dreaded popups

Thursday, February 14, 2008

reading lounge at the Milaca Public Library

Originally uploaded by abstrack2

RSS update

Well, I got a taker on my request to add the blog from a co-worker. This is great! I can read her blog to find out how she's doing on the 23 Things. And she's ahead of me, so I can ask her for help if I get stuck!


Well, I read about RSS and I added a few to my list. I may be inundated with updates, but I'll give it awhile & figure out what I read regularly. I'm afraid to admit that the two most frequently read may be "Pearls Before Swine" and "I Can Has Cheeseburger" because they give me quick comic relief.
I have also sent out an email to everyone in my regional system, asking if I can add their blogs to my updates list. I think it may help motivate me and will provide an opportunity for partnerships on some of the 23 Things.

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Thing 2: Thoughts on L2

Thoughts on Web 2.0 readings

Is Web 2.0 a “do or die” situation? No, I don’t think so. Will it ever replace the traditional library? I doubt it. But, is it in our best interest to familiarize ourselves with the new technologies that continually emerge? Absolutely yes! The one aspect of libraries for which technology has no replacement is the human element of service. But that element is only as good as their training.

I taught library & technology skills in a K-6 setting for nearly 16 years. I knew that I could never keep up with the ever-expanding field of technology, nor did I feel that it was necessary to do so. My goal was to teach my students how to learn on a computer, that it was merely a tool that they would use throughout their lives. They were taught to not fear mistakes, to deal with errors that would undoubtedly occur, and to work through problems & make the computer do what they wanted it to do.

Now it’s time for me to work through new advancements. And, what I find I really want is the human aspect of this learning experience. I’ve had trouble with maintaining my blog; it keeps getting blocked. Part of me wants to drop the 23 things project. Then my own voice plays back to me from my teaching days: “Don’t let that computer get the best of you – you are smarter than a machine!”

I found an interesting idea in one of the readings. Hennepin County Library runs virtual book talks via their Book Space. What a great way to get teens to dialogue about books they have read. I’m often asked to give them ideas about what to read, but what does an old fogey like me know about what they would like? However, if they could log in & find reviews written by their peers, they would find great ideas!

Rick Anderson, in “Away From the Icebergs” notes that he has seen a 55% drop in circulation over the past 12 years. I was astounded! Our circulation continues to increase every year. The computer use increases as well, but it is not replacing how much people rely on us for books, for reference questions, or for general information. What I have found is that people also want us to teach them how to use the computer & all that it has to offer. We don’t have time to teach these skills, but as I was reading this article, it occurred to me that perhaps we chould look at teens as teachers for us “older folks” and start a program that would match teens with adults in a shared learning experience.

Again, too many ideas, not enough hours in the day…

My second attempt at a blog is now unblocked, so I am now on a roll.

Monday, February 4, 2008

Avatar placed

This part was fun. It reminded me of making paper dolls as a child.

Let's give this another try...

Okay, here's my second try in setting up a blog. Actually, the first one was very easy to set up, but it got blocked & I couldn't use it. Here's hoping this one won't trigger another case of the dreaded Blog Block malady!