Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Thing #23 Final Thoughts

So Thing #23 is Final Thoughts on the 23 things program. They had a survey to fill out upon completion of 23 things, however since I am finishing so much later than the program ran, the survey has since been closed. They did however leave several final questions to help blog about this final "thing".

* Go back to your thoughts/ideas about Library 2.0. Has anything changed as a result of this experience?

I think a lot has changed, since 23 things, I am now a regular user of a blog, YouTube, and Facebook. I am more open to trying out new Web 2.0 tools and applications.

* What were your favorite Things and discoveries?

I think Flickr was my favorite thing that I got to try out. At some point when I get around to organizing my digitial photo collection, I will be a lot more open to posting them on Flickr.

* How did you connect with others doing the 23 Things On a Stick?

I would discuss 23 things with staff members here at SELCO and occasionally with some of the SELS/SELCO librarians when the subject would come up. Mostly face to face, although some through e-mail and blog posts. I never got into the whole twitter thing, I'm more of a facebook person at this stage.

* Were there any take-a-ways or unexpected outcomes from this program that surprised you?

I would say I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed learning about the variety of 2.0 subjects that were presented in the 23 things program.

* What could we do differently to improve upon this program’s format or content?

I thought the program was very well presented and it was in a format that was easy to follow, I don't really have any changes to recommend.

* If we offered a 23 More Things On a Stick program like this in the future would you participate?

I am definately interested in seeing more 23 things programs.

* How would you describe your learning experience in one word or in one sentence, so we could use your words to promote 23 Things On a Stick learning activities to others?

I found the program to be very informative and entertaining, even some of the things I knew about before taking the program I learned additional things that I wouldn't have without following this program.

So now that 23 things is over I look forward to seeing what Round 2 is all about.

Until next time,

PC Geek signing off.

Thing #22 What Did I Learn Today?

I'm almost to the end of the 23 things, so how do I plan to keep up with Web 2.0 and Library 2.0 tools, (really they're almost the same thing in my humble opinion.) I'm rather fond of myself. It has a huge list of Web 2.0 tools and applications. I've also been keeping up with various blogs and news sites. I don't plan to spend a lot of time experimenting with every new 2.0 tool or application that comes out, I'd rather pick and choose a few and work my way along from there. As more and more useful 2.0 tools become available for my iPhone that will probably be a driving factor for me. Ok, time to see what Thing 23 is, and finish up this learning program.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Thing #21 Beyond MySpace: Other Social Networks

Thing #21 was interesting because it included Web Junction, which is I site I have used in the past. I am not a member of that website, however I have used their documentation for the original round of the Minnesota Gates Grant Public Computers. When the Gates Grant website was taken down, all the content was moved to Web Junction. Instructions on how to upgrade the computers from NT to Windows 2000 or Windows XP were very useful in my role supporting public library's computers for public use. Another social network I found useful is Flixster for movie information.

Thing #20 Facebook and MySpace

I have recently started using Facebook in my personal life, partly due to the fact that several of my friends and family members use it too. I checked out the Library 2.0 Interest Group. That seemed like one of the groups I would be most interested in joining.

I can see why Facebook is considered one of the fastest growing social networks, as I keep adding more friends and joining more groups my own social network grows. It's a very interesting website.

I am not as interested in MySpace, although I do still have an account with that website, I never visit it anymore. Everyone I know that does social networking is on Facebook now.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Thing #19 Podcasts

I am somewhat new to podcasts, however I have listened to several different radio programs over the internet before and personally I would lump those together as being podcasts. I downloaded the MPR - Minnesota Public Radio app for my iPhone so I could listen to some of their podcasts where ever I happen to go. I listened to one of their new podcasts: All Things Considered. I'm looking forward to using MPR more often now that I don't need to have a radio nearby. This is something I will undoubtedly be using more in my personal life.

Thing #18 YouTube & Other Online Video

Think #18 online videos, here's something that I know a lot about. I've been an avid user of YouTube and later after Google bought YouTube. It has a nice search function so you can find videos in line with what you want to look at. After you've watched a video it has a nice feature to bring up additional videos on the side of the screen simular to what you just watched in case you might be interested in seeing more. The only thing I don't like is the generally poor quality of the majority of the videos, and you can't download a video to watch at a later time on your computer or in my case on my iPhone using the YouTube application. I'm sure there would be a variety of different ways that YouTube and other video sites could be used to supliment a library's website or blog. Especially things like book and movie reviews, training videos, etc.. This was one of the more fun kinds of things, I'm curious to see what will be next.

Thing #17 ELM Productivity Tools

Thing 17 is all about ELM or Electronic Library for Minnesota. There is a whole host of tools available there. Several allow you create your own web page which in this age of blogs seems like taking a step backwards. However there are massive databases of magazine articles that look very useful and I may start using them to find more information when I am presented with a challenging problem at work.