are home bound or physically impaired or just have too much housework to "sit and read" a book. I never really considered audio books since I really do enjoy reading but this is an option to consider especially since some of these items are no longer in print.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Wk 9 # 21

Venturing into podville with and yahoo podcasts. I wondered around and played. I am sure these are great training tools when used for that purpose. I don't really see many using this for technical purposes. I watch a podcast of a library closing and the person was almost scary. To me it seems its used for stating opinions and some of these people don't really have a strong grasp on reality OR they have too much time on their hands. I dunno?? I caught myself falling asleep on a few of them. The Merlin link was interesting, didn't really care much for that. I really liked Flickr and Technorati! Recorded storytimes is fabulous!

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Library Card Sign Up Month (PART 1)

This would be WEEK 9 #20...YES, finally down the home stretch. South Park is one of my favorite shows. Here the kids of S.Park are interested in getting a library card.

My view on Lifelong Learning - (wk 1 # 2)

Lifelong Learning is a must to keep up with the ever growing world around you! I am thrilled to be faced with the opportunity to learn new things during the Maryland 23 Things exercise. I love learning new things. This generation is so dependent on technology sometimes I wonder if they are able to interact with real people? It is wonderful that there are people willing to learn new things. That is something that I have always lived by that learning opportunity exists for all ages if you are willing to do something about it. I am grateful to BCPL for allowing me this opportunity to learn something new and to have my friends at work help me when I hit a bump in the road. THANKS!