Wednesday, January 14, 2009


Kelly's Dewey Decimal Section:
177 Ethics of social relations
Kelly = 15225 = 152+25 = 177

100 Philosophy & Psychology

Books on metaphysics, logic, ethics and philosophy.

What it says about you:
You're a careful thinker, but your life can be complicated and hard for others to understand at times. You try to explain things and strive to express yourself.
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I Wish I Still Got Snow Days

The roads are terrible and schools and businesses are closing down all over the Columbus area. I have my fingers crossed CML will close early... so that I can sit at home and do nothing tonight. Not that I am not dong anything important now.

My beautiful fiance offered to drive me to work with his four-wheel drive automobile - the only problem is I have to sit at the Business Library at OSU while he is in class. I brought my stuff to work on Ready to Read, considering we just had an important meeting earlier today and my "to do" list quadrupled. But I simply do not want to. Instead I started glancing though my bookmarks finding something to do besides Ready to Read and I stumbled across the link to my blog. And I thought "I haven't even blogged I believe since I got the Ready to Read position!"

The Ohio Library Council, along with the State Library of Ohio, recently received an LSTA grant to fund a state wide initiative in libraries to get Ohio children better prepared for kindergarten. This wonderful program is called Ready To Read. I have been hired by the Ohio Library Council (where I did my undergraduate internship and have done random jobs with since) as the Project Administrator. Basically I help Lynda Murray make sure the grant is implemented. So far it has kept me very busy - every hour I am awake and not at Linden Library I am working or at least thinking about Ready to Read. Although the work is time consuming and sometimes stressful, I am meeting children's librarians all over the state as well as learning all kinds of stuff that will help me in my library future. I am truly blessed to have this great opportunity - if only I had a little motivation right now!

On top of all this I have to start thinking of some ideas for a bridal shower for my best friend, not to mention start thinking about my own wedding. Basically, I may have put too much on my plate - but I am very happy.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Thing #23: Learn and Play Final Thoughts

Finally, I am done with Learn and Play! Since the program was already full underway when I was employed, I am very excited to be finish!

This was a very good program and provided an interesting way to introduce people to new technologies. I thought I was down with all the new exciting things, but I found out I am not. I also did not know as much about some of the different topics as I thought I did. For example, I have never heard about online productivity tools or MOLDI. I also learned more about Flickr and RSS feeds through my Learn and Play travels.

I am very glad I took the time to experience this program and explore new web technologies. I also appreciate the libraries efforts to help us stay on top of budding technologies to better help our customers. Yay Learn and Play!

I am going to try to continue to add posts to my blog. I have some very exciting things in my future. First of all, next week I am going to New York City for my first time! I also will have wedding plans to blog about, even though Clay and I won't be getting married till summer 2010. Clay is already tired of hearing about it and my mom, I am sure, is well on her way of being wedding-out too.

Right now though I am going to do a happy dance and cross my fingers for the laptop computer. Or any of the prizes for that matter.

Thing #22: Moldi Books

With initiatives like MOLDI, moldy books may be a thing of the past. So will late fees.

I like the idea of electronic books, as I mentioned in my post about the Kindle. However, I still know I prefer books. However, when I get a minute at home to really browse the collection, I may experiment more with this format.

What I thought was most interesting about this format for lending books is that limited books are distributed and only available to users for a limited time. Millions of copies of the books could easily be made available so everyone can have a copy the minute they request it, but in an effort to keep the publishers happy (I assume) there are limited copies. Even more interesting was the fact that when the loan period is up, the book is no longer available.

One thing I was a little disappointed in was the selection of books. I didn't really find any that I really wanted to read. I wonder if the program would be more successful if the bestsellers were made a available.

Thing #19: CML Tooling Around

I looked at all the things the CML toolbar can offer and I am excited to download it at home and play with it later! However, I am currently at work and determined to finish my Learn and Play today, so I am going to talk about an article I found on the Tooling Around Blog.

As I was glancing through the blog, I appreciated the short, but interesting blog entries. There were some topics I had not heard about discussed. One that caught my eye was the Google Lively article.

I seldom play video games, but when I do they kind of have the same vibe as Google Lively. Create a person, create a home, and then run around and interact with others. I watched the posted video and decided that I was going to create an avatar when I got home today. Unfortunately when I clicked on the link to the site, I found out they were shutting the site down December 31. Guess I am too late. I probably would have gotten addicted anyways.

This is not a new concept by any means, but just a demonstration of how people are using the Internet. Look at all the people who pay crazy amounts of money to play Second Life. Also while I was shopping I couldn't help but notice the continued popularity of WebKinz. Not to mention all the similar games kids play in the library. The web is no longer seen as a place for finding information, but instead becoming more of an avenue for socializing. Wonder where it will go next.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Thing #21: Podcasts

I am familiar with podcast, but I have never actually watched/listened to one. However, I can see how they would be useful in some aspects. I know some of my friends download podcasts to listen to while they are working out, driving, etc.

I used the site and glanced through some of the different categories featured on the site. I can definitely see how some may benefit libraries. There were a couple of podcasts focused on what teens were interested in which may be helpful when ordering books or developing programs. There were also book review podcasts. Unfortunately there were tons more movie reviews podcasts than books though.

I also have heard of libraries doing book talk type podcasts. I do not know how successful they were though.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Thing #20: YouTube

Oh the many hours I have wasted on YouTube. I can't get enough of wacky animals, laughing babies, and British accents.

I cannot figure out how to actually put the videos in my blog, but here are the urls of some of my favorite youtube videos of all time! The first one is long, but sooo worth it.

I am sure there are a bunch more if I stopped and thought about it. However, I am not sure what the library users would think if they saw me on YouTube for hours while on the desk.