Testing uploading audio to posterous. Should be birds singing.
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I know. I know. I know. Everyone is sick of snow pictures and videos. And this one is a few days past the 'event' but I wanted to test the WordPress Blackberry mobile app. Pretty sweet. I can upload video to this site straight from my phone. I wonder if there is a size limit? More video to come...
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Lately I've been involved in explaining social media to people in county administration. Its been a very rewarding experience and I've learned a lot about my county, the people who run it and myself.
One realization about my self that I've come to is the need to upgrade my computer skills. I am no slouch when it comes to navigating a pc, far from it. I'm one of the first people called in my branch when someone is having difficulty with a computer. Most of the time I'm able to solve the problems I am presented. Luckily we have a very good library IT department who can fix anything I can't
Where I need to upgrade is in the area of creation. I am not a programmer. Not sure I'll ever be one, but right now I know very little about how programming is done. This is an area I need to strengthen. By not knowing more about how software is created I feel I'm at a disadvantage. As I progress through my career having a basic understanding of programming will become more important. I'd like to be able to create something useful for me and my colleagues one day. I don't know what it would be but right now everything I use is created by someone else.
So, to go about this new initiative, I've looked into the local community college. It looks like a good place to start. I'll also try to teach myself by using the library's collection. Let's see where this takes me.
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I've recently gotten a wave invitation and have been looking at a lot of videos that describe wave and I really like this one.
I've got a few invites left if anyone wants one.
Many thanks to Chris Brogan for pointing me to this.
Thanks to the people who took the time to make it!
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Yesterday I saw this post on twitter and was intrigued.
So...I went on over to www.jamendo.com to check it out.
Well! This is a VERY interesting site! It is FULL of free music you can download and there is a lot of it! Look here to see how they do it.
After spending some time on it tonight I think I may be in love. There aren't any big name artists that I've found yet but (to me) that makes this site better. I've never been one to really care about popular music so the chance to discover new artists is exciting! The diversity of music and musicians is world wide. (They have a little flag that lets you know where the musician is from...very cool). I am sure I'll be spending loads of time here. I'm looking forward to discovering loads of new music!
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Been reading A LOT lately about the use of online social networking tools (I just can't use the term web 2.0...really I just can't anymore...aren't we past that? - And don't even get me stated on Library 2.0!) in relation to government use. Not just libraries (there are TONS of articles about that!) but local, particularly county governments using SNT's to connect with the people. There's plenty out there but I'm trying to find some good concise (recent) articles that I can share. We're trying to obtain approval from the Big boss to use stuff like facebook, blogs, twitter and flickr for the library.
So, I'm in over my paygrade and hoping I help more than hinder. Should be fun though! I've learned a lot already.
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My wife brought this site to my attention today and I'm so happy she did!
I can see me using this site a lot as my children grow up. It is similar to kids-in-mind that I wrote about a few months ago but it does more than movies. They have books, TV, websites, games and music rated with children in mind. I've been fiddling with it for a few minutes and I really like it! Check it out!
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For collaboration it doesn't get much easier. We've been using a wiki at work for a while. We have used it to post all of the lesson plans and accompanying files for all of our computer classes. (I actually added some filesand updated some others this morning...woohoo!) There are many other things we are dong with our internal wiki. It's a great way to share stuff.
After working with our staff wiki and pbwiki I am really impressed by how easy pbwiki is.
The uses for a wiki in library land are many and it really depends on what you need to do.
I wish wikis were around when I was in school.
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Marydee Ojala was the presenter at this wildly popular session. There were no empty seats and people were standing in the back for this one! I guess that means it’s something that a lot of people want to have strategies for.
She discussed many different things and I know I missed a lot when taking my notes. Luckily, her presentation can be accessed here.
The session began by highlighting what she planned going to discuss:
2.0 = empowerment, sharing, communicating
Magazines & papers are adding things to their websites that won’t show up in archival versions (reporter’s blogs, comments on articles etc)
Social media as research (missed some of this)
Does management really appreciate the power of social?
Personal use vs professional
Social in a business setting
Why add social tools?
The objections are NOT trivial
Try using the phrase “Yes…and” instead of “Yes…but” when discussing objections.
Who are the stakeholders in implementing new technologies?
All the stakeholders have a different worldview.
There are some things you may be able to do with out having to get ‘approval’ from management. If you try this make sure they know about it.
How do you measure success?
Have a good reason to want this new thing…just because it is cool does not cut it!
Other notes can be found at these sites: