Monday, April 6, 2009

OOOPS! Forgot to mention audiobooks!

Okay, I must now admit that I do not own an I-Pod or any kind of mp3 player. So, for me, audiobooks are on CD. I have read chi;dren's books online but have no desire to sit with a laptop "reading". I love books. The old-fashioned kind, with pages and covers. No Kindle for me, no earplugs so I can listen. I want to read a story, to give the characters the voice and expression I want.

That being said, I have listened to books in the car on trips. On one occasion, I actually enjoyed it. Other times, I've bailed after an hour or so. Even Bill Bryson, who I think is particularly funny, bored me to death on one attempt when he was reading his own material. It wa awful! I sure hope Jmaes Patterson doesn't read any of his audiobooks - hav eyou ever heard that man speak? He had some awful commercials out a few years back that were just deadly.

Neither my local library or the county library carry NetLibrary. The Somerset County Libary provides audiobooks through Adobe eBooks, Mobipocket ebooks, and Overdrive MP3 and WMA audiobooks.

23 Things, Wrapped up!

I am so glad that I finally made it through Learning 2.0 as it's been one of my goals for the past 2 years! I'd come across it a couple of years ago and knew that I needed to work my way through the program. I'd planned to do so last summer, but life got in the way and I kept procrastinating and never got to it. So, it's good that I HAD to see it through this time.

I've learned alot. Many of the concepts were things I was peripherally aware of, but had never used myself. Some of the topics seem a bit dated at this point, and some seemed to be things that I would probably never use, but it's definitely good to know about them and be familiar with how they are used.

I'm glad that PLCMC endorsed Helen Blowers in creating and sustaining this program. I know I have greatly benefitted from it and have recommended it to other librarians who need to learn or brush up their technology skills. The material is well planned and very user-friendly however, it could stand to be updated to keep it current.

My only criticism would be that there were some dead links which is always frustrating.


I love the way Common Craft explains technology on their videos. This one's on Podcasting.