Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Top of the Mountain

Well, made it to a hut. What a climb. Some good sites along the way. Being able to use so many different media is exciting and patrons will love it. I liked the Gutenberg and Librivox in particular. Google earth is also very useful -have already used it. There is so much out ther and changing as we speak. It's all very much a changing landscape. Very good exercise to do and I have already helped patrons with this new knowledge. So progress!!!

Libraries and social networking

This could be good for bookclubs and communities of interest. Groups with shared interests could hangout together. Maybe reference groups, study groups, childrens interest groups.
At the moment a book club seems to catch my imagination. Another way to stay in touch and grow areas of interest. Maybe groups of libraries could get together.

Social networking

This looks huge. Facebook - So many friends and friends of friends. Who gets to see what about whom? I can see why some people might wonder about 'too much information'. Probably a lot of fun if you like to spend time online, or maybe just want to stay in touch with the world of friends out there.
I liked Myspace - could load a photo or two.


Monday, September 22, 2008


I already know Project Gutenberg
LibriVox is new and very exciting with read aloud titles.
I know someone who will love this. Really good find.


Found a great one on children's books:
Reviews of childrens books with a difference. The one I liked was from a coffee shop talking to a blog author of lists of children's books.

Thursday, September 18, 2008


One of the really popular sites and growing all the time. I use it for NCEA topics like the Treaty of Versailles. Students need various media for their projects.

Google maps

I really like google maps. I had a look at google earth's utube demo and thought that was truly fantastic but it looks as if you have to buy it? Not sure about that. So what's free is really great, what we have to pay for is not. Very helpful with patrons trying to get somewhere, anywhere. I have already used this with patrons so it's library use is proven to me.

Zoho writer

I enjoyed using this. Good to know all these resources are here. It's also good to know its free and you don't need to buy software. What a revolution all this is.

Letter from Birmingham Jail

Letter from Birmingham Jail

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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1964.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1964.

The Letter from Birmingham Jail or Letter from Birmingham City Jail, is an open letter written on April 16, 1963, by Martin Luther King, Jr., an American civil rights leader. King wrote the letter from the city jail in Birmingham, Alabama, where he was confined after being arrested for his part in a non-violent protest conducted against segregation.

King's letter is a response to a statement made by eight white Alabama clergymen on April 12, 1963, titled "A Call For Unity". The clergymen agreed that social injustices existed but argued that the battle against racial segregation should be fought solely in the courts, not in the streets. King responded that without forceful direct actions such as his, true civil rights could never be achieved. As he put it, "This 'Wait' has almost always meant 'Never.'" He asserted that not only was civil disobedience justified in the face of unjust laws, but that "one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws."

The letter was first published as "Letter from Birmingham Jail" in the June 12, 1963, edition of The Christian Century,[1] and in the June 24, 1963, issue of The New Leader. It was reprinted shortly thereafter in The Atlantic Monthly. King included the full text in his 1964 book Why We Can't Wait.

The letter includes the famous statement "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere," as well as the words attributed to William E. Gladstone quoted by King: "[J]ustice too long delayed is justice denied."

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Thursday, September 11, 2008

Search Roll

I created a search roll for my favourite Any Questions websites.
It's called: My Any Questions Favs.
I couldn't put everything in because it didn't want search engines. Apparently it will only search the home page.
So a shorter list. I might use it to find some good maths sites which are hard questions to answer.
That looks like its best use - a subject search across selected websites.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Library Thing

Well, the beginning of another lot of shelf checking. I wonder if anyone has read any of my books :)
Here tis: http://www.librarything.com/home/Littlehawknz


Loved this one:
Could use this for posters and all sorts of promotional things.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Sandbox Wiki

Lots of fun and interesting. There is great skill in writing a book and lots of thought goes into the first and last lines. Some are simply brilliant.


Well, this one I know and with the Fitch growing so do many. The Fitch is a wiki with staff access only and very democratic too. An excellent example is also Wikipedia, which has been considered untrustworthy because anyone can write in it, is stiil valuable. I use it frequently on AnyQuestions and point students to the websites listed as resources.

Library 2.0

This is the gist of it: with new web tools information can be released to flow in every direction (library to user, user to library, library to library, and user to user).
A book review blog would be interesting, particularly if it developed connections to other good authors. Users might really like that. Would they contribute? Would we censor it?
I can see a big struggle with control issues, however, the Kete Horowhenua approach of combining both I would really like to see. The fitch is a bit like this but inside the library staff only.

Thursday, August 14, 2008


Well....starting to see way too much information. Searching blog posts, following tags a bit like getting lost in the bush. Blog directory useful ... but do I really want to know??? Not a place for browsing unless I aint got much to do. All a bit crowded really.

Social bookmarking

Well, that was fun with Delicious and tagging.
I've created an account and some bookmarks too.
See an RSS feed there.
I like the idea of sorting favourites more spontaneously.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008


This was a bit confusing to work out and somehow I get updates to my gmail as well as bloglines. Still, very useful for getting new information in developing fields, learning what other librarians are doing.
Could be useful as a new service
How can we get fitch feeds, I wonder, so we all know when new fitches are made.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Interesting technology

I'm interested in the kindle and the possibilities of u-tube for training. I have already used it to access videos on the Treaty of Versailles for NCEA projects. Very useful.

Adding flickr images

This exercise was quite hard to do, logging onto a flickr account and then going back to complete the process. Probably better to logon first and get an account before looking for an image to add.
Too confusing to do it along the way.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

When I was smaller than a shelver, a kidlet, I loved Disney's Little Golden Books and I loved "Lambert the sheepish lion" most of all.
Now I can watch it on U-Tube.

Electronic Books

Introducing The Kindle:

Is this the future or just another chapter in the history of publishing?

Avatars and the Trading Card Maker


Trading Card Maker:

My rather large card: "The Scholar"

Books can Help!

Dublin City Public Library's new Bibliotherapy Project

Monday, July 21, 2008

Books that make a difference

Have you read a good book that made a difference?
Share it with someone new.

Dublin City Council

Talking about money

The Richest Man in Babylon, by George Clason.
Babylonian parables dealing with the principles of finance.
A financial advisor came to visit me and I had this book on the table. "Everything I'm going to tell you is in that book", he said. An easy read in fictional form and a reader can take from it what they need to begin a journey towards financial security.