Sunday, October 12, 2008
Change, change and more change is the order of the day in the 21st century, and if one is not willing to embrace it, one will be left far behind. I am really pleased to have worked through Web 2.0; as a result of the programme I feel more open to exploring the fun aspect of the Web and in developing my skills independently.
Flickr, Youtube and Del.icio.us have been the sites I have enjoyed the most. I would love to surprise my family with my knowledge and skill in exploring the internet and its various applications - I know I am a long way off, but I now feel I have started on the journey.
Myspace and others like it are great vehicles for creating online communities for professional development. No one need feel isolated.
Looked at Auckland City Library bebo and again can see it is a great tool, used judiciously and targeting different age groups. Must be kept up to date and relevant.
Saturday, October 11, 2008
I searched for Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice on LibriVox and immediately was able to make a choice of downloading it in total, chapter by chapter. Elsewhere I was offered any number of books and articles about Jane Austen and her works. It would be extremely useful to a student wanting criticisms for an assignment.
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Monday, October 6, 2008
Thought it would be fun to write my blog using zoho writer. Hope it works out... My lack of experience is showing, but so far, so good. I think I could get to like this site. It's very like microsoft word, but more fun. I would like to explore more. It's a great site.
I thought this would be easy, but there seemed to be a go-slow on this afternoon, I got lost going round and round in circles even with the help of my friend, but we took a deep breath and tried yet again. Despite this, I would like to explore this further.
Monday, September 29, 2008
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Monday, September 22, 2008
About a year ago a friend and I volunteered to do a regular bird count in our local park. Initially we were accompanied by an expert bird watcher, but lately we have been on our own. Once a month at (or near) dawn we walk through the park, which encompasses open meadows with exotic trees, up tracks through regenerating native bush, to a golf course in which there is a small pond. We then skirt around the margins of the bush on the golf course before plunging back onto a track leading eventually through an avenue of pohutukawas, past tennis courts and back onto the road through the park. Many private properties back onto the park, and so we are counting birds we see and hear ( the varieties and the numbers of each) both within the park and on the neighbouring properties. The bird life changes over the course of a year. When we started a year ago we could hear shining cuckoos, which overwinter in the Islands, and we are now waiting to hear our first shining cuckoo this year. So far we have sighted or heard 26 different types of bird, mostly introduced, but we are hoping as we clear out the exotic weeds in the park and the native plants with berries for food become established, more native birds will be attracted to the area. We hope that our bird count will provide valuable information about bird populations over the years.
Sunday, September 21, 2008
I enjoyed the other readings and the video and again looked at North Shore Library's Mission Statement, and found it still keeps the core values and recognises how important is is to be relevant and at the cutting edge.
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Monday, September 1, 2008
Monday, August 25, 2008
Monday, August 18, 2008
Also created a blogline account, but was foiled when tried to add feeds because the page was unavailable. Frustrating! I usually tend to think its because I'm doing something wrong, but was assured by those much more expert than I that this happens to them also. Must try again later.
Monday, August 11, 2008
Today at the bus stop I got chatting with a total stranger and in the course of the conversation mentioned how I rely always on having a map book in the glove compartment of my car so that I can refer to it if I get lost. (I can get lost in a paper bag). Sometimes though it isn't there when I need it because other members of my family use it and then don't always put it back. My new bus stop friend whipped out his mobile phone and said he uses that - just tells it where he is and where he wants to go and he gets the answer. I should have told him that he could also use it to look up the library catalogue as well, but the bus came along.
Monday, July 28, 2008
Thursday, July 24, 2008
I have been a librarian for a long time, a very long time, and I still love it, not only the work but the whole scene - the books, the people I get to meet and my colleagues. I feel very lucky to work in such a happy environment. But library work is only one part of my life. I also love my walking and the outdoors, having adventures while travelling both in New Zealand and the rest of the world, pottering around at home doing bits and pieces of craft work - a jill of all trades, mistress of none. I love being part of the community team looking after our local park, weeding and planting and caring for the environment, learning all the time about our native bush. I also have a very full family life; my family ranges in age from 90 years old to 2 months old, so my help is required on a regular basis. Hardly any time to fit in the reading