Thursday, August 28, 2008

Exercise # 22 Libraries and Social Networking

I had a look at Auckland City Library's Bebo site and like the fact that they promote what is available there and what is going on.
Bebo is a site that young people visit frequently so it makes sense to promote libraries on their sites.
Even if we just have links on our library websites to Bebo,Facebook etc is not a bad thing.
However, my twenty six year old son t ells me he is only on Facebook and that Bebo and MySpace is just for kids???

Exercise # 21 Social Networking

I did explore Bebo and Facebook because I was able to go into my children's accounts. Found some lovely photos of them in wonderful exotic backgrounds. I must go to Croatia.

Exercise # 21 My Space,Bebo and Facebook

I did explore Bebo and Facebook because I was able to go onto my children's accounts. All three of them have Bebo and Facebook accounts.

I did not want to join up and you do need to be invited to view others sites. Lovely to see some beautiful photos of their travels-Amsterdam,Slovakia and Portugal.

I entered Auckland City Library's Bebo site and was very impressed with what they have done. I was less impressed with Rotorua Library,but good on them for setting it up.

While I was in Brisbane I visited Brisbane Public Library and noticed they had pamphlets advertising tutorials on Facebook for their patrons.

Exercise # 20 E-Books

Amazon kindle books had 183,643 results

"Brisingr" by Christopher Paolini is only US $9.99 or NZ $14.00 to buy.

I found Michael Connelly has new book.

The Brass Verdict by Michael Connelly (Kindle Edition - Oct 14, 2008) - Kindle Book
Buy: $9.99
Available for Pre-order. This item will be released on Oct 14, 2008.
Other Editions: Hardcover

I would still rather read the papercopy.

I think Project Gutenberg is an incredible site. I went into the Top 100 Yesterday page and found "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" by Lewis Carroll. Easy to navigate.

LibriVox provides free audiobooks from the public domain. Easily found the title I wanted.

I found Google Book search was the easiest to use. There were lovely illustrations in "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" by Lewis Carroll and John Tenniel.,M1

Exercise # 19 Podcasts

I looked at the techtorial and then went into my daughter's itunes playlist.Had a nostalgic moment or two listening to "All along the Watchtower" by Jimi Hendrix and "The rivers of Babylon" by The Eagles.

I went into Podnova and selected the Top 40-all very technology orientated. Looked at Number 28 Documentaries by the BBC.
Also took a look at Searched for libraries and got 31 results.
One item was called Library geeks-boring and the sound was not great.
The great read radio show was also hard to listen to.
Not really my cup of tea.

# 23 End of the journey

I have thoroughly enjoyed this journey. I have been introduced to so many new sites, some

fantastic like LibraryThing and have become hooked on YouTube.

It is good to try new things and I would definitely do it again. Learning should be lifelong.

I really enjoyed YouTube and flickr.

Am going to get a webcam next and connect with my 80 year old Aunt. She has one already!!!

Many thanks to the help team.

I would say that this is the start of a continuing journey.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Exercise # 18 The treadmill dance

I told you that I love YouTube and I obviously have too much time on my hands.
PS The house is dirty

I had no idea that there were so many video sites. I have printed out two pages of them for me to explore later on. I have included five here, but did find a lot of YouTube ones on the sites as well.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Exercise # 17 Furl

I have been clicking in and out of Flickr,Picasa and many others with weird names. I also checked out Yahoo answers and
In the end I decided to more closely explore Furl which is a social bookmarking site. I didn't sign up as initially I thought the layout looked a bit messy,but easily navigable.
There seemed to be no real organisation to the list of sites. I visited the Olympics to The Lure of Namibia to recipes-especially Minestrone with Fresh Basil from the New York Times.
Furl was third in the Awards line-up. I went in there first (name appealed to me),but later I tried Stumble which is very clear-love it.
Dare not go into the food site unless I am prepared to waste another day.

Exercise # 16 Zoho Writer

Well,I am in Zoho Writer,trying to think about what I will write.

The tool bars look familiar, so no worries there. Some I am not familiar with.

Found the Z (Undo) option works here (thank Goodness) and they have an "emotion" button-kiss

Wow,This was great-no problem sending it to my blog.

Exercise #16 Google Doc and Zoho Writer

I have just pasted this link from Google Doc.

I need to spend more time exploring this site but it seemed quite straight forward.

I guess because the layout is so familiar.

I can see that it would be less time consuming with colleagues not having to constantly e-mail each other. They could write,edit and collaborate with each other online.

This is my first post.

I have been so nervous about setting this up.
Do hope it works. It feels like I have spent hours on this computer!!!