10weeks to a Web2.0 You Social Media Training Program

April 7, 2010

Well, it’s official. The 10Weeks to a Web2.0 You Social Media Training Program kicks off today. Right now, this is just for library staff, but we are collecting up all of the training tools, presentations, etc. to create a website which anyone can use. I’m co-teaching blogging and then image editing (the fun stuff, right?) I thought about switching out blogging for moviemaking, too, but geez, I have enough going on, you know? 😉 For those of you attending the kickoff, there is food!

Join S.T.E.P. and WAG for the launch party of a new training series:


On Wednesday, April 7, at 3:00 in the Administration conference room,
you can enjoy refreshments, get an overview of the program, and meet the instructors.

You’ve heard about Web 2.0 – you may even be using some of these applications in your personal computing time. But do you know…

…how to use Web 2.0 applications to increase your productivity and efficiency at work?

…how the UGA Libraries are already using some of this technology and you can get involved?

It is becoming increasingly important to know how to use these applications effectively and creatively in the work environment. To help you become more proficient, WAG and S.T.E.P. are offering a 10-session course about several of the most prominent uses of Web 2.0.

You can come to as many or as few of the sessions as you wish. However, participants who complete eight of the ten workshops will receive a certificate of completion of the program and will be entered in a prize drawing.

The sessions by week, are:

  1. Be Productive with Google Documents
  2. Sharing Your Message Online: Blogging & Tweeting
  3. Get Updated with RSS
  4. Flash, Bam, Alakazam!: Photos in a 2.0 World
  5. You Oughta Be in Pictures: Digital film-making
  6. The Web for Bookworms
  7. Get Organized with 2.0 Tools
  8. Where Did I See That Again?: Bookmarking tools
  9. Don’t Let That Wiki Be Tricky: Editing wikis
  10. Podcasting: Discovering and Creating Podcasts

This training course will help you develop techniques for becoming a more productive and technology-savvy employee, so talk to your supervisor today about becoming a new, improved 2.0 You.

Millenials and education

August 16, 2009

Well… for some of us, the traditional education system didn’t work so well… regardless of our generation, especially those of us who are visual + creative learners. I am so thankful I was pulled into at least a few nontraditional classes…
Better than standard lecture all of the time, for sure.

Love Michael Wesch’s videos…

Various links: academia online, sustainability of digital projects, LC and Cloud storage, web tools & more

July 20, 2009

Link roundup… Lots to read and consider and ponder….

Very cool…Thousands of video lectures from the world’s top scholars.

a multi-year, international exploration of the strategies being used to support digital initiatives over the long term.

Social networking site for researchers aims to make academic papers a thing of the past

LC tests cloud storage

Yahoo pipes… if you haven’t played, you should!

Data rot. sigh.

Google to launch operating system to compete with Windows
Yay? I don’t know — both are still commercial companies.

An unofficial Q and A about the Discontinuation of the XHTML2 WG

Acck! ebooks!

August 18, 2008

So, I’m probably (long story) taking this class focused on web2.0, scripting, etc. I’ve not taken an academic class focused on web2.0 technology, so I am excited about that. I certainly read enough about web2.0 and experiment with things (and can’t count how many conferences, seminars, etc. I have attended), but it will be interesting to get a more scholarly perspective on it. Who knows, I may find my second master’s degree program, too!

It’s also been quite a while since I’ve taken an academic class with a textbook. A real honest-to-goodness textbook ($$$). Not since I was in the chemistry program (another long story) have I looked at the cost of the textbook at the store and thought — acck!

I’ve looked on ebay, craigslist, amazon, the libraries (neither the academic or public libraries in the state have the edition I need), etc. and well… it is still expensive.

I realize that my perception of books has changed over the last few years.
To be honest, without sitting down with the book, I’m not sure I want to invest in it. I do not want to buy a book unless 1)I really really can not wait for one of my libraries to own it or have a copy available 2)it is really worthy and I will reference it regularly or cherish it for some other reason. Otherwise, I will borrow it, google it, or trade for it.

So, that is how I find myself at the e-book counter. I’m giving http://safari.informit.com/ a try. Safari is an ebook library, a website portal of paid ebooks. Currently, I’m testing the free trial to see if it is worth it, or whether I should just buy the full ebook in a downloadable format via ecourse OR go buy the textbook at the bookstore, the old fashioned way.

So far, my experience is making me think that safari is not the way to go for ebooks. Sure, you get access to a large library of reference and textbooks, but it is sort of expensive. I’ve yet to find a way to print more than a page at a time. Perhaps, that is part of the paid package, but I can’t find anything at the website which gives more information about printing. So, to print out the chapters/self exam, I have to print each page, one by one. What a pain!

I also find the navigation to be a little bit quirky. While I like being able to skip from chapter to chapter via a linked table of contents, the html version doesn’t seem to match the print version content, e.g., the self test is split over more pages in the html version.

Need some help with the site? Good luck. I couldn’t seem to find any help pages and the site map is just a re-hash of the drop down menu links.

Of course, I was willing to overlook the fact that I’m going to feel kind of weird not having a 1200 page textbook on the first day, but I was thinking the trade off between a lighter backpack and more functionality would be worth it.

Bookmarking is available which is cool; as is the ability to generate a pdf (too bad it is only chapter by chapter though). However, printing is problematic, Copy and paste doesn’t seem to work, and well, it is expensive. I am beginning to wonder why anyone would bother to use this service.

