Monday, April 30, 2007

O.C. Bound...

I've been invited to blog my experiences at the MLA 2007 Annual Conference in Ocean City, MD, which I will be attending on May 3/4. A link to my blog is here: Nette's MLA Blog.

Saturday, April 21, 2007


Saw this on PBS tonight, and wanted to share:

Friday, April 20, 2007

Bery Bery Bad Week...

This has been a very bad week for me. I've had the Cold That Ate Cincinnatti, which morphed into a Bronchitisasaurus. So I've kind of fallen behind my 2.0 tasks. I am still at the point where I left off last week:

To do list:
6. Have some Flickr fun and discover some Flickr mashups & 3rd party sites.

7. Create a blog post about anything technology related that interests you this week.

And I have a lot of other work to do, too, so I'll probably not get through this until next Friday.

Monday, April 09, 2007

Cute enough to make you puke...

Just saying...

This is THING 5b: My brother and niece...

Originally uploaded by nbookworm

Inspecting the new saxophones.

This is THING 5b.

I'm kind of an old pro at uploading pictures any and everywhere. Doing it through blogger seems kind of round-about, but it does eliminate having to upload the picture a second time. And I don't have to be at my own desktop to do it (with pictures that have already been uploaded).

Thing 5:

Week 3: Photos & Images
5. Explore Flickr and learn about this popular image hosting site.

I have taken several photographs, including a few postcards taken from SecondLife. Some of the pix are about my library. I have given all of the photos tags. To get a look at what I've been up to, click here.

One interesting thing was that some of my photos are tagged with the name of "R. David Lankes," who presented a paper on SecondLife. When I clicked that tag, I found one photograph that someone else had taken of the same presentation. Cool.

The next part of this involves posting a picture from my Flickr accound, and will be in the next blog post.

Thing 4

Thing 4 - Registered my blog. (Confirmation Number: RFSFM) April 9-13

I've also started keeping the "23 Things Tracking Log" to keep track of my progress. Our HR department will need this when I have completed the 23 Things.

Thing 3

Week 2: Blogging

Thing 3 - I set up my own blog (this is my second blog, actually) April 2-6

By the Book...

I've started completing the Maryland Libraries Learning 2.0 tasks, but I think I could do a better job of reporting what I'm doing. So far, I've done:

Week 1: Introduction

Thing 1-I read the blog and
Thing 2-read the pointers from lifelong learners and learned some way of nurturing my own learning process.

As you watch and listen, write down which habit among the 7 & 1/2 that is easiest for you and which is hardest. You will use your personal blog (which you will set up next) to post your thoughts about lifelong learning.

My easiest of the habits? the 7.5th one, of course - PLAY. I learn best when I am not forcing myself to learn things. Usually experimentation is play for me, and what I end up doing is trying out all kinds of permutations of whatever concept I am trying to learn exist. Play also can be repetition of a skill - in this way, the skill has a greater chance of becoming second nature.

The hardest: The first one! Begin with the end in mind? It's easy for me to do this on someone else's behalf, but sometimes I get a little bogged down in the steps, and focusing on the end result sometimes just makes it seem that much more difficult. But! I have a cure. I have the end in mind, but I don't look at it all the time. I look at the steps, and work my way through with the goal of that particular step in mind, rather than the ultimate end result.
March 26

Thursday, April 05, 2007


I collect teapots. Before you react to that, please don't send me any. Don't get me wrong - I have been delighted when my friends have given me teapots as presents. But I have no more space at home. They've actually overflowed into my workspace. Here is a picture of the top of my hutch:

The ones on the left are all Asian-style teapots, and on the right are European. I'm kind of partial to the Asian ones. My favorite is the cast iron Tetsubin teapot (the little black one on the stand). I've had it for years, long before they started popping up all over the place. Now they are a dime a dozen, and they are usually much larger, and have colors painted on them, even.

I think I have about 40 teapots right now.

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Why am I here?

This is my Library 2.0 journey. I am the Technical Resources Librarian at Harford County Public Library. I do a lot of staff training, in addition to working the reference desk, and all the other kinds of librarian-type tasks.

Why am I here, now? We are, as a system, on the verge of embracing Library 2.0. So it is very natural that we trainers take the first steps. Here I go...