The Iowa City Public Library put on a fantastic Technology Petting Zoo today! ICPL’s Emerging Technology Committee offered an inservice session to expose library staff to new gadgets, including the Sony eReader, Overdrive eAudio, iTouch, the CanoScan Scanner, and eeePC. I presented on Flip Video, which I’ve used with ICPL teens in Teen Tech Zone to help them produce their own YouTube videos. You can check out my Flip Video presentation notes below, or you can click here to download the pdf.
This Friday I got to demonstrate some features of my Kindle 2.0 to a group of about 20 staff at my library. We’re getting ready to go the e-book route, which I think is very exciting. I feel so grateful that my library is willing to embrace and explore new technologies — we circulate video game systems, laptops, flip cameras, and our reference services entail chatting, texting, blogging and technology instruction. . .
Anyway, I’m getting distracted from what I REALLY wanted to tell you about, which is libraries and e-Books. It looks like my library is going to end up going with Sony e-Readers, because we already use the Overdrive service for audiobooks, and Overdrive just partnered up with Sony to offer content for their e-Readers earlier this summer. This makes me sad for entirely selfish reasons, because I use a Kindle — but that’s just the way it goes in the format wars. And it does really bug me that the Kindle is so proprietary and DRM-y — but all the better to hack, my dear! (And lest we forget — Sony is not exactly exempt from the evils of DRM, either. Remember that fiasco?)
Well, the fall semester is finally here, along with all the attendant responsibilities: lectures, readings, research, assignments, collaborations, conferences, my graduate assistantship, as well as continuing Teen Tech Zone and Teen Advisory Group with the fabulous teenagers at my public library. Maybe all this will help explain the recent lapse in posts here on Librarian in a Banana Suit…
This semester I’ve noticed something new in my classes, although I don’t think it’s a new phenomenon at all — it’s just the first time I’ve happened to observe it: my instructors are nervous! Sweaty palms, self-deprecating jibes, fidgeting with the AV equipment, mumbling nervously to themselves, etc. They are TERRIFIED to meet a new crop of students who will be judging them on their aptitudes as teachers for the duration of the semester. As the instructors get to know us, they will become more comfortable and relaxed, I’m sure. It’s funny how I’ve never really noticed those first-day jitters before.
Tomorrow I’ll be teaching a Reference Session to a class of 20 students at the University of Iowa. I’m calling the session Using Wikis For Work & Play: a brief introduction to the wonderful world of wikis. Hopefully students will walk away with some ideas about how they can use wikis for work, school, or recreational clubs.
Here’s a link to the slides for my power point presentation if you want to check it out:
Using Wikis for Work and Play…