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Updated: 2010-08-12T06:52:15.498-07:00

 



Super summary

2010-08-12T06:52:15.498-07:00

Super summary



I hadn't noticed that but I now feel an obliga...

2010-08-12T04:28:28.652-07:00

I hadn't noticed that but I now feel an obligation to comply - the word cloud has spoken!



I love that your Wordle contains the not-so-sublim...

2010-08-12T02:33:24.921-07:00

I love that your Wordle contains the not-so-subliminal message JUST USE YOUTUBE (at) WORK :) Congratulations on finishing!



Oh, and sometimes people phone me on it too!

2010-08-11T02:04:41.262-07:00

Oh, and sometimes people phone me on it too!



I'm glad you found it entertaining. It was wri...

2010-08-11T02:03:47.132-07:00

I'm glad you found it entertaining. It was written while I was in a complete funk about, well everything and it probably shows!

Now you see, a Library induction video sounds great but for me YouTube is entertainment all the way. I would never even think to search for a library video or a politcal campaign video on it - probably because I would never want to watch a library video or political campaign video in the first place;-) I guess what people watch on YouTube is as personal as what they watch on TV or which books they like to read. Good luck with your induction video - which Library is it for?

Iphones are the best invention of the 21st Century hands down! As well as many episodes of Buffy I also have Watchmen and a ton of music. I have Monopoly, Scrabble and The Sims to play and I've just downloaded the apple ebooks reader. In short - I can never complain I'm bored!



All that you've said is so so right. It made m...

2010-08-11T01:16:36.085-07:00

All that you've said is so so right. It made me smile with the familiarity of it all. You've found a kindred spirit. I prefer to read things as well and I barely listen to the radio too. I couldn't get through the day without music. Buffy is amazing and the Finding Nemo Shark Tale anecdote made me so mad. How could she compare Disney with DreamWorks?

However YouTube isn't just for entertainment, there have been successful political campaign videos on there, but then I am trying to defend it as we're going to start filming our new library induction video today, which is hopefully going to be funnier than the Lady Gaga one. We've been promised that if it falls flat, it'll never see the light of day.



Oh this really really made me laugh. And also mad...

2010-08-10T14:58:58.894-07:00

Oh this really really made me laugh.

And also made me think, hm, you can put episodes of Buffy on an iphone? I think I may need one of these gadgets...



It's the expression on the kitties face that I...

2010-08-06T07:42:37.447-07:00

It's the expression on the kitties face that I love. It's that 'oh shit you caught me' look that they get so often!



I love this picture! I'm going to try and avoi...

2010-08-06T01:46:39.478-07:00

I love this picture! I'm going to try and avoid using the words sweet, cute and aaahhh!!! Oops...



Yes, this is how I feel about marketing in the con...

2010-08-04T13:39:31.564-07:00

Yes, this is how I feel about marketing in the context of the UL. Um, not really up to me... I can't write my blog post because of that.

Librarianintraining called it "fantasy librarian" which sounds vaguely dodgy but actually is the only way I think I can approach the question - "if I were the Librarian for a day then what would do about marketing". Though Librarianintraining cleverly also arranged herself a nice office, can't just spend time thinking about marketing on that one day can you?



phew.

2010-08-04T12:55:03.502-07:00

phew.



I found the whole program infuriatingly complicate...

2010-08-03T14:41:21.715-07:00

I found the whole program infuriatingly complicated. I'm sure someone who is more computer savvy wouldn't have a problem with it but I prefer a program where half an hour playing around with it will teach you most of the basics. After I'd spent half an hour on Zotero I was still none the wiser. Having now looked at the 'quick-start' guide my first observation is that it's not that quick - pages and pages of things to look through! I'll continue to use Delicious which I managed to figure out in five minutes. I'm sure many people find Zotero invaluable but it's just not for me.



could you explain more precisely which part wasn&#...

2010-08-02T21:33:43.850-07:00

could you explain more precisely which part wasn't intuitive? Also, where did you look for documentation?
Zotero has ample documentation, including a concise and helpful quick-start guide:
http://www.zotero.org/support/quick_start_guide
and a whole range of screencasts
http://www.zotero.org/support/screencast_tutorials

To uninstall Zotero, use the add-ons menu item (under tools) in Firefox and click on "uninstall" next to Zotero.
This won't remove the Zotero data folder from your hard-disc - you'll need to delete it manually.



"I guess one has to weigh the risks involved ...

