Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Thing 23: Summarizing thoughts about this program

Reflecting on my learning journey: a few thoughts:

  • What were your favorite discoveries or exercises on this learning journey?

I enjoyed learning how to create and maintain a blog. (All of this was new to me!) Of course, the "play" items were fun--I created a MEEZ and learned to upload photos and YouTube videos.

  • How has this program assisted or affected your lifelong learning goals?

It has given me confidence that, yes, I can do techy things--even when they seem really hard. That confidence will give me encouragement to continue to use these 23 Things and to try more new things.

  • Were there any take-aways or unexpected outcomes from this program that surprised you?

I was pleasantly surprised that I could accomplish the learning outcomes without becoming "lost" in the technology. Each new Thing came with its own challenges. I was always delighted when the Thing worked!

Another great outcome was the sense of camaraderie that our staff has felt in working through the Things together. There has been great sharing of ideas and tips and of basking in the glow of each other's successes. I think that it has provided a real sense of "community"--first with our branch staff, then also with CCPL staff -- and finally with staff members of other systems.

  • What could we do differently to improve upon this program’s format or concept?

I think that if we had had even just a brief overview of what Learning 2.0 was all about before we started the program, it might have put us off to a better start. I really had no clue until about Thing 15 when I read the perspectives on Web 2.0 and Library 2.0. Then it all began to make sense. But, just like jumping into the lake and having to swim to survive--we all did jump right into this project. (CCPL is great about enthusiastically committing to a project!) I have not only survived, but have learned and grown immensely!!

  • If we offered another discovery program like this in the future, would you again chose to participate? YES!
  • How would you describe your learning experience in a few words or a few sentences, so we can share our successes and promote this program?

The process had many benefits. I learned about technology that I otherwise would not have. Many of the items that we learned were things that I didn't even know that I didn't know. (When I first looked at the list of topics we were going to learn about, it was like reading another language.) Another benefit was the collaboration that comes with social networking. The sharing of ideas and the ability to gain and distribute information has increased and will continue to increase. I am very appreciative that CCPL has encouraged all staff to be a part of this project.

CCPL is envisioning the future in libraries and preparing staff members to be a part of that future.

Thanks for this learning journey!

Thing #22: Learning about Audiobooks

The Overdrive Digital Media Guided Tour - covering how to select and download Overdrive audiobooks - was very helpful. CCPL has been offering Overdrive to patrons for a while now, but it was very useful to go through the podcast (there it is again!) tour. I'm looking forward to using my MP3 player to download books.

Project Gutenberg has been around for a long time, and its good to know that audio-books are available here. On the day that I looked at the list of top 100 picks the Manual of Surgery by Alexander Miles and Alexis Thomson was #1 with 649 downloads the day before. Another interesting one was #5 on that list: Jokes For All Occasions by Anonymous with 365 downloads. A co-worker commented that maybe since it's summertime, kids are downloading jokes. If so, kids know about Project Gutenberg as well as YouTube! I also found video clips (see pictures, moving). I looked at a clip of the tests done by the Manhattan Project and a clip of the landing of Apollo 11.

Id like to come back to both sites and find some good books to listen to.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Thing 21: Discovering some useful search tools for locating podcasts.

"In 2005, "podcast" was named the "word of the year" by New Oxford American Dictionary and with the growth of podcasting over the last 24 months, it's easy to see why."
"The word podcast is used to refer to a non-musical audio or video broadcast that is distributed over the Internet. What differentiates a podcast from regular streaming audio or video is that the delivery method for podcasts is often done automatically through RSS."

I learned alot about podcasting by looking around at the sites that were given us. I've enjoyed learning some of the 23 Things through listening to podcasts. I'd like to see some added to our CCPL website.

I also learned that there are podcast consultants. (I'm always learning something new!) Jason VanOrden"s tutorial and "definitive step-by-step guide" were informative and offered helpful information for those wanting to create a podcast. This might be something to come back to at another time!

I also was able to send a podcast of book reviews to my RSS feed. The URL is

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Fly, Robin, Fly - 10,000 AMERICAN ROBINS!

What was just "23 Things" several weeks ago, is taking flight. Fledgling thoughts and ideas are growing and beginning to spread their wings and soar.

Thing #20: Discovering YouTube and a few sites that allow you to upload video

YouTube has lots of facinating stuff!
What did you like?
++ I liked that you can search by topic, that you can see the time length of the video and that you can see the titles of the music. Setting up a YouTube account and sending a video to a blog was really easy.

What did you dislike about the site?
-- I found a video I really liked, and as I was trying to send it to my blog, I lost it:( After trying again several times, I wasn't able to locate it again. Finally... I did find that video again, but I found one that I liked even better. I was able to create an account with YouTube and send it to my blog.

Why did you chose the video that you did?
This past spring a robin laid 4 beautiful blue eggs in a nest under our deck. Shortly after that I began working on 23 Things. I thought of the eggs as being ideas waiting to hatch, so I took a photo of the nest and posted it to my blog. I thought of the little robins growing--from hatchlings to fledglings to young birds ready to take flight--as being similar to ideas that take time to grow, "stretch their wings" in my mind, and finally fly. I have posted photos of growiing robins all through my blog. I was delighted to find the YouTube video of a whole flock of robins (...think ideas!...) taking flight. It was the perfect culmination for this learning activity. "Fly, Robin, Fly" !

Can you see any features or components of the site that might be interesting if they were applied to library websites?
Oh, yes. How about YouTube videos on our library website? Or using them in Pipeline?

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Thing #19: Discovering any site from the Web 2.0 awards list

Google Maps

  • What did you like or dislike about the tool? These are interactive maps--You can search for and display user created content to your maps. When traveling, you can locate hotels, restaurants, and multiple points of interest.
  • What were the site’s useful features? Easy to add personalized items to maps.
  • Could you see any applications for its use in a library setting? Google Maps would be useful for people traveling to library conferences, for staff who are on vacation and want to visit the local library ( I often do this!).
  • I'd like to play with this one more.


  • What did you like? This is a fun way to edit photos and email them.
  • What were the useful features? Very easy to use
  • Applications in library setting? Yes. Easy to edit photos of programs to send to Pipeline, etc.

Thing #18: Taking a look at some online productivity tools

I tried out Google Docs. It was easy to create an account. Next, I tried the spreadsheet app. It was as easy to use as Excel, except that I had trouble using the sum feature---I'll just have to play with it more later. I was able to send my spreadsheet directly to by blog.

I can see useful things coming out of these shared apps. I would be great to collaborate on projects using these tools.