Tuesday, February 23, 2010

my web 2.0 class

Today I am teaching a web 2.0 .

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Library, Library

Blog Blog Blog

Here are a few of my favorite things.

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Friday, March 16, 2007

Blog Post 5: Video Blogs

To cap off my internet fundamentals class, I wanted to experiment with videoblogging. It seems many are creating vlogs in all types of vlog genres to express their story and personality. Much like writing, topic, tone, and audience are the key points to remember when deciding on a videoblog. The creator of videoblog can decide on what is newsworthy by determining the subject and content of the videoblog. They are also used as personal journals, vlog shows, journalism, and experimental vlogs. Most importantly, in order to create a video blog one must feel comfortable in front of a camera.

Is this a market that will replace more sophisticated media productions? Is the audience going to be other vlog creators or will vlogs be an effective source of news and entertainment? It is hard to know where the future of vlogs is going. They are different than blogs, because many can write effectively, but it may be difficult to pull off a more sophisticated vlog with everyday tools. But if one wants to try there, and many have, there are tools available.
Windows Media , QuickTime , Flash are the three main formats for viewing videos. One this is achieved you can begin making your own vlog you can download videos from, YouTube, IFilm Metacafe or create your own.

If you want to just vlog browse, there are several places to help you with that too. You can start by looking at The 2006 Weblog Awards: Best Video Blog. There are a few thousand vlogs out there and difficult to know where or how to start searching for a favorite vlog. VlogRolls help their audience to start a search for vlogs that may be of interest to them. Steve Garfield’s videosoup is an example of a vlogroll. By going to this videoblog, one can link to Garfield’s featured vlogs.

Directories also link users to different types of vlogs for different types of interest by cataloging vlogs. For example, Videobloggers and podcasters that is using Mefeedia, a directory that takes you through the catalog alphabetically, ranking or tags.
VlogDir at http://vlogdir.com/ catalogs the latest and most popular vlogs.
Google VlogMap displays videobloggers all over the world. Just click on the map and the number of vlogers in that specific area will come up.
Comment sections on vlogs allow the viewer to give feeback.

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Blog Post 4: Trading card, flickr, privacy, wiki, and web 2.0

I have a blog, I have a Flickr account, I opened a del.icio.us account, let’s see, a pbwiki, and oh yeah, I have a Web page. Now I have a trading card.

It is no secret that I have privacy issues, (I’m not photogenic) so it is a little of a vanity problem, but I am posting my trading card. Have a look and let me know what you think. I decided this would be great to hand out to students in my library user instruction class. I know there is lots of discussion going on in class about connecting to students. I think it is a great idea. Thanks, Michael Stephens , for the challenge of creating a place for myself in library 2.0.

As I said earlier, I opened up a flickr account and decided to share a picture or two. Ok, this is sort of a joke, but I thought with all the privacy issues, we could make library websites fun with pictures like these. "Like who are we." or "Where are we" and still maintain our privacy for those of us who lose sleep over this sort of thing. Do you have any privacy pictures you would like to post on my blog. I would love to see them. Thanks Allison

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Sunday, February 4, 2007

Library Blog 3: As It Goes with Wikis

Creating a digital library in 759 was challenging enough, but using the Open source software, Greenstone was especially difficult for various reasons. It is a great alternative to proprietary software, free to download, view, and implement, and like wiki, users can modify its source code. Students encountered many problems with the installation and interface design. In order to make it easier for the next group of digital library students, a wiki was created to document problems, solutions and experiences.

Wiki has become a powerful social networking tool for public, academic, school and business libraries. Participants value wiki as a place to share content, notes, communicate problems, eliminate, and add information. Wikis are described as a sketch pad, and a place to brainstorm.

How do librarians use wikis?

Librarians can visit Library Success: A Best Practices Wiki, a site that allows librarians from all over the world to contribute suggestions, innovations of programs, and provide a link to other information that is useful to librarians. As it goes with wikis, librarians may also edit the information on the site as well as create it. For example, the wiki WebJunction just recently featured the topic, Online Communities, where librarians contribute on the success of programs in their libraries.

LISWiki a Library Information Science Wiki links to articles on the definition and use of Digitization and Vanity publisher. From this wiki, I discovered that Buffy the Vampire Slayer has a Book cage at her Sunnydale High School library. This is vital information. Where else could a librarian find this, but a wiki. How do you deal with cell phones in a library? Just look at the wiki and see what other librarians are doing.

Open editing allows any user to create and edit content.

Brian Lamb in his article Wide Open Space: Wikis, Ready or Not , compares the openness of wiki to a person leaving the front door of their home open with friendly neighbors outside gossiping and keeping an eye on things. The term “SoftSecurity” is used to describe the ethics of the Wiki, meaning the community enforces a code of ethics.

MeatballWiki compares“SoftSecurity” to water. It bends under attack, only to rush in from all directions to fill the gaps. It's strong over time yet adaptable to any shape. It seeks to influence and encourage, not control and enforce. Whereas "hard security" functions by restricting access or hiding pages.” Another term used by Meatball Wiki, BarnRaising instills a picture of an Amish community literally raising a barn together, and living life as one family.

The blog Library Voice , by Chad, seems to be an expert on wikis and many other library 2.0 subjects. He posted slides from a colleague on how libraries use wikis. Have a look at the site, Wikis: A Beginner's Look.

The following wikis are free for open source projects.
My favorite, the peanut butter wiki, as easy as a peanut butter sandwich.

Of course I have to end with a quote. Charles Mingus may not be a role model for temperament or wikis, but he was an advocate for change and creativity. This describes the concept behind a wiki perfectly.

“ Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that’s creativity.”