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Task 21: Podcasts July 10, 2008

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

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Task 20: YouTube… watchin tha tooooooOooob

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

 

Task 17: del.icio.us

Filed under: 23 Things — embilbie @ 4:27 pm
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I have played with this application before… it’s useful to be able to transport my bookmarks etc, and access them from the web. Especially as I’m building quite a collection of them.

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Task 16: iGoogle

Filed under: 23 Things — embilbie @ 3:24 pm
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I have already created an iGoogle account, and now I have my own personalised Google page, using a Steampunk visual theme and showing my preferred bits of information! It’s ALL GOOD.

If ONLY I could work for Google… I wonder if I could pick up some part-time work, or casual… on a project basis.. that I could do from home. Money is good, eh.

 

Task 15: Google Book Search

Filed under: 23 Things — embilbie @ 1:04 pm
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It’s a good search interface; I like the use of book covers instead of text in your results page. Unfortunately few of the topics and genres I was interested in provided full-text access, but that’s to be expected.

But I DID find Jules Verne’s “Around the world in 80 days” 🙂