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An Ode to YouTube!

Posted by lizzybee1002 on November 6, 2007

Oh for the love of YouTube.com
With your dedications to TV characters like LoVe (Veronica and Logan), MiSa (Michael and Sara), Jam (Jim and Pam) and Skate (Sawyer and Kate).

The Best of clips from 10 to 1…about anyone or for anything…

For the enjoyment of watching 10 minute a clip of others lives
watching the pratfalls, the Photoshop and the moviemaking glory.

The people that can show their lives and enjoy every minute of it,
For the one’s that will cry for their favorite celebrity and become a 15 minute celebrity all in one fail swoop.

An ode for the youtubers that are willing to comment and bluntly tell the poster that they indeed SUCKED! not in just English but in every language from anywhere in the world.

For the youtubers that think they’re funny for tagging the word “THE” and post their smutty videos. They aren’t needed but still they have the freedom to post.
And finally, who knew that so many people were willing to show their lives online for enjoyment and who knew that this simple idea of sharing themselves would become so powerful that even the next President wants to be online sharing themelves and their platforms

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No More Lonely Gaming

Posted by lizzybee1002 on October 30, 2007

For many years gaming was considered a single player world but in the late nineties the world of gaming suddenly burst into the multi-player world. With the expansion of the Internet and the creation of games that allowed multi-player interaction many of the gamers call them MMORPG (Mass Multi-player online role playing game). In class last Wednesday we created an environment of multi playing multi using and multi sharing in class. The class played and learned DDR, Guitar Hero, shared gaming via the PSP and the Nintendo DS. Others played Second Life and other online games, and though the games may have been different for the users the interaction between the users and the observers where the same. Teaching and sharing were big parts of the gaming last Wednesday, along with sharing of ideas of how to play or move forward in the games.

For Libraries the themes of sharing and teaching are important and the use of technology help makes the library stay relevant in the changing world. Getting kids and adults into the library with gaming can cross the generations and since there are so many gamers out there the need for librarians to be open minded to the notion that gaming is an effective tool to learning and fun can help the library stay relevant.

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Journey Through Facebook and LibraryThing

Posted by lizzybee1002 on October 23, 2007

My Facebook is as bland as vanilla for now, but soon will be a personal page to behold.  Not really, personally I’m not a fan of posting my life online through myspace or facebook, I think I have a fear of all the crazies from high school or college hunting me down.  Seriously…but technically it is an easy to use site and you can upload and personalize in about 10 minutes.  I joined a few networks and maybe give it a shot later but for right now I think I’ll do some lurking and see where that takes me.

LibraryThing (my profile) is easy to use and I love using the ISBN to search for the book, it took me 2 minutes to add my 10 books and since I have a ton of books this will be really helpful if I choose to really deleve into this site.  I like the way I can organize and tag my books and from the books I grabbed off my shelf I have a tendency to be eclectic in my reading tastes. I think I am going to keep adding titles and try to make this the site I go to in case I think I bought something already because most of the time I have and wind up with 2 copies of the same book. The best thing is that I can catalog my comics too!

I am a fan of flixster, which is a social networking site for movies and I love watching and rating movies so I had to sign up for this site. You can find me at http://fangirl3393.flixster.com

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It is a Small World in the IM World

Posted by lizzybee1002 on October 16, 2007

To be honest, I have been putting this assignment off for a long time because I have a strange schedule and have always been too early or too late for the hours that the libraries seem to have for the chat sessions. I did go to the great IM wiki that was provided and started going down the list, most of the international services were down so I went to the Montana Ask a Librarian link and they use QuestionPoint as their Chat Service.

I was hoping to get someone from the Montana Public Library System but instead I got Saima from the Houston Public Library System and the conversation is listed below. I asked general questions, how long they have had the service if she liked using chat, did the patrons like it, the usual questions.

The most amazing part was that she not only knew people from Dominican but she worked at the DePaul University Lincoln Park Library and that is where I completed my undergrad. We were both amazed that we managed to connect with each other and it really showed what a small world this place really is.

