Monday, March 22, 2010
And, in closing, I have enjoyed this training programme, become more familiar with and adept at using a variety of web tools and interested in using some of them on a regular basis. I've especially enjoyed thinking about and talking with other ACL employees about the future of the library and libraries in general, and how to be an agent of change, not merely in a position of reacting to change. I also feel much more versed and capable of talking to patrons about web resources and what is currently available, and what might be available in the near future. Thank you for the opportunity to be involved in this training programme.
Sunday, March 21, 2010
Great clip posted by thefuntheory.com, and great principle: getting people to do something because it's fun to do. I'm imagining running a clip at the Issues Desk of people getting out their library cards before coming to the desk, or turning their books in the right direction for scanning (Bonus feature: somehow making it fun). Clips on the website could show how to do a search in the catalogue or in the e-resources.
Looking for podcasts from libraries brought me to Berkeley's Library Story Hour, among others. And in general many of the tutorials we've used in this training programme have been podcasts/vodcasts. Very useful in libraries for presenting information - whether about authors, events, anything being highlighted for the month, or for training of patrons in using any of the library's resources and so on.
Almost done, more about ebooks and downloadble media to come...
Monday, March 15, 2010
Thank you for introducing us to Zoho - a website that is so functional and feels very familiar. Keeps old versions of documents, documents are accessible from anywhere even without a USB stick, and are capable of being shared. My only question since there's always a problem with not enough time and too many options: Which one is better - Zoho or Google Docs?? Now that I've tried Zoho, I'll have a go at Google Docs.
The winner?: Zoho. Easier to post directly from Zoho to this blog - without needing a link, easier to access tools like Thesaurus, and I like the list of earlier versions to the right. Other than that, looks much the same.
Exploring Web 2.0 tools took me to VuFind from the library of Villanova University. There are so many features that I think would be wonderful to apply to ACL's website. First & foremost, the goal of being "social". Promoting commenting, tagging, saving records, making favorites lists (easier than on our website). Then incorporating outside materials such as reviews from Amazon.com & other sources, and author's bios, all in an appealing, interactive package. Love it!
Friday, March 12, 2010
Community Info & Guides
Libary & Information Science Topics
Library Web Sites
Staff Manuals & Service Point Manuals
Subject Guides, Course Guides & Resource Guides
One I especially enjoyed looking at was the albystaff wiki from Albany County Public Library, reading about their circulation procedures and comparing them to ACL's.
Added my blog to the ACL PB Wiki, along with a recommendation for favourite holiday destination - Petra, Jordan.
Saturday, March 6, 2010
Joining Technorati wasn't a whole lot of fun, since it wasn't clear how to claim my blog without using a paid service. The links on our learning programme seem to need updating; "claim" for example, didn't work. I see the benefit of using Technorati, having access to multiple blogs via tags, but the list is then laden with an incredible amount of random blog entries which aren't necessarily relevant or helpful. Too much to wade through. After these exercises I did go back to tag my blog entries.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading all of the articles and found them inspiring and a "call-to-action." I already see evidence at ACL of quite a few of the recommendations regarding embracing Web 2.0 tools. And there's room for much, more more. I enjoyed imagining the following:
- Emphasis on asking the right questions: How best to use the new technologies to create a useful service for putting users together with the information and the experience that they seek? Creating a "living, breathing technology plan," which incorporates creating a "user-centric" service.
- Coordinating multi-institutional metadata creation & collaborations/consortiums, beyond the public library sector to include universities & other storehouses of knowledge.
- "Users add value" - Patron participation on a wider scale, adopting features of Amazon & Google into the library services: submission of reviews and scholarly commentary, list sharing, tagging.
- And when all is said and done, and while I thoroughly embrace the technological changes and advances, I adore the idea of the "library spa", a WiFree space - since everything will potentially be accessible anywhere online. I will enjoy immensely having the library serve as a retreat once again!