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A Munchkin’s Word World First Podcast!

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Wow. Its hard to believe that today is officially the last day of my first semester. For our final project in multimedia we had the option to create either a website, a wiki, or a podcast then post it on the internet or blog. I have chosen to do a podcast even though to be honest I hate hearing my own voice once it has been recorded.

I chose to do a podcast because it would be, in my mind, the simplest thing for me to do. All I need to write is a short script in my notebook about something that my “fictional” library should be doing.

My fictional library is the General Public Library of Munchkinland. Keeping with the munchkin theme here you guys. I guess I will break the spoiler silence and say that my topic will be about why NaNoWriMo should be an annual activity at the library for all ages.

I created my podcast using Audacity which is a free open-source audiotrack recorder and editing program. I first used this program in highschool, thanks to my wonderful tech teacher, when we were asked to record ourselves reading either a short story from a book or one that we created ourselves (I chose to write my own) and add music to the back that represents each character. I did not use any microphones or fancy equipment except my laptop and audacity. I just hope my voice doesn’t crack while I do this!

In my podcast I will be playing some music from my Itunes and at the end of this post I will list the songs in order that they appear. They will not be the full length song (unless its under three minutes) but I will source them none the less. I feel using songs is a good way to break up a long winded stream of words that will hopefully sound like I am having a conversation with you and not just sounding like a moron.

Books and Authors to be Mentioned in the Podcast:

  • Night Circus

Due to technical difficulties I will be posting the podcast tomorrow morning.

Interested in hearing more podcasts from myself? Let me know down below in the comment section.

Intersted in hearing more podcasts specifically for bibliophiles? Check out the link at the bottom of the page. You can also check out a podcast someone else in my library class did at the second link.

Have fun!

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Lab Results #8: The Debriefing of a Library Technician in Training

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Today’s Multimedia debriefing is brought to you by: cherry tea and the lab set out by my teacher. Oh and the Winnipeg Transit Bus drivers who got me to school on time! Cause if they didn’t that would be disasterous.

When I first opened the lab I blinked for a second trying to remember what the heck Social book marking is then I realized that I have never heard of it! It was a bit of a shocker since I am always on the computer or reading; woulda thought it would have come up at some point. As my eyes wandered across the words of the first activity I suddenly realized what Social Bookmarking is and I did a mental facepalm. Then groaned under my breath.

1- Define social bookmarking in your own words.

Social Bookmarking is a simple form of saving relevant websites to a sharing site such as Delicious, Digg or Reddit. These websites are open to share world wide so there is a continous stream of new websites that are interesting and fun when you search with a keyword or tag.

For example: if I searched for “book reviews” or “libraries” then all articles that have been tagged with those words will be brought into view.

Pretty sweet eh?

2- Have you or do you use social bookmarking?

I have not used social bookmarking but I have a friend who do and it seems to help her. I know that I have a lot of websites that I frequent, and frequently forget, so it may be an advantage for me. Its scary how many sites I have in my bookmark…just thinking about it makes my head spin!

a- If you have used it, what did you use it for?

Uh…I don’t use it but my friends do. One of my friends, the head librarian technician at my highschool, uses it to bookmark sites that give good book reviews, articles that are related to libraries, and overall just about everything that catches her eye.

If Pintrest is considered a social bookmarking site then I have used a social bookmarking site.

b- If you haven’t used it before, do you think you might start using it now, and in what context?

I am seriously considering using Delicious but Digg also has some interesting posts that I have been looking through. StumbleUpon in my opinion seems to be a site layed out like Delicious. Though Delicious seems to be more mobile because I can load the app onto my ipod touch. Though it would only work when I have a wireless connection…

I would be using Delicious, or whatever social bookmarking site I choose, in a variety of ways because I am a munchkin of many interests. Articles related to books (reviews, movies turned from books, etc), writing (NaNoWriMo, tutorials, advice, critiques, etc) craftiness like crochetting and knitting. Overall I would use it for more than what I have just listed.

I suppose, since this is a school assignment, that I would use it for school assignments when I need information on a subject which is related to Library and Information Technology Science. Search Library and maybe something will pop up.

3- How could social bookmarking be useful or beneficial to patrons and staff in libraries?

I think that social bookmarking would be useful for both patrons and the staff of libraries because it opens the doors to a much broader source of information not just locally but world wide. Although the information may be broader by range that does not mean library staff are unable to retrieve more specific information.

With the help of tags libraries can breathe new articles with information into the face of the patrons. These are articles are ones that patrons can use with the knowledge that it has been read over with a critical eye. Libraries can also use the articles to further and expand its reach. Plus there are a great deal of benefits to see what is happening all over the world in other libraries.

