Thursday, April 24, 2008

Thing 58

This is a good lesson to return to each year at this time for ideas for Earth Day. Of course, it can be used year round, too, to help us all live a 'greener' life.

Great sites listed in this lesson:
Going Green Matters
Daily Green
Yahoo! Green
Earthday Network
National Geographic's Green Guide
Time's Top 15 Environmental Websites

I think since Yahoo was listed, to be fair I wanted to include Google
Google Goes GreenGoogle 2008 Earth Day

Something I found using a library magazine & the web: Book Links just did an issue in March devoted to science and the environment--web connections for Green Earth Book Award, Appreciating the Wonders of Nature, and Wet and Wonderful Books About Aquatic Life can be found at:

My 'green' project at home this year is to replace all my light bulbs with the more enegy efficient bulbs. I do drive a fuel efficient car--not a hybrid (costs too much, maybe in the future if they ever lower the prices on those vehicles). Hey--why is it that healthier options for the environment and for ourselves always cost more???!!!

Thing 57

This lesson didn't really teach anything other than showing all of us a great web site with photos of food linked directly to their a photo-foodies dream cookbook. I liked how easy it was to add photo and recipe link, and I found some interesting recipes to try sometime. It was fun to read some of them as they came from other blogs (not just recipe sites like, so you got a real story behind the recipe. That Famous Chocolate Icebox Cake was lots of fun to read, with a sad ending.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Thing 56

Smilebox assignment. Easy to do. Similar to Scrapblog--but without viewing problems (Scrapblog never liked fitting itself into display so you could read & click buttons). You can make scrapbooks, postcards, email cards, slideshows, etc.

Here's the URL to my Smilebox creation:

I think it was easier to just post it directly to my blog than to email it to myself and then copy/paste the URL into a blog entry. Not sure what the point of that part of the assignment was.

Library uses--obvious, you can use it make computerized scrapbooks. Also, online invitation postcards to announce programs.

Austintown Library Smilebox creation

Click to play Austintown Library
Create your own slideshow - Powered by Smilebox
Make a slideshow - it's easy!

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Thing 55

This was both a learning experience and fun assignment.

I had never actually made a PowerPoint Presentation before. Now I had a reason to make one, and I even had an idea on what to put in it, since I had just recently come up with a tutorial for my fellow librarians. It was easy to do--may not be the most polished presentation, but for a first time attempt, I'm happy. Now I had something to upload into SlideShare. Uploading was interesting--I know we have a fast connection, but the presentation did not upload fast. I actually ended up uploading it 3 times because it didn't seem like the uploader was working--took over 24 hours for the presentation(s) to actually upload and convert to SlideShare's coding for the web. I did find searching, embedding presentations in blog, and embedding SlideShare widgets in blog very easy to do.

I can see this as being a very useful web application to promote to people needing to do PowerPoint presentations. Great that you just put your presentation on the web and then it's available anywhere you go that has internet access.

My Own Slideshare

Friday, April 4, 2008

Slideshow found using SlideShare

Thing 54

Great assignment! I really like Bookjetty. It's very easy to use. I like the ease in adding books to my library, easily marking them as wanted, reading, or read. The tie in with works great--I discovered upcoming books by my favorite authors that I very much want!

What more can I say...I just really like it alot. One of the best book-related sites that Library 2.0 and Library 2.1 have pointed out to us.

Thing 53

This was another interesting assignment. Good to know that there is a web site for book clubs like Litlover; however, I did find it very limited. Litlovers is devoted only to lovers of 'serious' literature. They actually call it "imaginative fiction" as opposed to escapist "formulaic fiction". And, according to the first lit course, they seem to say that all fiction is either one or the other. Looking at the Reading Guides for books, they are further limiting "imaginative fiction" to mainly those books suggested by Oprah's Book Club--must be realistic fiction of any time period, dealing with serious issues.

My main problem with all of this is that there is great literature done in other genres than just best-selling realistic &/or historical fiction. It seems like they are saying any other books are just pure "formulaic fiction". This is a severe limit to the audience for this web site--so many people read mysteries, romance, suspence, thrillers, sci-fi, westerns, biographies, other non-fiction, etc. Many books in these genres are challenging, not written to just one basic repetitive, simplistic formula. I, myself, read a great variety of books. I 'escape' into anything I read. Many times I learn new things from what I'm reading, whether it's non-fiction, biography, fantasy, sci-fi, or mystery. None of the authors I've read for myself are listed on their site. I guess my mistake is that I've never been fond of the books that make the bestseller lists or the 'classic books' assigned by teachers.

In all--I found it a 'stuffy' web site that looks down on other types of fiction. I've come across that attitude before. I once had a class where we were actually assigned to read a science fiction book--one student who did not like sci-fi wanted me to tell her all about the book so she wouldn't have to 'demean' herself by reading it.

For the library, I guess we can recommend the site to any book clubs and patrons working on books promoted by Oprah.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Thing 52

This was an interesting assignment. Clipmarks seems to have a pretty good webapp up and running. I wish you didn't have to install the button on Internet Explorer to do it, though. Once installed, I did find it easy to clip and post to the blog. I also embedded my clipcast in my blog--you can see it at the bottom of my blog page. I could clip sentences, paragraphs, images, and video, and post them directly to my blog and/or save them to my clipcast. I learned one slight bug with Clipmarks--apparently video clips can be posted to the blog but will not save correctly to a clipcast.

Library applications--I can see this as very useful for online reference work. You can send clips as answers. Great thing about the clips, too, is that Clipmarks automatically puts the source info. (website) with the clip.

Trying to Clip a Video

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Dragon lore from

first time clipping
Despised in the West and revered in the East, dragons have a long history in
human mythology. How did the myth start? No one knows the exact answer, but some
"dragon" bones probably belonged to animals long extinct — in some cases
dinosaurs, in others, fossil mammals. Starting in the early 19th century,
scientists began to find a new kind of monster, one that had gone extinct tens
of millions of years before the first humans evolved. Because the first
fragments found looked lizard-like, paleontologists assumed they had found giant
lizards, but more bones revealed animals like nothing on earth today. Did these
terrible lizards ever coexist with people? No. Although some creationists claim
that medieval dragons were really dinosaurs that survived into modern times,
this notion enjoys no support from any credible scientist
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