Happy days

July 29, 2007 at 6:39 pm (Uncategorized)

Well, in case you didn’t know, my library has not yet done a library 2.0 course.  I started the wiki as part of a plan to propose a 2.0 course.  I wanted to have all my ducks in a row for the proposal, and then it just kind of took off all on it’s own, so i spent several months working feverishly on it so  it would look okay.  Now, however there is serious talk about doing the 2.0 program.  We might start as early as September or October, if the funding is approved.  Yay!  I’ll be putting parts of the wiki to good use, and adapting the coursework to better reflect users real needs and learning experiences, so i hope that it improves for everyone through the course of the project, which looks like it will take about six months to complete, with one new thing per week for 24-26 weeks.

Also, i’ve noticed that the spamming has not returned on my pages of the wiki at least.  I think that some spam tools were being looking at by the wiki admin team, so perhaps this means that they’ve been put into effect, and are quietly scrubbing out the spam, and not allowing more spam to be put in.  Yay for the wikisysadmin!

On the other hand, the A/C is out in my building today.  It’s about 85 down here in the basement, even with the fans going and all the doors open.  Wish i could work from home today.

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Wiki changes

July 24, 2007 at 10:56 pm (Uncategorized)

I got some good feedback recently, and I’ve been working on putting it into effect.  My wiki skills are still very limited – i can create content, sure, but some of the freakier formating codes are a little beyond my ability.  Still, I did some fiddling and rearranging on the front page of the wiki.  I put the table of contents at the top of the page, and converted it into three columns.  I switched all the non-tutorial links to the bottom of the list – I figure most people who are coming to the site are interested in those things, anyway.  I did some other fiddling to try and clean it up.  Let me know what you think of the changes – do they work for you, are they annoying, “I would have done it this way…” etc.

Hopefully the spam issue will be cleared up soon – I’m keeping my fingers crossed.  In the mean time, I keep scrubbing the spam that i come across.

Numbers:

17,070 hits on the wiki.

263 links in del.icio.us

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Screencasting

July 24, 2007 at 9:14 pm (Uncategorized)

Well, I don’t have Camtasia, because i don’t have 600 bucks. So I’ve been working with some freeware, and not getting very far. Part of the reason of my slow progress has to do with the level of access I have with my PC at work. Without admin access, I can’t just download every plugin and app i need to complete the process. I can request programs be added, and the IT guys are totally cool and help me out. Only, after i’ve added each thing, it seems like something new happens.

So, I have CamStudio, which is an open source screencapture software. I’m working on trying to figure out how to edit clips into a little movie, but it’s slow going. In the mean time, I’ve been trying Jing. Jing has a great user interface, but it’s made for single takes – you capture a short activity on a page, hit the stop button, and upload it to Jing. Jing gives you a URL, which you post to a blog or email. Other people click on it and get your screencast. But what if i want to create a multistep process, or edit my clips to save space?  Plus, every time I get the next app or plugin for Jing, I come up against something else i need.

<deep sigh>

I’m working on a screencasting section for the wiki, but i don’t want to do too much with it if i can’t figure out how to make it work!

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Different types of programs for different types of people

July 20, 2007 at 12:24 am (Uncategorized)

That’s a long title.  I could have said “Repackaging” just as well.

Here’s the wiki.  It repackages all this information that anyone can find out on the Internet in a form that might make sense to librarians.  It gathers together tools that might be of interest and use to librarians, couples those tools with commentary, and presents some excercises that might help librarians get a sense of the tool, enough to decide if it’s something they want to keep using.

But lately I’ve been thinking:  Going through the program, there’s a lot of activities.  Posting to blogs, adding links, setting up accounts, etc.  These are great excercises for people who will use these tools to communicate with others, connect with their community, or organize their information.  But maybe it’s not so great for other parts of the library, like the Administrative level.  For them, you’d want to repackage your information into a kind of “Executive Summary,” which would give a short description of the tool, present key arguments for it’s use, and provide links to other library’s use of the tool.

So, I’m thinking about taking information out of the Library 2.0 wiki and repackaging it for administrative level absorption. I’ll call the program “No Administrator Left Behind.”  Maybe.  ;^)

I’d probably lose most of the tools, focus more on the concepts, and show examples of other library/librarian use of the tools, like MySpace pages, Facebook profiles, del.icio.us lists, library blogs, wikis in progress, Twitterers, etc.

