Sunday, July 19, 2009

Class 5990

So one of the things that I found interesting in this week's readings was found in the article, "Accessing the Internet: Connection Technologies." The author talked about the downside of cable broadband is that the nodes in an area share the available bandwidth causing a slower connection speed. This is something I never realized, I have noticed slower connection speeds at some points but I never really knew it could be due to the fact that my neighbors with the same Internet service were using a lot of bandwidth. I guess if I had thought logically about the system it should have occurred to me. The other article, Internet Technologies TCP/IP, had an interesting discussion on IP addresses and the solutions to running out of the 4.3 billion possible when conceived in the 1980's . I appreciated the explanation, as confusing as it was to me, of IP addresses because I have never really understood how they are developed.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009


I like the whole audiobook thing, I think it is a way for the library to keep up with the advancements in technology. With that said I think that improvements could be made to our digital collection page. When a customer searches the catalog, he is unable to see the Overdrive titles that are available, and this would not be so bad if the search tool with in the digital collection page was not as useless as it is. Another problem, a lot of the audiobooks are in WMA format, this means very little to me despite the fact that I know it will not work on my device. And I can download it to my computer and listen to it, but the only time I spend alot of time in front of the computer is at work or while doing homework. And I am not interested in burning the book to a cd, that just seems wasteful. So I think the ability to do an advanced search that enables you to search for titles that are compatible with your chosen device is essential, then I could find all the titles that are MP3 format, and that have some use to me. I'm sure we will get to that point someday though.

Thursday, April 23, 2009


I like podcasts. I use them a lot for some of my favorite radio shows, like Car Talk. On Pod Cast Alley I found a podcast called Free Beer, I am currently listening to it, and it seems somewhat entertaining. I think the show's hosts sample different types of beer, but it kind of sounds like they just drink a lot of beer and become somewhat incoherent by the end of the hour long show. I also searched Pod Cast Alley for 'library' and the results list was rather long. It seems like there are a lot of public library podcasts, which would be a good idea for any library. I think that library's could do book reviews and events discussions, and provide an easy way for people to be informed about a multitude of different things going on at the library.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Well I could not embed this video by request of I guess the poster. I really like The Office so this is the video that I chose, its really long. Um I think that some aspects of youtube could be useful for library websites. If the library posts how-to videos for using online databases or something similar, then people can comment on the videos and creators can assess through the comments the usefulness of the instruction.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

list dump

I found a website called List Dump (maybe its just one word?) at
It was pretty neat, I make a lot of lists myself, and constantly have those "top 5" discussions with my friends. I think it could be useful for a library. People could create themed lists, say All Time Greatest Books on the Circus. THen people could add to the lists the books they believe should be on there. And then everyone who wanted to had access to these lists, and they could find out about all sorts of favorite books on the circus. I can also see this being useful for coordinators. They may keep up with the lists and if they find that the library does not carry a popular item then they may choose to order it, and they could post into the list that this item is now on order upon finding out about it via this list.

Google Docs

WOW! Online documents is the most exciting thing ever! I have opened email attachments in gmail using google docs before and, wow, google stored them without my knowledge. Not really sure how I feel about that. Oh well. Oh and just now it gave me a random message saying that it cannot save my document and that they are sorry for the inconvenience. And the spell check doesn't work so I cannot be help accountable for my misspellings. Not sure how much I really like this Google Docs things, the error message keeps showing up every time it tries to automatically save. Oh it just saved finally. Well this short experience has not convinced me to write a paper or complete a group project on this application.

Monday, April 6, 2009


Interesting. I can see why wikis can be of a lot of use. I think the next time I take a trip I might search for a wiki on that city. I never really trust the formal travel websites on "Things to do" in a new city, and many wiki posts give enough detail about the topic to actually get a feel for it.


I enjoyed the 16th thing. I am pretty familiar with the creation and use of wikis but I never really thought about how useful they can be in the library environment. I really like the idea about using a wiki in the catalog, I think people would love to be able to review books like that, and I know that I always find the reviews of some use.
I can see a wiki being successful in my department as well. Often times we find ourselves doing new and unfamiliar tasks and trying to figure out the most efficient way of completing the tasks. With a wiki then people could post ways they discovered to quickly complete the task.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

library 2.0

Yeah, I have talked a lot about library 2.0 in my classes at school. I completely agree that libraries all over the country need to take advantage of the tools that web 2.0 has to offer. These tools help us to connect with the younger generations who spend most of their internet time at social networking sites, and by fostering and encouraging their use of libraries we create a customer for many years to come. But it should also be noted that people of all ages use all of these social networking sites, so really we have an opportunity to meet all sorts of users. I really like the ideas about making a library website kind of amazon-like. When a user sign-in recommendations pop-up based on his or her general interests. Tagging and customer commentary also seems that it would help users in selecting materials. I constantly cite the reviews on amazon and other online book sellers to get an idea of the book. Without having the book in hand, I strongly rely on commentary because the content description never really satisfies me. I think customer commentary would be really nice with the audio book catalog.