Lab Results #7: The Debriefing of a Library Technician in Training

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Today’s multimedia lesson dealt with the topic of podcasting. Have you heard of it before? For those of you who do not know what a podcast is let me give you a quick summery.

A podcast is simply an audio or video mp3 file that is accessable anywhere in the world and can be downloaded onto your mp3 player, ipod-whatever, and your phone (if its a smart phone…unlike mine). If you subscribe via RSS (Really Simple Syndication) then your podcast will automatically update as soon as a new podcast arrives!

Pretty niffty.

The best thing about this digital audio file is that yes it can be professionally made but it can also be made by anyone. All you need is a good microphone, editing software (which you can get for free and open-sourced online) and access to the internet. After creating your podcast you can publish it online via a website (with an RSS feed) or even a podcast directory such as iTunes, Podcast.net, and PodcastPickle. Of course there are many more directories out there but I just included a few here for your amusement (and mine as well). Click through the links to explore a vast amount of interesting and unique podcasts.

Now you are probably wondering why podcating would be an interesting and relavent topic for a library technicnan in training. There are many reasons why a podcast can be helpful to not only a librarian but the patrons of the library as well!

  • Promotes the library
    • Special Events, regular events
    • Interviews with the librarians
    • New books/book reviews etc.
  • The child patrons of the library can post their own discoveries and learn about new and interesting things
  • Effective training for a new librarian
  • Can provide walking tours/orientation of the library with interesting facts and stats

1- Which library podcast did you listen to? From the list on LISWiki I chose the podcast Lost in the stacks and began listening to EPISODE 181: OPEN ACCESS BEGINS AT HOME.

2- Why did you choose this podcast? When I was reading through the list of podcasts I was looking for something that was unique and that would catch my eye. Lost in the Stacks had a brief description after it saying that its the “podcast of the research-library rock’n’roll radio show on WREK Atlanta“. I knew I immediately had to listen to that one. Seriously, how many podcasts can you find that include music and interviews in a library setting?

3- What was the focus of the podcast and who was it geared towards? (Ex: was it about library instruction, library policies, popular books, etc…? Was it geared towards school library staff, academic library staff, public library staff, or library patrons?) The episode I am listening to as I write this (Epidsode 181) focused on Open Access and is the fourth of five (the next episode will be aired ont the first of November at lunch) that I know of.

The speakers on the podcast are from the Georgia Tech Library which is a research library. Saying that I don’t believe that this is a podcast specifically directed towards the staff of an academic library but the librarians of any type and the library patrons too! It talks about everything and anything that has to do with libraries including stuff that happens behind the scenes for both the librarians and what occurs at the publishing/printing buildings.

4- Did you enjoy the podcast? Why or why not? I definetly enjoyed the podcast episode. I loved the interviews and the music. My classmates probably were wondering why I was grooving in my seat the entire class (and consequently nearly falling out of my chair). The music is ties it all together because it gives the speakers a chance to take a break and transition into a new portion of the podcast. You can find the playlist included after every episode on the link included above that takes you to the radio station. 

I listen to a variety of podcasts everything from oldschool radio shows (brilliant) to contemporay storytelling to sports updates (GO MANCHESTER UNITED!) and everything in between. I find them fascinating and extremely educational if I don’t have a craving for listening to music at that particular time.

Do you listen to any podcasts? What kinds of podcasts do you listen to? Do you have more podcasts than music in your handheld library? What podcast suggestions do you have for everyone?

Would you like to see a podcast on here in the future?

Comment below!

Lab Results #5: The Debriefing of a Library Technician in Training

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Today’s debriefing is brought to you by the rain pouring outsie and myself (and what looks to be around 5 other classmates) about to fall asleep in class. Not from the lesson mind you.

When you need to look up some thing fast, where do you normally go looking first? Okay after you go onto google to search it because lets be honest that is just how it goes. Normally the first couple websites would include Wikipedia am I right or am I just making an assumption here? You’ve probably heard of Wiki’s before since Wikipedia is probably the most popular one out there with just about everything and anything linked onto it.

  •  Give a brief summary of wikis in your own words
    • What is it? How is it used? Who uses it?

In a munchkin sized nutshell wikis are webpages which can be produced, edited, and maintained by a group of people or just a single person online. Anyone who has internet access (and is willing to do research though not necessarily maintain the page) is able to create one of these Wikis. You do not need HTML knowledge to create a page.

There are a variety of uses for a wiki page; just look at Wikipedia and all of its “babies”!

  • 2. Give your opinion of wikis.
    • Do you like it/dislike it? Is it useful? Would you/Do you use it?