I may able to use some of the firefox annotation/webclip products, too (haven’t tried that yet).

Anyhow, I have 8 days left to change my mind.

twitting a twebinar

July 22, 2008

So, I’m in the middle of a twebinar called Game Changing Moves: Who Really Owns Your Brand?
Anyhow, so it’s a webinar with a twitter element thrown in and I am taking a break. The topic is interesting (branding in the web2.0+ world), but I think this might be more multitasking than my brain can handle. I’m having a hard time watching the video feed, listening to the audio, and reading the ongoing companion stream of quickly appearing dialogue going on via twitter. Maybe, it’s just because I have a headache.

creating a e-zine — lessons learned to date

August 12, 2007

1. Have a vision.
Check. I had that one a year ago (a regional arts magazine with topics both about art and by artists)

2. Funding.
The amount of $ you have to spend will affect everything else

3. Hosting? Find a place to host it.
I used some extra webspace I have.

4. A software list of features that you need (and a list of those you would like to have) in order to identify the best product for you.

Here are my 2 basic lists: required are those items which are deal-breakers (or almost deal-breakers); wishlist are functionalities that I’d like to have but am willing to do without.


  • Ease of installation: I know a smattering of php, configure/write new templates, setup most opensource stuff, CHMOD, run scripts, etc. However, less time spent installing = more time for other things. ;-D
  • Database driven
  • Magazine/newspaper like feel:
    • Categories/Sections
    • Articles (with unique ids, so can be hotlinked)
    • Articles in a web friendly format (not pdf, flash, etc.)
    • Support for basic html in articles (links, images, etc.)
    • Issues with numbering
    • Upload images, media, video, mp3s which can be embedded in articles
  • CSS or other templating
  • Clear navigation throughout site
  • RSS feeds by category/section
  • Archives
  • Flexibility: Ability to move articles as needed, edit, etc.
  • At least a little bit of security. No grievous security holes.
  • Spam control
  • Support for external scripting (del.icio.us, flickr, etc.)


  • Contributors can easily upload own submissions
  • Review, Hold & Draft process (just check off)/Batch processing
  • Pre-populate issues which publish on date without manual intervention
  • Podcasting/videocasting
  • Friendly urls
  • Users can post comments/feedback for specific articles
  • “Email this article” feature
  • Magazine templates available (prepackaged)
  • User support via an active forum, help, kb, etc.
  • Hierarchical support (categories in sections)
  • Statistics built in (at least: came from, page views, referrers)
  • Scalability
  • Tagging/tagclouds
  • Regular backup feature
  • Metadata

5. Software. If you go to any of the forums (opencms, drupal, joomla, wordpress, etc.) and read reviews, you’ll see that there are alot of options. Even more so, there are alot of opinions from very passionate users about why one is better than the other. I went through many lists and explored those that sounded like they might fit my needs. These are just my thoughts.
In my next post, I’ll explore my options in a little more depth.

this is kind of cool…

November 20, 2004

My IT class project group was referenced for our second project, a short presentation about constructivist theory which we also all cross- posted on our blogs. The instructor who referenced us teaches Instructional Technology at Arkansas Tech Univ. Kind of neat, hmm?


Cross posting from class blog

November 17, 2004

Ok, I’m cross posting this from my school blog as I talk about the ISD module and compare it to the view that some people have of Cataloging. One of my professors in “library school” actually told very terrible cataloger jokes (e.g., Where do catalogers do it? In the back room. arrgh!)

Now, I realize that just because you don’t teach tech services or maybe even understand the importance of tech services, there is no reason to make fun of people who find it interesting! 😀

Read on, if you are remotely interested.


This week’s readings could just as well be called IT hangover. 🙂 Perrsonally, all of the articles in this week’s reading, just seem like an expected backlash. Before people change a habit (or way of doing something) there is often a big flurry of regression/nostalgia for the old way. I think that is completely true with what is happening with technology. There is a psychological term for this, but I am odds to remember. Basically, this article discusses how the ISD module is outdated and that the harder you try to describe how it should be done, the further you get from the realilty. Kind of like if you try to describe infinity…the more words you put on it the further you get from the reality of it. There will never be enough words to describe it. Anyhow, back to the article. Sorry, I know I am rambling. I really am very tired.
Four major charges are brought against the model:
ISD is too slow and clumsy to meet today’s training challenges.
There no ‘there’ there.
Used as directed, it produces bad solutions.
It clings to the wrong world view. This kind of reminds me of what I do, or at least one component of what I do in my daily work. On the surface cataloging seems like a very easy thing to do, you take an item, determine it’s “aboutness” based upon a certain criteria and add those keywords in. Sounds simple enough, hmm? Well, there’s many wrong ways to do as well as many right ways to do it. Sometimes, it is a matter of determining which is the best way, but perhaps, not the right way. One can learn cataloging relatively quickly; however, to understand it, to be able to synthesize the rules, standards, and practices requires many years of experience. Even the best cataloger can make a bad decision. To add to that analogy, Cataloging is often seen as an outdated practice. With keywords and metadata who needs cataloging? Well, those are forms of the cataloging concept as is any organizational structure. While the ISD module may need some tweaking, the concepts inherent to it will continue to remain valuable. It’s taking the fundamentals of the critical thinking and applying it to new concepts.