Tuesday, November 27, 2007


I've downloaded podcasts to my ipod for a while, I subscribe to some fun NPR programs it's a great change of pace when I don't feel like listening to music.
I checked out some library podcasts, Denver Public Library's kids page has some story podcasts, kind of like tumble book for your ipod.
I think there is great potential for us to use it in Skokie, maybe a self-guided library tour? Also, it would be fun to do something like our very own "story corps" (http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4516989).

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

virtual library

I looked at some of the other public library websites, we really should be in the hall of fame. It's easy to navigate and has some great features. While I don't really have one favorite, I like the movie listings and the easy access to booklists for reader's advisory.
The hardest thing is to make our patrons even more aware of what we have on our site. I've used tumble books in a storytime and a school visit during the past 2 weeks and not one teacher or parent had known about it.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

google docs

I love google docs. I've been using it for a while now when I need to work on a document from different computers. It's much easier than emailing a word document, I always forget which one was the last version.
There are probably some things you can't do that you could do with Word, but I haven't had any problems, I can even insert special characters for German and Spanish. When pasting it into word it doesn't change the formatting.


I have used wikipedia and have found it really useful. Usually there are links to more info at the end of the entry. I know some teachers don't let the students use it, or at least only as a supplemental source.
I find the idea of radical trust intriguing, it sort of goes against what librarians have been taught, but it makes a lot of sense with the analogy that Darlene Fichter uses. I guess it's wikipedia is great for getting some information fast (it's usually among the first few entries on google), but it's probably not the best idea to to base your master's thesis exclusively on information from it.

Wednesday, October 31, 2007


this exercise really was fun and useful. I'll definitely set up my own account to keep track of favorite sites for preschool storytimes etc.
Some tags for spl might be information, fun, books, skokie, kids, teens

mac 2

mac 2
Originally uploaded by theskokieten
ok, with Mr Dave's help I finally got thing 5 done. I'm ready for #6.

Friday, October 26, 2007


so I finally uploaded a picture (without my cat's approval). It took a while, too many error messages. Don't really like the idea of sharing my photos with the world. It's great to share with your friends and I admit I enjoy looking at other people's photos.