Some good stuff for me!

I start volunteering at the local public library next week.  Tues. and Thurs. from 9-11.  I think it will be fun.  I’m looking forward to it.

I also got all the paperwork submitted for a possible internship this summer at the Library of Congress.  I may not have enough education or experience yet.  But if that’s the case, I’ll just try again next year.  My fingers are crossed!

Search Competencies

Reading over that list of search competencies, I don’t feel very competent.  I’m a Google Ninja, and I’d rather skip the academic databases altogether, never mind all those specific competencies.  I realize these are skills I need to develop for professional use, but it seems like another one of those things that I need some real-world experience to develop.

Nothing new  on Library Technology Guides.  It looks like Library Tech Talk has updated the article on BiblioBouts, adding some information about students’ experiences using the game in class.

Using RSS feeds

I’ve been using Google Reader for a couple of years now.  I think I started using it to keep up with sites like The Consumerist that have a lot of useful information, but that I probably wouldn’t think to return to regularly on my own.   I use it to follow a lot of food blogs as well.  It makes categorizing and organizing recipes easy.  Instead of copying and pasting recipes to a Word doc and then saving them to my hard drive, I can just tag the blog post and my reader automatically files it.  This feature could be very useful in an academic setting when researching a specific topic.  It would be very easy to keep sources organized.

Self-Assessment and Goals

The area I seem to be lacking in is databases.  I’d really like to learn more about those, as it seems to be a back-door into programming.  The rest of those scores are pretty high.  I’ve been online since the mid-90s.  I’ve built websites using HTML and the site I administrate now runs PHP.  I can tweak the code enough to install new modules and keep them from conflicting with each other, but I don’t know enough to build modules of my own.

I transcribe audio from home for a living, so I’ve used all of those skills at some point, many of them every day, even Web development in that I FTP files back and forth.  I don’t use presentation skills though (I don’t know, maybe playing audio files counts) but I’ve taken two public speaking courses across 20 years, and one of my previous employers required all employees to lead group training meetings at some point.

Goals for the course.  Good question.  So far it seems like we’ve discussed the ways technology is used in the library.  We’ve started to learn how the technology is used by starting blogs and wikis, but I’m not convinced yet that these technologies have necessary or vital purposes in the library.  Maybe that’s something I’ll better be able to understand through working in a library, rather than taking a course.

So, I guess my goals for the course are to find out more about what forms of technology really are vital to its operation, the cataloging software, the ordering/purchasing software/process.  How are spreadsheets used in libraries, by the staff, not the patrons?  What is particular to building a website for a library that’s different from building a website for any other organization?  These are kinds of things I’d like to learn from this course.