Friday, January 19, 2007
1. Please remember to do the exercises and clearly label blog entries that are related to the exercises (Week 2, #3 First Post for example) if you want to receive the flash drive.
2. If you haven't already, add a photo to a blog entry. When you are in the COMPOSE mode of a POST, there are icons/symbols for Bold (B), T (Text color), etc. There is also one for inserting/uploading a picture or photo. Check it out. Photos can also be added to your template by using the Page Elements in the Layout section.
Several of you have already figured out how to add photos, particularly for your profile photo. Who knew that there are so many frogs and cats working in the library! Keep the creativity and fun coming. This is a fun fun fun week!
3. Spotlight on Mana's blog. Check out what can be done with photo tools from creating movie posters to librarian trading cards and a mosaic of the Almaden Library. See http://manatominaga.blogspot.com/
Thursday, January 18, 2007
In this week's lesson, you will:
1. Set up your own blog & add your first post.
2. Register your blog and begin your Learning 2.0 journey.
Some of you have already created your blog. Wow! We applaud your initiative and enthusiasm. You will find that we leave comments on your blogs. We want you to know that we are reading what you write! You too can check out each other's blogs and leave comments.
By the way, we also pay attention to your feedback and have made changes based on your suggestions. Your voice matters.
Check out the cluster map on our blog - it's in the Exercises page. Here you will see that strangers around the world are checking out our blog. How cool is that. And the originator of the program, Helene Blowers, mentions us as one of the libraries in the whole wide world doing the L2 thing.
We have a search box now.
Tips and Stuff:
1. You may encounter frustration as you set up your blog. The Blogger software interface is not particularly intuitive. Ask a colleague or one of us to help you if you get stuck. Try to get as far as you can by yourself. Remember this is about self-discovery and self-learning.
2. Privacy -- You may be concerned about privacy issues. When you create your blog, you may use any name you wish and reveal nothing about yourself. Look at some of the blogs already created on our participants page. Try to guess who some of them are! The Virtual Services team will know your real identity because you must send us an email in order for us to track your progress. When the program is over, you have the option to delete your blog.
3. Signing On - You will always sign on as NEW BLOGGER. Follow the BIG ORANGE ARROW in the middle of your computer screen that says "Create your blog now" Then you will create a Google account which is simply any email address you choose that already exists such as, your work email address, a Yahoo email address, etc.
4. Once you create your blog, you may choose to change font, font size, add photos to your blog posts, photo of yourself on your main page, etc. Much of these changes are done in the LAYOUT section.
5. Please remember your email, password and the blog URL you create. That is your responsibility. Be creative or funny or whatever with your blog title. Don't you just love "Below Approach" or "Crowe's Nest"
6. Entries -- Please clearly identify which week and which thing you are doing in a blog entry. This will make life easier for the Virtual Services tracking team.
L2 Ready to Launch - Read this & get the URL
Have you been flickrd?
Are you Del.icio.us?
It's time to launch the Library 2.0 online training program!
The URL is http://sjlibrary23.blogspot.com
Each Monday for the next 9 weeks, you will receive an email giving you tips and other suggestions for that week's lesson. Contact information will always be included in the weekly emails.
Lesson 1 Tips:
1. Print out the attached powerpoint slide and post in your office or nearby. It has the dates
and URL for the course.
2. Read the ABOUT page. It has answers to frequently asked questions.
3. All of the lessons are on one page. Each lesson though is also its own entry and you can click on a lesson title to be directed to its own page.
4. You may find it helpful to get yourself a buddy to explore the lessons with you.
5. Throughout the course of this program, we encourage comments and feedback. Your
participation is key to the success of this and future programs.
6. Each lesson is relatively short, particularly the first week's lesson. You will not be graded! This program was designed by a librarian and modified by us to check out the new technologies out there. Explore, have fun and enjoy the lessons.
You must complete the entire course if you want to receive the flash drive.
So, fasten your seatbelt , grab your mouse and blast off !