Maybe ten easy installments.

I could start a blog here, with a start page, and then ten pages inside.  Links from the bottom of the first page post, plus sidebar navigation.

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German library 2.0 wiki

July 17, 2007 at 7:48 pm (Uncategorized)

I just saw that there is a Library 2.0 wiki that has been set up in German – They’re following the 23 Things model put forth by Helene Blowers, as far as i can tell (I can’t read German, unfortunately).  May the force be with you!  http://wiki.netbib.de/coma/Learning2.0

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Blog Stats

July 17, 2007 at 7:33 pm (Uncategorized)

Let me just say that I love the blog stats feature on my WordPress blog!  Instead of signing up for a third party program, which is what i did over at Blogger, I get daily stats on how many visitors come here, how some of them got here (it shows where people were at when they clicked on a link to this blog – cool, huh?) and what they looked at when they were here. So, I know that a dozen or so people a day come here from the wiki, and a few of them a day check the master list/bib page.  Right on.  It also shows me which of my links people follow to somewhere else, which can help me figure out which things that i write about are of interest to my readers.  On top of that, it shows me where new links to this site have been posted, and I’ve been able to check out some other blogs that are blogging about me!

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New Rollyo search

July 15, 2007 at 11:33 pm (Uncategorized)

I got tired of trying to remember which blog i was reading when I heard about “X” so i built a rollyo engine of all the main library related blogs in my Bloglines where people talk about technology and 2.0 subjects/tools.  You can try it out at http://rollyo.com/crashsolo/library_2.0/

Rollyo results always feel a little clunky to me – most of the results on the first page come from the same blog every time, and I end up just clicking through the list on the left anyway.  Nevertheless, it’s faster than loading each blog and doing the same search in it until i find the post i was trying to remember.

Let me know if you think it’s coolio, or if there’s any blogs/sites that i’m totally wrong for leaving out of such an important search tool.

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Shoppero

July 13, 2007 at 12:49 am (Uncategorized)

I just started an account at the site Shoppero, a product review networking site that started in Germany.  The English version is in beta right now.  I’d link to my profile there, but I’m not sure I can at this point.  The draw of the site is that you can create an account, write reviews of products, and make money with traffic to product sales sites via your review.

It was a little clunky – I kept getting switched over to the German version of the site, and i had a hard time using their search feature to find things to review, so in the end I had to manually copy and paste a bunch of things together to create my own review of “Dracula” by Bram Stoker.  Now that I’ve reviewed it, I can put it in a list, and make an “Adget” of it to try and make money with it.  That’ll bemy big experiment with Shoppero is to create a list of essential vampire novels, make it into a list, and then make that list into an Adget, and then see if that Adget makes me any money.  I’ll let you all know how it goes.  Don’t expect me to quit my day job.

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Blogs of note

July 9, 2007 at 7:58 pm (Blog Reviews)

My latest “Blog Of Note” is Gather No Dust, another library blog that distinguishes itself from the myriad of other library blogs in that it is written by a library manager.  It’s a Blogger blog, with a really straightforward look and feel to it, but with a customized header.  The library manager, Jeff Scott, posts regularly – once every day or two – this is another distinguishing feature for the blog, as most management level blogs that i’ve come across are not frequently updated.  Scott provides a needed perspective on technology implementation in libraries, and it’s nice to see some candid writing about the problems he faces as a library manager.  A nice post to get started with is A Technology Pledge.

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Wiki changes

July 9, 2007 at 1:49 am (Uncategorized)

So I’m on the verge of I’ve just made a Big Move. The wiki is staying put, but I’ve taken the Master List and the rest of Bibliography off the front page of the wiki.  Instead of putting that monster list of links on another wiki page, I’ve putting them here at this blog. You can see a link to it in the Pages, under Master List/Bibliography. I’ve put a link to that page in the wiki.

My reason for doing this is that my home page at the wiki gets spammed a lot, and I wanted to put the list someplace where it wasn’t going to be replaced once or twice a week with a list of links to free ringtones.

Now, if folks just want the master list, they can bookmark the list here, and it will be the same every time they come here. Unless I add a link or two.

Also, as an experiment, i want to see if the removal of the monster list of links from that page will make it less of a spam target – i don’t know if the people that spam the wiki are real people or just programs that look for wikis that have lots of links and lots of hits.

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