Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Thanks and Yay!

Just wanted to say a big thanks again to Jason on two fronts: for putting together the great 23 Things program and for pulling my name out of the box last Friday - looking forward to spending my $100 voucher! Any feedback on how to spend it is welcomed...!

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Library 2.0 and reflections

Since I attended a presentation from Stephen Abram back in October 2006, the concept of Library 2.0 has been at the forefront of my mind. Utilising Google during a reference inquiry is certainly one important element of Library 2.0 but encouraging people to share and interact is a more overriding theme. I've created a Delicious account for everyone to use as a point of reference on the Information Desk. This allows everyone to share the webpages to which they commonly refer to during an inquiry. In my view, it is very important that as librarians we are aware of advances in technology and embrace change. However that said, it's extremely important not to adopt change for change's sake.

I've really enjoyed working through the 23 Things program and would like to thank Jason for all his work. I will continue to use many of the things in the course of my day-to-day work as a TAFE librarian. Stay tuned as this is by no means the last of my posts...

Google Maps

I'm a bit old school when it comes to using online maps (not too sure if 'old school' and 'online' go together..!) Although I've used Google Maps before, I tend to refer to when requiring directions - guess it's out of habit. Google Street View is a bit scary privacy-wise - you can even see our car parked on the street out the front of our place. Guess it might be useful when we eventually want to buy a new house...

More Google!

How many more Google products can there be? Heaps is the answer and here I will tell you my thoughts on Google Book Search and iGoogle! I quite like the concept of iGoogle but to be honest, my Facebook page acts as my homepage outside of work. I guess it's like all of the vast array of Web 2.0 products - it's all a matter of changing our past habits with regards to the way we interact with the Internet and PCs. I also feel it's very important not to use Web 2.0 products just for the sake of it.

What can I say about Google Book Search... Again it's all about changing one's habits. Think I'll need to investigate this product a little further before I can really comment. I think it could come in handy when trying to determine whether or not to purchase a title for our collections. I'm so used to checking items on JBO and BookFind and have become quite familiar with their search interfaces. They also provide me with an $AU and let's face it in the end it's all about the $$$$!

Filling in the gaps

It seems I've forgotten to mention some of the earlier 'Things' I have completed. The first is 'Extend your browser' and for this particular task, I initially added the 'Morning Coffee' extension. Since completing this task some months ago I've branched out and quite like the Delicious and Facebook extensions. Actually I can't recall the last time I used Morning Coffee even though at the time I thought it was the best thing since sliced wheat free bread!

Another 'Thing' I've failed to blog about is Podcasts and Vodcasts. For this task, I revisited the Lets Talk Net collection of audio segments that I came across some time ago and thought might be useful for those who required an intro to the Internet. I've added the podcasts to my Google Reader in the hope that one day I'll eventually get to listen to them!

Google Docs

I can see Google Docs being very useful, particularly for collaborative projects. Fortunately we can access our Chisholm Home and Shared drives externally so for docs that don't require any collaboration there isn't any real necessity to move them to Google Docs. One thing I did find was a loss of formatting when I uploaded a Word doc to Google for editing - this was a bit irritating. Guess when using Google for collaborative projects, it'd be best to start a doc from scratch. Hmm, the possibilities and challenges that Web 2.0 presents us with..!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Facebook: the ultimate procrastination tool

Ah Facebook! Since signing up in May, Facebook has become my friend (and enemy!) I initially signed up after our VATL LIT group decided to set up a page. At first I was very skeptical however it didn't take long for me to become a total addict! It's been great for networking, tracking down old friends and for getting to know colleagues a little better. Sadly, I often find myself at night curled up on the couch in front of the teev, laptop in hand playing 'Bowling Buddies', chatting to a friend (even if I hadn't caught up with them since primary school) or exploring another of Facebook's numerous time-wasting applications. I'm just thankful Facebook wasn't around when I was at school or uni - don't know how I ever would have passed given I am already, at times, the ultimate procrastinator!

You Tube

After a long absence I've returned to finish the things! After consulting 'help' I worked out how to embed a vid from You Tube. For this task, I couldn't go past a bit of live 'Muse' - love this band!
I've viewed vids on You Tube quite a bit in the past and am keen to upload some of my own footage soon. I'll leave you with a great snippet of Sabine Schmitz, professional racing driver who raced a Ford Transit Van on Top Gear:

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

An alternative to Google

This is very exciting for all you fellow Greenies out there! I just came across this search engine:
Their motto is "You search. We grow trees." Their carbon credits provider is Global Carbon Exchange who only purchase credits from the official, government controlled New South Wales Greenhouse Gas Abatement Scheme (NSW GGAS, found at: For further information on how they are verified, visit:

So next time you find yourself on Google, think eco and use 'Ecocho' instead!

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Technorati verification

I finally received the verification email from Technorati at 9.06am this morning - the powers that be must have decided to release it!! Anyway, I can now claim my blog, here goes... Technorati Profile

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Chisholm Library - Dandenong Campus

Here's a pic of Dandenong Campus Library that Derek took earlier this year. I've tagged it in Flickr with 'chislib' - will add a few more soon. Looks like that's 'Thing 15' taken care of!


