30 September 2007

#6 More Flickr Fun

Tip: Make copies of photos that you want to put up on Flickr and put them in a folder on your PC. In the folder, you can name and organise your photos with different sets in different sub-folders. Then you can logon to Flickr, upload your photos and they are ready to show. I didn't do that on my first go and I found the Flickr organiser very hard to use. Now all I have to do is add some tags.

I had a look at Sutton Library's Flickr page and was impressed with the "New Books" photos that incorporate links to their catalogue.

There are some very interesting "Groups" around the subject of books, eg. book sniffers???

I finally got a photo of my own up on this blog with a link to my Flickr page.

28 September 2007

#5 Flickr - Set up at last!!

I have been planning to create a Flickr page for 6 months now. At last, thanks to the Library 2.0 course, I have. But let me tell you, I was right to hesitate so long. I found it just as complicated as I was expecting it to be. I will continue to ponder on my thoughts about tagging. There is much to say about that.

In the meantime, if you would like to look at my first efforts to share some of my photos, visit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/patmilphotos/
I used a single-use camera over the space of 18 months to take these pictures through an increasingly grimy window. Not the stuff of fine printing by a long shot. But it was a fascinating exercise, nonetheless.

25 September 2007

Further to Online Conferences

It's something that has often happened to me (and maybe to other reference librarians, too) that no sooner do I start to inquire about something that was previously off my radar, suddenly it pops up unexpectedly from all manner of sources. My comment in Week 1 about blogging as a form of online conferencing has just been answered by an interesting article in the latest issue of Searcher (via my EbscoHost journal alert):

Library Association 2.0.
by: Lankes, R. David.

Searcher, Sep2007, Vol. 15 Issue 8, p50-53, 4p

In this insightful article, David Lankes illustrates a vision of how Web 2.0 technology could be used by library associations to better support their members by enabling "participatory librarianship" in the daily work routine to link professionals together for collaborative outcomes.

More than ever - we are not alone!

22 September 2007

End of Week 2

It's been interesting to see the variety of blogs that my colleagues have created over the past week. There are some expert bloggers here, some clever creatives, several puzzled newbies and some like me who are a bit skeptical of the amount of value we can add but willing to "give it a go".

In my brief forays into "blogland" there appear to be a lot of very interesting conversations going on -- and a lot of nonsense, too! And the question on everybody's lips: Where do you find the time for all of this??? Maybe the mission of this exercise should be how to create the time you need to be part of Web 2.0 and still live your "real" life. No doubt, many of you have had this same thought at the start of your new life online. Any tips will be welcome.

10 September 2007

First Day of Library 2.0

I have been a professional librarian for over 30 years and in that time have seen huge advances in the uses of technologies to improve access to information and service delivery. Conferences were traditionally the places to find out about new and forthcoming innovations, solve problems and see evidence of new applications. More than a decade ago we added the Internet to our "bag of tricks". It soon became the "highway" we all travel on to deliver our services. Now, with the advent of blogs, wikis, podcasts and videocasts the internet has also become the vehicle for real-time, on-going conferences. Due to people like Helene Blowers encouraging us to learn about and investigate these tools, we can "bring home" the new ideas much more immediately to share with our colleagues and library users.

Thanks to my library manager, Barry McGuren, for his foresight and enthusiasm in giving us such an exciting opportunity.