Saturday, May 23, 2015

Lesson 11: Wrap Up

  • Go back to your thoughts/ideas about technology and mobile devices. Has anything changed as a result of this experience?
  • What were your favorite Cosas/Things and discoveries?
  • Did you connect with others doing the 11.5 Cosas?
  • Were there any take-aways or unexpected outcomes from this program that surprised you?
  • What could we do differently to improve upon this program’s format or content?
  • Describe your learning experience in one word or in one sentence. We may use your words to promote 11.5 Cosas learning activities to others.
I really liked Lesson 7 on smartphone tech. I liked it so much and became my favorite COSA lesson that I am keeping this page available as a reference for patrons! I helped others start their blog and maintain it. I don't really know how you can improve or if I had a "wow" moment through these exercises. I think you need to have different levels so I won't be bored with the "beginner" part of the learning experience. 

Smartphone and tablet tech changes so rapidly. We have to always be as knowledgeable as an Apple or Windows Store.

Lesson 10 Challenge

write a paragraph about one local and one state or federal government website you explored. How do you think mobile technology will change people’s relationship to government access and services? Will having government services and elected officials “on the go” make us more (or less) democratic as a society?

Mobile Tech changed how people viewed online services. I recently saw a pothole getting larger and larger and turned into a sinkhole. i went on our "City Connect" on my cell and submitted a ticket. They emailed me in two days that that hole was fixed. I was over the moon that I went online and looked at resident services requests for help. 

A federal government website that I explored was the Library of Congress. I liked the menu because it was very simple and yet robust. When viewed on my cell, I found that this site was user friendly and easy to navigate.  

I have no idea how "on the go" elected officials can affect our democratic process.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Lesson 9 Part 2- OverDrive Magazines

Architectural Digest12 issuesyes
Astronomy12 issuesyes
Better Homes and Gardens' Diabetic Living4 issuesyes

Checking Out and Reading A Magazine

  1. Open your library's OverDrive website
  2. Find a periodical. You can search for periodicals by name or use the Advanced Search to find all titles in the NOOK Periodicals format.
  3. Once you've found a periodical that looks interesting, mouse over it (or tap it, on a mobile device) and select Send to NOOK app.
  4. A pop-up window will open, explaining what happens the first time you send a periodical to NOOK. Select Accept to Continue.
  5. If you're not already signed into your library account, you'll be prompted to do so now.
  6. If this is your first time getting a NOOK periodical, you'll be taken to a Barnes & Noble page to sign into your NOOK ( account. If you don't already have a free NOOK account, you'll be prompted to register for one. After you've signed into (or created) your NOOK account, select Grant Access. This is a one-time step that allows periodicals in your library account to be sent to your NOOK account.
  7. Otherwise your periodical is now sent to your NOOK account. On your library's OverDrive website, you'll be taken to your Periodical History page, where you can see a complete list of periodicals you've successfully sent to NOOK. To read your periodical, switch over to your NOOK reading app or NOOK tablet.
  8. To read your periodical, switch over to your NOOK reading app or NOOK tablet.
Note: Periodicals that you send to NOOK will stay in your NOOK account forever (unless you manually remove them). You don't have to worry about returning them to your library, and you'll never be charged for them.

Lesson 9 Part 1 OneClickdigital

1. All Together Dead by Charlaine Harris
2.Club Dead by Charlaine Harris
3.Dead and Gone by Charlaine Harris

eBook Mobile Apps

Google Play   iTunes   Kindle Fire  

eAudio Mobile Apps

Amazon   Google Play   iTunes   Nook  
Kindle Fire App users – if you are having problems signing into your existing Kindle Fire app, please uninstall the app from your Kindle Device, and install the updated Kindle Fire App currently available in the Amazon Store.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Lesson 8 Part 2 Challenge

Honestly, I don't really enjoy listening to a book. Too distracting! Que bizarre. I prefer print or ebooks. While looking for an etitle to place here, I noticed that OneClickdigital (1CD) has a great menu to choose from. Just the different genres alone (Short Stories, Self-help, Women's Fiction) is great but I really like that they help the user with large font and easy to use menu options. I love Overdrive but I think Overdrive should look at 1CD as a way to clean up its site too. It is too busy and over reaching in its ambition to be all things to all people. 1CD still needs more help in the sheer number of licenses compared to Overdrive. I'll still look at Overdrive first but I will give 1CD a part in my search for ebooks too. What I don't care for in 1CD is their lack of YA or Teen selections. This will be a poor way to do business in the future. I could not find Gabi, a Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero in 1CD. Boo.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Lesson 8 Part 1 Challenge

