Tuesday, April 15, 2008

The End of All! Thing 23

Wow. The end has come. It seems like it was only yesterday that Sam and I took up the ring and... wait....nevermind. Indeed, the journey has been long and hard and at times very very frustrating. However, my knowledge has grown and with it my ability to help all the masses... aka library patrons. I'm super glad that I was a part of this, and super excited by the sheer amount of information I learned. I thought I was pretty well versed in all this 2.0 stuff, but I was truly suprised! There is so much out there and with more coming out it is great to feel on the 'edge.' To all those who are still toiling, good luck and go crazy! It's worth it!

Keep on Moving! Thing 22

As a person that knows some things about technology, I am dedicated to being a part of the Library 2.0 craze. It is all about staying aware and keeping an eye on what I've learned and what else is out there. I plan to continue blogging, and keeping an eye on the multiple 2.0 sites that I've seen throughout my time doing the 'Stick.' If I stay aware, there is no way that anything can pass me by!

Deep Space- Thing 21

Hmmmmm... life beyond Facebook? Is that even possible!? J/K. I did some looking around, and Gather seems like it could be way fun. As I get older I can see myself looking for a site that caters to individuals my own age. Not only that, but it allows you to really talk in depth with other people about the things you love! (AKA books) Who wouldn't want to hang out on the site? It seems like a way for people to have a book club who may otherwise not have the opportunity. So, I applaud them and their awesomeness!

Face Off- Thing 20

I have had both a MySpace page and a Facebook page for a long long time. I don't use MySpace very often, but am completely addicted to Facebook. It's easy to use and a great way to keep in touch with friends. When I was in college, Facebook as THE way to get into touch with someone. More than any other social network, Facebook is the wave of the 'future' in my opinion.

I'm totally a member of many groups on Facebook. Some of them are silly, some serious, but all help to reflect the person I am. These groups give me the opportunity to connect with other people that share my interests. (I even have a friend who's now dating someone she met in one of her groups!) It's a win win situation for all those involved!

The Pod People- Thing 19

I have been listening to podcasts for over a year now. I enjoy them a lot, they're a great place to listen to other poeple take about the things you love! Usually I find podcasts on iTunes, but the sites that were listed were really easy to use. Podcast.com was especially easy. Just plug in what you want- and BAM!!!! podcasts galore! Most of the podcasts I listen to involve Harry Potter. I'm a HUGE Harry Potter fan, and these podcasts talk about everything from the movies, to the books, to JK Rowling news!

Monday, April 14, 2008

How to spend 10 hours a day on a computer- Thing 18

I'm not going to lie. I love YouTube! I have known about it for a long time, and although I don't usually 'browse,' I have seen tons of stuff on there. I chose this video because Twilight is one of my FAVORITE books, and I am SOOOOOO pumped for the movie!!!! I'd be a bit careful about using YouTube for library purposes, it's easy to see that anything and everything can be found there. Patrons may stumble across something they deem inappropriate and then ask us why we endorse such a thing. However, I can see that it would be beneficial for library staff. We could share videos (perhaps some of the many that I have seen during my 23 Things experience?), advice, and tons of other stuff.

E to the LM- Thing 17

Hmmmmm.... Well, as a Library Assistant I don't use these databases when helping patrons. Like other Assistants, if a situation occurs when a database needs to be accessed, I 'pass it along' to an Associate. (And the Associate, sobbing in gratitude, continues on) However, I use them for myself. It's a good way to see what's out there if I'm going to be stopping at a library farther away and am looking for a book- or if I'm considering ILL and want to know if such a thing may be possible. I used this opportunity to do some more 'snooping' and 'exploring' on what exactly is possible on these databases. So, although I don't use them to help our patrons, I know that they are truly a tool that are patrons benefit from!