One thing that libraries need to remember is the digital divide runs deep in this country. People who do not own computers or do not have access to the internet are still a large part of the clientele. Librarians cannot allow their drive to keep up with all the technological advancements consume them to the point that they forget about the other populations they serve.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009


Well, I guess the site is okay. I did see some interesting things... I guess some people maintain a blog about raising Free Range Kids, where you actually let them out of your sight to discover things on their own. I am a big fan of the idea, although I have no kids, and don't really ever plan to have any, but that's how I grew up and I turned out okay. I still don't know if I like reading blogs. I guess I can't really care about anonymous people's lives, never got into the reality tv either. And for the blogs concerning interesting news, they are useful in as much as they inform me about something, and I then go to credible resources to figure out the real story.

Monday, March 16, 2009


I think that this exercise was kind of useful. So I created an account, and renamed all of my bookmarks with new tags, so now they all fit into pretty little categories. And then I went up to favorites and select to get here. Yup, kind of absurd, no? I guess my point is that it will take quite a while before I get out of the habit of using favorites, and while it is nice to have all my bookmarks on the web so that I can access them from any computer, I do not think that I will find myself signing onto in order to go to my Favorites. So I will probably never get out of the habit of using Favorites, but I now know that when my computer dies I will still have my Favorites.


This exercise was okay. Perhaps I am not being creative enough today because I really could not think of a theme that would make this exercise fun. I chose local news, pretty boring. I guess I can see the usefulness of this for a job if a lot of the information you need is stored on the web. I thought it might be useful to me with school work, but I am not sure. All the sites that I need to look through for school require a log-in so I doubt I can add them to a Rollyo.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Wow! The whole getting the Library Thing on to the blog was an adventure. Thanks to the people in the staff forum for helping me figure out the whole thing with having to add a gadget.

Image Generator - Custom comment codes for MySpace, Hi5, Friendster and more This is the image that I made. I love cheesy horror movies; they are hilarious. I played around with a lot of different image generators, some were cool, a lot of them were not. But I like this one okay so I am sticking with it.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

More RSS Feeds

Well I did not like this exercise as much as the previous one. I am not a fan of the three websites that were suggested. They look cluttered, and I could find many feeds that worked with Bloglines. I ended up searching Google for BBC news, and found a feed for Bloglines on that website. I have a lot of feeds on Bloglines already, and I completely understand the process of how to obtain new feeds, so I only chose to pick up two more feeds, NPR and BBC Americas. One problem I am having with all of this news is that I am not able to get through it all. Oh well, it is still fun.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

RSS Feeds

I had fun with this exercise. I enjoyed picking and choosing which feeds would fit my tastes, and I also had no idea how many I would end up liking. I think this will be very useful in my personal life. I think it will also be very useful in the library setting, to keep up on new ideas and services that libraries all across the country are using. It seems that the RSS feeds make someone more likely to read about new things, because it is right in front of them; they do not have to go searching for information.

The only thing I dislike is how the information is visually presented. It seems kind of cluttered to me, which makes it kind of difficult to quickly go through the different articles.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Technology Related Stuff

So I was thinking about creating a forum of sorts for people who love camping, at least camping in the tri-state area. Its not that I do not like camping in other areas, I do; however, if you only have two or three days off you don't want to spend half the day in a car. So this imaginary forum is restricted only to places that are somewhat close to Tulsa. I think it would be great if people could post pictures, if they so choose, and write about their experience at such-and-such campsite. Everyone should feel free to tell about their experiences, what they loved and hated, stuff to do during the day depending on the season, opinions of the trails, etc...

So I can't seem to figure out the set up that I would need for this idea. I think a forum, like the staff forum would work for it, and I am pretty sure I could get something off facebook if I chose this structure. However, I have my reservations with the whole forum thing; they just don't look nice or creative; they look pretty boring. I could try a website, but it kind of seems like a lot more work than I want to put into it. But then I could have photos to draw people in and maybe people would want to advertise on it, and then I could be rich (yeah, I know it won't happen, but if it is imaginary . . . might as well). I guess I am open to suggestions, or if you know where this type of site actually exists then even better and I will just go there!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009


I found this photo on Picasa under the nature tag. I think it is an awesome photo, and I would love to visit this place. Given the writing underneath the photo I do not think that I will be visiting this place anytime soon though.

Monday, February 9, 2009

My Blog

This is the first blog I have ever had, and I am still unsure whether I am okay with being a "blogger." Personally I don't think I have much to say that is of interest to those who do not know me. But I am doing this as a learning experience, so I am embracing it to the best of my ability.

7 1/2 Habits of Lifelong Learning

The habit that is easiest for me would be the first habit, begin with the end in mind. I set goals for myself in learning and have an idea of what I want to know by the end of my specified time frame. It comes naturally to me I guess. The hardest habit is the create your own learning toolbox. I more often than not find myself under prepared to take on learning tasks. While I may not have all the necessary tools when I start a task, I ultimately gather them throughout it. However, I am sure that it would be much more efficient if I started with the tools that I needed to complete the task.