Tuesday, December 19, 2006

del.ici.ous - week 4

One of the things I like most about delicious is once you bookmark a site you can see other people who have marked it, what tags they assigned and what other sites they have bookmarked. You could discover more great sites just be exploring someone else’s bookmarks and if you find someone who’s bookmarks you really like you can add them to your network and view their bookmarks regularly.

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

NPR story about wikis

I thought I'd share this with my fellow participants. All Things Considered on NPR a story about a collaborative book being written using a wiki. Its' titled We Are Smarter Than Me. It is a buisness book and the idea is that the collective knowledge of the over 1,000 people who have signed up to help write it, will be greater than the knowledge of one expert.

Wek 3 - Myspace

Myspace gets a lot of bad press, I think when people see something like the recent DOPA, (Bill 410-15) they think it’s a good thing. But they don’t realize all the other sites it could affect. Flickr is considered a social networking site and that’s where I host my pictures. I even have a pro account there. I know a lot of other people who use flickr and have pro accounts there. Other sites that would be considered social networking: Amazon, blogs with multiple contributors (see MDK KAL), and many more.

This may seem like a small problem, but creating a solution without a problem seems like a big deal to me. Flickr, myspace and may other social networking sites are no more dangerous than walking down streets in your town, or at the local mall, (where you’ll see many young girls dressed very provocatively and half nude A&F models) or your local library. Predators can be anywhere. The solution is to educate people

I’ve also heard the argument that libraries and schools are for learning. Should libraries no longer offer the latest Daniele Steel novel? It’s certainly not educational, neither is John Grisham or Tom Clancy for that matter, maybe we’d better get rid of all fiction.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Wk 2 Wikis

Wikis can be a great tool for libraries. Here at MRRL I think they would be a great tool for the reference department to use. I know I've mentioned to both our Teen Librarian and our Genealogy Librarian how much more convenient it would be for their pages to be a wiki so they can update it themselves vs sending the info to our web designer. hopefully now that we are all learning more about web2.0, we'll be using more tools like this!
I'm so excited about this program! I hope everyone is excited to learn some new things as I am!