2010-07-30T02:34:12.148-07:00

"I guess one has to weigh the risks involved in creating a profile against the benefits of participating in Linkedin's groups, and in making and maintaining contacts."

I think this is true for someone who is high up in the Library system and who has everything to gain from putting themselves and their information out there. I have, after all heard of people being headhunted through LinkedIn (although this wasn't a library person). But for someone like me who works to live rather than lives to work I can't see it being of benefit at all. The privacy issue is so important not just because of what's available on this website but also by what you have put on other websites. If anyone can get your full name and date of birth from Facebook, and can then get where you work and your qualifications from LinkedIn, plus a general picture of your daily routine from Twitter, they have a hell of a lot more information about you then anyone who doesn't know you deserves to have. This is a pretty interesting atricle about Foursquare stalking

http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2010/jul/23/foursquare



I think the way Linkedin works is to encourage pro...

2010-07-29T12:50:08.719-07:00

I think the way Linkedin works is to encourage professional contacts for which the information about job titles and experience is necessary. I don't think that what it asks one to provide is too intrusive, you don't have to reveal your birthday on the site if you don't want to. While you are absolutely right about being guarded about one's privacy I guess one has to weigh the risks involved in creating a profile against the benefits of participating in Linkedin's groups, and in making and maintaining contacts.



Basically if I want info about a place or product ...

2010-07-29T01:46:31.687-07:00

Basically if I want info about a place or product I'll look at their official website - not their Facebook page.

Exactly



Yes, I read it in a couple of days which is really...

2010-07-29T01:38:04.293-07:00

Yes, I read it in a couple of days which is really unusual for me. I usually carry the same book around in my bag for 6 months then give up and start something else!



I can't see it being that useful in a library ...

2010-07-29T01:34:14.110-07:00

I can't see it being that useful in a library as big as the UL but for a smaller library I think it could be used effectively. As a personal tool I think it's brilliant and I've actually read a book and a half this week in order to try to add them to my library!!! That's about a year's worth of reading!



I haven't done my Facebook Thing yet, so I'...

2010-07-29T01:19:21.120-07:00

I haven't done my Facebook Thing yet, so I'm not sure what real use it will be for our Library. We already have a CamTools site for all our students which they are automatically registered on when they start their course - a Facebook account would only duplicate that role.



Wow I think 75 books in a year is an awful lot - I...

2010-07-29T01:13:23.269-07:00

Wow I think 75 books in a year is an awful lot - I definitely wouldn't achieve that!
Do you think LibraryThing would be a useful addition to your Library? We use CamTools to promote new books to our academics so not sure if it's for us at the moment. Still it's fun as a personal tool!



Oooh, interesting to see that you liked The Help! ...

2010-07-27T03:03:39.019-07:00

Oooh, interesting to see that you liked The Help! It's on my list...



I'm starting to explore Delicious to see if th...

2010-07-21T11:25:47.427-07:00

I'm starting to explore Delicious to see if this a better way of displaying some of the free resources we currently have listed on our web pages.



I'm working on my reflection blog & am als...

2010-07-21T11:21:54.813-07:00

I'm working on my reflection blog & am also finding it hard to look back. I agree - it's reassuring to know what people are talking about now!



Thanks for the link - it's an interesting blog...

2010-07-20T01:54:02.096-07:00

Thanks for the link - it's an interesting blog but I didn't feel that Atkinson was suggesting that PowerPoint should be the centre of attention. He even suggests turning it off at times to draw the audience's attention back to the speaker. It seems to me that he wants to promote clever use of PowerPoint with visuals such as pictures and graphs which can be used by the speaker to engage the audience but which on their own are not the sole focus of the presentation. I would have thought that this would serve two purposes. Firstly to ensure that the speaker can't just wing it by reading out slides (so boring for the audience to watch) and secondly to ensure that the audience has to engage with the speaker rather than just switching off and reading the slides as and when they come up. Both excellent points and there are presentations on SlideShare that demonstrate this well but without access to sound the tool is pretty pointless.



Max Atkinson's take http://bit.ly/asRJaH on Po...

2010-07-06T07:44:45.030-07:00

Max Atkinson's take http://bit.ly/asRJaH on PowerPoint, as I understand it, anyway, is that this tool is best used when talking about the image itself. To that extent, PowerPoint is in fact the centre of attention.

I once saw a speaker show us a series of ppt bullet points, & appear to be surprised by each new slide as it came up. I think he must have been using the presentation for the 2nd time, having forgotten what he'd said to the slides first time round. Squirmaceous.