Saturday, October 29, 2011

"Straight on Till Morning"

Neverland and Libraries" or The Library 2.0 Discussion

One thing that I particularly liked about the discussion on Libraries in the wed 2.0 world was the emphasis on the ways the world is changing. Sometimes I think it is too easy to forget that in a time of tremendous change there is also a time of tremendous chance. We see both of these aspects every day from libraries loaning out Kindles to the last ten years of shifting technological platforms and evolving patron needs. Anderson, in his “icebergs” discussion, talks about how libraries are doing well keeping the proverbial library boat afloat with the current current (please pardon puns) but that we are in danger of not seeing the potential dangers ahead. The dangers that Anderson sees are very relevant. We need to evaluate the reasons that we collect materials, we need to equip ourselves for a growing emphasis on education, and we need to make strides towards breaking forth from the bubble of our buildings. This will all take a great deal of courage on the part of our profession and a great deal of creativity on the part of individual libraries.

Another key to the Library 2.0 model is what Michael Stevens said about ensuring that we provide “user-centered libraries” and content. The key is not in just how many books we can collect but in how well we enable the creation, exploration, and dissemination of information. We are living in a time when people expect their voice to be heard and expect what they have to say to matter to someone. This desire and expectation is a principle applied in the discussion of cooperative learning and libraries. Patrons have something to offer. We have to be open to creating a cooperative environment in libraries. Wendy Schultz’s take on the Library 2.0 question. The idea of the conversation focused library is becoming more and more interesting to me as I read various views on the future of libraries. There can be an element of give and take in our libraries. We want to give patrons a great experience, access to great materials, and a great level of service, but they too can offer the same to us.
On a side note, I love the idea of having a classic library section for quiet contemplation and aethetic enjoyment alongside an emerging library of conversaton and interaction.
The journay into a new experience is always frought with complications and sacrifices, but with good directions we can find the way to a land where seeking and living knowledge doesn't just happen in an escapist enviroment.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Citation Nation

Good Morning,
Like some of my classmates, I am just now discovering how useful this tool can be and am kicking myself for not having used it before. I was always satisfied living paper to paper with Microsoft Word's Manage References tool, but now that I have found Zotero I can tell  I will be using it to organize my sources for a good long while. I had begun to feel overwhelmed by the sheer mass of articles I had begun to amass in my research for my four LIS classes, but now I have a way of keeping things organized and accessible at a moment's notice. I can see how this could be a great tool for people doing research.
ALAS!!! I could not figure out how to make a public version of  my library. SO NOBODY MESS WITH MY SETTINGS TILL I FIGURE IT OUT. :)
 Check out my library so far:

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Some Thoughts on What is Delcious.

Well I ltried to find the tutorial to teach me how to use Delicious, but I couldn't find it. I then figured I will look at it and muddle my way through. So I looked at the socal bookmarking site Delicious. I made an account, I looked up some things, and didn't find much. I like the fact that the list was more narrow than with a browser search. It is also nice in that smaller buisnesses can advertise their products on a smaller platform where they can be noticed more easily. It might also be interesting for libraies to explore, but overall I was not too impressed with the tool.  I was able to link to a few pages and add tags, but they were not any moe insightful that the ones already applied. It might make for interesting bookmarking capabilities for very specific projects.  If the language is in the tags then you could probably find some very specific links.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

What in the world is that orange button about?

So apparently the inerfaces for exploration of the web have been changeing rabidly over the years. I never paid much attention to the different kinds of options theyre were out there for streamlining the web expereince. Now that I have been introduced to the RSS feed concept, I am beginning to notice that orange button everywhere. I can see where this might be a useful tool for many people who gather their news and information over the web. I like the way that it can create a storgae facility of your commonly visited sites enabling you to get everything you need at one place. I suscribed to several of my classmates blogs. This should help me to comment more efficiantly. I am also excited about my subscriptions to library news sites. I want to be able to stay more apprised of what is going on in the library and information world, and RSS feeds will make that easier for me. I think that RSS feeds will be an interesting addition to my web  tool knowledge. I also think that it very evidently influenced by the personalization of technology movement. With so much information avaliable and so many places to go to find it, the weeb is quickly becoming overwhelming, but like a little pathfinder RSS feeds adn reader accounts enable people to make their own way to information in a more personal and  streamlined way.
I suscribed to several book review feeds, that wil help me to keep updated on what is out there and what people are saying about it. I aslo subscribed to Points of Reference, Shifted Librarian, and I also grabbed a few quote of the day and word of the day feeds becasue I always wanted to try something like that and this seemed like a good meduim for it.