I don’t necessarily dislike using Wikis, since I use various Wiki’s for just about anything, but I also am aware that they are probably not the most reliable source of information out there when needing information for an assignment in school or something like that. Sure I find it fairly reliable when I need a good footing or idea of whatthefuck I am getting myself into when beginning my research.

My rule of thumb that I have used since highschool research projects has been: Go to Wikipedia for my footing of the subject, from there ideally decide which areas are interesting, before going and searching on what can be considered a “proper” resource. This rule helps me keep organized and lessens the chance of me wasting my time by doing research that is pointless. This rule also helps me cross reference other websites. 2 or more websites that have the same thing as the Wikipage? Good chance that it is true.

Personally I have never actually edited any of the articles that I have come across. Although I do know a few people who have found articles so full of junk and missinformation that they took HOURS out of their day just to do research and rewrite the article themselves.

  • 3. Contribute suggestions for further uses for wikis in libraries.
    • Can it be expanded upon? Is it outdated and a newer technology should be used instead? Are there other ways it could be used in libraries? What types of libraries could benefit from its use?

I think that for libraries Wiki’s are a great idea AS LONG AS there is a strict moderation process which the article that has been edited must go through. Libraries are a source of information: information that is true, information that will be helpful, information that is relavent, and finally information that is current.

I do not believe that Wikis are outdated at this point in time. Maybe down the road in 5-10 years they could possibly though.

There are many ways that a wiki could be used in libraries. It can be used to organize various activities and events, persons who are working in the library by use of an internal library communication system, and being able to communicate to patrons who not only would be coming into the library but who would also not be physically able to come in.

I think that a library such as a Specialized or Academic would benefit from the use of a Wiki. These libraries have a greater set of division in them, different areas of study for example, and by using a Wiki they would be able to have a large space to work with internally. The divisons would not be as divided since with a Wiki everyone would be able to access and edit it.

Lab Results #4: The Debriefing of a Librarian Technician in Training

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Have you ever really thought about how much information we have at our finger tips? Like really, have you just sat there and just thought about it? Take a moment, really, just take a few seconds to process this absolutely mindboggling idea.

Of course many people read blogs, news sites, etc etc. and this is what we focused on today in my Mulitmedia Class.Important-Web-Hosting-Requirements

If we are so eager to learn about what’s out there how are we going to remember every single website that we like? This is where the handy

tool called RSS feeds come in to play. You can find a website that explains RSS feeds here as well as a fantastically done video on youtube here. Both of these links were given to me by my Multimedia teacher today during class.


I’ve dealt with RSS feeds in the past during highschool where for many years I had worked to make a fairly large and highly useful inventory of feeds from various websites in a Google Reader. I really loved my google reader; it was always a work in progress to sort out in the World Wide Web and discover new feeds which are more useful than others.

Unfortunately right now google reader does not exist. Its existance was cut short recently (1 July 2013) by google. If you want to read the blog post you can hop over here. I had originally forgotten that this would be happening so this is the blunt reminder that I had recieved after searching google for the reader. Sure they give you alternatives to the Reader but…No. I liked my reader and want it back!

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Now though I put all my subscriptions in to my wordpress reader and have set it to immediate email notifications. Its not as good as

before but until something else appears (or I somehow magically become a HTML genius in the space of a few months and create my own version of a reader).

So how do RSS feeds and libraries work? Why would a munchkin Librarian in Training be instructed to learn about RSS feeds by her

awesome teacher? These RSS feeds are important because libraries can be linked to other libraries which leads into forming webs of interaction. These links can be vital in passing information as well as having a sense of what other libraries are up to.


Which RSS feeds did you look at while you were browsing for one to subscribe to?
 I knew exactly which library I had wanted when I saw the assignment. I chose the Cork City Public Library in County Cork, Ireland. While searching on the main page I found a variety of links to areas of the library that peaked my interest. These include a Music and Musical Exhibition, a Cultural Life, and even a Writer’s Corner!For our multimedia blog post today I am supposed to answer the following questions about an individual activity assigned to us.

Which RSS feed did you finally choose? In the end I chose the library’s main blog page.

Why did you choose this one, and what do you hope to gain from being a subscriber? I subscribed to this page specifically because it brings all the other pages into one blended blog. My hope is to gain knowledge about what is happening in the libraries in Cork Public Libraries especially since:

I love Ireland and I love books.

So that had been my multimedia class today in a nutshell or just over 600 words.

Comments? Questions? Concerns? Hit up the Comment box below or just like it!

(TeacherT, I really love your class! This blog is the best thing you could have possibly made me do)