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Yes, I realized as I got started on the 21 Things for Children Librarians that my last post was almost a year ago. Granted it’s been a very busy year for me, and the grief of losing my dear Skippy cat last year was enough to keep me offline much of the time. And, now it’s the crazy antics of my new recruits, Junebug and Skeeter, that keep me busy in the real world. Well, that and work of course.

So, 21 Things – well I got included a little late, so I’m going to breeze through the past several weeks and touch on the things I can. Then I hope to get in deep from here on out. Here we go!

1. Create a Blog – Got that, here it is!

2. Learn about Library 2.0 – Actually was lucky enough to take a class with Michael Stephens on the subject. At the time I was enlightened by learning that it’s not about technology, but rather about customer service. I like that.

3. Post a blog about Technology – Okay, so I checked out the list of recommended sites, and was reminded of a site one of the teen volunteers I worked with a few years ago introduced me to, and I still love it. Sketch Swap – check it out, it’s fun!

4. Sign up for Google Reader – Already got that, and added a few new blogs. I even have folders!

5. Delicious – Got that too. It’s over on the sidebar of my blog – here’s a link. Still need to work on bundling my tags. I got started a long way back and just ran out of steam…

6. Tracking Your Library – This is why I’m here! I knew about Google Alerts and have used them both personally and professionally, but I didn’t know about Social Mention and Addictomatic. You will soon see a blog post about these after I try them out.

7. Wikis – These I know, and have tried a few different host sites. I like WikiSpaces and PBWiki (which is now PBWorks I see) was okay too. We use a wiki at work every day! However, I can’t show it to you or I’d have to kill you. OK, not really, but I doubt it would interest anyone.

8. Firefox – Use this all the time, even at work! I love all the add-ons too. I have one for delicious and another one for twitter. They are very handy tools. I have to say though, for speed Google Chrome rocks!

9. Embed an Image – See below. (You’ll also find movies embedded down there somewhere.) I like to do this when I can to give some visual interest to things. It can also be easier than trying to describe something in a short post. Not that this is a short post…

10. Online Image Generators – Here’s another reason I joined 21 Things! I love to hear about cool new stuff like this to share with the kids and play with myself. I’ll have to spend some time with these and post my results later.

11. Tagging Photos on Flickr – I love the reminder on using controlled vocabulary. I often get in a hurry and don’t pay attention to that and end up having to go back in later to make it easier to access through tags. Since I’m several weeks behind I am not going to complete this project, but will spend some time over the next couple of weeks uploading overdue photos of my own and tagging them properly for some good practice.

12. Twitter and Facebook – Have both of these, but don’t use them as much as I used to. I had a huge online social media rush with MySpace, and then started to crash out on Facebook, then Twitter was really an afterthought… I will try to get back on more, but I find a lot of time gets wasted when I get too involved so I have absent much lately. My twitter – ariafury. Tagged is a site I have been seeing the kids on for the past couple of years. When I mentioned it to a coworker he refused to believe the site existed, but here it is!

13. ALA Connect – So, one day a colleague emailed me and told me I still work at CPL according to my ALA profile. I was like, what? How did he see my profile? So, I checked it out and fixed it but haven’t done much else with it. I suppose I should do that this week and post about it. I do like LinkedIn and have many colleagues on there. I wonder if it’s similar?

14. GoodReads and Library Thing – I’ve tried both, and I stuck with GoodReads. I haven’t added a widget for it to my blog, so maybe that’s something I should do for my 21 Things experience! I often get behind with posting my books, and then spend a couple of hours catching up… Maybe I should make appts or something to keep up with all my social media stuff better.

15. Instant Messaging – I have been a fan of this since the early 90s with AOL, then ICQ and now there are so many I can’t even name them all. I love meebo though. It’s a great way to monitor all of them, and get around having to download standalone IM programs like yahoo and msn. Although, like all the rest of my social media this too has fallen by the wayside. I don’t like getting caught in long ‘how have you been?’ chats when I’m trying to escape from my computer… More and more I prefer texting – who woulda thought?

I’m caught up! FINALLY! This felt like hours, but it was only like 2.

Tomorrow I will post yet again with more belated stuff after I have a chance to really check it out and play around with it and it’s possibilities.

I apologize for this huge long blog post. It’s quite awful of me really, but had to get it done.

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It’s time for me to reflect on LIS768… I can’t believe the end is here! This class has been a lot of things to me.

I feel linked to everyone by wordpress, and enjoyed that aspect of becoming, in essence, our own social network. (Of course, that makes sense considering the name of the course is Library 2.0: Social Networks.)

The most important thing I learned was also my biggest Ahhah! Library 2.0 isn’t just about new technologies, but is really about customer service. I can honestly say I never thought of it that way until our first day of class. That was an eye opener.

