Sunday, 28 October 2007

Thing #60 Facebook

Ok, Facebook is also not part of the original Learning 23 things program but that is probably because Facebook has only been open to all to join since September 2006. I guess it goes to show how quickly the web 2.0 world is moving. Mind you in the web 2.0 world 12 months ago is probably an eternity. One of the key things Facebook demonstrates when compared to MySpace is that most people are not web designers. The tighter control Facebook has over the look and the feel of the interface makes it easier to navigate and view. However there are some interesting issues around the closed wall approach of both MySpace and Facebook and the use of Facebook in libraries. See the following articles from The Economist Internet communities, Break down these walls and Facebook fatigue.

See also the VALA Facebook your library event and the VALA Facebook page for ionformation on how libraries are using Facebook and Web 2.0 technology. Note thatv you need to have a Facebook profile to view events section but not the VALA page.

For news on Facebook check out this Google News link.

Saturday, 27 October 2007

Australian Federal Election 2007

While it is not part of this Library 2.0 / Learning 2.0 program, this "Whack-a-pollie" game is topical, interactive, and provides some relief from the constant blaa blaa blaa we Australian's have to endure at election time. At least we don't have to live through the years it takes the American system to elect a President.

Thing#12 Rollyo Search Tool

Rollyo is neat little 'best of the web' search tool. It was easy to set up but the first rollyo search I created did not work all that well because it was too narrowly defined. After I added some additional sites it seems to work a lot better. I particularly like the way you can predefine a number of different searches on the one Rollyo Searchbox, though at this stage I have limited the following Searchbox to one search roll that searches across Australian commercial gallery sites. The only complaint I have about the Rollyo Searchbox is that it seems a little slow.

Thing#11 LibraryThing

I really enjoyed building a library in LibraryThing, though so far I have only added a small fraction of my personal library. I found that it was very easy to add books and then link LibraryThing into this blog. I used Amazon as my default search source in LibraryThing mainly because unlike the library catalogues, Amazon confirms the date published.

In adding books to Librarything, it is interesting to see how many UK and Australian books are not listed in Amazon. It is therefore a pity the British Library is not yet a LibraryThing source. As a result, I used the National Libraries of Australia and Scotland as well as Trinity College in Dublin as non U.S. sources to support my content in LibraryThing.

I also looked at LibraryThing for Libraries. The ability for libraries to very simply integrate LibraryThing's social data such as tags, reviews, and recommendation into their catalogue should dramatically increase the richness of data in a library's catalogue. This should make a huge difference to clients use catalogues to discover items especially as the tagging is constantly updated. As the following quote says:

"I've seen the future of online catalogs, and its name is LibraryThing"
Steve Cohen, Public Libraries magazine (March/April 2006)

Friday, 26 October 2007

Thing #10 Play around with Image Generators

The Generator Blog

As a homage to
Laurie Anderson's "Language is a virus", I had to look at the Text Collage Generator on the web site. "Linguasso - dynamic emotional designlinguasso (for lingual and Picasso) creates totally random works of art, composed of text and based on varying emotions. It chooses an emotion, then displays associated words and dynamically created sentences in random fonts, sizes and places. It's quite addictive to watch over and over again, as each design seems to tell its own story. " To create your own word collage go to:

I also had a look at Custom Computer Keyboard at and in the process found out about modding.

Thursday, 25 October 2007

Thing #9 Locate some library blogs and newsfeeds

Not suprisingly there are a lot of library blogs and newsfeed sites. I have added "Librarians' Internet Index" and "The Shifted Librarian" but the library site I am really impressed with is the Libworm RSS aggregation site. I have added these as RSS feeds as data elements with in this blog. This also gave me a chance to play around with the Blogger admin utility.

Thing #8 Set up Blogline and Newsreader

Tick done but I am more excited about Thing #9. See the next posting.

Thing #7 Blog about Technology

A new personal discovery was comming across Libworm at This is cool as the next lot of things to learn relate to RSS. Libworm is THE librarian RSS engine with over 1500 RSS feeds. "The contents of these feeds are then available for searching, and search results can themselves be output as an RSS feed that the user can subscribe to either in his/her favourite aggregator or in LibWorm's built-in aggregator." How cool is that.

In Libworm the feeds are grouped under categories and subjects. "Each feed searched by LibWorm has been assigned a category, so when you browse by Feed Category, you're seeing all the content from the feeds that have been assigned to that category. Subjects are pre-built searches, usually of greater complexity than the user interface currently supports, for common subjects of interest to libraryfolk. It might be easier to understand with an example:

If you browse by the FEED CATEGORY "Podcasts : Academic Libraries," you see ONLY content from feeds that are podcasts produced by academic libraries. If you browse by the SUBJECT "Podcasting" you'll get all items that contain the words "podcasting", "podcasts" or "podcast"."

Tuesday, 23 October 2007

More Thing #6 Spelling words with Flickr

You have to love the spelling with Flickr service at It is so easy to use and once the images are added to the post it is very easy to resize the images. I particularly like the fact that the letter O came back as a mosaic. It kind of harkens back to the Ptolemaic feel of the previous posts.

B I B_McElman_070710_0537 L I O T H Est graffiti k I A-nother Alphabet

Sunday, 21 October 2007

Thing #6 More Flickr Fun - "Color Plickr"

Early Morning
Originally uploaded by
The "Flickr Color Pickr" is one of the Flickr services list at "Flickr Color Pickr" lets you find public photos in Flickr that match a specific colour. To match this blog, the chosen colour is green.

Thing#5 Explore Flickr - Library of Alexandria

Library of Alexandria
Originally uploaded by hamalka

The front of the new Bibliotheca Alexandrina, which after a thousand years replaces the long lost Ptolemaic Library of Alexandria.

The Flickr blogging tool was used to add this image into this blog entry.

Thing #3 and #4 Setting up this blog


Named in the memory of all the vanished libraries such as the
Ptolemaic Library of Alexandria and the Bibliotheca Corviniana of Matthias Corvinus. We still remember these libraries because they made such a contribution to civilisation. May the same be true of Library 2.0. URL links have been added to this entry using the Blogger edit HTML fuctionality.

Thing #1 and #2: Learning 2.0 the key to Library 2.0

Starting the next chapter of lifelong learning

So often we learn without realising it and at other times we face learning blockages without knowing what to do next. The good thing about listening to the 7 1/2 habits of highly successful lifelong learners is that it reminds us that learning should be fun, problems are only challenges and that learning is a shared experience.

As part of the learning process, the Library 2.0 image has been harvested from the Web and uploaded using the blogger image upload functionality.