Of Canadian librarians and Twitter

My colleague, Dean Giustini, wrote an interesting blog post yesterday, asking the question “why aren’t more Canadian librarians on Twitter?” I wonder this myself. I find Twitter to be a useful tool to share some of what I’m reading and a bit about what I’m thinking, to connect with current colleagues and friends and to [...]

SLA 23 Things Week 9 Podcasts, Video & Downloadable Audio

Video sharing sites
Youtube – I have favourite Youtube videos categoried as music (by artist for some of my favourite musicians), dogs (by activity for some), humour, and more). I’ve been using Youtube mostly for leisure activities, but lately have been finding news and instructional videos to be very useful. I haven’t yet uploaded any of [...]

SLA 23 Things Week 8 Online Applications & Tools

Online productivity tools
As part of this week’s tasks, I read the About.com article Top Ten Productivity Web Sites. Of these 10 tools, I already use:

TinyURL – I use this site when I’m not on my own computer. I have the FireFox add-on TinyURL Creator on my own machine.
Gmail – I forward all of my email [...]

SLA 23 Things Week 7 Wikis Part 1

I admit it – this is a Web 2.0 application that I have next to no experience with, other than using a few for information-gathering. I can definitely see the use of wikis in collaborative environments: education, businesses, even social networking groups.
It wasn’t until after I’d viewed the wonderful short video “Wikis in Plain English” [...]

SLA 23 Things Week 4 Photos & Images – Part 2

Last weekend, I worked on SLA2Tthings with a friend using Skype. It was a fun way to explore flickr and delicious. We each brought our different expertise and questions, which enhanced the experience for both of us.
Since then, I’ve been exploring image sites further and learning more about mashups, of which I’ve had a general [...]

SLA 23 Things Week 4 Photos & Images – Part 1

I’ve been using Flickr for some time – I’m not quite sure when I created my account and starting uploading photos. I have a Pro account because I wanted to create multiple sets and not be limited by maximum allowable uploads in any given month. I have both private and public sets. I figured most [...]

SLA 23 Things Week 3: Tagging, Folksonomies & Technorati

I was glad to see the deadline for completing SLA’s 23Things extended to December 15th. I’ve had a busy few months of back to back and overlapping projects. Now that I have a bit of breathing room, I’m picking 23Things up again.
delicious
I’ve had a delicious account for a while. I’ve made a start at organizing [...]

Small worlds – communities and interconnections in the “real” and “online” worlds

More on online communities – FOC08 Weeks 2 and 3 – interconnectedness / connectedness
I’ve been thinking lately about how real the online world is. Saturday night I went to a party and talked at length with one of my real world friends, Dean. It was fun because we keep up with each others’ goings on [...]

What is an Online Community? FOC08 Weeks 2 and 3

I’ve heard it said among some of my friends that an “online” community isn’t really a community at all. This is usually said by friends who are resistant to using their computers for anything other than either for work or for personal research.
Our blog posts for the FOC08 course are to be reflective and personal [...]

Working with WordPress themes – continuing with SLA23Things

I’ve spent several days “trying on” different WordPress themes for this blog, personalizing them a bit, and then seeing what they look like on the screen, abandoning the ones I don’t like. I now have something that’s workable, after changing colours for the header (which I discovered was in several pieces), removing elements that I [...]

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