As part of the gaming lesson, I played games that did not require creating an avatar. But I decided to create one anyway.
So…I present to you the Moxie Librarian avatar:
Aka, well, let’s call her Moxie for short.
Let me reveal, I am not much of a gamer myself and prefer other methods for learning and entertainment. (I am quite intrigued by Rock Star though I have not played it yet – if you are hosting something in the Tampa Bay area, let me know!)
For this library 2.0 lesson on online gaming, I headed to my library’s Just for Kids page and explored some of the online games available to the younger folks. This was actually a nice trip down memory lane. I landed back in the first grade, where I first played computer games at school. Just like in the past, the games available from the library’s website are semi-educational though the graphics have certainly improved!
Though I may not be passionate about Dance Dance Revolution or World of Warcraft, I support gaming in libraries. For many libraries, gaming is another means to carrying out a library’s mission and serving the community. Regardless of popular perception, libraries are not just a place for books and DVDs. Libraries provide connections to information in many forms, and will continue to share this information as long as there is a need. Functions such as collection, preservation and organization assist tremendously in this process, but so do less formal methods and interactions.
This morning I took a moment to play with a new tool: ThinkFree.
Overall, this is a fine product. I found the design especially appealing compared to other similar products such as Google Docs and Zoho. With ThinkFree, users can create, edit, share and publish documents, spreadsheets and presentations. The online version has a separate area for personal work (My Office) and for collaborative work (Workspace). Also, one convenient feature is the option to save a document as a PDF. I am starting to use online office tools more and more, and this is a tool I will definitely use again.
Today I used the Text widget to add something new: the AddThis button. This shiny new widget is located on the right frame near the top. Feel free to try it out.
I am a big fan of del.icio.us. Since uploading my bookmarks (then a reasonable 645) to del.icio.us last year, I have never felt a need to return to storing favorites in a browser. Being able to access all my bookmarks from any device with web access is simply invaluable.
The Firefox add-on Tags Everywhere uses del.icio.us and is very convenient when adding many new sites at once. I prefer using the Firefox browser outside of work. (There is no access to Firefox at work.)
Like other web 2.0 tools, del.icio.us bookmarks can be accessed from other places besides the del.icio.us website. I am using the del.icio.us application in Facebook and friends can access my bookmarks from my profile.
I enjoy sharing bookmarks with friends and colleagues, too. At the same time, I like the option to keep certain bookmarks private.
Recently I have set up several RSS feeds for different tags in del.icio.us. I have found this to be a better way to keep tabs on a topic than by simply using the subscriptions feature.
This week, as part of the Library 2.0 training, we are to think about our ideal library catalog. I have posted my list of desired features below. The list includes both old and new features. (For comparison, my library’s catalog is available here.)
Public libraries can harness the power of comments, reviews and ratings to encourage social information discovery and better connect library members with content. Here is a list of 7 ways:
And one more idea: keep track on developments with BiblioCommons.