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Holiday Greetings 2.0 December 21, 2007

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I’m so proud of all of the web 2.0 holiday greetings staff are cooking up!

Here’s a fabulous song and dance from Pontiac:

Tecumseh staff have a style all their own:

Here’s a clever use of PowerPoint from the Genealogy Materials Handling Unit:
GMHU Christmas Greeting

And a nice piece of Photoshop work from Art, Music and Media:
SC Conquers


Michael Stephens (and Stephen Abram redux) December 14, 2007

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Fun presentation this morning at 8 am; there’s another at 10:30!  I tried to live blog it, but it’s no substitute for being there, so go if you can!

Also, here’s a link to the presentation Stephen Abrams did for us back in September.

Geek Out! October 25, 2007

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Geek Out, Don’t Freak Out! It’s another of the Digital Collaborative’s efforts to make it fun and easy to try out new technology. Some of the sessions even overlap with Learning 2.0, so you get sort of double bang for the buck.

Next Wednesday, October 31 is Episode 14: YouTubeTorial. Find cool stuff on YouTube. Put cool stuff on YouTube. Kay Gregg will show you how! Just head to Meeting Room B at 8:00 am to get the goods.

Here’s a list of upcoming GODFO episodes:

  • November 28: Gaming
  • January 30: Photoshop Elements
  • February 27: Cool Hardware
  • April 30: Web 2.0 Stuff for Fun
  • May 28: Beyond Blogging
  • June 25: What patrons have access to on public machines
  • July 30: iGoogle

They’re always the last Wednesday of the month at 8:00 am and they’re tons of fun: come join us!

Blogroll Problems in Internet Explorer? October 9, 2007

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You might have got to the point where you’re ready to add some blogs to your blogroll (the list of blogs you think are cool and like to read), and tried to do it, and couldn’t find anything that looks remotely like what we’re asking you to do. Well, we found a little glitch today that might be part of the problem

If you used Blogger to make your blog, and if you use Internet Explorer as your browser, the thing that should allow you to add a blogroll (or any other stuff that would show up in the sidebar part of your blog) doesn’t show up. Instead, try using Firefox (if you’re a Mac user, Safari works, too).

  1. Go to Blogger and log in with your user name and password.
  2. You should see your dashboard with your blog listed underneath it. There’s a little gear icon next to the word “Manage;” click on Layout.
  3. The “Template” tab will open up to show you your page elements. This is a stripped down snapshot of what your basic page has on it. On the right hand side of the template, you should see a box that says, “Add a Page Element.” (This is the piece that’s missing if you try it using Internet Explorer.)
  4. Choose “Link List”. Call your list whatever you want (“List of Links,” “Blogroll,” “People I Like,” whatever), and then add the URL and a name for each link you want to add.

Let us know if this doesn’t work, and don’t forget about open lab times in case you need help.

Library Subject Guides using del.icio.us October 2, 2007

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Check out this very useful blog post about using del.icio.us in libraries. Posted on herzogbr.net Blog: a Hitchhiker’s Guide to Fear and Loathing at a Public Library Reference Desk

Blog inspiration October 2, 2007

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Need ideas for blog posts?  Check out these ideas from iLibrarian.  Thanks to Stephen Abram for this link (which, incidentally, came from his blog, Stephen’s Lighthouse).  Not to be missed:  The Shifted Librarian’s article which links back to Wyoming Libraries’ mudflap girl.

Need help? October 1, 2007

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Learning 2.0 Lab

If you’re working along and find yourself stuck, or just want to work on Learning 2.0 in the company of other learners, visit our open Learning 2.0 Lab times! Friendly DC members will be on hand to help you out with whatever obstacles you’ve found.

Mondays, 12:00-1:30 pm
Staff Training Room
Main Library, Lower Level 1

Tuesdays and Wednesday, 12:00-1:30 pm
Computer Classroom
Main Library, Level 1 (next to the Community Computer Center)

Blog comments September 26, 2007

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I’ve been reading everyone’s L2.0 blogs — way fun! — and I’ve been trying to comment on as many of them as I can. It occurs to me that depending on how you’ve set up your blog, you might have to approve comments before they’ll show up on the page.

In Blogger, you may have taken a look at the Settings tab, and made some choices in the Comments section. If you happened to say Yes to “Enable comment moderation?” (a little further down on this screen…)

Comment settings

…then you’ll also have to approve comments. From your Posting tab (the same place you go to write a new post), just select the Moderate Comments section and follow the instructions.

Moderate comments

Piece of cake!

It really does come in handy! September 24, 2007

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In the last two weeks, I have been asked several questions about 2.0 applications on the web.  First, a patron asked about saving his work from Microsoft Word, and having talked to this patron before, I took the chance to ask if he had Gmail.  He said yes, and I proceeded to preach to him about the awesome usefulness of Google Docs.  I was really happy with his reply.  “That is SWEET.”

Last week, at my first Web 2.0 class, I was teaching the sole participant about del.icio.us bookmarks.  We sat side-by-side, she with her Apple laptop and I with the branch’s Dell laptop, and as she asked more and more questions about 2.0 stuff, I shared more and more of what I have learned over the past few months.  By the time the conversation was over, we had decided that she would be a guest blogger to write about one of our book discussion groups.  (Warning: it’s a rare patron that you can trust to be a guest editor on your blog.  We’ve known this patron a long time; she is also an artist and writer, extremely sharp and trustworthy.  We think she’ll do a good job.)

Then about a half-hour ago, I talked with a 10 or so-year-old boy and his mom about his new MP3 player.  He wanted to download some songs off a website that offers free downloads.  Eventually, Mom decided against it because even though the downloads are free, the site required a credit card number.  The point is, having played with two MP3 players and their accessories in the past few days, I blogged it, and now I know so much more about MP3 players and could have an actual conversation with a patron about using them.

And, this just in!  While I was writing this, an interesting conversation happened:

12-year-old girl patron: “What are you doing?”

Me: “Writing in a blog.”

12-year-old girl patron: “I write in a blog.”

Me (eyes popping out of my head with excitement): “Really?”

She proceeded to show me the blog that she writes for.  I asked her mom if I could write about the blog, without mentioning her name.  Her mom, who is really nice and cool, granted me permission.  She also told me that during the summer, her daughter’s teacher had attended a workshop to learn about “blogging and stuff”.  So, everybody, hear this!  Be encouraged and know that what you are learning is of value, is fun, and will enrich your job!

Here is the blog my young friend told me about.  Get a load of the title:

Mr. Lance’s 7th Grade Social Studies Blog: The Crazy World of 7th Grade Social Studies

78 staff now are registered September 24, 2007

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I am glad to report that 78 staff members have signed up for this program. I have been reading the blogs that staff have created. They are wonderful. It is inspiring to hear so many voices talk about their experiences with the program so far. Keep up the good work!!!!