Thursday, September 29, 2011

LIC Report

Just submitted my second paper. Again, I hate it.

Plus, I messed up with the submission title like a doofus. Oh well. We'll see what we get.

At least my discussion for the week is getting rave reviews. Woohoo!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

a little girl checks out the Wild Things wall

Great photo featuring my favorite children's book while growing up: Where the Wild Things Are. This room would have driven me crazy when I was younger... who am I kidding? I'm going nuts right now! I think I may need to visit this library the next time I head up the eastern coast.

Via Flickr:
at the newly renovated Reisterstown Road Library in Baltimore

www.prattlibrary.org/locations/reisterstownroad

at the newly renovated Reisterstown Road Library in Baltimore

www.prattlibrary.org/locations/reisterstownroad

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Kindles in Libraries

Mark it down. Today FIU's Green Library began loaning Kindles equipped with ebooks to the public. Apparently the loan will be for 14 day and stiff penalties for "losing" the device will be imposed. Apparently they still require that the patron rent their device rather than make the materials available to anyone with an e-reader, but the next step is surely coming sooner rather than later.

NOW AVAILABLE: eREADERS!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Too Dumb for Grad School

I spent 3 hours reading 60 pages of text and conjuring up a beautiful Discussion Board post that integrated the literature, outside resources and my own opinion in 70-100 words. And as I went into the course to post my ideas, what did I find?

I read the wrong chapter. I got ahead of myself.

So I spent the day reading another 60 pages, but it took much longer since I had to do it in between calls at work. I finally posted my discussion topic which was still decent, but not the best. In fact, here it is:


In page 109 of the Rubin text, I learned about the three different categories of professions espoused by Maack. The three categories are high-authority (law and medicine), indirect/product-oriented (engineering and architecture) and empowering (education, social work and library science). I feel that while Librarians are certainly professionals, they are not the same as medical doctors. The goals of the industries are different. 

By the same token, I like that she placed LIS in the same group as educators. I have always found that librarians are usually great teachers and attract people who genuinely want to learn something. If an illustration is desired, take a look that this reference post-card sent to the ALA in 1912. There certainly is a long, proud tradition of responding to requests for information. In page 109 of the Rubin text, I learned about the three different categories of professions espoused by Maack. The three categories are high-authority (law and medicine), indirect/product-oriented (engineering and architecture) and empowering (education, social work and library science). I feel that while Librarians are certainly professionals, they are not the same as medical doctors. The goals of the industries are different. 

By the same token, I like that she placed LIS in the same group as educators. I have always found that librarians are usually great teachers and attract people who genuinely want to learn something. If an illustration is desired, take a look that this reference post-card sent to the ALA in 1912. There certainly is a long, proud tradition of responding to requests for information. 

http://libraryhistorybuff.blogspot.com/2011/09/longest-reference-request-on-postal.html

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

First Paper - Philosophy

I just submitted my first Master's Level paper. I feel like crap. To be honest, I always feel dissatisfied with my first submission in a new class. I have analyzed myself and come up with the following reasons:

  1. Writing is a personal experience. My essays are cocktails in which I pour all my creative juices. The prospect of having those personal ideas crushed is not very pleasant.
  2. I am proud of my writing ability. I am proud to a fault actually. I personally believe I could write my way out of every situation I find myself in. If I get a grade less than perfect, my self-worth struggles.
  3. I do not really know what the professor is looking for. I have found that each professor is different when grading style. Some like a more personal style, others like cold, hard, technical facts. So I naturally have no clue what to do in that area.
Therefore, I have set up a system. The first paper I write is all me. Everything I have learned from Kindergarten throughout my Bachelor's in English is strewn across the page in a style that is all my own. After the professor tears up my first paper, I learn what they are looking for. My next papers are modified to appease their sense of style (and to get an A). At the end of the course, I incorporate what I agree with into my newly evolved writing style, and the cycle continues.

Even though I have it all figured out, it does not change the fact that I am nervous as hell.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

I dream of tagging

30 Days of How-To #12: How to Make the Most of Your Teen Collection

Another instance of tagging. Apparently libraries already have the capability of tagging books informally.

23 Things Assignment

My rough draft of the 23 Things assignment is done! I hate it. Will tweak some more after a break. Here's the official assignment: http://plcmcl2-things.blogspot.com/

My Head in the... Tags?

All through my first major assignment in this class I have been fascinated with the idea of tags. In fact, it has become something of a personal exploration of how I function as a person. I love tags, I love them very much. I feel a need to organize my things in a certain way. I have found this to be the case with my Blogs. I have found myself mesmerized by this feature in Flickr. I found that to be true in Delicious. And then the assignment turned to Library Thing.