This is a test post from flickr, a fancy photo sharing thing.


Ok - just tried to 'claim' my blog on Technorati and I'm not receiving a verification email. Guess I shouldn't have used my Chisholm email address! Am currently awaiting a reply from their support team - in the meantime I think I'll move onto the next 'Thing'!

Tuesday, June 17, 2008


Via one of my RSS feeds I've recently discovered a great browser called 'Flock'.  Now that we're subscribing to lots of 'things', Flock - 'The Social Web Browser' - is great as it allows you to log into various supported services (like Facebook, Flickr, Blogger and more) and automatically activates the services within its features.  Therefore you can blog, drop photos or link directly to a friend right from your browser.  It was ranked 6th in PC World's 100 Best Products of 2008 (I sound like an advertisement!!) Check it out -

Blogged with the Flock Browser

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Thursday, June 5, 2008

LIT Facebook page

We have now created a Facebook page for our VATL group (LIT - Liaison, Information & Training). We are using it to promote the group, invite people to events and as a place for 'real time' communication/networking - if you have set up an account, you can visit the page at:


I've been using Delicious for quite a while now and love it. I don't use it for the social networking aspect, more for the convenience of being able to access all of my tags (and add to them) from any PC. I like the idea of having a Chisholm Delicious account - perhaps we could continue to contribute to the one that Jason has created for use on our ref desks...

Library Thing

As you can see, I've now incorporated Library Thing within my blog. Didn't find the search function very useful though - this seems to be a bit of a trend with social networking sites. Don't think they were developed by librarians! Feel free to search my collection - it's not all that large yet. Might be a project for the long weekend! (How daggy is that!!)

Chisholm Wiki

Just added a couple of pages to our wiki -

How can we incorporate the 'things' at Chisholm?

Thought it would be a good idea to have somewhere central to record all of our ideas...

Shared Items

By the way, I've now added a 'Shared items' section to my blog. This will display all RSS feeds I feel are worth sharing (from a professional development point of view). Check them out if you get a chance - the clip of Clay Shirky in 'Want to know about social media?' makes for really interesting viewing.

Image Generator

This was the result of putting my photo into 'Big Huge Lab's' Warholizer

I also had a play with Simsonize Me

Then I put the same photo that I used in the Warholizer into You Wild to see what I'd look like as a lion! You can view the result of my morph here

Think that's enough playing for now!

Wikis cont...

Added a few faves to the Chisholm wiki - it was lucky I was at home whilst I was working on this 'thing' as I could consult some of my collections to remind me what my faves are!! Even though I have basic web editing skills I still found the PBwiki a bit hard to format. Then I realised that the 'side bar' pushes anything that's centrally aligned a bit towards the left. Was all good practice for me (including trying to remember what I actually liked!!).


I think wikis definitely have a place in libraries. I like the idea of collaborative subject guides and useful links. I also think we could utilise a wiki to keep campuses up-to-date with staff movements. Perhaps a wiki could replace the Campus Diary...?? I'm looking forward to having greater access to a web page via Sirsi Rooms - hopefully we can then incorporate some of these Web 2.0 technologies we're learning about. One query I do have - how can you tell who last edited a Wiki? Perhaps someone could comment...?

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Ok feeling a bit overwhelmed now - information overload!! Think I need to unsubscribe to some of my feeds...

Google Reader

Just checked and I have 1000+ - yikes!!

More Random thoughts...

I just realised that so far my blog doesn't really comment on the actual 'things' that we're working through. It's simply random thoughts - guess that's why it's called 'Amy's Noggin'! Oh well, the main thing is I'm having a go at this blog thing. As far as Web 2.0 goes, I actually created a 'Facebook' page last week and surprisingly already have a few friends (legit not just random people FYI Colin!) I set it up largely because one of our LIT members has offered to set up a page for our group - we hope to discuss it at our next meeting in July. I'm trying not to get addicted to it. Anyway, I think Facebook is one of our 'Things' over the coming weeks so I guess you could say I've skipped ahead. Better get back to the 'Things' now and check my Google Reader - haven't looked at it for ages and am a bit scared!

Wednesday, May 7, 2008


I must have set up my blog with the intention of keeping it very secure as until now, no-one has been able to leave comments - sorry! I checked the 'Settings' and in the 'Comments' tab I'd selected 'Only members of this blog'. It is now open to one and all so comment away!!

Wednesday, April 30, 2008


I was just checking through the list of Chisholm blogs and tried to click on my own and it asked me to log in. That got me wondering whether others may have had trouble viewing my blog. Anyway, I checked my 'Permissions' and discovered I'd set it to 'Only people I choose' and realised you may not have previously been able to view my blog. Now after boring you with all of this you are probably glad you hadn't viewed my blog! I'll try and make it more interesting from here on in....

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

This has little to do with the 'things' I've just completed but I thought you might like to see a picture of the lovely flowers you all sent to me a few weeks ago! In front are my two boys - Oscar on the left and Patrick on the right - they were both rather intrigued with the new arrival! Thanks to all of you for your wishes and also to Jason for setting up this great program - see you all soon.