Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Modules 11, 13, 14, 15, 16, and 20

Image generators: good for creating posters or graphics for holidays. None seemed to be able to add a simple border around an image.
Social Bookmarking: Takes time to set up and pick tags, but will be useful for grants and foundation work.
Google Docs - worked with it by trying to upload a fill-in form from Word.  The fill-in fields do not function in Google Docs. 
Google Calendar - set up a work schedule calendar for myself.  It has basic functions, but cannot do anything complex. The repeat function does not have features like 2nd Monday of each month, etc.
Wikis - A couple of the links were pretty dated wikis, but the library success and wiki how seemed to be active and could be useful. 
Webjunction & Webinars - Browsed webjunction but did not sign up for anything. I did watch a webinar from Donor Perfect on effective direct mailings. Good use of my time.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Module #10: YouTube

I searched YouTube under library foundation and found this informative, very professional interview. It gives an overview of the foundation's role in assisting a public library with various programs. The link is:

I have also embedded this video:

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Module #8: Facebook

Using exercise 2, I explored facebook.  I liked the cross-stitch interest page and looked at a librarians interest group. I read some of the most recent postings. I did some searching on names - found a few people and a lot of stuff I really didn't want to see - just like most search engines.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Module #9: Virtual Bookshelves

I tried both LibraryThing and Goodreads. One major difference - in LibraryThing you can't add multiple books from an author list.  Highly inconvenient if adding a series. Both download to a spreadsheet, but Goodreads seems to have more fields.
Here's five books I found on Goodreads on my to-read list:

On Food and Cooking: The Science and Lore of the Kitchen
The Path Between the Seas: The Creation of the Panama Canal, 1870-1914
Founding Mothers: The Women Who Raised Our Nation
Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln
Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Module #7: Twitter

Twitter will take a lot more time than I am willing to devote at work to explore thoroughly.  I checked out a few interest groups - business, science, government, and books.  Books was disappointing - publishers and some authors.  The other areas led to a couple of interesting links, but it takes time to find the gems. I will probably explore this further, but I did learn how to unfollow - not as straight forward as it should be - or am I missing something?

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Module #6: image editing

 I first tried Picnik and it does auto-adjust photos adequately.
Original photo
Autofix of above photo
I also tried the collage feature.
I tried an old very red photo and the autofix did nothing.  Using pixlr, I was able to adjust the photo close to its original colors.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Further exploration of Flickr

Searching the galleries section, I discovered Flying Birds.  Great photos for anyone interested in either birds or flying.  Flying Birds Gallery on Flickr