  • Formats the book is available in
  • How many copies the library owns
  • How many copies are available

  • The Historian by Kostova
  • Kindle Book
  • OverDrive Read
  • Adobe EPUB eBook
  • 2 copies
    0 copies available

    1. Veronica Roth – Divergent
  • Kindle Book
  • OverDrive Read
  • Adobe EPUB eBook
  • 74 copies
  • 47 copies available

    1. David Perlmutter, MD – Grain Brain
    2. Kindle Book
    3. OverDrive Read
    4. Adobe EPUB eBook
    5. 14 copies owned
    6. 11 copies available

    Sunday, May 3, 2015

    Lesson 7 Part 1 Challenge

    Don't dare me....

    Lesson 6 Part 2 Challenge

    Social media is safe (or so they think) to bully others by who and what they are. I fear that bullying by teens in person can be just as traumatizing online. Finding weaknesses and exploiting that is how bullies work in this society. Bullying and social media are connected because hiding behind a computer is the best way for an attacker or a group to prey on a suspected weaker person. Social media is a wonderful way to find an old friend but there is evil in the world and that = to bullying online.

    Lesson 6 Part 1 Challenge

    I think it is hilarious that this article I have to read is blocked by the city filters. I'll read this on my laptop or the library's laptop laters!
    I can talk about how social media has impacted me historically to present. I remember when correspondences/letters used to be by snail mail" or handed to me in person. It was slower but the impact was stronger then than now I think. Now, I have email that I never clean out because it is too overwhelming. I like Facebook because of how quickly we can connect with memories past and present. I also see how FB can be tricky if you say things and get "unfriended". I have accounts on Twitter and Youtube, but not Instagram. I still type Instagram like Instangram with an "n". I don't see how Instagram is important. I guess because I don't take many pics. I do love my Pinterest and Goodreads and they both have social media connections aspects.

    Thursday, April 23, 2015

    Lesson 5 Challenge

    Internet Search Challenge was a neat and fun exercise to find the effective words for searching. I did well in effective and "stop words". I didn't need any improvements. What I needed improvement was finding ineffective or words with little effect. I seem to need help distinguishing between the two. Good to know!

    Lesson 3 Part 2 Challenge

    I believe that the two libguides that would be of use to my fellow staff are the Caldecott Medal and Newbery Medal. We received reference questions on what books are on the recent and prior lists.  Instead of trying to look for them elsewhere online, we can just look at our libguides as a guide to show our patrons. These are excellent sources for us to find the right books at the right time.

    Sunday, April 19, 2015

    Lesson 3 Part 1 Challenge

    Along came a student, Harriet, that did not have a lick of a chance to complete her writing assignment in time come in to Landa for help. She did not know how to start or where to begin. I asked her what her topic was and she started to shake from worry. I helped her with her anxiety by using research under the Student Research Center database. It gave her cool choices to narrow her source materials.
    Harriet was researching, printing and writing her paper, but needed images, commercial-free, to add some pizzazz. She did not seemed too worried about getting the images she needed. I showed her our Image Collection database and she asked why not use Google as her images. I said, "Relax! I'll show how fast and safe an image search can be!".
    After researching, writing and adding her images, Harriet asked me to review her paper and I said, "I have the best tutor to help you!". I helped her by showing her Live Homework Help's tutors who proceeded to help her make her paper into the best project she has ever done!

    True story.

    Lesson 2 Part 3 Challenge: Outlook

    I liked the new way (prior to 2013) the signature is, but I was instructed by an IT professional that we shouldn't be too heavy on the pictures on signatures.Unfortunately, I do have a badge on mine.

    Lesson 2 Part 3 Challenge: Word

    I did not make a customized tab but I thought that was a cool idea. I don't know if i'll do one, but who knows!
    I made the flyer without help. I have been using Word 2013 for some time so not much was new for me. Thanks,

    Saturday, April 18, 2015

    Lesson 2 Part 2 Challenge 2

    Does it count if I already pinned the Millennium icon to my taskbar? :D

    Lesson 2 Part 2 Challenge 1

     I am getting into heroes in response to SRP.

    Friday, April 17, 2015

    Lesson 1 Part 3 Challenge

    I am following the 11.5 COSAS blog and Landa's tech designee, I like following my branch's tech page and it is a fun and interesting! I like this experience. To tell the truth, I have not used my blog in a long time and not since last year. I was using my FB page instead of the blog to follow pages.