Computer/Internet Classes for Patrons

MRRL is getting ready to kick off it's new serious of computer/internet classes for the public. I've agreed to teach half of them, so I've been busy working on presentations and plans. I wonder how this will be different from teaching other Librarians. Here's my list of classes, any tips or suggestions? :) Introduction to Blogging: Learn the basics of blogging – We’ll cover, what is a blog, how to find blogs you’d like to read, how to start a blog and basic blog etiquette. Find Your Friends on Facebook :An introduction to Facebook, a social website used to find and stay in touch with old Read more [...]


As part of our Library Learning 2.1 program I wrote a post about Pandora, it went live to the staff yesterday and they are just loving it. Imagine my surprise when I see a comment from Lucia, a staff member at Pandora. How exciting! She left some great tips along with these comments: It's great to hear that librarians are loving Pandora! I myself left a library gig to work at Pandora. I can see how headphones + pandora may be necessary in a library, at times, since you can't exactly crank the speaker volume up to "10." ;) Francesca: Feel free to tell Jim Scott to send us a CD, and we'll take Read more [...]

It’s Teen Tech Week!

March 2nd - 8th is Teen Tech Week. YASLA has some great activity suggestions plus this hand out for the teens. Have you done or know how to do everything on this list? 25 Things you can do for Teen Tech Week 1. Download an eBook or audiobook onto your mp3 player. 2. Visit your local library's webpage. 3. Blog about a library book or program. 4. Try out a book focused site like LibraryThing or GoodReads. 5. Create a soundtrack for your favorite book. 6. Ask your librarian to recommend a non-fiction book on an area of technology that interests you. 7. Add something to an article on Read more [...]

In my search for a way to catalog my music CDs, DVDs and Games similar to LibraryThing or Goodreads I came across I've been trying it out and it seems pretty neat. I've added a few things to try it out. So far so good, I don't think it's as pretty or as functional as the books only sites, but it's new so it could be. What I like: The "add to" bookmarklet It does more than books! Hurray! Finally a way to add my music CDs, DVDs and video Games. What I wish were different: I'd like to be able see my collection in different modes - just images, sort of like a tag Read more [...]

Web 2.0 Class Complete!

Yesterday Robin and I finished our two day workshop on Web 2.0. It was so much fun! I have to agree with Robin, I was surprised at how excited about all things Web 2.0 I got just from talking about it for 2 days. Trust me, I had no problems talking about it for 2 days, I think I could have gone for a third! The classroom set up and number of participants was perfect, it allowed for some real hands on help when we gave them time to create and play with their new accounts.  They were excited about what they can do and asked some really great questions.  I can't wait to see how they implement what Read more [...]

Workshop Prep

The next couple of months will be a flurry of activity for me personally and professionally. First up personally, I'm moving, no new job, just leaving my house and moving into an apartment in a nearby time. I've been busying making phone calls, finding a place to live and packing. I had no idea I had so much "stuff"! :) First up, professionally, I'm prepping for a 2 day work work shop that Robin and I are giving on Web 2.0 at Winter Institute. Robin and I co-present a bit differently than any other duo I've seen; instead of one of us presenting for the first half and the other for the second, Read more [...]