Library Thing is a free cataloging tool for personal libraries. It actually does a very comprehensive job, complete with LC Classification, ISBN information, Publication information, Citation information, Comments and yes, my favorite, Tags.

An informative feature of Library Things is their tag clouds. They have three forms: Tag Cloud, Author Cloud and Cloud Mirror.

A tag cloud is simple and straight-forward. It basically shows how I have categorized my books and which category is most popular (indicated by large text).


An author cloud follows the same basic principle, it is a graphic list of the authors I have in my collection.


And finally, and most interesting, is the Mirror tag. The mirror tag shows my tags in relation to their popularity across the entire Library Things database. In other words, how many people have books that they deliberately tag with the same description.


All in all, my favorite application has to be Libary Things. It is an incredible resource to catalog and organize my library and make it a manageable set, where I can then gather my information effectively.





Yummy Yum Yum

As part of my Web 2.0 assignment, I was forced to play with Deli.cio.us. I created my profile and shared my blogs--complete with tags. We shall see if these blogs will take off and become internet sensations overnight as a result of my one public bookmark. Hey, I can dream!

In addition, I found a really cool, useful site called: Makeuseof.com. I really enjoyed this article. I really enjoy sprucing up documents and presentations with graphics. I am a firm believer in reinforcement when it comes to education. People need to read, hear, see and sometimes even experience things when trying to learn. I suppose that is the point of my whole assignment, experience Web 2.0 in just a fraction of it's glory. Perhaps we will take these ideas and run with them.

I can certainly see these sharing sites taking a role in the modern library. Most Librarians I have met keep extensive bookmarks with extensive descriptions. A service like Delicious certainly makes the process much easier and much more social. I could especially see how this would be a great, cost-effective service to use in Academic Library Databases, where students can bookmark articles and sites. This would make finding appropriate resources a much quicker process.

In all, this delicious service is truly scrumptious.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

A picture with a thousand...

Ever After Word Art by CMJimenez
Ever After Word Art, a photo by CMJimenez on Flickr.

I used www.black-text.com to create this word art. Black-text.com is an image generator that substitutes your custom text for the color in the image. The result sends a very clear message.

Via Flickr:
Picture taken in the Port of Miami. Used www.Black-Text.com to create this word-art with the text: Happily Ever After, The End!

Bloglines - Google Reader

I began the RSS reader challenge, but quickly switched course. I currently use Google Reader to deliver new posts directly to my desktop and I have the Android App set up for my phone. I enjoy receiving a daily digest of interesting Literature, Theology, Humor and the personal thoughts of friends. However, I am going to enjoy receiving new Library readings in the form of the recommendations made by the PCLMC Learning 2.0 Program.

Here's the link to my Shared Items (public profile): http://www.google.com/reader/view/#stream/user%2F15679007996722028538%2Fstate%2Fcom.google%2Fbroadcast

Library Art Argument

:: PIMPAMPUM :: Bubblr! .:.

One of my favorite Flickr Mashups is Bubblr. Bubblr searches the Flickr database on one of two levels: Tags and Usernames. You can take the images and arrange them in a comic strip. From that comic strip, you can create whatever dialog you choose with conversation bubbles. (Hence the name: Bubblr) Then the finished product is saved in the archive, where it is public. Bubblr conscientiously reminds us that your boss could technically find this strip and fire you if it is incriminating.

The comic strip can then be shared by a variety of means, including: print, emailing, blogging and del.icio.us.

As for the content of this stip, no it's not my most creative work. But it illustrates the basic features of this mashup.

http://www.pimpampum.net/bubblr/?custom=&id=31570

Rat Terrier Pictobuilder

Get the flash player here: http://www.adobe.com/flashplayer

Library Pups

IMG_3832 by CMJimenez
IMG_3832, a photo by CMJimenez on Flickr.
As part of my assignment to explore Web 2.0 I have set up a Flickr account and linked it to this library blog. I am sharing this image as proof of such.

This photo was taken in my personal library. I have two Rat Terriers. Their names are Romeo and Juliet. No, they are not a breeding pair, they are from the same litter (we frown down on incest here). I love to sit with my poochies and read a good book, or study some theology or just hang out on the web.

Moved blog

http://goawayreadsomebooks.tumblr.com/

I decided to move my blog over to Blogger. I like the format here much more.
You can find my older posts there on Tumblr.
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