Monday, October 1, 2007

Team: Eldersburg Circulation/Page

Project: We thought Roving Reference was a great concept and we wanted Circ to participate. We could see the advantages and couldn't wait to get started, so before official training, we came up with our own model for participating in the Roving service. As tasks for Roving were being developed, it seemed like a good idea to incorporate some items that are part of evaluation behaviors such as: merchandising and maintaining branch appearance. It was also a great opportunity to promote self-serve technology, such as introducing our self checkout units to customers standing in line. We created an unrestricted schedule where Circ staff and Pages sign up before roving for a 10 minute period. We were taking a risk because it is something we haven't done before and took us out of our comfort zone.We anticipated being able to assist customers out on the floor by answering their questions or directing them to the proper place. Also, we anticipated that the cafe, newspaper and magazine areas would be neater, and the Read It Now, DVD's (and now Games) would be well merchandised.Unanticipated outcomes were that we were getting in some exercise and it was stimulating to do something different. The 10 minutes goes fast and it is easy to go over that time frame when helping a customer.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Why 23 Things is important

23 Things has been valuable to me because it has made me aware of useful online productivity tools. Similarly, it could be extremely useful for library staff (or anyone in an information based profession). These are some of the things we need to know in order to help our patrons.

#23 Summarize your thoughts about this program and learn more about where to go from here

My favorite discovery exercise was (#18 Take a look at some online productivity tools). These productivity tools were surprising take-aways that I think I will find indispensable.I think the program’s format could be a little more user friendly next time. I would participate in another discovery program like this in the future. My learning experience has been informative and interesting.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

#22 Learn about Audiobooks

I looked on Project Gutenbergand found Manners, Custom and Dress During the Middle Ages and During the Renaissance Period by Paul Lacroix, which I will try out and download.

#21 Discover some useful tools for locating podcasts

I found a podcast called Harry Potter Prognostications and added it to my bloglines account. How to create podcasts will be useful.

#20 Discover YouTube and a few sites that allow you to upload video

I love YouTube. Libraries have already started using them to post programming info.I picked a singing dog to post to this blog. Just press play. He’s cute.

#19 Discover any site from the Web 2.0 awards list

My favorite Web 2.0 Awards nominee was True stories told in one sentence. I would like to give this to some people who like to tell you long detailed stories. You know, those people that leave you wondering….Whats the point?

This could be useful for journalism students who are learning to tell their story in the most efficient manner.

I believe words are important. Try to mean what you say and say what you mean and leave out all the bull. Please! We are already in info overload.
Oh, but if your not a good listener….this doesn’t pertain to you because you don’t listen anyway.

#18 Take a look at some online productivity tools

It has been my wish to create a public schedule that can only be changed by schedulers online. I created a test schedule in Zoho Writer (username: sched) and published it to my blog. To view this test sched see below or go to URL:

I have also pasted the list of Web-based Productivity Applications below for reference. They will come in handy
Word Processing:
Zoho Writer
Think Free
Google Spreadsheets
Zoho Sheet
Think Free
Zoho Show
Think Free
Calendars & Planners:
Zoho Planner 30 Boxes

#17 Add an entry into the Sandbox Wiki created with PB Wiki

I added my blog to Maryland Libraries Sandbox Favorite Blogs page. I don’t know why I didn’t see any individual blogs. Do you? Maybe because it doesnt officially start til 6/4?

I am saving the pbwiki site incase I need it later

#16 Learn about wikis and discover some innovative ways that libraries are using them

A wiki is a website that lets users edit content. Of course the best known wiki is Wikipedia.
Book Lovers Wiki - developed by the Princeton Public Library works great for libraries as a wiki.I will continue to use MERLIN Wiki Learning link (MERLIN: Maryland's Essential Resource for Library Information Networks) as interesting resource.

#15 Read a few perspectives on Web 2.0, Library 2.0 & the future of libraries

Michael Wesch’s YouTube video The Machine is Us/ing Us was brilliant. He touches on the essence of Web 2.0 in an astounding way.
Basically, the masses are in control of the web, a historical sign of revolution.
Libraries are changing. We all know that. Some of us are still grieving the quiet comfort of card catalogs, but if we grieve too long we’ll go extinct.

