Sunday, September 25, 2011

Exploring Podcasts

I have some familiarity with podcasts since I listen to a lot of music.  I like a few bands that regularly put out free podcasts of unreleased materials or concert recordings.  Using podcasts for anything other than as another source of music had never really occurred to me.

In my search for a podcast that would suit the purposes of this class, I came across one that I found really interesting.  It is basically a collection of interviews with comic book fans.  They interview people with really extensive collections and others involved in the world of comics.  What really caught my attention though, was a focus on comic book libraries.  There were several really cool interviews with librarians who worked collecting comic books.  After listening to a couple episodes, I sent the information to a few friends who are also interested in comics.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Exploring Flickr

As part of this week's assignment, I created a Flickr account.  The process of creating an account and uploading pictures was fairly easy but I ran into a few problems in finding photos to upload.  I did not have any library related pictures and didn't feel comfortable taking pictures of my public library.  I improvised instead and took some pictures in my own home.  I only posted three photographs so far: one of a bookshelf in my living room, one of a stack of my favorite books and one of my cat curled up with a book of Wonder Woman comics.  They don't exactly fit the assignment, but were the best I could do at the present.

And for those of you just dying to see my cat reading comics, here is a link to my Flickr page:

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Learning 2.0 and 7 1/2 Habits

The 7 1/2 Habits of Highly Successful Lifelong Learners presentation gave me an interesting way to look at my goals in this class and in the LIS program as a whole.  One of the Habits mentioned was "Teach/Mentor Others."  This is probably the one which would come most easily to me.  I enjoy working with other people and teaching.  I do a lot of crafts, such as knitting and quilting, and whenever I learn something new I am eager to teach others.  This is a trait that may be useful as a Library and Information Specialist, especially since I have a concentration in school libraries. 
The habit which I may struggle with the most is "Use Technology to Your Advantage."  I have never had a particularly strong interest in computers.  I tend to see them as something I have to use to complete a task and rarely think about how they work or why.  I'll freely admit that using new technology can make things easier, but I have not often found myself wanting to learn how to use them.  Hopefully this class will help my change my ways and I will become more comfortable with the use of computers!