This week we covered photo sharing in our training. This is something that I have been using for a good while now. I like to search photo sites on the web for museum collections and other research. This allows me to see photos from museums and other places that I may never be able to see myself due to distance or rarity. This could also be good for documenting events at the library. I know that when I worked at Glen Allen we kept an online photo journal of the progress being made on the expansion work being done. I use Flickr quite a bit along with some general search sites and some specific photo sharing pages as well. For those who are interested in aircraft two of my favorite photo sites are http://www.airliners.net/ and http://airfighters.com/. These two sites have thousands of photos of aircraft from around the world. The photo posted with this blog entry came from airliners.net. The photo is of Fokker Dr.1 replicas built by a flying museum in New Zealand. The Fokkers all accurately represent planes flown in Richthofen's Jasta 11 during the First World War. They literally fly an entire squadron of Fokkers for airshows and other occasions. An impressive sight that I did not even know about until I found it on a photo sharing site.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
I have taken the training on podcasts today and I see some good applications for this. Training courses, instructional & informational, and other forms of useful information coud be of great benefit to users of podcasting. I have watched podcast instructional and news videos many times without actually labelling them as podcasts. I have found them very informative. This is one aspect of the training that I definately know I use on a regular basis and find informative. As far as making my own podcast, I probably won't delve into that end unless I find myself teaching a course on something on the internet someday.
In the meantime, I have been trying to apply the things that I have learned so far from this training. Outside of Twitter, most of the things I have seen so far seem like they could be useful for the exchange of nescessary information. As far as twitter, only myself and one other employee here at Tuckahoe using it and the infor we are passing back and forth is pretty mundane and has little bearing on what we do, even though most of it is in relation to our job.
Well, I'm off to experience more podcasts. Maybe watch Weird Al Yankovick's "White & Nerdy" on YouTube. :)
Friday, March 13, 2009
Today's web experience is Twitter. This system is seeming more and more about catering to information junkies. I'm not sure if Twitter is the best way to share work related information other than the mundane. I will try it for a while and see if it proves useful. I don't tend to hover around the computer that much so it may not be as useful as blogging to me.
Thursday, March 12, 2009
I have read and created an RSS feed for myself. I have included all the blogs of the employees that report to me as well as a news and a weather site. I am interested to see how this works for receiving information. There is a personal research project that I am working on that I had hoped to receive information on but I have not quite figured out how to get the RSS feed to get the information for me as the searches that I am entering are coming up with nothing. I may write more about this project in a future blog hoping that some of the librarians ou there may be able to connect me to information I don't have myself.
As far as RSS, it seems a good way to get up to date on news and other current events and opinions.