Thursday, December 17, 2009

YPRL week #3 found it

There's my week 2 post all along. Oh dear, what the girls call a man-look. You look and look and its in front of you.

YPRL Week #3

Well, that's funny. I can't find my last post. (That'd be a good name for a bugle call.)Pity. It was quite detailed. Anyway, Today I signed up on iGoogle. I chose a theme with a froggy in a boat and got a teahouse instead. I added Aust. weather radar which is a very grainy repro of the and a tree frog gadget which, at present, is blank. Not having much luck with frogs. I do like the books feeds and I thing the technology one might be useful, too. I wonder in my own mind if the social add-ons have been overtaken by Facebook. I won't write more now in case this post is lost, too.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

YPRL week # 2

I started my Google browse by hunting for a little program my friend told me about, which he used to make a 3D scale drwing of the stage set for a play we did at the local theatre group. Its called Google Sketchup. I didn't wait for it to download - took too long.
I've added a couple of planning sheets to GoogleDocs for fun. I couldn't find out how to edit them, but I'll share them with another CL when I do.
I searched Ivanhoe Library on Google Maps. After adding 'Victoria' ( I didn't know there was an Ivanhoe in NSW - have twin libraries) I found that Google Maps thinks we are in Ivanhoe East on Lower Heidelberg Road. So I reported a problem to them. Oops, that's Media. Ishould have told Suzanne.
I check Google Books for a relatively unknown, but documented, figure in history called Wiiliam of Rubroeck. He's there - in some cases you can read the entire text. (Ispent a bit too long browsing, It's a trap)The last time I was looking for him I found a translation of the book he wrote for King Louis of France. I forget which Louis. I think it was the saint because he led a crusade. It just goes to show that I should have written down my sources, same as for book research. I can't find William's book now. I'll have to start again.
I tried out the Translate function on Google with the text of a notice that I have had translated by a native speaker already. The first attempt interpreted the English too literally to make sense. Adjusting the English a bit brought the French to clumsy but understandable version of what I meant. I put in a simpler text and asked for a French, then a Chinese translation. The French didn't seem to deal with basic differences in word order in he languages. The Chinese showed me that the system has Chinese characters available, but Lu wasn't heare to check if it was any good. I maust ask her tomorrow.

Monday, December 14, 2009

# 1 YPRL week one

Well, that was easy. I can use the blog from my last attempt at 23 things. I s'pose I'd better add a photo or something. Make up a whole new librarian that belongs to this century. But later - sorry - it's teatime now and then I have a desk roster.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

New start

I'm starting the 23 things all over again with new library service. That'll bring a 20th cent. librarian running fast into the 21st. I need to log in wireless laptops and lots of stuff my boys can do already. I think the tasks are different now. Soon it's internet radio. Next its make your own video.

Me - I'm still looking for a tutorial on online job applications. 'Cos that's the main thing people ask us about when we're on roving reference. (That's not the title, but it's got a nice ring to it.)