Thursday, September 27, 2007
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Today I was able to add an RSS feed to my blog (see feed icon on right). For the uninitiated, an RSS (Really Simple Syndication) feed, as the name suggests, is a format used to syndicate content on the web. If you subscribe to an RSS feed using an RSS reader (such as Bloglines, Google Reader, or Rojo), you can, in one sitting, view new posts on my blog, or view content from all the blogs, websites, discussion lists you currently subscribe to. This is very useful if you, like me ,want/need to keep up to date with all the news in the library world.
RSS feeds are very popular, and is an example of one of the many web 2.0 tools available free of charge. Many libraries are using these feeds to syndicate content such as TOC, news alerts, new acquisitions, programs and events to their users. If you want to learn more about RSS feeds and how it can be used to improve services in libraries here is a link to a presentation by Meredith Farkas and Paul Pivas titled Free your content! RSS for Librarians. Look at it and I can guarantee that you would want to start creating RSS feeds right away!
If you want help in finding feeds such as news, blogs and podcasts Feedster is the search tool to help you. You can also visit my blogline account to view what feeds I subscribe to.
Friday, September 21, 2007
Thursday, September 20, 2007
1. Start with an idea. Write about:
- what you are passionate about
- work experience
- original research
2. Start by publishing electronically: Social networks (Facebook, Myspace, Ning), Blogs, Wikis, Discussion Lists- AutoCat, RefCat.
3. Find co-author/s (if work is collaborative).
4. Do your research on what has been published on your chosen topic.
5a. Find a publisher who has shown interest in your subject/topic area (self publishing is the newest effort in this direction http://www.lulu.com/
5b.Write a proposal following (strictly) publishers guidelines.
6. Read (and re-read) legal agreements before signing.
7. Start writing
-- Set deadlines/Write a little everyday
--Proofread (you, colleagues, family)
8. Submit manuscript to publisher.
9. Edit galley/return to publisher (x times). Contact Endorsers to write blurbs, reviews.
10. Book published (reap fame & fortune ???). Be involved in promotion & marketing (book launches, book discussions, conferences, library associations mailing lists, blogs, other media).
Here is a link to additional resources (print & online) on publishing.
Monday, September 17, 2007
I hope you have noticed that I have added a few new categories to the blog. These are:
Blogroll - links to library blogs
Careers & Professional Development - links to conferences, workshops etc.
My favorite web links
Questions & Answers- my attempt to answer questions you have posted on the blog
Please feel free to submit links which you would like to be added to any of the categories mentioned above. Or you could suggest new categories to add. I must confess that most of the web links listed, I found by accident while browsing the web.
For example, on Friday, I discovered a website with information on a workshop on Caribbean Digital Libraries hosted jointly by The National Library and Information System Authority, NALIS (Trinidad and Tobago) and UNESCO which was held on July 10-13, 2007. The workshop homepage is quite detailed and includes an overview of digital initiatives in the Caribbean , brief bios and pictures of the presenters and a link to download individual presentations. Kudos to the organizers of this event!
Friday, September 14, 2007
Top 25 Librarian Bloggers
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Here is my answer:
•make a personal commitment to learn about the new technologies and stay true to it.
•take advantage of the continuing education opportunities, many of them free and available on the web (in my next post I will provide links to these resources).
•network with colleagues as they are the ones who are aware of what is available.
•my best advice is this - Take the Learning 2.0 Challenge.
The Learning 2.0 Challenge is an online self-discovery program that encourages the exploration of Web 2.0 tools and new technologies, specifically 23 Things (such as blogs, wikis, podcasts, Flickr, RSS feeds, Second Life etc.).
Many libraries have adopted the program. In fact it is one of the featured talking points at ALA and other conferences. I am currently registered for this program at my library and it has given me the opportunity to create this blog as one of the first exercise. I am endorsing this program. All librarians should try to complete it and library administrators should sanction it. Our university librarian here at ASL has given his endorsement and all staff (professional and paraprofessional are encouraged to take part in the program). There are prizes and other incentives which make participation exciting.
If you wish, I can work with you at your library (or connect you with colleagues who can help you) to kick off and complete the program. You can take the challenge individually or as a group.
Try Library 2.0 challenge it is the first step to keeping up with the changes in technology!!!
Link to the original Learning 2.0 Program: http://plcmclearning.blogspot.com/
Link to our version here at ASL: http://marps.library.nova.edu/tlc/
Try opening an account at: http://flickr.com
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
I had one question from a a colleague on access to free websites with journal articles and other resources.
My response to his query (if you know of additional websites please post a comment and include the URL):
Monday, September 10, 2007
I am so pleased that you have taken time out from what is undoubtedly a very busy work schedule to read my blog. For the uninitiated, a blog is a web log which provides commentary or news on any subject of choice (food, politics, libraries, books, movies).
Read more about blogs at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blog
You can use these two software (free shareware) Blogger and WordPress to create your own blog: https://www.blogger.com/start
Try it, it is very easy. I created this blog using Blogger in 3 steps and it took less than 10 minutes.
Use the comment link below to send me a quick comment as soon as you read this post and let me know what information you would like me to share with you using my blog.