Monday, September 29, 2008
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Gutenberg offered titles in an emormous number of languages -including Maori, and the public could choose from a number of categories in which they could receive the book material -audio (human read and computer generated), pictures (still and moving), music, etc. All of this material would be received on a computer. RSS is available for information about the latest additions to the catalogue. Librivox had a very clear Homepage, with one panel asking for volunteers to read books, the other panel informing patrons that they can use an MP3 or ogg vorbis to download material. Librivox offered podcasts and also offered RSS availability.
I can see this would be an extremely useful tool for students who could download texts and not have to cart around heavy books to study, to people who want to use the computer to access books( one step closer to the computer being multipurpose -TV, DVDs, downloading books and music -one screen in the house for many purposes-though with many members of the family wishing to use the screen for different purposes, perhaps a screen in every room!!
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Monday, September 15, 2008
I then looked at videos on the subject of libraries and librarians. Conan the Librarian was "how not to attract patrons to the library" as was the Angry Librarian. Terrible publicity for libraries, especially when they are available for the public to view ! I didn't think too much of the Iowa library students video either. The Super Librarian was a great advertisement -colourful graphics, enthusiastic commentator and good photographs of the library would encourage people to visit.
The ability to show people in action on a video makes
YouTube videos very useful as tools for training-to demonstrate good customer service (and bad) in the environment of the library.
An Impass of Buses
We had had the most wonderful scenic trip on a large launch around the bays of the Amalfi Coast, ending at Portofino. Having taken our time exploring the picturesque little village, we returned to the jetty only to find that we had missed the boat back to Maiore, our home bay. Our only option was to take one of the enormous buses parked in the area near the jetty. But which bus? None of them said Maiori -in fact several didn't have their destinations indicated at all! After much gesticulating, shrugging of shoulders and grunts of indifference from bus drivers, we climbed aboard a near empty bus. We waited and waited, time went by and still the bus sat on the parking lot. We became concerned -was the bus ever going to leave and if it did were we going to get to our destination?? Suddenly, from out of nowhere appeared a noisy chattering crowd of teenagers, who threw themselves into the seats until all were filled, and the aisle was packed to the front door with standing bodies. With a jerk of the clutch and a cloud of smoke the bus inched forward onto the narrow road to Maiori.
The road winds precariously around the cliff faces, wide enough for only two vehicles, one going in each directions. A large bus like the one we were on gives cause for careful manoevering by the oncoming vehicle, particularly if it is larger than a small fiat.Imagine our consternation on seeing another bus of equal size and length to the one we were on, coming towards us around the bend!! There was simply not enough room for them to pass. What to do? Neither bus could back because each had a string of cars, nose to bumper, behind them.
Each bus stopped. The drivers alighted, joined by passengers and car drivers. Then ensued much waving of hands, gesticulating, shouting. We thought it was coming close to blows being exchanged, when our bus driver turned his back and returned to the driver's seat. The other people disipated and the manoevering of the buses began. Inch by inch the buses went back and forward, back and forward as if in some medieval gavotte. After many many adjustments to the angle of each bus, finally only the large mirrors on the front of each bus prevented them from inching past each other. A slight whirring sound, the mirror of our bus changed angle and the bus proceeded past it's protagonist onto the clear road ahead.
During all this nail-biting scenario, our roudy teenagers had given not a glance out the windows and had kept up their raucous conversations at high decibel level. Obviously this was an everyday occurrence in their lives, one to be endured as part of everday life. For us tourists it was a never-to-be-forgotten experience.
Friday, September 12, 2008
I tried to attach the address of my Zoho Writer article to this blog but the hypertext address gave only the front page of Zoho Writer. I then emailed the Zoho Writer article directly to the NS Libs gmail address (It has cleocappelli on it!
My Rollyo search engine is entitled Italian Recipes-
Monday, September 8, 2008
Saturday, September 6, 2008
My favourite music -Mozart Eine Kleine Nachtmusik and other Mozart Concertos Pachelbel cannon Faure -Requiem
Duet from the Pearl Fishers
Favourite singers -Enya, Pavarotti, Andrea Bocelli, Roberta Flack, Katy Melua, Abba
Favourite food -bacon, choritzo and other tasty sausages, mushrooms, lasagne, salad made from baby spinach leaves and fruit, tiramasu, lemon meringue pie,
pecan pie, camembert and chutney.
Favourite activities -swimming in surf, listening to music, drinking wine or coffee with friends, beach walking, seeing a good film
Favourite colours -blues, taupe, lime, orange
Favourite books -A short history of tractors in the Ukraine by Marina Lewycka
Step ball change by Jeanne Ray, The Madam Ramotswe novels of Alexander McCall Smith, Secret history of bees by Sue Monk Kidd, White Oleander by Janet Fitch
Favourite plants -agapanthus, white roses, gypsophylla, magnolias, gardenias,
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
I particularly like the idea of the Book Lovers siki -an online book club for those who can't attend one. Great for librarians who don't have time to contribute book reviews to the website!!
From the library online catalogue, patrons can view other libraries' catalogues, make suggestions for puchase, request interloans and download articles from eResources.
Library 2.0 would allow our libraries to take a step further. Patrons will be able to participate more in library activities online. There could be a library blog where patrons contribute ideas -their expectations of the library service, comments on their library experience, advice on how the service could be improved. An online Library Action Group, somewhat like the Friends of the Library could be formed! The use of Technorati or other social networking devices would allow rating and commenting on library items and give the ability to select bookmarks and compile lists. Online Bookchat groups on particular subjects eg General fiction or Art books would see library users communicating with each other and the library -great for those who cannot physically attend a book group!
Library 2.0 is pertinent to the Library Vision Statement
Libraries meet the recreational and reading needs of the community
Social networking eg blogging, Flickr, online selection devices; library catalogues and own account.
Provide electronic services to meet community needs
The library system including blogs, catalogues etc is accessible by handheld computer devices, debts can be paid through online credit facilities.
Maximise relationships with key stakeholders, the community and partners
Increased communication between library and others through blogs and social networking sites.
Ensure libraries are relevant and up-to-date.
Patrons who use Web 2.0 products see that libraries are part of their world.