Monday, August 27, 2007

Summarize Your Thoughts

1. What were your favorite discoveries or exercises on this learning journey? I think my favorites were learning about Flickr and YouTube and Meez. I thoroughly enjoyed blogging, Library Thing, Wikis, Sandbox and Rollyo.
2. How has this program assisted or affected your lifelong learning goals? This program has made me really excited to keep on learning things and to not let myself be intimidated of the unknown.
3. Were there any take-aways or unexpected outcomes from this program that surprised you? Yes, about how out-of-touch I was in regards to technology !!!!!!
4. What could we do differently to improve upon this program's format or concept? I can not honestly think of anything. I love the fact that we had the program in Abingdon to give us an overview of what was coming. It would have been nice if that could have been just a little bit longer or smaller groups.
5. If we offered another discovery program like this in the future, would you again choose to participate? MOST DEFINITELY------YES !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
6. How would you describe your learning experience in a few words or a few sentences, so we can share our successes and promote this program? I think this learning experience was fantastic !!!!!!! It not only gave me a format to start a learning program with technology but it gave me the incentive to motivate myself to expand my horizons. I would have NEVER EVER attempted to do something like this if HCPL had not offered me the opportunity to improve myself. Technology always scared me to death !!!!!!! Now, I have found out that I really do not need to be scared. That if you take 'baby steps' in learning, you can achieve so much more than what you ever thought was possible !!!!! And, I am soooooooooooo excited to learn about so many things that are available to us on the computer !!!!!

In closing, I just want to say-------

I am still going to continue blogging. I now have time to read more of the other blogs from HCPL staff. I have read parts here and there, but, now I can read LOTS more !!!!! I get to do more in the sandbox and catch up on my podcasts and my newsreader.

I have also learned a whole new vocabulary !!!!!!! RSS, podcast, mashups, online image generator, etc. etc. etc.


Library 2.0

I watched the video 'The Machine is us/ing us'. It reminded me of one of the old sci-fi shows I saw growing up where the computer starts taking over !!!!!! Technology is awesome, but, sometimes it seems to be moving so fast !!!!! You think you have just started learning something--and now--it is out-of-date !!!!!

I read the Discovery Resources and I really liked the article by Rick Anderson--Away from the icebergs. I guess I need to start 'shifting directions'. I still have some of the 'old school' in me--where the libraries were quiet, you talked in whispers and there were just books all over the place !!!! (Oh, and the library was dark with very low lighting !!) Now, don't get me wrong---I don't miss the darken library and talking in whispers but sometimes it seems the library is loud.

When my kids were in high school and I volunteered at the 'library', it was actually called the media center. I had a hard time getting used to that. I need to not only 'shift directions' but also change my mindset.

I think it is not just me that needs to change our minds about things. I am a page and I hear the patrons (baby boomers, etc.) make comments about how the library is so different than before. I think (begrudgingly) that the change is good. We need to have info out there for the patrons so they can slowly accept the changes. I am not saying all baby boomers are having adjustment problems, some are quite into the computers, etc.

I like the fact that patrons still like books !!!! Books to hold !!!!!!! But, I can see the advantage of ebooks. When we get older, it is harder to see !!!!!

I know that libraries are not just for the baby boomers, etc., but this is what I am most concerned about right now--I am one of them !!!!! The younger generation has adapted to this new 'library' and have made in their home.

So, change----here I come !!!!! Slowly--at first !!!!!

I like the fact that we are a place where people can get information of all kinds---whether it be from books or the computers. The more we learn as employees, the more we can be of help to the patrons.

My mindset now---(slowly, though)---is change is good. Shifting directions is a plus. Knowledge in one form or another is okay.

I viewed the Tutorial by the OtterGroup. It was very interesting. I really loved the music at the end of the video. I also read Several Habits of Wildly Successful users.

I looked at the PLCMCL2 account. It seems that 2 favorites are FD's Flicker Toys with 5019 people bookmarking it and Mappr! Where It's At with 645 people bookmarking it. The comments people made really helped to understand what the site was being used for.

This does seem like a great way to share info for research assistance, etc.

I did set up an account, but, my computer is a little weird, so it will be awhile until I can use it. I've been doing the 23 Things mostly on my home computer. It was my sisters and I got it from her estate. Dell Computers was not alot of help when I called them !!! In a few months, I will be getting a new computer--and--it won't be a Dell !!!! Customer service should be helpful !!!!


I checked out Overdrive, NetLibrary, Project Gutenburg and World E-Book Fair.

On Project Gutenburg, I found an ebook that I had read ages ago---Death Be Not Proud.

On World Public Library, I found---Letters & Speeches by Lincoln and Letters to His Son by the Earl of Chesterfield 1694-1773. These were in Dr. Widger's Library section.

Also, I want to check into the Women Writers Collection on World Public Library.

I guess this is a new area I need to try. I can listen to an eBook while I am on my exercise bike or eliptical machine. I just feel like I need to HOLD what I am reading!!!!! There's just SOMETHING about holding a book and reading from its pages !!!!!