Thursday, May 13, 2010
Favorite things: Setting up my own blog (something I probably never would have done outside of this assignment); creating an avatar; searching and downloading podcasts (especially the one with Lidia Bastianich teaching a neophyte how to make his grandmother's ravioli).
How has this exercise affected my long-term learning goals? It's made me realize that most (if not all) of my professional development will be online in the future; there really isn't a training budget anymore, and the budget situation will probably not improve much in the next 5-7 years, so this is the new reality.
I was surprised by . . . how much I enjoy blogging! Maybe it's b/c I like to have a say in things that affect me professionally, but I never expected to have this much fun doing some of the assignments. (Others were the equivalent of having a tooth pulled.)
To improve the program, PLEASE UPDATE THE LINKS! Also, it would be great to have a way for staff in each branch to discuss their progress with this training (regular meetings to share ideas, problems, etc.), but again, the staffing level will no longer support that amount of off-desk time. Also, please consider transferring the J Books to Know, YA, and Adult Readers' Advisory trainings to podcasts, especially if there is no money for out-of-branch training.
I would definitely participate in another program, but I think it would be better to limit it to 10-12 assignments; 23 was a bit unwieldy.
Expand your world with 23 Things!
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
I don't listen to e-audiobooks, but if I did, I would just search the MCPL catalog instead of limiting myself to a specific vendor.
As for library uses, I think it would be a great way to make computer and other technology classes available to the public. Especially now that many library systems are losing staff, more and more content is going to have to move online. Thanks to Noel for the excellent suggestion about podcasting J Books to Know Training (as well as Adult and YA trainings). And thanks to Annette for helping me put the RSS feed to my Bloglines account.
Thursday, May 6, 2010
Enjoy the video of Lidia teaching someone (who's absolutely clueless in the kitchen!) how to make his grandmother's ravioli . . .
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Friday, April 23, 2010
I'm creating this post in Zoho Writer and exporting it to my blog. This software would be useful when creating shared library documents, such as updating the Summer Reading Lists. Committee members could each make their own edits/additions/corrections more easily in real time. It's also nice that you can do a "quick create" document without having to register or log in. Unfortunately, to export it to my blog I had to register, as the "share" tab doesn't appear in the "quick create" mode.