Friday, April 4, 2008

Another social network--Classmates.Com

OK. This one you will have to trust me on. I can give you a picture, but I can't link you into my profile without giving you my password. And that ain't gonna happen!!!

The home page for this social network is You start by selecting your state and then the city or town where you went to high school. Then the site tells you how many classmates they have listed on the site from your school. And they ask you to fill out some information about yourself. You can upload your picture after that. After you are in, they send you an email message with your password. You can change the password at any time. You can fill out more information about yourself and write a brief catch-up bio about yourself, which they will make available to your classmates. I think you are limited to your school, as far as whose information you can see. You can do make privacy decisions about how they may use the information you post.

My picture on the site should look familiar. This social network looks like it has potential for me. And it does. Of course it comes with a price. If I want to play, I will have to pay! I'm going to have to think about this long and hard.

I have done some exploring on the site and found a fairly good representation of my classmates on this site. It occurs to me that, if they use people's day to day email addresses for the mail, I would have a good chance of reconnecting with a number of friends from my past. I even found my brother registered.

Without paying, you can set up an informational profile, and have a limited amount of time to post to a message board, besides being able to see who is a member. To send email, set up smaller private groups for sharing photo albums and participating in their message boards you have to pay--quarterly, yearly or biennially. But this site has definite possibilities over the social networking sites used the younger crowd.

Podcasting and me--no fun!

I knew this was going to be a troublesome task. I didn't know it would take me so long to get to the end of the tunnel. (I am not sure there ever was any light when I got to the end. This is an audio adventure.)

I started this adventure by reading about podcasting and listening to a few. I went on to download Audacity to my personal laptop. It is fairly easy to use. I plugged in the microphone and created some test files to see what could be done. I learned how to delete some strange background noise from my recording and also how to delete dead space within the recording. (I didn't do a lot of this, as I was pressed for time. So don't expect a polished podcast. But this was interesting and given the time, I think I could have improved the quality of the podcast--given A LOT OF TIME.)

I wrote a script based on an early experience in library school and how it affected my career as a librarian. The podcast is meant to be funny. I am a great admirer of both Dr. Allan Pratt and his mentor Jesse Shera. It was fun to see where our paths crossed, and the influence both men have had on my career. I wonder what Dr. Pratt would think of the way my career developed.

After recording and some minimal editing, I was ready to publish my podcast. That is where things got very sticky. I went to PodBean, but couldn't figure out how to upload my podcast without incurring the monthly fee of $1.99. Having some Scottish blood, I couldn't see doing that for one experimental podcast. So I moved on to the ourmedia site. They had a way to upload small podcasts via the web, but my podcast must have been too big, since I couldn't get it to work. To use the ourmedia site, you have to be a member of the Internet Archive site. Then to upload to Internet Archive, I had to add SpinXpress software to my PC. I think I set up 4 new accounts to get this podcast on the net! In the end, I think I could have skipped the ourmedia site, and just used Internet Archive with the SpinXpress software. Internet Express even created the code I needed to post this podcast to my blog!

So here it is: MSUGR - a Librarian's Motto

Internet Archive provided code to post the podcast on a website. I tried using the first block of code provided, but that didn't work. The second block, Embed an Archive item with MP3 (64kbps -- lower bitrate) music files on your site! worked for me. It puts a player in the blog with a direct link to the podcast. This is pretty cool and was the easiest part of the process. Who knew?

I am soooooooooooo glad I can say this task is completed!!!

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Update on Facebook ...

Mary Spencer asked to be my friend in Facebook. She is so sweet. If she didn't ask, I wouldn't have a friend there!

I sent her a message in Facebook and it looks like it made it. So maybe tomorrow I will have a reply. This is getting interesting.

I finished my podcast script. I have to get that task done, and also try one more social network before I have completed all my tasks. Only two more days to get this done. And I am still trying to keep up with my real work.

Are we having fun yet???

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Facebook and me

Well, I'm in. I am disappointed that I didn't recognize any people who were active from my high school or college past. I looked around and tried to find someone I felt safe in poking. The familiar names showed up on the wrong lists. I did manage to join the "Blue 2.0 at the UK Libraries" group. I uploaded 2 pictures that should be familiar now. I am using them for lots of activities. I added Keeneland to my list of events. Now I need to find time to go!

I wanted to use my UK email address and kept getting turned down for getting into the Find Friends area. What am I doing wrong, or do I have to dredge up an old Yahoo account that I thought was history? Actually it may already be dredged up for something else we did earlier, but I really don't want to use the account for email. (I think I resurrected the account when I got involved with Flickr.)

Anyway, here is the url for my Facebook profile:

MySpace was a frustrating place

OK, so maybe I am not a good candidate for MySpace. I did get two friends. But I never was able to change my background color and my pictures came in a bit strange. My WeeMee gained a fushia background that is totally NOT mee. (I couldn't help it. The extra e just happened.)

Here is my profile in MySpace

I joined a group finally. I joined the Scotland Yard group. But I guess it hasn't been too long, since they won't let me post yet. There is a discussion going on about Scottish bands. No one has mentioned the Battlefield Band. I am very disappointed and wanted to add them into the mix.

My initial default picture was a scanned and cropped version of my UK ID, but the scanner was black and white--not to mention the picture was on a very bad hair day. I did figure out how to make a trade with a picture I had Kitty take yesterday. I played with it in Adobe Elements and uploaded it today, along with my favorite picture of me in Scotland. (So I could justify being in Scotland Yard, of course!)

Onward to Facebook. I still am trying to think of what to do for my podcast.

Monday, March 24, 2008

Libraries and YouTube

This was a great activity. I had fun perusing the YouTube to see what was there on "Libraries".

Here are my three favorite videos.

1) Cleopatra - The Burning of the Library of Alexandria
This is the classic Liz Taylor movie and she is really mad about this little event!

2) Mr. Bean - Library
Mr. Bean would really rile the preservation and rare book librarians with his interesting use of the rare library book. He really tries to follow the rules. He is creative in his methods to copy a figure in the book, using tracing paper and colored pencils. Unfortunate events follow that cause the disfigurement of the art work and then the accidental removal of the page. (Well maybe the page was removed on purpose to cover up the act of destruction.) You don't even want to know what he does next. This is classic Bean!

3) No Cookies in the Library - Classic Sesame Street
Cookie Monster visits the library. Excited about all the books he wants to read a book, but also a box of cookies, please!

I liked these videos, as they were all classic clips from other mediums--film or TV. They were all about preserving the written or printed word. Jesse Shera wrote the we should "Maximize the social utility of the graphic record." In order to do that, one of our responsibilities is to preserve that record. That is what these three clips are really about. How cool is that? Or for my generation -- Far out!!!

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Far out! The Flickr Badges worked!!!

I am so pleased. My Flickr badges work. I don't know if you have to have Flash to be able to see the first one work. Please drop me a comment if you are unable to view my changing picture show in the Flash Flickr Badge on the right side of the screen.


OK, now that I can do it, what do I think? This is a great way to share photos. We could have a University of Kentucky Libraries group that uploaded our pictures after events. Then the person responsible for our staff photo archive could download the best pictures for saving, and the rest of us could enjoy everyone else's pictures for awhile, before we had to make room for more.