Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Sunday, October 28, 2007
Amongst other things it provides a News Network, Photo storage and sharing, email, e-cards, healthy living tips, environmental information, animal activism updates, newsletter and much, much more.
I can understand if you're away from home (overseas maybe) that it could be a useful way of staying in touch regularly, but can't think of any other reason to use it. Guess I'm just not that social (if that's what being social means)!!!! My idea of socialising is actually conversing with people, sharing time, food, wine and intimacy!!! I must be a bit strange - much prefer playing around with my blog!!
So all in all, the technology has a lot of potential... but there are still problems with some of the applications.
Saturday, October 27, 2007
I've played around in Zoho Writer and Zoho Show ... all these tools take a while to learn though... playing around is very time-consuming - but I guess once you've worked it all out then the time factor isn't so important...
Being able to do something from anywhere, have others check it out and then be able to edit remotely by choosing who can collaborate on the presentation would be extremely useful for those of us that work in different locations regularly, or who like to 'perfect' things from home. It does appear to have limited templates to use though... haven't been able to work out how you would create your own background in the programme - or whether you even can.
Here's a presentation I put together in PowerPoint and uploaded to Zoho Show... yes, you can import your own stuff but you don't have the same editing ability you do if you create within the programme!!! If you upload you need to make sure it's right... otherwise you have to edit in the original document and upload again... that's not a good way to create a presentation if you want others to have input!
But it was good for my purposes. This way I could create a background that I wanted. This is a condensed version of an assignment I wrote when I was undertaking the Diploma of Library and Information Studies (Library Technician's) course at Swinburne a few years back. It's something I feel strongly about and it fits in with my blog's theme perfectly.
These are the Zoho Services you can access:
Online spreadsheet service.
Zoho Meeting - Web Conferencing
Online presentation tool
Online word processor
Online Note Taker
Online web applications creator (one I'll definitely have to check out sometime!!!)
Online organizing tool.
Online Wiki with public, private & group permissions
Instant messaging and group chat tool
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Monday, October 22, 2007
Saturday, October 20, 2007
Book clubs, patron reviews, subject guides, community guides, programmes, training calendars, event calendars, staff collaborations (instead of having to trawl through all those emails!!!! - everything relevant would be in one place and able to be manipulated/updated immediately!!!! that would have to be good!!!)... there appears to be a wealth of ways to use wikis... but there is a concern about 'authority', 'ownership' and 'hacking'... they would definitely need to be 'moderated'... how much staff time would need to go in to that??? must be viable because so many are using these applications already... depends on the funding source I guess, and what priorities and future directions libraries (and their 'backers') envisage for them!!
Here are a few wikis I thought looked interesting and could be useful...
This 'meme' map looks daunting, but makes interesting reading - it shows how 'user-centric' libraries can be using Web 2.0 principles... a true 'community hub'... many libraries have already adopted or are in the process of adopting this technology - and I can see libraries expanding, and really fulfilling their increasing roles as community and cultural hubs... there's going to be a lot of change, but a lot of fun to come... if you can cope with change!!! If not looks like you're in the wrong industry!!!
And the definition of meme according to Wiktionary:
meme (plural memes)
Any unit of cultural information, such as a practice or idea, that is transmitted verbally or by repeated action from one mind to another. Examples include thoughts, ideas, theories, practices, habits, songs, dances and moods and terms such as race, culture, and ethnicity.
A self-propagating unit of cultural evolution having a resemblance to the gene (the unit of genetics).
but I'm not so sure about the tagging process... especially as there are a lot of people with extremely obscure posts with extremely popular tags that don't seem to have anything to do with each other... some people just seem to want their blogs/posts seen by as many people as possible - they need to feel popular?? - whether they're interested in the actual topic or not... that can be a whole lot of wasted time as far as I'm concerned!!!
So, I've posted about Technorati and I'll keep coming back to check it out but now it's on to wiki's... (another step closer to podcasts, video and audio.... yay!!!!)
Friday, October 19, 2007
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
I can actually see the benefit of this tool... how many times have you been at home or work and thought what a perfect website you saved the other day, and how useful it would be NOW??? If only you could remember it... Your favourites accessible from anywhere - it makes sense.
Now on to Technorati.... more reading!!!!!! Can't wait to get to podcasts, video and audio (sounds more like my sort of thing... but that's a few processes away yet!!!)
Monday, October 15, 2007
Monday, October 8, 2007
Saturday, October 6, 2007
Well, I’ve done the LibraryThing task… not a bad tool… much the same as iRead in Facebook... this is one of the blurbs from their site about LibraryThing for Libraries – I can see the possibilities:
Use a LibraryThing widget to display new books or featured books on your library's website. You'll have to create a LibraryThing account, and add the books to it. Then use one of our widgets to generate code that you can just copy and paste into your website.
Small organizations and libraries can use LibraryThing to as a catalog for their collection."
You can see a random list of titles from my library in the sidebar on the left of the page – this is just a small selection of books I’ve read and enjoyed over the past 30-odd years.
And these three books, the Tomoe Gozen Trilogy, are definitely some of my favourite – if you enjoy things samurai, like a bit of fantasy with some mythology thrown in, this is a brilliant series, based on a legendary female hero.