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CPD23: Things 8&9: Google Calendar and Evernote

22 Jun

Once again, I’m going to combine two things into one to try to get caught up. Since both Thing 8 and Thing 9 are individual productivity tools, I should be able to handle them both in one post without getting too long-winded.

Thing 8 is Google Calendar. I love this tool! I’ve had a Google account for a while for email, but only within the past 5 or so years have I really started to take advantage of the other tools that Google provides. I love how easy it is to share calendars and add others’ calendars to your own. I am an officer with my library school’s joint student and alumni organization, SLISConnect, and we use a Google calendar that we share to keep track of meeting and events, which is very convenient since we do most of our work virtually. I also have my calendar set up to sync with my iPhone calendar, so changes I make to one are updated on the other, and I love the option to send myself alerts to make sure I don’t forget something I may have put on my schedule weeks ago.

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CPD23: Things 6&7: Online and Real-life Networks

20 Jun

I’ll be doubling up on Things 6&7 because they’re related: both about networks. Thing 6 is about online networks, including LinkedIn, Facebook, and library-specific ones like LISNPN, LATnetwork (Librarians as Teachers Network) and CILIP communities (or for those of us in the US, ALA Connect). I’m adding Twitter, because this is the one I used most often for online networking.

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CPD23 Thing 4: Current awareness tools

10 Jul

For Thing 4, we are supposed to explore 3 tools for keeping up with current news and information in the profession: Twitter, RSS feeds, and Pushnote. Of these three tools, I was already using Twitter and RSS (via Google Reader), so the only thing that was new to me was Pushnote.

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CPD23: 23 Things for Professional Development, Thing 1

24 Jun
I’ve made a last-minute decision to participate in the 23 Things for Professional Development program, which begins this week. Several people have mentioned it on twitter, and it looks like an interesting experience. The first “thing” is to start a blog. Since I already have one, I’ll be using this blog to participate in the program.
Looking at the list of 23 things, I’m already pretty familiar with many of them from my “Information Technology Tools and Applications” course for my MLIS. So why am I doing this program? There are several reasons:

  • There are some topics that I do not know as much about and would like to learn more, such as personal branding and advocacy.
  • I certainly don’t know everything about any topic, so I could always learn something new, even about the topics I think I know well already.
  • There are a lot of people participating, so I may make some new connections. Everyone who’s participating is listed here.
  • I’d like to get in the habit of blogging regularly since I’ve let this blog slip a bit. This program could give me the structure I need to make that happen.

I think it’s important to keep learning even though I’m done with school. Sometimes it can be difficult to make time to do this on your own, however. I think that this program, with its weekly schedule and assignments, will be a good way to remedy this problem. I look forward to the next “thing”!

Two kindle-related pieces

21 Aug

Lately I’ve been reading a lot about e-books and e-book readers, so I thought I’d share brief thoughts about two articles I read yesterday that touched on the topic. Continue reading

Whither Net Neutrality?

11 Aug

Ever since the New York Times reported that Google and Verizon were in negotiation for an agreement regarding paying for prioritization of content over the internet, there has been a lot of web discourse predicting the end of net neutrality. Basically, net neutrality is the idea that internet service providers should provide equal access to all web content, and not prioritize content providers who are able to pay to ensure speedier delivery. Obviously, the rumors about this Google-Verizon deal seemed to fly in the face of this ideal. Continue reading

Handheld Librarian 3 Wrap-up

4 Aug

As I mentioned last week, I attended the Handheld Librarian 3 online conference last Wednesday and Thursday. There were so many interesting and thought-provoking sessions that I am not going to do a full recap of my experiences, since that would be a very long post. Instead, I just want to talk about what I thought were some of the highlights of the conference. Continue reading

Quick note

30 Jul

This past Wednesday and Thursday I attended the online Handheld Librarian Conference, thanks to a generous offer of free registration for SJSU SLIS faculty, students, and alumni (SJSU SLIS was a sponsor). I had followed a previous Handheld Librarian through twitter and it sounded very interesting and useful, so I was excited to get the chance to attend this time. I got a lot of new information about mobile library services and tech trends at this conference, and it’s all still swimming around in my head. I hope to get a post or two up on my thoughts early next week.

Have a good weekend, everyone!

Quick Webinar Recap – TechTrends: ALA Annual Conference 2010

27 Jul

This morning I attended a webinar on Tech Trends from ALA TechSource. The webinar featured three panelists who looked back at their experiences at this year’s ALA Annual Conference in Washington to see what stood out as trends in library technology. Since I did not get the chance to attend ALA this year, I was really interested in this topic, and I was disappointed when the original webinar was cancelled due to technical difficulties.

Tweetdeck

20 Jul

I resisted using a twitter management tool for a long time, since I don’t have a smart phone and only tweet from my laptop. I figured just using the twitter web site itself was all I needed. However, last week I had a couple of messages I wanted to send out, but I didn’t want to send them out all at once. I had to leave the apartment for the afternoon, so I couldn’t just wait to make my tweets. But, wait a minute! Doesn’t Tweetdeck let you schedule tweets for later? I looked it up – yes, it does. So I downloaded Tweetdeck and scheduled my tweet. Problem solved!

So, I have been using Tweetdeck on a trial basis since that day to see how I like it. Folks, it is pretty cool. Instead of just one long feed of all the updates from people you follow, you can customize several columns to keep track of several things at once. Continue reading