Temporary Hiatus

Alternate title: Blogging is hard, yo!

I’m putting this blog on hiatus until September 1.  The fact that it’s taken me about a week to get around to putting up this post is pretty much all the evidence I needed to realize that I should do it.   Once I get done plowing through a bunch of university and organizational committee work, creating materials for my Legal Research classes and otherwise taking care of business here in the Bluegrass, I’ll be back to posting.

Of course, it seems that whenever I do try and go on hiatus, I get an overwhelming urge to start blogging again, so we shall see how long it lasts.  But at least I don’t feel guilty anymore about not posting.

If you’re really curious about what I would be blogging about had I the time, you can check out my google reader items, my twitter, or my friend feed.


Second Life Sarah

Just so that this blog doesn’t get overtaken with the kudzu of Second Life posts, I’ll be keeping track of my progress with the Law Librarians in Virtual Worlds seminar on the blog “Second Life Sarah.” I’ll also be posting stuff to the class wiki, but I’m having trouble getting Wetpaint to do what I want it to do right now and I want to get this stuff down before I forget it.

Of course, I didn’t really get to put too much on the SLS blog because I had to actually answer reference questions. Funny how that works out. But hopefully tomorrow I’ll get to work on it some more. And I definitely want to take another picture for the header. Dang SL pictures are addictive….

Thanksgiving Week Hiatus

I am in the middle of moving house and, combined with Thanksgiving, I realized that I’m probably not going to be posting this week. So much for NaBloPoMo.

I’ll be back the Monday after Thanksgiving, unless I see something really cool, which is entirely possible.  If you’re looking for something to read, check out Stephen Fry’s Blog.  Surprisingly, he’s a total techie.  I would have not guessed that.

When Blog Posts Collide

Oh, Gentle Reader, it’s amazing how fast things move in this crazy Web 2.0 world.

It was just two days ago that I was thrilled to be Facebook friends with Kevin Smith.   And then this morning I completely geeked out over Facebook Pages.   This afternoon Kevin Smith found that, while a celebrity can have an individual profile on Facebook, he or she is limited to 5000 friends.  So Kevin Smith is closing out his Facebook profile and started a Facebook Page to replace it.

Now, if I were the suspicious sort, I’d find it awfully convenient that a celebrity with a history of reaching out to his fans via the Internet decided to start a Facebook page that was clearly doomed to failure due to the 5000 friend limit THE DAY BEFORE Facebook rolled out it’s new format especially for celebrities/businesses/libraries.  Awfully convenient.   But as it stands, I’m from the Midwest and I just assume that everyone is as sweet and innocent as I am.  🙂

When I’ve had the time today, I played around with some of the Facebook Pages features.  Thus far I’ve found two problems.  (1) While I can add applications to my library’s page, the ones that would be the most useful (such as JSTOR) are not available.  (2) I can’t find a way to search for Facebook Pages.  I found the one for my university’s libraries through the creator’s Facebook profile, I found the New York Times one through a post on Mashable and I found Kevin Smith’s because he had to set one up due to COMPLETELY REASONABLE AND NOT AT ALL SUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES.

It is only the first day of roll out so perhaps I should be more patient.

The Standard Awkward First Post

When I decided to become a law librarian, I had a definite vision in mind of what the job would entail.  I would occasionally assist law students and faculty with their research, but for the most part I would be in a basement somewhere surrounded by dusty books.  Most of my time would be spent organizing and collecting historic resources.  I was also planning on devoting my scholarship to researching and writing about legal history topics.  It was going to be awesome.

A funny thing happened on the way to me becoming the America’s Next Top Legal History Scholar.  While in library school, I took a job as a library instruction assistant in the undergraduate library.  I’d never had an overwhelming desire to teach, but I needed the money and it seemed close enough to reference work that I thought it may prove useful. As it turned out, I really liked teaching and interacting with people.

Trust me, no one was more surprised by this than me.

I eventually graduated with my MLS and began working professionally as a law librarian.  Instead of dusty law books, I found myself playing around with computers and various software applications in order to find new ways to connect with my students.  Then I wrote a little newsletter article on MySpace.  And then I was asked to speak at a mini-conference about social networking software in special libraries.  Then I devised a conference program on Facebook.  And then last week  I was asked to help coordinate a take-off of PLCMC’s Learning 2.0 for my university’s library faculty and staff.  It then occurred to me that this Web 2.0 stuff was sorta becoming “my thing.”

Again, no one is more surprised by this than me.

I am not what you’d call a “techie.”   I was forced to take a basic computing class in library school, so now I know just enough HTML to wreck a perfectly decent website and I don’t have a quizzical look on my face when people say “UNIX.”  I don’t have an iPod or a laptop.  I do have a cell phone, but I really don’t know how to use it.  Probably on the Roger’s Bell Curve, I’m somewhere in between an “early adopter” and an “early majority.”  I just tell you this because I want to be very open about the fact that I really have no idea what I’m doing.  I’m really making it all up as I go along.

So, anyway, I thought I’d start this blog to keep track of my experiments in Web 2.0 and to collect all the related stories and tidbits that I find so when I have to start preparing for these talks, I have my material at the ready.  (I do know a little something about blogging.)  I’m calling it “The Technological Tortoise” because (a) I like alliteration (b) I’m referencing the fable of The Tortoise and the Hare, with the thought that I am going to slowly and steadily conquer this Web 2.0 stuff, and (c) I like turtles.  They’re sort of a signature animal for me.  Also, as I am a librarian and really big on sharing what I learn with the world at large, I thought that others who know even less than I do may be interested in following along and trying to duplicate some of my experiments.

Whew!  Awkward first post over with!  The next couple of posts will probably be me catching up to what I’ve done so far.  Then I’ll track my current progress as it… progresses.


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