Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Office 2.0

Okay - so I am really behind on the lessons. Let me explain (make excuses). I have been unable to post using Firefox and so am going to try a different browser to see if that is the issue. And then I have been on vacation for most of the last 2 weeks for my son's wedding and then a trip to the Hills. But I am going to try to get caught up before all the craziness of the semester starts.

Google Docs is awesome! I currently use Google Docs for some of my personal documents. I love that have I have access to them from anywhere and do not have to be at home if I need the information.

For this lesson, I uploaded an Excel spreadsheet that I had developed for work. I was able to publish it to the web and if I wanted, I could give out the web address to anyone that needed to see or use the information. This document is something that I print off for my student workers and have them fill in as they complete the task assigned. I could make this information available on the web and get rid of the paper form. The form function was very easy to use and would allow me to ask for input from my co-workers.

A drawback to Google Docs is that one does not have all of the functionality and formatting that is available in Excel. But the fact that I can access my information from anywhere more than makes up for some of those shortcomings.

I am not familiar at all with Zoho so I am looking forward to looking at it more closely when I have more time. It appears, from the quick look that I did take at the site, that Zoho offers more options than Google Docs and may have what I am feel is lacking from Google Docs.

Hmmmmm - will have to check it out! And possibly switch my documents over to Zoho?

Scene Two: Internet Video

I am familiar with YouTube but had never looked at the videos on Google or Flickr. Good to know that there are more options available out there. I have searched on YouTube for library videos in the past and have shared some of them with my co-workers.

The video below is one that I have looked at numerous times and have shared with a a lot of people. You can't help but laugh!

Scene One: Podcasts

Better late than never - I am kind of behind on the lessons but I am trying to catch up. I looked at all 3 podcast sites and liked them all. It is amazing how much information is out there and all for free. It is a bit overwhelming!

I didn't really search for specific library related podcast but did find one that will interest me called Books on the Nightstand. It appears that this podcast reviews and recommends books to read. And that is a wonderful thing!

Thursday, August 6, 2009

My creation using the jigsaw app in Flickr

My creation
Originally uploaded by suzebomb54

Flickr Apps

I tried several different Flickr mashups - the color picker, jigsaw, calendar and the profile widget. I had no idea that there were so many fun things that you could do with Flickr. All I had used it for in the past was to post pictures for my family to look at.

I am looking forward to trying out some more apps and creating some fun projects for work and home. The calendar app would make some wonderful gifts and the pictures are already there. How simple would that be?

I posted the 50+ resources for using Flickr in the library on my blog. The article contains some great ideas and I will want to refer back to it in the future.

How to Make Flickr Work for Your Library

How to: Make Flickr Work for Your Library 50+ Resources

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Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Food and drink in the library! Finally!

Our library is going to have a food court opening up when the semester starts. I know that other libraries have already done this but this is something that we have have been working on for quite some time. And it is finally happening! We already have the Starbucks sign hung up!

Starbucks in the Library? Yes!

Pillsbury Doughboy

Pillsbury Doughboy
Originally uploaded by ronsrandomstuff
I am posting this picture for the lesson about Flickr.

The Pillsbury Doughboy is near and dear to my heart. I have been collecting doughboy stuff since the early 70's. My kitchen is all done in doughboy. Just a little interesting fact about me. I know, I know - will I never grow up?

But then I think, why should I?


This is a test post from flickr, a fancy photo sharing thing.

Wow - that was easy! I am a little behind on my lessons so I am going to try to get going on that this week to catch up. I have had a personal flickr account already and really like using flickr to post pictures of the family for everyone to see. It will be interesting to see other things I can do with flickr to make it more useful for the library and for my personal use.

Next I am going to try to post a picture from flickr to this blog - wish me luck!
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