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Task 24: LinkedIn August 18, 2008

Filed under: 23 Things — embilbie @ 11:49 am

I am now Linked. Let’s see what comes of it…


Task 23: the 23 Things experience

Filed under: 23 Things — embilbie @ 10:37 am

Well I’ve found it fun to catch up with the rest of my colleagues at Swinburne, not quite as quickly as I intended but certainly faster than some. Almost all of the tasks were familiar to me, and I’ve enjoyed having a chance to step back as it were, and critically evaluate some of the tools themselves.

I’m a little disappointed that my blog has had no comments from others… funny how one feels validated by that…

Let’s see how fast I can knock over the “+5” Things…


Task 22: Secondlife and libraries

Filed under: 23 Things — embilbie @ 10:09 am

I’ve dabbled about in SecondLife since October 2006, so was very interested to find this blog, created especially to showcase Australian libraries and librarians in SecondLife.

I particularly like this entry in Kathryn Greenhill’s blog as it gives reasons why librarians – specifically – need to experience SL.


Task 21: Podcasts July 10, 2008

Filed under: 23 Things — embilbie @ 11:55 am

I use iTunes, and on my pc here at work I have used it to convert a favourite internet radio station, “Radio Paradise” to a podcast instead of a stream, so I can continue to listen to it and not use up our bandwidth.. I need to listen to music while I work sometimes… it helps me focus.


Task 20: YouTube… watchin tha tooooooOooob

Filed under: 23 Things — embilbie @ 11:33 am

I’ve been watching YouTube (or rather: trying to resist watching it) for quite some time now…

Here’s a video of my favourite-musician-of-the-moment, Antony from Antony and the Johnsons (love the band name), singing one of Leonard Cohen’s (my favourite-cultural-icon-slash-object-of-awe-of-the-moment) songs , “If It Be Your Will”:


Task 19: Pets, and Wikis July 9, 2008

Filed under: 23 Things — embilbie @ 6:01 pm

I haven’t got a pic of my cat Maus with me BUT I found a pic of a cat at this site that looks very much like my cat. And behaves very much like him too… and now you’re all going to curse me for addicting you to LOLCats ha hA!

a cat, very similar to mine etc

a cat, very similar to mine etc

Naturally you might want to see evidence that I know how to post it to the staff wiki…

On the subject of wikis… I posted about an extraordinary one further down and I think it deserves another link here. I’m not brave enough to advocate it yet, but I think it’s a fine example of internet freedom.

If you’re interested, here is a link to the bit of the Swinburne Library Staff Wiki into which I am currently putting a lot of content.


Task 18: Library 2.0 and BEYOND July 8, 2008

Filed under: 23 Things — embilbie @ 4:58 pm

I’ve rejoined Ning in order to become involved in the “Library 2.0” network. It’s an interesting way to stay involved in discussions on this topic.

Most recruitment interviews these days involve some discussion of Library 2.0, so for this and also the fact that I’m personally and professionally interested, I can talk about it with some knowledge.

Library 2.0 is a catch-all phrase really. It’s best summed up (I think, and in my own words) thus:
It’s the way our profession is responding to Web 2.0. It’s us responding to and providing services and collections to Web 2.0 users: providing for environments and activities such as social networking, collaborative and interactive learning, flexible/’Google”-type resources discovery, 24×7 access to information…..

This and other exciting discussions happening over at Ning Library 2.0 now!

Check this out: a Wiki exclusively about and for Academic Libraries; exploring, discussing, showcasing and using Web 2.0. Look here, and in my Links.

I have added a copy of the 2008 Horizon report to the staff Wiki. It’s an annual report on a research collaboration between EDUCAUSE and the New Media Consortium, investigating emerging technologies and their impacts on learning and educational sectors. Sounds dry but … critically relevant to our profession. Check out more of this research, and forums etc, on the NMC’s website.