Sunday, August 31, 2008 is a great site - over 50 million second hand used and rare books can be accessed - it is a straight forward site to use with every category of book covered. The prices are there with a description of the condition of the book. The library could use the site when looking for older books they wish to have back in the collection or need to replace. There could also be a link on the library website for patrons if they are trying to track down a particular book. Recommended!

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Thought zoho writer was fun and would use it for writing drafts of letters or anything I felt like trying out- being able to share is good - if I wrote and wanted someone else's opinion they could have a look without needing to send it separately to them - lots of gadgets to use on the site as well.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

I'm sorry but I didn't like this site - it drove me mad creating the account and I can think of simpler ways to search my favourite websites - however I can see it would be a way of keeping all your sites together for research purposes.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

- a painting by Vassilev of a place in Friesland -

Friday, August 22, 2008

I really liked Librarything - have only put on a few books to look at the system but will go back and put in more later - main good aspects for me were reading reviews that other people had written - some very well written and well thought out reviews. Also looked at Librarians for Librarything and read a section on computer rage! in libraries.
A good site and will use more fully later.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Had a lot of fun looking at Generator - all these things are a great way of making you feel inspired to create so a lot of time passed - dedicated this wordle haiku to the last hour..or so!
Wiki sandbox is a fun idea - good way to get to know the likes,dislikes and views of the community that you work in - interesting to see what others are reading and watching. Like other online sites you can make them as deep or as light as you want.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Wikis are a great idea - they just need to improve their reputation... I like the way the Booklovers Wiki was set out and it would be great if on the OPAC we could have links to book review sites for people to look - divided into genres - and maybe some staff book reviews or recommendations.
Like everything else libraries will have to evolve but to have them entirely immersed in technology , particularly public libraries doesn't inspire me - one of the readings presented quite a good picture of the circle turning with the original meditative style library becoming a luxury of the future!

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Technorati seemed very sensible but didn't interest me to look at - tried to look at a video on 2.0 but took so long to come up I gave up - searching 2.0 produced lots of results - the blog search seemed to give more specific results - didn't feel like claiming my blog - the site seemed to have a stream of gossip sites constantly advertised at the bottom of the page. I'm sorry but couldn't get inspired !

Friday, August 8, 2008

Really liked the site - I liked the fact that it could be accessed from any computer which means you could be away from home in an internet cafe, still need certain information quickly and it would be easy to find. I looked up limoncello which I want to make this summer and there was lots of sites. Also interested to see on a library website word association cloud on their teen page. Commoncraft video was good this time.
Looked at PLCMCL2,s and thought it was a good area for reference and for getting help . Noticed the Library Thing which is a good online way of storing your personal books and read on someone else's blog on how to have an expandable blog ( I think that was what it said!). Also,you could refer there(PLCMCL) for learning about RSS - wish I had seen it earlier.. so a good tool to use if we get stuck or want more information - Lots of ideas and suggestions - tags were handy and words we can relate to in doing this web 2.0.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Looked at the different places to access feeds - syndic8 was offline when i tried it - found the technorati site rather boring - topix was a good site for easy to read headlines for news feeds but I think I like bloglines the best - straightforward, has all the sites you could possibly want and very simple to navigate and the name is easy to remember!
When I first looked at the exercise the whole thing seemed complicated and I found the little learning videos on youtube didn't enlighten me at all - finally after much dithering I just went ahead and created a blogline account which was really easy - created a folder for myself and added several feeds - the ones I liked the best were from overseas magazines giving book reviews of new books coming out - often I don't seem to discover new books until they arrive in the library or, if it's fiction, I've been reading a series and want the next one! It's easy to do and you can create a folder of whatever you want to follow - book reviews, news and the next one I want to add is a daily cartoon called Get Fuzzy about a cat...

Monday, August 4, 2008

this butterfly is beautiful and it finally came !

Sunday, August 3, 2008

was expecting a butterfly but it never came

Saturday, August 2, 2008

It may be cliched and it's been around for a while but the best technology for me has been my cellphone. When my first born went overseas 5 years ago and he was roaming everywhere and completely involved in whatever! all it took was a text that said hi and all's ok for me to be able to relax - yes detail would have been nice but that would come later with the miracle of the occasional email - another great invention. I remember talking to a lady , a very elderly english lady who told the story of her 22 year old son leaving England - he had decided to migrate to NZ - he disappeared onto the boat and she never heard anything for 2 months until the long awaited letter arrived! So my tiny phone stayed on 24 hours a day, especially when the other was away as well - and there is a lot that can be said on that tiny machine and on the tiny screen in a few words.