Nebraska Learns 2.0 is the Nebraska Library Commission’s ongoing online learning program. The goal of our program is to encourage participants to experiment with and learn about the new and emerging technologies that are reshaping the way people, society and libraries access information and communicate with each other. Nebraska Learns 2.0 is a self-discovery program which encourages participants to take control of their own learning and to utilize their lifelong learning skills through exploration and PLAY.
Each month, The Nebraska Library Commission offers you an opportunity to learn a new Thing (or lesson). You have all month to complete that Thing and receive one CE credit. You may choose which Things to do based on personal interest and time availability. If the Thing of the month doesn’t interest you or if you are particularly busy that month, you can skip it.
The Thing for April is: Track Your Software Usage with Wakoopa
Ever wonder how much you use a particular program? Does it seem like you spend all day on Word or Outlook? Or maybe you’ve got iTunes running in the background at all times. Not only is there a way to track all of the software you run, you can also track certain online applications such as Google Reader, GMail, and Hootsuite.
If you are new to Nebraska Learns 2.0, your first assignment is to sign up to participate at http://nelearns.blogspot.com/2009/03/participate.html. This program is open to ALL Nebraska librarians, library staff, library friends, library board members and school media specialists. We hope you’ll join your library colleagues in the fun as you learn about new and exciting technologies!
DO you pay attention to what’s being said about you or your library online? You should! Chris Brogran recently had a great blog post titled “Grow Bigger Ears in 10 Minutes” in which he points out simple steps you can take to keep track of what others are saying about you online.
Photo: CC-BY-NC-SA Paulgi
Backupify is a service that will create backup copies of your online services such as Flickr, Google Docs, Blogger, GMail, WordPress and more. The best thing is that it’s free, forever, providing you sign up before January 31st, 2010. I’ve been using it for a week now and love the security it’s providing me.
All about social cataloging, tagging, what’s wrong with OCLC and other topics from Tim Spalding’s concluding keynote at LIANZA09 in Christchurch, NZ.
Ever wish you could search Google for something and find out what others in your social network though about that topic? You now can by trying Google Social Search.
First head on over to Google Labs and click “Join this experiment” next to Google Social Search. Once joined, head back on over to Google.com and perform a search. On the results page click on “Show options” then click “Social” on the new menu on the left.
Here’s the results of my search for “ebooks” limiting to social results:
Here’s what Google says Social Search indexes:
- Websites, blogs, public profiles, and other content linked from your friends’ Google profiles.
- Web content, such as status updates, tweets, and reviews, from social services that your friends have listed in their Google profiles.
- Relevant articles from your Google Reader subscriptions.
From this you might have figured out that the more social “stuff” you do using Google-based tools, the better your results will be.
Here’s a list of 31 libraries that the Nebraska Library Commission knows about on Facebook. If you’re not on the list leave a comment and we’ll be sure to get you added.
Bellevue Public Library
Blair Public Library
Broken Bow Public Library
Columbus Public Library
Fairfield Public Library
Gretna Public Library
Hartington Public Library
Hastings Public Library
Holdrege Area Public Library
Keene Memorial Library
Lied Imperial Public Library
Lied Pierce Public Library
Lied Randolph Public Library
Lincoln City LIbraries
Morrill Public Library
Norfolk Public Library
Omaha Public Library
O’Neill Public Library
Plattsmouth Public Library
Ravenna Public Library
Raymond A. Whitwer Tilden Public Library
Rushville Public Library
Sargent Township Library
Schuyler Public Library
Seward Memorial Library
Sidney Public Library
South Sioux City Public Library
Springfield Memorial Library
Stanton Public Library
Tekamah Public Library
Ulysses Township Library
Wondering what people are talking about right now on the Social Web? Well, you could do a Twitter search, then a BackType search, then a Delicious search, then a YouTube search, then a. You get the picture. Instead you could head on over to itpints.com and do your search there. Results will come from blogs, news sites, social bookmarks, lifestreaming, video, and images sites such as the ones I’ve previously mentioned, and more. And, as with most search engines today, you can also subscribe to an RSS feed of your results.