Monday, June 22, 2009

27 out of 27

What did you learn?
How has 27 Things changed my behavior? I'm not afraid to post online, although it still takes a bit to get me to interact with others. I'm using Delicious to track bookmarks. I'm exploring the new SPL site more. And, I'm listening to podcasts every day.

What did you like?
I liked having structure with numbered tasks, expectations, and incentive for completion. And, I liked having it self-paced, with the freedom to explore as in-depth as necessary.

What was missing?
  • Emphasis on socializing. Twitter should have been one of the early tasks so that people could get used to it and benefit with direct connection with other participants, instead of waiting for occasional comments.
  • Require comments on other's blogs. For me, the hurdle isn't navigating around the Web and learning about products and services, it's interacting with other people and offering part of myself. But, I love to follow the rules. Commenting on two other blogs every week would have helped make sure that I interact, instead of just staying within my comfort zone and lurking. (I read everything, I drafted several comments, but I think I was only successful in posting 2 or 3 comments--even though I knew it would be good for me.
  • Tighten the focus of the tasks. Part of 2.0 isn't just learning what products are out there--there will always be new ones--but learning what possibilities exist and finding avenues to use so that you're alerted when new things come up.
    I estimate that each Thing took me about 3 hours (read the task, explore the discovery resources in-depth, mull over the results, formulate a 'take' on the issue, post to the blog). With several tasks a week, many times the only reason I didn't fall behind is because I was already familiar with some of the content. This type of time commitment might not be possible for others.
  • Update Discovery Resource links. For some of the Things, there were articles and information dated from 2 years ago. In at least one case, the material was from 5 years ago. It's more than just the date though, the content was no longer relevant. It would have been better to leave it out, or write some new content (even three sentences) to take its place.
Should we do this again?
Yes, this was great! I would also love to subscribe to a feed, or Twitter, or blog that would provide a tip, or discovery resource, or interesting link each week.


Tuesday, June 16, 2009


The Thingfo I created (now in the right column) searches for "saclibrary" across many sites and returns results from Twitter, Delicious, YouTube, and more.

I'm not sure I'd use it as a widget, however. It's interesting as a search, but you get the good with the bad. I don't feel a need to compile all my content in one place (else, I'd probably pull feeds and write my own parser to customize the output). I'll have to ponder possible applications some more.


Monday, June 15, 2009


For 27Things, I joined Twitter and posted my first tweet on Apr. 19.

It has been an interesting experiment. Much like this blog, I worried about having an 'everyone' audience, what I would write about, if I could be interesting, what if I had a typo, what if I linked to the wrong place. But now I really kind of like it, even with my mistakes, and think I might move over to a official 'personal' account in the next few weeks.

You can see 'what I'm doing' at


Sunday, June 14, 2009

Library 2.0

What does Library 2.0 mean to me?

If the key to Web 2.0 is that it is based on socializing, on personal interactions with people, then Library 2.0 is the relationship between patron and library staff, and P2P (patron to patron).



I participated in one lesson for Mandarin.
It went fairly well. The repetition helped me remember until the end of the lesson, and even now (weeks later) I retain a little bit.
But, without a live person to practice with, I'm sure my pronunciation is off.
It's a great resource. Although, why not offer Cantonese, too?
I may try this service again, with other languages. I also noticed, during the other Thing, that there are podcasts for language lessons. That might be interesting, too.

ETA: I was supposed to complete three lessons?? Each Thing seems to take me an average of 3 hours. I thought I had gotten away with something when this one was shy of 2... ;) But, I think I learned enough about the service with just one lesson. I'm going to move on to the next Thing.


Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Scavenger Hunt

I love scavenger hunts!

Here are my results:
  • I searched for "twilight meyer" from the "find in catalog" field from the home page (enter key/click one), chose the "request it" link (click two), and entered my barcode and pin and selected "login" (click three).
  • I found a link to a Forbes article about money (I didn't find it by browsing through the main navigation--Services:Book Bulletin:Featured:MoneySmart--it was only after giving up that I found a direct link from the home page).
  • I found a health research aid under Services:Research Guides: Health
  • I found a link to the city of Citrus Height's employment page from Community: Jobs
While I was on the Web site, I signed up for the summer reading program. I get to fill in one of the spots for activity #12, "Visit the library Web site."


Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Downloadable audio books

I've been using SPL's Overdrive for a while.

I download them to my mp3 player and listen while I (attempt) to spin yarn.

It works out fairly well, but often the CD will come in as hold before the online version is available to check out.

For this Thing, I tried to download Sacred Stone by Clive Cussler, but it was already checked out.

I also browsed the new system, but haven't had a chance to try checking anything out.

Saturday, June 6, 2009


Usually I don't listen to podcasts due to multitasking. If I really need to concentrate on something, I can listen to music that I've heard before and it fades into the background. But talking that's new to me? I either miss what's being said, or don't complete my task properly.

I get the feed from KnitPicks (Kelley Petkun), but don't usually tune in on the computer. So, today I'll try downloading some more radio-like items to the iPod and see if I can run errands and come back with the groceries that were on the list.

The potential playlist includes: "Wait, Wait Don't Tell Me" and "Car Talk" from NPR, and Adam Carolla.

If this works, I might be able to keep up with one or two a week, but I don't know if I'll ever get to one a day.

I also saw some Old Time Radio titles, but it is probably easier to just load full series and listen to them at leisure than wait for each installment?


Monday, June 1, 2009


I found a lot of interesting new things on YouTube:

The Kristin Andreassen song is one that makes me smile. The video reveals the hand-clapping game.

The library could use YouTube to promote and recap events. The visual could help create a memory connection for patrons. Watching a 30-second video could prompt them to seek out the date and time--instead of reading a flyer as they walk past or to take and read later--and to share with other interested parties.


Saturday, May 30, 2009


I found the Pipes site through the 2.0 awards list.

One can use it to combine and customize feeds and other online data. The visual interface makes experimentation and discovery immediate.

My goal was to try to combine several "new" or "coming soon" book lists with the SPL feed about what has been recently added to the catalog, but wasn't successful in the time committed so far.

I was able, however, to create one large feed out different twitter accounts that I follow. Some that I follow "officially" through the account I set up for 27 Things, and some that I follow "silently" through GoogleReader. This new feed means there's only one link to check, and it shows all of the replies that are often hidden.

Check it out: SPL-Twitter RSS Feed