Thursday, July 31, 2008


I saw an article about BiblioCommons, a new "social discover system for libraries" in Hotline and was intrigued. I can't wait to hear how it goes now that it is in beta testing.

Here is the article from Library Journal.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

School Library Journal Twitter Article

If you're craving a good ol' fashioned magazine after all this Web 2.0 madness, you might want to pick up the most recent issue (July 2008) of School Library Journal. There's an interesting article about Twitter.

Or, if you don't feel like dragging yourself away from the computer, the article is available online through our EBSCO subscription.

(Thanks to Jeff Ross for alerting me to this article! If only we could get him to join the 2.0 fun!)

Also, we just had another batch of new explorers don their Web 2.0 pith helmets and head into the wild. Make sure you stop by and say hello. :)

Friday, July 25, 2008

Thoughts on Web 2.0, community, and privacy

TomLATI's post this week got my thinking a bit about Web 2.0, community, and privacy.

I think everyone uses these tools for different reasons, and these motivations will effect how much of the default privacy settings they will want to modify. Personally, I tend to use my blogs and other Web 2.0 sites to meet new people with similar interests to me that I might not meet otherwise. After spending almost 7 years on Livejournal (omg, is that right? whoa, scary) I have made lots of new online friends, people I would never have met otherwise. Fellow Star Wars fans, Buffy fans, book fans, and so on. Now that I have met so many people, I like to leave my blog open so more can find me. So far I haven't had any incidents. I did mark my Facebook and MySpace profiles private, mostly because they link to other people and my real name is displayed on my account.

For this project, we talked about making blogs private and things like that, but the idea was for us to create a little online community to support each other through the training, and I was worried that adding the extra steps to create private blogs and send out invites (that subsequently might be eaten by spam filters) would not encourage new users to continue the exploration. So we just suggested that, if you were concerned, to use some sort of pseuodonym. Plus, who wants to use their real name online? It's fun to experiment with identity, and I think we have a relatively safe group here.

Part of me wishes I could invite "guest bloggers" from outside our system, state, or country, just so everyone could experience the chance to connect with someone outside the group. But another part of me hopes that those of you enjoying this project will keep playing around with the tools here and maybe bump into other people online with similar tastes and interests and make a virtual friend.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

my apologies

I stop checking the main site for a week and EVERYONE signs up for the training! Welcome to the new explorers and I'm so sorry it took me so long to add your names to the sidebar list. I think everyone is up now. :)

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Library has YouTube contest to promote The Big Read

Jefferson Madison Regional Library had a contest for kids to post videos on YouTube as part of The Big Read of To Kill a Mockingbird. You can check out the results at the J-MRL Big Read website.

I think this is really cool but my only concern is what patrons have the ability to do this? I'm not sure if the library had a camera for the kids to use or if they had to provide their own. It's not really fair if they have to provide there own because those things are expensive!

It's the same way I feel about schools requiring kids to do PowerPoint projects while they are still in elementary school or middle school. That's not a cheap program and just assuming they will have access to it is not thinking of the range of incomes and tech knowledge that is in each community.

I suppose this is something that applies to all of these Web 2.0 goodies. Who has access to them and who does not?

Just pondering...don't mind me....

Thursday, July 10, 2008

update to Exploration blog

I changed the sidebar of the Exploration blog. Instead of using the link list function, I created a Blog Roll (Blogger's code for an RSS reader) of all the explorers' blogs. The only problem is that the order will change based on who updated the most recently. Which means each time I do this, my blog will go to the much for lurking!

Anyhoo, if any of you want to use the sidebar as your RSS reader for Exploration #4, it totally counts and is much more convenient than having yet another site to go to (though your blog could get a bit messy if you add to many...up to you).

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

wikis in action

Two new Wikis I found through the Never Ending Search on SLJ:

Reading 2.0 - a wiki to help school librarians (though I think public libraries could use it to) use Web 2.0 technologies to promote the "low-tech art of reading"

Bookleads - Reader's Advisory sites for young adult books. in action!

Just read the SLRC newsletter and Enoch Pratt is working on creating sites for each of their Subject and How-To Guides. Here is the main network page ( You can see all the epflslrc links on the right side, one for each department participating. Click around and see what they are up to.

Also found this cool blog post where someone is attempting to keep track of what libraries are using and how. I'm going to add this link to the Exploration since it provides a variety of usage ideas.