Thursday, February 5, 2009

I love RSS

It was easy to set up a reader, and I have already added Americablog, Huffington Post and TED to my reader. I used Google Reader and it automatically added the other staff blogs I am following. Sweet!

Blog Searching

I am just getting into Thing 3 but I am not yet seeing the big difference between the blog search engines and other search engines such as Google or Ask. I am currently comparing Technorati and Icerocket. At this point, I am liking Icerocket better....


It is interesting to me that the Wikipedia entry on Library 2.0 is being offered, considering the rather strong reaction some have to this source of information. In my class last night, we had a rather lively debate about the validity of the content, which spilled over into the conversation about the Social Library and who will be responsible for vetting the informaton that will be contributed by the users....

Social Library and Value Added Services

I love the idea imparted in this comment from Chip Nilges:

"Collect user intelligence Another key lesson that O’Reilly emphasizes is the notion that “users add value.” For OCLC and its member libraries, this means expanding our definition of “collective intelligence” beyond the library professional to faculty, researchers, library patrons and others by building into our systems services that encourage these users contribute their expertise to the cooperative. "

In my work and my teaching experience, the "Social Library" idea is popping up a lot. I love the idea of being part of a larger collective experience, which brings us back to the community we serve, again and again....

John Blyberg's Post

This is cool:

“Library 2.0 simply means making your library’s space (virtual and physical) more interactive, collaborative, and driven by community needs. Examples of where to start include blogs, gaming nights for teens, and collaborative photo sites. The basic drive is to get people back into the library by making the library relevant to what they want and need in their daily lives…to make the library a destination and not an afterthought.”

In the Stephen Abram video, he mentions the same idea, of putting the human's back into the mix of technology and the Library world.

Working on Thing 2

Am I the only person who thinks Stephen Abram looks and sounds a bit like Alan Alda?


Today is going to be a big 23 things kind of day. A big block of time to work on this program. I appreciate how it encourages the staff to work together on the common pursuit of knowledge and self improvement. What a bunch diligent eggheads we are!