Nicole\’s got a library blog (again)


2006 University Libraries/MINITEX Reference Symposium
July 5, 2006, 6:02 pm
Filed under: semantics, Web 2.0

This looks so good, I can’t wait to read/watch it when I get home from work tonight.:

Reference 2010: the Librarian 2.0 in Your Future presented by Stephen Abram, Vice President, Innovation, for SirsiDynix and immediate past president of the Canadian Library Association, at the May 15, 2006, Reference Symposium, Library as Place: Physical Realms, Virtual Possibilities.

I always throw around the term “Web 2.0” without much explanation. To be honest it makes the term sound like a new installation of software or some cheesy news letter. I kind of wish there were a better term for what Web 2.0 actually refers to. Which is?

Web 2.0 is the direction that the web is taking where information is being used in everyday life and not as a cool novelty (technological fetishism). We can see evidence of Web 2.0 in blogs, wikis, podcasts etc. There’s a lot of talk about it (see my previous post about Tom Stites). But nonetheless Web 2.0 is exciting and really important in libraries.



Skype-not
June 26, 2006, 3:35 pm
Filed under: communication, Food & Dining, Philadelphia, Skype, VoIP, Web 2.0, YALSA

So I was intending on joinging the YALSA gaming discussion group in New Orleans on Sunday afternoon. Not physically of course but over Skype, which the organizers had promoted as a good way to get on the discussion. After evaluating Skype, I downloaded it and eagerly awaited the time to join in. I got myself set up: Creme Brulee French Toast from Ants Pants and Coffee, a nice rainy afternoon, and the significant other happily watching the Sopranos Season One (we are way behind in certain things) downstairs. While I didn’t have a microphone to use, it didn’t matter much since gaming is sort of new to me and I’d rather be silenced and kept to listening only.

Well, to make a long story short: I converted the time incorecrtly and logged in early (boo!) and once I was there in the Skype chat with some others at the appointed time, the organizers couldn’t get logged in because of the problems with the conference room not having wireless (uh….duh). So, the feed that I did receieve was kind of cool since it sounded like a phone receiver being held in the toilet (really!). I exchanged some regrets with some of the other Skypers and then gave up. I was dissapointed. But oh well.

Today’s YALSA blog has some notes on the session.

The day was not a bust however! (clickity for more, including my trip to the Wyeth exhibit!) Continue reading