Saturday, November 24, 2007
The next stage was RSS feeds and I have to say I found this section the most difficult of the whole journey, and had to call upon a more IT savvy workmate to assist the first time I added a feed. The library feeds exercises showed very useful ways of both helping our customers and helping ourselves to locate useful information about book reviews and so on. The Image Generators would be a good place for finding ideas for Christmas themes, both for library decorating and for personal use. The folksonomies concept caters very well to people with like interests, so that they can take advantage of others’ knowledge in building their lists of favourites. Wikis and online tools are unbelievably useful, so thanks to the ACL Learning programme for drawing our attention to all these.
I had heard of YouTube of course and had even followed a link to one or two videos myself, but I had never before gone to the site and had a look around – I will be returning frequently. And the ebooks resources in our own library were a revelation! How can we advertise this better to customers?
Many thanks to Jane and the team for all their work. Congratulations – it’s a great programme.
Friday, November 23, 2007
I successfully set up an account with NetLibrary, which was very easy. I searched for a few books which I guessed were long out of copyright, such as Little Women and Pride and Prejudice, and added them to my Favorites. There are many books by authors such as Conan Doyle and Oscar Wilde available. The Anne of Green Gables series is there too.
I also searched for Shakespeare and saw that there are a lot of Cliffs Notes on Shakespeare’s plays which would be very handy for students of English literature, particularly since the text of all these ebooks is searchable, so it would be very easy to bring up a particular quote, rather than searching through a hard copy.
There were also many ebooks on computer software such as Photoshop, which would be very convenient to access if you ran into a problem and needed a quick answer. I can see I will spend many happy hours on NetLibrary – one thing just leads to another.
There has been some publicity in the media this week about Kindle, the electronic book reader, so I had been doing some reading about it before it popped up in this exercise. It seems very pricy at $US399 but presumably like all new technology it won’t take long for the price to tumble if it catches on. It would be great to have on an overseas trip if it can indeed hold 200 books and last 30 hours before recharging. I would definitely be interesting in owning one if it lives up to its promise.
Thursday, November 22, 2007
I suspect you would have to be selective in what blog to listen to, as come might be a bit rambling. Probably better to stick to radio broadcasts and other professionally made podcasts.
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
The first thing I noticed was the length of time it took to bring up a category once you clicked on it - bandwidth hogs indeed! However it seems to be a site of endless possibilities, and could keep anyone entertained for hours. Suitable video clips would be a great feature on library websites, drawing customers attention to events, services and resources.
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
This certainly looks a very promising and entertaining site, and one which I will no doubt use from time to time. It seems very simple to use. I think this would have an application in a library setting when schoolchildren pose those awkward questions from their homework assignments!
Monday, November 19, 2007
I signed into Zoho Writer and then imported this Microsoft Word document from my own files. I notice the 'degree' symbol didn't import properly but can't initially see how to fix this. This programme obviously doesn't have all the bells and whistles of Word but I can see it would be a great way to ensure that everyone can read your document without having to worry about whether the person you're sending a file to has the software to read your version.
P.S Publishing to the blog from Zoho Writer was a breeze.
300g thin smoked streaky bacon rashers
freshly ground pepper
120g gruyere or similar cheese, grated
Heat the oven to 220ûC. Peel the potatoes and slice them very thinly. Brush a 24-26cm cast iron or similarly heavy ovenproof dish with a little melted butter.
Line the dish with the slices of bacon, covering the bottom and sides and leaving the upper third or so of each rasher hanging over the top of the dish. Put in a layer of potatoes, season with pepper and scatter over some cheese. Repeat the layers, finishing with potatoes. Cover the potatoes with the bacon overhang. Dot with the remaining butter, cover with a double layer of foil and bake for about 1 hour or until the potatoes are cooked.
Remove the dish from the heat, uncover and let it stand for 5 minutes. Loosen the bacon rashers from the sides of the dish and turn the "cake" out onto a warm serving dish. A green salad is a good accompaniment.
Sunday, November 18, 2007
I went to Favourite Books page and immediately saw two of my favourite books in the first few listed, so I knew I would like this page. However only a few of the books listed had a link to a review or to the catalogue which was disappointing. I added a link to the ACL catalogue for the Poisonwood Bible, one of my all time favourite books.
I looked into Favourite Recipes and found only one link to a recipe there (quick lasagne, yum) so added a link to a sticky date pudding recipe. Happy cooking!