conference overview

May 18, 2007

Alot of interesting info at the conference I attended yesterday. A few practical things (how to use handheld scanners to do inventory — looks labor intensive but not hard) and an glimpse into captivate for creating tutorials.

The social technologies program was most interesting. For one, the presenter demoed my favorite web 2.0 video. 😉
Mostly, I was interested to see how many libraries in that group are NOT blogging or using social networking in some ways. and blogs seem to be the most obvious and useful of the current “hot” tools. I am working on wrangling a bunch of departmental links into now. I mean, it seems downright silly to maintain a html links list these days. Why in the world would anyone want to do that? So that you can organize it the way you want? Do it with flickr bundled tags. So that you can style it the way you want? Pull in your bundled tag feeds into a sidebar (as I’ve done here). Easy, easy. 😉

I really need to take a serious look at the wiki stuff. I’ve contributed to a few wikis (internal project management sorts of wikis, edits in wikipedia, etc.) but I’m interested to see if a wiki can be turned into a documentation manual, in other words as a means of document control. I have a wiki setup but I need to finish up the stuff and get everyone up to speed on that before I go forward with the wiki.

Also, I still need to finish up the online e-learning/training tutorial created for staff. In talking to a colleague with an IDD background, we came up with a couple of neat ideas. I also got a few neat ideas from the ms ppt user group at google (a treasure trove of info for those of you seeking advanced help on ppt!) Of course, nothing like thinking you have finished, only to find that the best ideas have come up. 😉

Also, a brief discussion of twitter. Twitter is just a timewaster. Maybe it has useful applications as it seems that some people are using it in interesting ways… but you know, when it comes down to it, there is always SOMETHING more important that needs doing…and if you start twittering, do not blame me. 😉

New copyright blog

February 15, 2007
----------------------The Center for Intellectual Property (CIP) at the University of MarylandUniversity College is excited to announce the launch of a new blogportal addressing the cultural, political and legal context of copyrightissues:


The new (c)ollectanea blog will serve as an online discussion platformfor the current and future Center for Intellectual Property scholars.Today, join one of the leading copyright scholars in the country,GEORGIA HARPER as she provides insight and leads discussions with guestbloggers on issues relating to copyright generally, with a specificfocus on issues facing the education and library communities.   GeorgiaK. Harper serves as the CIP 2006-2008 Intellectual Property VirtualScholar and the Scholarly Communications Advisor for the University ofTexas at Austin Libraries. Previously, Ms. Harper specialized incopyright law and created the well known and widely used onlinepublication, The Copyright Crash Course, for the University of TexasSystem

CIP is one of the leading online educational centers providing training,and solutions on copyright issues affecting the higher educationcommunity. This new blog, (c)ollectanea, furthers the Center's missionto provide timely copyright resources for educators.  Although the blogwill address the needs of the education and library communities, all arewelcome to engage in the discussion and contribute.

Share your thoughts on copyright issues. Join the blog group(c)ollectanea, collected perspectives on copyright.

some kind of new stuff from yahoo…

February 13, 2007

yahoo pipes (rss feed & aggregator)

and 360 which seems set to take on umm. myspace(? facebook?)

…and then there is new aol video website which also has taken the place of the wonderful multimedia search engine, singing fish. From what I’ve read elsewhere, singingfish was purchased by aol in 2003, but they have just recently taken down the whole site.