Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Beyond Method #12

There are many patrons who come in and ask "I need this, where do I start?" Sometimes we feel at a complete loss, but with this program I feel more confident.
Now if they come in and say I need a powerpoint with flair we have more options to offer.

Digital books was really a big one for us. I now feel a little more confident about e-readers and can take them to websites that can help.

This program really helped me see what is out there. Between work and kids, I don't always have time to just sit and browse. This helped let me know other programs that are beneficial for me and our patrons. I would take another class like this if offered because I always come away with so much information.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Beyond Method #11

I like the idea of a survey on line. I know that on our website we have where they can comment, but this can be beneficial when looking for statistical information. Main problem, if they don't have a home computer.

Never have used on line surveys before. Possibly think it may happen in the future. Hope so, I think it could have benefits for us as staff.


Beyond Method #10

I have attended webinars done by booklist and by the ALA. It is beneficial for our library because we don't have the means to travel to classes all the time. I also like the fact that they are archived for future reference.

My personal use I have used skype with my family. My father travels for work so it’s beneficial for us to have. I liked the idea of doing something for military families with skype. Families also have children who travel abroad and that might be something else to consider.

Beyond Method #9

I decided to try Animoto. I found it easy to upload pictures and they have a good selection of music. Didn't like the fact that if I want to do more than 30 seconds I have to pay for it. I like Photostory because I don't have to pay to use it.

I think this is really becoming useful in libraries. We use it when we do programs and presentations.

Create your own video slideshow at animoto.com.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Beyond method #8

I used Screenr and I really enjoyed it. I think this could be very helpful to our patrons. I showed how to do a search in our online catalog. It was easy once you get it started.

We could actually use this for showing how to set up emails and doing job searches. It would be a good asset as we are often short on staff.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Beyond Method #7

I did Prezi because it wasn't one I had seen before. I really enjoyed it. I was able to place and arrange the items how I wanted them. It was fun to play around with. The instructions were easy to follow and I found it easy to use.

I have used google docs before and Sliderocket. There are always pros and cons to every presentation style. Google docs wasn't one of my favorites just because it wasn't the easiest to use for what we needed. We also do a summer reading presentation at the end of the summer using Photostory.

I think if a patron asked about on line presentations I would feel comfortable refering them to some of these. They were fairly easy to use and I feel I could help them if they had questions.


Monday, August 8, 2011

Beyond Method #6

Project Gutenberg was very easy to use. It found the book that I was looking for as soon as I typed it in. It was number three on the list. I think our patrons could enjoy this. I know that I have an android and I will be downloading some.

Once I try to download mine I think I will be able to help the patrons. The thing I like about this site is that it tells you what reader you have and gives you instructions on what to do.

The HTML version was very easy to read. It even had the illustrations. I'm really very excited about trying this out.