Cold Day in Maine

Cold Day in Maine
"Let's keep going, it's not cold!"

Thursday, March 29, 2012


I just finished reading through the post on ipads and watching the videoclips. It was very well done but like most things the best way to learn is by actually doing so I still have a long way to go. My plan is to download an ebook this weekend on my daugher's ipad. I'll let you know how that goes.....

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Create +8!

I'm very excited to participate in this project. I'm an aging Librarian (Grandmother to 6 with one more on the way!) so I can use all the help I can get. I posted the blog we worked on last year and I think the photo of my two grandsons chasing the waves on a very cold day in Maine is a perfect example of what I feel like when it comes to chasing all the new and innovated technologies. I get so close and then the wave retreats or I get too close and I get pulled underwater! It's really not that bad since I have wonderful (and young) co-workers who always have the answers when I ask for help.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Thing 5

Ooops; I forgot to reflect on our break week. Obviously I didn't think about the class at all (sorry Polly!). The top picture is old (there are 3 more Grandkids-all girls). Unfortunately, my kids are sending me pictures from their iphones, and I haven't been saving them. The other two photos are of my daughter and her miracle baby; she was born at 29 weeks and only weighed 2.9 lbs. God certainly blessed us!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Thing 7

My last "Thing"; so much information and some great new words: Hoot Suite, Tweet Deck, Zamzar! It is good to know I will have this class saved as a ready reference source.

I signed up for Dropbox since it will be great to retrieve documents at home from something I was working on at work. I thought I would need to ask for help from our Computer Technician to download to my work computer but I just got an email welcoming me to Dropbox. I'll try it at home and see what happens.

I added Readability to my favorites and will definately start using it.

I didn't explore every site on the list but I did look at most of them; it was a real eye opener to see the tools that are free and easy to use.

Thanks for all your hard work putting all the information in such an organized and easy to use format.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Thing 9 eBooks

I am on the OverDrive Collection committee so I have ordered ebooks and I have successfully walked patrons through the process of downloading audiobooks and ebooks. I enthusiastically promote them to patrons and friends. That said, I'm pretty sure that I will never read a book on a Nook, a Kindle or an ipad!

Friday, June 3, 2011

Thing 4: Online Communities

OK; everything on my blog is out of order (just like my desk!). I signed up on Good Reads and I'm looking forward to talking about books I enjoyed and getting recommendations. I miss the co-worker who used to share what she was reading; I wonder if I can find her on Good Reads......

Social Networking is a very powerful tool. You just have to look at what happened in Egypt. A Facebook page about an activist blogger who was killed helped to force President Mubarek out of office. When you think about such power it is a bit frightening but I'd like to believe it is balanced because everyone can have a voice to express themselves. I will admit the online bullying I've been reading about really is a concern.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Thing 10: Future Trends

I don't think libraries will be the centers of learning that they once were; books used to be the only way to furthur intellectual development, but that isn't the case anymore. Libraries are evolving into community centers allowing people to gather for meetings, workshops, tutoring, classes, programs, group study and even playing chess. The library fills a need for the many people can not afford PCs, e-readers or their own books. Meeting room space and free Wi-Fi allow users to utilize the library as a convenient neighborhood meeting spot. I think that Children's Services remain the one constant; the pleasure of bringing a child to the library with a large empty bag and leaving with a wonderful pile of picture books to enjoy until the next visit will continue until 2020!