Saturday, September 30, 2006

So is it pink or mauve

Margie says mauve. I say pink.

Margie's tulip from Alex

I stopped by to see Margie earlier. She was gardening (natch) so I pitched in for a while, and when we stopped for lunch I also did some experimenting with the new camera. Margie's tulip from Alex came up nicely, it doesn't move around like Titch.

LSJ Editors' Blog

My thanks to Sharon and [aliaSTUDENTS] for informing me about the first issue of Library Student Journal.

I enjoyed thinking about how instant messaging might or might not serve patrons, stimulated by Licia Slimon's IM reference service for teens case study. And I particularly enjoyed the editor's explanation of why the journal is produced for open access.

Who wouldn't be curious what happens at the LSJ Editors' Blog? I'm glad I was
... Google jockeys? ... so I'm curious, doubtful (how distracting), critical (for effective teaching wouldn't planning an engaging presentation be more valuable?), and back to curious (if anyone has found such an activity valuable for the subject of the 'lecture' how and why?)


At some stage in my course will be a subject on library space design, and when I saw Jessamyn's post about SPL's signage woes, felt I must make a note.

"the weird juxtaposition of amazing architecture with crummy laser-printed signage or post-it signage."

Updated 29 May 2010: Links, as Library Student Journal and the editor's blog have moved at least once.

Friday, September 29, 2006

Talk Like a Pirate Day training video #1

I'm experimenting with posting about videos - can't do it from MySpace, which is disappointing because I would have included Weird Al's White and Nerdy, but perhaps YouTube will be friendlier.

Unfortunately YouTube appears to be having trouble accessing my blogger details to set up my blog at YouTube... so I wonder whether I can just post the embed script by email?

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Talk Like A Pirate Day

What a coincidence, I just submitted, as a course assignment, a Program of annual Library events, in which I proposed that it would be fun to celebrate International Talk Like a Pirate Day. Naturally staff might need some training - for which, I suggested, we could collect phrases, and soundtracks, and maybe watch movies.

So guess what I find today? ...Pirate Phrases - TalkLikeAPirateDay which has a link to videos at YouTube demonstrating Pirate speech Aaaaargh!

Okay, so Google didn't do a special logo this year, and apparently they were great sports in the spirit of their reply... but what I loved seeing was the nifty pirate's keyboard at The New Marketing : Pirate-speakin' Google not be celebratin' no Pirate day

Sunday, September 17, 2006

September 17: Assignments IN!

I'm trying to see whether blogging is an effective way to promote future events for ABA.

On this day, I'm hoping to blog that my last assignments for the year have been submitted.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Building Community - North Portland Tool Library

So friends of mine who scoff at my ideas ... here's another one that's been done (thanks for pointing it out Superpatron): "The North Portland Tool Library is a community resource that loans a wide variety of tools to community members free of charge. The Tool Library benefits North Portland residents by reducing the costs of maintaining and improving their homes, building community, and sustaining diverse, livable neighborhoods."

Hm, and topping that, Superpatron reader 'ctr' tells that Berkeley Public Library have absorbed Berkeley's Tool Lending Library - and yes, I checked, items are listed and searchable in the catalog. That's how I think it should be. I'd love to see my local public library do that.

Better book lists

Thanks Superpatron for nudging me via Rebecca's pocket to find the booklists at waterboro public library and Morton Grove Public Library where I actually found a list of cat character mystery books. Now I just need time to peruse that list (trying not to feel pessimistic about the chances of finding copies in my local library - although I have discovered that CHRLC have actually stopped charging reservation fees!), and then find cats in other genres.

Now imagine if library catalogues had a field for booklists (like those LoC subject headings). Of course tagging methods might address this need - but they're vulnerable to spelling variations ... I wonder how Hennepin have combined some of their "If you liked..." lists with their catalogue (like the If you liked ... The Lord of the Rings - anyone tell me?

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Library Link - Victorian public library portal

Library Link wasn't news to me but after seeing that the Hennepin County Library catalog offers users the ability to comment on items, as well as read summaries, reviews and excerpts, when I read Connecting Librarian's Library Link - Victorian public library portal post all I could think about was wanting to be able to search the catalog more effectively, and to interact with other patrons about the items we read or view - what is the chance Library Link will allow any of that before I'm older and greyer?

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

23Things #5

#5 I briefly explored Flickr with interest after seeing what some libraries had been doing with Flickr while researching library marketing and promotions.

However this ''lesson'', suggests so much more will be tasty.

... it'll have to wait.

Monday, September 04, 2006

23 Things #4 ... & Supermodel 2.0

Register your blog on PLCMC Central and begin your Learning 2.0 journey. Will I? Maybe after September 17.

Just when I began to wonder whether to blog, or save, or note or otherwise the long list of PLCMC Participant Blogs, I surfed past Supermodel 2.0 so now I'm learning about Evidence Based Library & Information Practice, instead of completing assignments.

Sunday, September 03, 2006

Saturday, September 02, 2006

23 Things #2

I like the articulate powered presentation tool used to present the Seven and 1/2 Habits of Highly Successful Lifelong Learners by which PCLMC's training specialist Lori Reed introduced pointers from lifelong learners. So I how well do I 'nurture {my} own learning process'?

1. My learning goals are very open-ended.
I want to learn everything I can about working in libraries so that when I have finished supervising the boys' homeschooling I might become employed in a library.
I want to learn about these wonderful technologies to find ways to simplify the collaborative processes in volunteering for ABA, and to enhance interactive relations with library patrons.
Other learning goals: non-violent communication, Auslan, other languages - have to wait.
2. I have always taken responsibility for my own learning. I'm also encouraging the boys to do the same.
3. I view problems as challenges or opportunities to learn.
4. I generally think of myself as a competent learner.
5. My toolkit grows: huge library of books; I avoid expenditure on technology until I am certain it will be an investment; I take classes as necessary; I discuss what I want to learn from my friends and acquaintances (mentors); have ready access to the internet.
6. I do use the internet and tutorials as a primary how-to resource.
7. When opportunities arise, I teach what I've learned to others.
7.5. Play - I play with what I learn - though I am frugal with my time and $$$.

Easiest habit? Take responsibility for my own learning.
Hardest habit? Playing with what I learn - I'm a little serious.


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