#14 Discover Technorati and learn how tags work with blogs

Technorati is a search tool for blogs

A keyword search for “Learning 2.0” in Blog posts results in 1226 blogs about Learning 2.0

A keyword search for “Learning 2.0” in tags results in 21,787 blogs tagged with Learning 2.0- a big difference.

A keyword search for “Learning 2.0” in results in “Nothing by that blog name” I guess no one has named their blog Learning 2.0 yet.

Under Popular is top favorited blog, top searches and top blogs.

In top favored blogs Make Money Online with ProBlogger Blog Tips was interesting but not surprising. It did have tips on taking your blog to the next level.

In top searches” Ron Paul” was listed 3 times out of 15. Not surprising that the 2008 presidential candidate would utilize blogs for non-traditional campaigning.

Boing Boing: A Directory of Wonderful Things was part of top blogs. No surprise there.

#13 Tagging and Discover is a great way to save favorites or bookmarks and you can get to it from any computer. I can see mine by going to It can be used for research, shared website lists, by clubs, organizations, educators or anyone.

I've also attached a network badge on this blog

Network Badges allow you to display details about your network as part of your website or blog.

#12 Roll your own search tool with Rollyo

Rollyo is the best way to create your own search box. heres mine..........

Powered by Rollyo

I created a search roll for reference. I will definitely use this site and it may come in handy for teen tech.

#11 Take a look at Library Thing and catalog some of your favorite books

LibraryThing is great! It will be great to suggest to patrons. It might be a good mashup with ccpl’s catalog.

To see my catalog

Monday, May 21, 2007

#10 Play around with an online image generator

My favorite image generator was Roflbot. See the pic of bush?

You can view my avatar below

#9 Explore MERLIN and then locate a few other useful library-related blogs and/or news feeds

Merlin’s social networking links have great examples of other library systems myspace pages, which will be great for teen tech.

Out of all the search tools to locate feeds I like searching through blogline the best because I want all my feeds in bloglines not downloaded to my computer.

I added the Merlin feed to my bloglines account but I didn’t do it by clicking on the feed icon because that saves it to your pc and you view it through explorer. Instead I did a search for Merlin in my blogline account so I can view the Merlin feed from there.

#8 Make Life Really Simple with RSS and a News Reader

I followed the discovery resources and learned more about RSS and newsreaders. I created a Bloglines account and currently am subscribed 15 feeds including a few from other participants and library news feeds.

To find your public URL for your bloglines account, there is no share tab as indicated in the instructions

This is how I did it

Blog settings
Yes publish my blog
Yes publish my blog roll
Enter title and description

To the right is the url address of your blog and blog roll
My blog url is
My blogroll url is

Sunday, May 20, 2007

#7 Create a Blog Post About Anything Technology-Related is an interesting free virtual world entirely built by the people who join. It is a great place for advertising, informing and playing. The possibilities really are endless.

p.s. I added a comment to anothers blog

#6 Flickr Mash-ups & Third Party Sites

My favorite was Montagr where you create photo mosaics from photos found on Flickr.
It was neat to look at all the different photos and see them in such a creative montage. These are great tools for artists. I wish this was around when I was a child, you can create almost anything.

#5 explore flickr

As an animal lover, I choose to click on the popular tag "animals" and found a pic of these 3 adorable dogs. I wish I could have more pets. I would have a zoo if I could, but they do take work. at this point I only have a dog and a cat.
They are wonderful pets and I love them very much.

dog pic found here

#4 Register your blog and Track your progress

I emailed my liaison with my blog address and registered it on the registration link. I also downloaded the attachment to track my progress

#3 set up your own blog 71/2 habits easiest and hardest

I cant pick one easiest and hardest habit. I feel that I am good at 1,2,4,5,6 and 7.

I have the most difficulty with 3 and 71/2. One of my main personal goals is to learn to relax and play more. Learning this will help me to be more efficient and enjoy life more. I also need to learn to view problems as challenges which is difficult for all of us. However, it is our degree to which we can view problems as challenges that can be helpful to us in our lifelong learning.

Habit 1: Begin with the end in mind
Habit 2: Accept responsibility for your own learning
Habit 3: View problems as challenges
Habit 4: Have confidence in yourself as a competent, effective learner
Habit 5: Create your own learning toolbox
Habit 6: Use technology to your advantage
Habit 7: Teach/mentor others Habit
7 ½: Play