I had a great experience and Saima was so nice that I hope if I ever have any questions she can help me out again.

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Chat Script with the Houston Public Library

Posted by lizzybee1002 on October 16, 2007

Chat Session Transcript:
Chat Transcript: Hi- I am a LIS student at Dominican University from River Forest IL and I was hoping to talk with a librarian about the IM service you have. I only have a few questions and it shouldn’t take long.
[Librarian 10:40:18]: Librarian ‘Houston PL SK’ has joined the session.
[Librarian 10:41:14]: Hi Liz, this is Saima in Houston. I’m part of a national network of librarians that helps to answer questions for your library when they’re not available.
[Librarian 10:41:26]: I know several people who went to Dominican 🙂
[Librarian 10:41:34]: I am helping another patron at the moment…
[Librarian 10:41:43]: please go ahead and send your question.
[Liz B 10:41:59]: Oh Great! How long have you had IM?
[Librarian 10:42:45]: Liz we are not offering IM service at this point; only chat in terms of virtual reference.
[Liz B 10:43:18]: oh, okay. Do you find yourself helping people from around the country a lot?
[Librarian 10:43:35]: yes since we participate in QuestionPoint’s 24/7 cooperative.
[Librarian 10:43:55]: We also get people from other states and countries who use our service via our website…
[Librarian 10:44:10]: this is mainly for genealogy as well as Houston history purposes.
[Liz B 10:44:18]: How long has the chat service been active?
[Librarian 10:44:29]: about four years.
[Librarian 10:44:50]: we started with only about 15 hours per week then extended it to about 45 hours 2.5 years ago…
[Librarian 10:45:08]: we joined the 24/7 cooperative last December and started monitoring chats for other library systems in March.
[Liz B 10:45:12]: Do you find the extended times better?
[Librarian 10:45:34]: yes our patrons love the 24/7 access.
[Liz B 10:46:04]: What is length the average chat? 5 minutes or longer? Or does it depend on the question?
[Librarian 10:46:14]: by joining the cooperative, we only monitor 15-17 hours per week where we take chats from other library systems; the cooperative then provides coverage 24/7 including holidays!
[Librarian 10:46:43]: I think it really depends on the question. For example, my other chat was from a Houston Public patron about fines and it only lasted about 2 minutes.
[Librarian 10:46:52]: But in most cases, I would say between 5-10 minutes.
[Liz B 10:47:48]: Do you personally enjoy helping people via chat or do you like the face-to-face interaction better?
[Librarian 10:48:23]: I enjoy both but virtual reference is also very exciting and challenging.
[Liz B 10:48:42]: I can imagine!
[Liz B 10:48:55]: Thank you so much for your time, you have been so helpful!
[Librarian 10:50:10]: you’re welcome Liz. Anything else I can help you with today?
[Liz B 10:50:30]: Nope, that will do it. You have a great day! 🙂
[Librarian 10:50:36]: When I worked at DePaul University, I knew several people who were attending Dominican for their MLS.
[Librarian 10:50:54]: it used to be called something else at that time though.
[Librarian 10:51:17]: Thanks Liz and you too. Good luck with your MLS.
[Liz B 10:51:19]: I got my undergrad from DePaul! what a small world. It used to called Rosery College.
[Liz B 10:51:35]: Thanks 🙂
[Librarian 10:51:36]: yes that’s it. OMG that is so uncanny!
[Librarian 10:51:46]: did you go to the Lincoln Park campus?
[Librarian 10:51:50]: I loved DePaul.
[Librarian 10:52:14]: so did I. I worked at the library while in school.
[Liz B 10:52:22]: I did, I actually worked the circ desk in 99. It was the best experience!
[Librarian 10:52:49]: Wow that is way too weird. I was a circ supervisor until 1994!
[Liz B 10:53:33]: wow this is amazing!
[Librarian 10:53:58]: I still visit the LPC library whenever I go back to Chicago. Do you know if Kathryn De***** is still there?
[Liz B 10:55:21]: I think she’s still there but I can’t be too sure. A lot of people were coming and going when I was there.
[Librarian 10:55:36]: well it’s been a pleasure chatting with you.
[Librarian 10:55:44]: I must end our session now.
[Liz B 10:55:55]: Thanks so much again for your help, have a good day!
[Liz B 10:56:07]: Patron ended chat session.

