Thursday, March 25, 2010

Blog Entry #4: The Job of Organizing

"Organizing books and materials used to be in the domain of professionally trained catalogers and indexers. Now, through Web 2.0, it is in the hands of everyday "folk." What are the implications of this trend for librarians? Also, for additional food for thought, go to your Delicious site and examine your list of tags. In your opinion, are these tags more or less helpful than traditional subject headings?"

When I think of organization, I always consider things alphabetically. I don't know if it is the OCD in me or what, but my entire DVD and CD collection is set up alphabetically. I think that creating websites like Delicious is great for "everyday folk". It allows people to create their own organization as well as making it available for other people to see and search as well. But at the same point, it can be a burden. There are people out there who take advantage of websites like delicious, and might go "tag crazy" or people who might purposely use tags that are wrong or misleading. As a librarian, I think it is not only our job to catalog and organize, but to also teach librarian patrons how to not only correctly use the cataloging system, but how to use it in their own lives.

Blog Entry #3: The Machine is Us/Using Us

"The title of the video that you were asked to view this week is "Web 2.0 ... The Machine is Us/Using Us." Referencing what you have learned about Web 2.0 through the readings in the Courtney text and through watching the video, why do you think that Professor Wesch gave this title to the video?"

I really enjoyed watching the video about Web 2.0, I loved how the author started out talking about machines, but by the end of the video made the comparison that we are the machines. By naming this video Web 2.0, Wesch made sure to point out all of the different types of tools that go under that category: blogs, wikis, videos, digital photos, etc. He also showed how vast the internet is and (what I thought was amazing) how it is all put out there by people. He mentions, "who will organize all this data? we will!" I love that! We are the machine because the internet would not exist if it weren't the people blogging every .5 seconds or uploading new videos to youtube. We are the machine!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Blog Entry #2: Handheld Devices

Your technology director has given you a budget of $10,000 for the purchase of handheld devices in your library. Using the prices in Chapter 5 of Courtney as a general guideline, what would you purchase and why? Your grade for this blog entry will be based on your justifications for what you purchase and your creative ideas for how to use the handhelds in the library, whether by students, faculty, and/or staff.

Overall, I would like to purchase the most amount of devices in order to accommodate the most amount of students. After comparing all of the handheld devices listed in chapter 5 of the Courtney text, I found that the Internet tablets had the most well rounded amount of abilities to accommodate the students. Researching the different internet tablets mentioned in the book, I found that they were designed for internet browsing, playing media, e-book reading, image viewer, and chat. Even due to limited storage capabilities, students would still have the opportunity to save information to the intranet, or their shared drives. The library would also be able to store e-books, media, and school work on the intranet that would be accessible to the devices. With the $10,000 I would be able to purchase a class set (30+) devices to be used in the library.