Kickstarter a resource for libraries and librarians?

Woot!  Is school back in session, or what?  I am filled with solutions!

Are libraries using Kickstarter to fund projects?  I searched the site for “library” and got one truly library-related hit.  There’s a writing and publishing category, but it’s filled with people wanting to publish their books.

Does funding library projects contradict the “no charities” guideline?  Whether it does nor not, I think that rule is kind of dumb.  Maybe someone ought to come along and create a new and improved version of Kickstarter, for projects that benefit more than just the project creator.

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Twitter project summary

What do you think about using one of these microblogging tools?

It was kind of interesting. Some people put it to really good use. Others do not. I didn’t ever have a Twitter account until this project. I didn’t see the point. I still don’t really see it as necessary, but I think it’s more useful than I realized.

Did you find it easy to find people to follow, especially after a list of examples was given?

I didn’t even look at the list of examples until a few minutes ago. When I signed up back in session 8, I immediately set out to determine if there was a limit to the number of people I could follow. I haven’t found it yet. Although honestly, I didn’t try to find more after that one afternoon. But I found plenty of organizations I’m interested in following. I think I’ll use it much more for reading than posting.

Who are three people or organizations you starting following and why did you follow them? Have you found their posts helpful?

I started following Roger Ebert after viewing the video from his speech at the Ted Conference. Of course, his movie reviews have always been interesting. I’ve watched him on TV since the 80s. But since losing his voice to cancer, I find much of his writing extremely profound (and humorous). Although, the amount of updating he does can overwhelm everything else.

I had to follow Stephen Colbert after the #NotIntendedToBeAFactualStatement hashtag he started mocking Jon Kyl. But Stephen doesn’t update as often as I’d like.

Um…who else? I follow about 200 people, from Yoko Ono to the Justice Department.

What kinds of uses do you see you might have for microblogging? Have you already found some uses for it?

What uses might I see I might have for it? I could see it being a less time consuming and distraction substitute for my RSS feed. It’s very handy for publicizing things I’m doing elsewhere online. My blog automatically updates Twitter. I like to think I’ve found a couple of followers that way, but I doubt it. I think they’re all just follow-back and spam.

Edit: Forgot to mention my Twitter username. It’s jolibrarytech. That’s my YouTube username as well.

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My YouTube Project Video

OK, this is a little late, because I had to stop in the middle to watch the President.

Anyway, here’s my video. I wanted to put my Tom Petty/Heart mashup here, but it’s not finished yet. So, admittedly, I threw this together at the last minute:


All the drawing and singing was provided by (and copyright by, lol) my son!

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Delicious Web/Library 2.0 Project

What I found on Delicious about Web/Library 2.0 was a whole lot of debate.  (Truth be told, that was exactly what I was looking for.)  I learned that, while there are undoubtedly many people who feel that Web 2.0 has a great deal of value for library purposes, there are just as many who don’t.  I think that debate is healthy, and helps me to take all the excited hype about Web 2.0 much more seriously.

Something I found intriguing was one page that had bunch widgets for applications I hadn’t been aware of before.  Of those, the most unique, I thought, was a site that allows kids to make their own online presentations from their artwork and voice recordings.

Little Bird Tales

Using Delicious was relatively easy, using tags for the subject I wanted to research.  I don’t think I would have found such interesting and relevant sites using a search engine alone.  I might continue to use Delicious for research, however, I don’t see myself bookmarking sites there myself.  I prefer to keep my favorite links in the sidebar on my blog.  They seem more permanent there, somehow, and I don’t have to remember to go to some other site in order to be reminded of my links.

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Ok, it’s been a while.

Or it feels like it has.  Let’s go check the sites I’m monitoring.

Library Tech Talk hadn’t really updated since Jan. 15th, when it discussed Google Doc Forms.  Ho-hum, right?  So I was kind of excited to see, not only that they’d updated, but also that the technology was new to me.  Their post is about a research game called “BiblioBouts.”  Players challenge each other to find the highest quality resources on a given topic.  Results are rated by the group, and the winner is the player with the highest rated bibliography.  I thought that was kind of neat, and something that would be useful for schools.


As I went to sign up to try out the game, it directed me to install a Firefox plug-in called Zotero.  Watch the video on the homepage,  you will be amazed!  If I have to write another single paragraph about the usefulness of Web 2.0 in a library setting, I’m gonna start chewing on my monitor.  Zotero is truly library technology.  Why haven’t I head about this?  (Update: Funny thing, there are now two links to Zotero inside the original article LTT article on BiblioBouts.)

Basically, it’s a research tool that allows you to save pages and websites as simply as you’d bookmark a link.  But it isn’t just a bookmark, it preserves the whole page, even a whole website, exactly the way you found it when you accessed it.  The interface is similar to iTunes, which allows you to file and  categorize your resources, attach notes to them, search inside those resources and notes, and save your searches.

But that’s not the half of it.  What will make Zotero most useful to libraries is the fact that it extracts bibliographic information from the pages and sites it saves. IT WILL CREATE YOUR CITATIONS FOR YOU!! Then, you can drag and drop those citations anywhere you can type: any word processor, any blog platform, any email program.  The Word and Open Office plug-ins will insert your in-text citations when you type the page number.

The only downside I see is that Zotero apparently stores your resources on their servers.  That’s they only way they could promise access from anywhere.  That means that (unlike the library where the resources you access are private) Zotero could be compelled to turn those resources over to the authorities under the dubious auspices of the Patriot Act, (yes, extended for another three months) or more likely, compiles market data for sale to consumer research firms.  I’ll have to get Zotero up and running and see if there’s a way to keep my saves and searches out of the cloud.

Jan. 27 was the Library Technology Guides‘ last blog update.  They discussed the Perceptions 2010 International Survey of Library Automation, describing the various levels of satisfaction attributed to various library automation technologies.  The site’s news section is updated daily, but the news appears to be nothing more than announcements of which libraries have struck deals with which automation technology suppliers.  Lots of marketing, here.  Little information that isn’t specific to automation systems.

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Audio-visual essays

This week our assignment is to explore Creative Commons media.  I found lots of neat photos to share. But, WordPress doesn’t allow uploading mp3s without purchasing an upgrade. So, this post is late, because I’ve spent three days trying to find a work-around. I found the code, now the problem is with the media source. Oh well, it’s half-up for now. I’ll work on it more in the a.m.

Edit: Yay! I got it working!!

Les Gitans des Champs by Shayan (USA) No real name given was taken on February 18, 2009

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Lugovina (The Meadow) by Sibirskaya Vechora is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives (aka Music Sharing) License.

Regret by Hilarywho was taken on July 10, 2008

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La 440 by Fiendish Fib is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives (aka Music Sharing) License.

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