I am glad we had an in person class for a course mostly about things that happen online. It’s hard for me to be really engaged in classes online. I tend to jump around and just do what I like, which is great for self-education, but not necessarily so great for a class.

The most amazing thing this class has done for me – Well, I’m writing a blog again, and writing regularly instead of once in a blue moon. Although, my MySpace blog has fallen wayyy behind, and I keep meaning to put a link to this blog on my profile… Okay, I need to do that. I do still find it hard to keep up with everything – but graduation should help that!

And I can’t top without mentioning the group projects. I’m not usually a big fan of group things, but I had a great time and learned a lot. I wish I could have done more to help Chris with editing the film we did, but now that I’m graduating I’m going to start learning how to do that myself. (Maybe even teach the teens at the library for Teen Tech Week!)

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I’ve been doing the del.icio.us thing for quite a while now and I love it. It’s a great way to keep track of all the zillions of new things I find on the Net everyday. And I love the social aspect of it – nothing better than checking my ‘Links Saved For You’ page and finding a really cool new site. I do need to take some time to organize it better though… New Year’s resolution? Nah, but now that I’m graduating, (Yayayay!) I’ll have more time for things like that. 🙂

Anyway, there’s a widget in the sidebar of this blog from my del.icio.us page listing the most current items I’ve marked LIS768, and if you want to see more of my random tagging craziness you can visit my del.icio.us.

It’s so del.icio.us!

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Last spring during Teen Tech Week I premiered the MySpace page I created for Brookfield Public Library’s young adults. I’m not sure how many hours I spent on seeking out my contacts, but I accumulated a good number in the three digits before MySpace shut it down. I have since restarted it (new myspace page here), but my contacts are still low as I haven’t had the time to dedicate to hunting down those contacts again. Soon… soon…

Anyway, I’ll never forget getting a friend request through my email over the summer from Lester Public Library in Two Rivers, WI. Coincidentally, that weekend I had booked a week of camping adventure at Point Beach State Forest just outside of Two Rivers. I wrote to them about how excited I was, and shared a brief message exchange with the director through MySpace. He told me how great Point Beach was, and I was not disappointed!

Of course, I did get to see the library while I was there for my camping trip, but I didn’t get to go inside as I was camping with my cat and I didn’t think she’d be able to go in. (Pictures from my Point Beach adventure with Skippy the camping cat at flickr.) I was really enthralled by all this, and had a chance to see all the engaging programs and progressive services they offer there via their website.

Now, where is this all going? Recently I started up a group on flickr for our class projects, Show us you Library 2.0!, and one of the first members to sign up was Lester Public Library. They have already contributed to our photo pool with several photos of the Library 2.0 changes going on in Two Rivers. I really feel like I know them now. Next time I go camping at Point Beach I think I’ll stop by and see if me and Skippy the camping cat can pop in for a visit!

Social networking online can be an amazing thing.

If you haven’t already, come join us on flickr now and Show us your Library 2.0!

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I’ve been struggling with Ning all day trying to figure out why when I log in to Ning it tells me I have no networks, but I can log in individually to each of the three networks I’ve joined. (all using the same email)  To top it all off I’ve just figured out that I have to create separate profiles for each group I’m in – so in essence I have to upload the songs to my player on three different profiles, and the songs I uploaded last night are not currently showing up on any of my profiles!

Argh!  Could someone over there fix this!!

Okay, I feel a little better now.

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I’ll admit it, sometimes I have a hard time keeping up with all my sites, not to mention my emails and rss feeds. I’m on MySpace, Flickr, del.icio.us, Library Thing, Second Life, recently started a page on Facebook, yesterday signed up on Ning, and I’ve signed up so many other places that I’ve even yet to try out – like pbwiki, good reads, and bibliophil (the jury is still out on which book site is best)! Still try to check my RSS feeds every so often, and there are five different email accounts between me, work, and school. Plus there are all these great sites out there that I like to check for all the best news and cool trends like Reddit.

However, I love all these things! I especially like Ning so far. I find it to be a great avenue for community discussions, and it’s really pretty easy to use. I’m still maneuvering and finding my way around, but after being a part of a discussion in our new Ning network for class I’m ready to suggest it to my co-workers for various projects we’re working on. As discussed on the blog I think it would be a great forum for book/film discussion groups. I’d like to see uses for teens like homework groups, gaming hints, and of course book and film groups. The possibilities are endless!

Although, I’ve been trying to provide links to my facebook and ning pages – I’m new to these sites, and I can’t seem to figure out the urls. Anyone?  And now my Ning profile thinks I don’t belong to any networks…  sigh…

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