Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Post from youtube


Check out the above link to see our family's favorite commercial jingle. My 9-year-old does a perfect impersonation of this guy's singing voice.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Primordial New Zealand

Primordial New Zealand, originally uploaded by /\ltus.

Ahhh...I would love to transport myself here now. I have never been to New Zealand, but it has always intrigued me (especially since discovering they filmed the LOTR trilogy there). This looks nothing like I would imagine NZ to look like, but the vibrant colors and trout pond are gorgeous.

Friday, June 26, 2009


Ta-da!!  I am now part of that ubiquitous facebook community.  I have really enjoyed checking out people's facebook profiles as I've friended various people.  It's neat to see what all the fuss is about, and to compare how different people's pages mirror their personalities, ages, etc.  

Friday, June 12, 2009

database video

This week's lesson focuses on the amazing databases available with that little piece of free plastic called your library card.  Wow.  I didn't realize how many neat tools were available.  I watched the promo videos that other libraries have made, sort of mini commercials, and they were great! I definitely think we should try and do the same.  They were funny and informative.  I also found Thomas Frey's vision of the library as the "Search Command Center" with computers in a U-shape and the librarian as the Command Center Captain, (for lack of a better word,) very compelling. 

Saturday, June 6, 2009

mission accomplished

After reading Dani's blog, I decided I would try to search for ebooks/evideos on our catalog as well.  I looked up Chicago travel info as my family is thinking of visiting there this summer.  It was really slick, and I was able to view Fromer's Chicago book online by just typing in my library card number.  No need to import software or download onto our computer at work! yay.  This is a great feature and one I will use in the future.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

slight snag

Well, I hit a snag in trying to download a video from our Shaler homepage.  I perused the list of videos available, but when I went to download, my mac computer was incompatible with the software.  I guess I'll try overdrive later.

Monday, June 1, 2009

next gen e-readers

Wow, I want me one of those new-fangled "plastic logic e-readers" that was featured in one of the linked articles for Week 5!!  That is really cool!  In fact, all of them seem neat.  The super tiny readius (folds up like a wallet) seems almost too good to be true.  For my bad eyes, though, I am more interested in the larger format offered by that plastic logic company.  It is due to come out in 2010 and would be great for reading magazines, newspapers, as well as books.  There is a niggling worry in the back of my mind, though, about the impending irrelevance of libraries as physical depositories of literature.....as the e-readers become more adept as duplicating the tactile experience of "curling up with a good book" or "stretching out on the couch with the newspaper" how will this affect the libraries of the future?  I find I have lots of thoughts drifting out there, not necessarily thoughts of doom or anything, just ponderings and reflections upon this tidal wave of change that seems to be facing us.  But anything that encourages reading and the promotion of literature has to be a good thing.

Now it is on to the assignment for the week....downloading an audio or video from our library website.  Never done that, and I am totally a book reader (not listener) so audiobooks have never been my thing.  Perhaps I will look into the video options?