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The Love of Dewey…Or Not…

Posted by lizzybee1002 on October 3, 2007

Melvil Dewey created the Dewey Classification System way back in 1877 and it seems to have worked for libraries ever since. But recently, the Maricopa Public Library in AZ has started to create a Deweyless library system. The system that they are using is used by booksellers around the world and seems to be working. Most patrons do not know the Dewey System and really a lot of librarians need to look at a reference breakdown to send the patron to the right area.
Dewey is viewed as antique and unable to meet the demand of the new users, the millinuem kids that use abbrivations to and tags to talk and write. (U NO WHA I MEAN?)
I feel that libraries need to do what’s best for the patron and if the community wants an easier way to search for books then maybe it’s time to go the way of the bookseller and set everything up in sections like a Borders or a Barnes and Noble.
I personally am a fan of the deweyless system and that’s because I never really liked learning it because I have no head for all the numbers. Just ask my 6th grade library teacher I got a D in that class because I never could figure out that the 800 section was literature…Well it’s around that number anyway. 😉

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Virtual Communities: Good, Bad and the Ugly

Posted by lizzybee1002 on September 25, 2007

I am a lurker, I admit that I normally lurk and read for weeks or sometimes months on end before I join a community online and then I normally post comments and ideas seldom.

I can use the excuse that I’m too busy to really be active or it can really go back to the first time that I ever posted on a virtual community site (I will not post the name out of principle) but I will say it is dedicated to television and it is very popular. I was young, probably 17 and wanted to join the online world quickly since I loved TV and the shows that I wanted to comment on. So I did and felt nervous and proud all at the same time. Within 5 hours my post was under fire and I was kicked off the board for posting incorrectly (whatever the heck that meant: grammar, punctuation, blah, blah, blah, they never seemed to mention).

End my online posting career, in only a matter of hours! I thought I would never post again until I found some great small sites (years later of course) that weren’t so rigid with their posting “rules” and was a site of dedicated fans that may take their show and hobbies and interests but posting and joining was fun again. I wanted to be come active and post my thoughts and findings. I am so glad I was able to find a site (sites) that makes me feel like I belong.

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It’s the End of the World

Posted by lizzybee1002 on September 19, 2007

When reading the Brown and Duguid article, who knew that with all of the technology out there we were at the end of the world. (Insert hysterical scream here). Have no fear though the “end” as Brown and Duguid is the end politics…and universities, cities, religions, television and mass media, along with a slew of other institutions that we need. Or do we really need them?

Do we really need to go into a classroom when we can easily be taught online and through applications like Second Life? Do we really need to watch the presidential debate on TV when youtube can air just the important parts”?

Is it really the end to all of the things we know and are familiar with or is the information age just enhancing our world. We are being connected to the world without ever leaving out homes and making friends virtually through the internet and social networking sites. But will there ever come a time where we will see the end to government, or cities because it will be online and there is no need to see anyone ever again.

I am going to go out on a limb and say no, the internet and the information age and all of the advancements really are just to enhance our world and not take it over. At least I hope not because I think robots shouldn’t be in charge. 😉

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I am Up and Away!

Posted by lizzybee1002 on September 12, 2007

Hi Everyone! My name is Liz (LizzyBee: when I was young, hence the title of the blog.)
I am really excited about taking LIS 768 and really want to use the experiences from this class to make myself more marketable for a “real” job in the “real” world.
I have a love of a variety of things and to name a few, video games, comic books, TV (The Office, Heroes, Lost, to name a few). Of course, I have a love for books and technology, I picked up a MAC, not to long ago, and though I do love the classic PC, I think I am converting to the MAC! 😉

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About Me

Posted by lizzybee1002 on September 12, 2007

I am half way through the MLIS program at Domincan University in River Forest, IL. I have a love for computers and purchased a Mac not to long ago and am trying to figure it all out.

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