Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Just Curious...

Is anyone still subscribed and / or checking their RSS feeds? I'm guessing not.

Monday, December 3, 2007

Not a part of the 23 Things, but still 2.0

Our 23 Things didn't cover IMing (aka Instant Messaging), but IMing is a huge part of the 2.0 experience. I found this blog post last week, and thought I'd pass it along:

"We added a Meebo widget to unsuccessful keyword searches in our library catalog. This way, when a customer searches our catalog and doesn’t find anything, they can contact us via IM and ask for help (we also display our phone number if they want to call)."

Deb is currently experimenting with the Meebo widget on the library's Teen Page. When Deb is online, the widget allows patrons to chat with her without the patron needing to log in to their IM client, or even have an existing IM account.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Wait a minute...

I've thought about it, and the whole "That's All Folks!" thing is completely inappropriate. Yes, I've finished the "23 Things," but we're not done. Remember the "perpetual beta" concept? Nothing is ever finished. We've begun to adopt these web / library 2.0 tools, but they need upkeep. New content, new uses, new ideas. We need to always be looking for ways to improve on what we can offer and how we can offer it. That means keeping an eye out for new things, playing around with the ones that grab us and getting a better understanding of them, and adopting them when appropriate.

A more accurate final statement would include that classic Carpenters song, "We've Only Just Begun." And don't think I didn't think about including one.





Oh, what the h3ll. Why not?

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Project Review

One thing I liked about this project was that it forced me to spend more time with things I had previously dismissed for one reason or another. Del.icio.us and Technorati are perfect examples. I'd heard about them, taken a quick look, decided I didn't see the point and forgotten about them. After a more in-depth exploration, I have a better understanding of how they're supposed to be used and why people are so high on them.

This project also made me reconsider things I was already pretty familiar with. There's so much marketing potential with sites like Flickr and YouTube, not only with projects we can create in house but also with content created by our patrons. Ok, the patron created content bit will probably require a lot of recruitment, but stranger things have happened.

So, I guess there's only one thing left to say:

More Wikis

I guess the ease of use depends on what software you use to set up your wiki, but the one Judi chose seems pretty simple. Log in, add, edit or delete your content, save it and you're done. I also like how you can leave notes to record what changes you've made. That seems like it'd be very useful when collaborating. As easy as advertised.

Downloadable Audio & Video

I usually listen to my MP3 player while walking my dog, and have used both NetLibrary and OverDrive. NetLibrary is nice because there's no limit on how many people can have the same title at the same time and the sound quality is always excellent, but I prefer the selection of titles available with OverDrive. The downside is that there are usually hold lists for new and popular titles because not all titles allow unlimited simultaneous users. Within OverDrive, I've also come across some titles that skip and jump in spots.

The major drawback with both of these services is their lack of Mac / iPod compatibility. Ipods pretty much own the digital audio device market, but we can't offer a service that doesn't exist and right now the only places to get current, copyrighted audiobook materials are the iTunes Store or Audible.com.

I did a blog post on the Orion Library Blog referring patrons to a list of free iPod-friendly alternatives here, but don't expect current bestsellers or professional narrators.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007


Every now and then, I find a podcast that sounds interesting while I'm searching for something else. I usually email the page to my home account so I can listen to it when I have more time, and then forget all about it. So I'm aware of podcasts and I get the concept, but I've never actually listened to one (not counting the embedded PLCMC podcasts included with this project). I experimented with Podcast.net and Podcastalley.com, and prefered Podcastalley. It had a cleaner look, seemed a bit more organized, and offered better descriptions of what the podcasts were all about. You probably won't be able to explore Yahoo Podcasts because according to the site, it will be shut down on October 31st, 2007.

As far as podcasts for library use, I can't think of anything the Adult Dept. could offer that patrons would want to download and listen to. Maybe podcasts of some of the local history group members or downloadable versions of some of the recorded interviews Penny has on cassette? I think the Children's Dept. would have much better luck getting a podcasting program off the ground with online StoryTimes or something similar.

Where the Adult Dept. might have more luck would be instructional screencasts showing patrons how use our website, catalog, databases and other online offerings.