Blog Shmog! by Erica

Chatty, chatty!
July 29, 2008, 10:08 pm
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IMing is fun and all, but I’m a little freaked out about it!  If anyone can initiate a chat using the type of widget we used on the Web 2.0 blog, how do you discourage unsavory characters?  Maybe a type of “registration” would occur before use?   I’m just thinking about inappropriate comments that get sent as e-mail reference questions, etc.

However, it would be cool to use the chat feature for intra-library stuff (non-urgent shelf-checks, etc.).  Perhaps StaffNet would have a use for it?  And it would be cool to put something like this on the library’s website, for readers’ advisory/recommendations, or something. 

I looked to see how other libraries are using the chat feature:

Neat!  But still freaky… 🙂

Google Docs
July 25, 2008, 1:11 am
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Very cool that patrons can save their documents online this way. I liked how the spreadsheet functions are very similar to Excel. Yay, Google, for making free stuff like this!

July 19, 2008, 9:13 pm
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So, now I have a Flickr account to add on to my Photobucket and Picasa photo-sharing websites accounts. I think I may even have a Shutterfly or Snapfish account, too. It’s hard to believe there are so many of them. I just wish everyone would use the same one!

Here’s my photostream, featuring arts and crafts @ ESL!
July 18, 2008, 1:49 am
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I forgot I already had an account that I started last year, at Bill’s suggestion! I was subbing at WCL, when Bill suggested that I try it out. It’s pretty helpful when you’re searching for obscure stuff, because you can see what other users are recommending…

I’m bookmarking craft blogs (’cause I’m a crafts freak), and I’ll post them on Blog Shmog! too.

Oh, and I’ll be finishing the Flickr stuff soon. Promise.

Wiki wiki wiki!
July 11, 2008, 1:55 am
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I’ve finally posted my review of What is the What after some technical difficulties. It took me a few days to figure out that Firefox won’t open the link to the Wiki instructions. Duh! And then there was the network error on the site…Whee!

Helping young adults find the right book…
July 2, 2008, 12:16 am
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I found a blog, by “Edi, an African American school librarian in Indianapolis hoping to improve the literacy of students of color”. Her homepage, Crazy Quilts, is interesting, as it examines black issues in literature, essays, movies, etc., but I’m excited about the booklists she created–very helpful for those of us who haven’t read many multicultural, teen-appropriate books, but would still like to be able to recommend some. She’s made lists for 2007 and 2008.