February 26, 2007

Getting Started with Your MP3 Player

This is meant as Quick Start Guide only, please see the instruction manual for more information.

To get started
1. Put battery in MP3 player

2.0 Connect the MP3 player to your computer using the USB cable. Note USB ports may be found on the front or back of your computer.

3.0 Start Windows Explorer

  1. Click on Start
  2. All Programs
  3. Accessories
  4. Windows Explorer

4.0 Windows Explorer will recognize your MP3 player as a removable disk. Please note in the example it is Drive F, but the drive letter can vary

5.0 Music you've copied on to your computer should be in your "My Music" folder

6.0 Use copy and paste to move song files onto the MP3 player

  1. Right click on a music folder

  2. select "copy"

  3. Right click on "Removable Disk"

  4. select "paste"

7.0 To safely disconnect the MP3 player look at the lower right hand corner of your screen. Right click on the "Safely Remove Hardware" icon.

  1. Click "Safely Remove Hardware"
  2. A new window opens
  3. USB Mass Storage Device should be highlights
  4. Click the "Stop" button
  5. Click "ok"

8.0 Press the play button to start listening.
Feel free to call, email, or stop by my (Bobbi) desk with questions!

Note: This MP3 player can do a LOT more - FM radio, voice recorder, take time to read your owners manual.

February 05, 2007

27. netLibrary

Please feel free to wander around netLibrary - but right now the checkout feature is not available. Make yourself an account and look at some books, but don't worry about checking one out!

To create an account:
1. go to netLibrary and find the "create a free account" button on the top-right menu (from a computer in the library only).

2. fill out the form that is displayed

3. Start looking for books

November 28, 2006

Staff Prizes and Incentives

We all know that learning itself should be the reward, but sometimes it's nice to have a little something extra! Every staff member who completes all 29 Things in the alloted time frame will receive an MP3 player. We've chose the Creative Zen Nano Plus 1 Gig size for the prize. The one gig player will hold approximately 16 hours of mp3 tracks. It also has an FM radio tuner and built in microphone to capture voice recordings.

To qualify for the mp3 player you must:

1. Complete the tutorial within 22 weeks of starting it

2. Start it no later than April 1st.

3. Enter your progress in the log, marking off all lessons.

4. Lessons that require a blog post should have a minimum of 150 words and have substance.

October 26, 2006

23. Explore the Web 2.0 awards site

Throughout the course of this Learning 2.0 program we’ve explored just a small sampling of the these new internet technologies and websites that are empowering users with the ability to create and share content. But given time there are so many more we could explore. Current estimates place the number of web 2.0 tools at somewhere between 300 & 500 with only a handful emerging as market dominators. And although time will only tell which of these new collaborative, social networking and information tools will remain on top, one
thing is for sure, they're not going to go away (at least anytime soon).

For this discovery exercise, participants are asked to select any site from this list of Web 2.0 Awards nominees and explore it. With so many too choose from, it might be handy to first select a category that interests you (like Books or Personal Organization) and then simply select a tool/site to explore. Be careful to select a tool that is Free and that doesn't require a plug-in or download. The majority of these free, so this shouldn’t be a problem.

  1. Select any site/tool from the list of Web 2.0 Awards nominees (If you prefer to select from just the winners, here’s a link to the short list.)
  2. Explore the site you selected.
  3. Create a post about your discovery. What did you like or dislike about the tool? What were the site’s useful features? Could you see any applications for its use in a library setting?

Web 2.0 – with so much to explore, just start with ONE. :)

22. Google Labs

At the Google Labs, the bright minds of Google engineers are always at work. The Google Labs area is for ideas that Google employees have thought up, played with and put out for others to use. These little "toys" are not ready for prime-time yet, but they are a glimpse into what Google may be offering in the future! Google describes them as
Google labs showcases a few of our favorite ideas that aren't quite ready for prime time.
The tools that are listed on the left are the ones that are still in development. The right side of the page, however, lists tools that were at one time in the Google Labs, but are now available for the general public in Google.


  1. Go to Google Labs and play around with a couple of the tools listed on the left.
  2. Blog about the tools you used and what you think about them:
    1. Do you think the tool you are discussing will be useful to most Internet users?
    2. Do you think it will eventually graduate from the Labs to the main Google site?
    3. What did you enjoy most about the tool?
    4. Did you have any problems working with it? (features not working right, etc.)
Enjoy playing with the new tools and toys that Google is "cooking up"!

26. Locate Podcasts

The word podcast is used to refer to a non-musical audio or video broadcast that is distributed over the Internet. What differentiates a podcast from regular streaming audio or video is that the delivery method for podcasts is often done automatically through RSS.

In 2005, "podcast" was named the "word of the year" by New Oxford American Dictionary and with the growth of podcasting over the last 24 months, it's easy to see why.

Podcasts take many forms, from short 1-10 minutes commentaries to much longer in person interviews or panel group discussions. There’s a podcast out there for just about every interest area and the best part about this technology is that you don’t have to have an iPod or a MP3 player to access them. Since podcasts use the MP3 file format, a popular compressed format for audio files, you really just need a PC (or portal device) with headphones or a speaker.

iTunes, the free downloadable application created by Apple is the directory finding service most associated with podcasts, but if you don’t have iTunes installed there are still plenty of options.

For this discovery exercise participants are asked to take a look at some popular podcast directory tools. Do some exploring on your own and locate a podcast that is of interest to you. Once found, you can easily pull the RSS feed into your Bloglines account as well, so that when new casts become available you’ll be automatically notified of their existence.



  1. Take a look at one or two of the podcast directories listed and see if you can find a podcast that interests you. See if you can find some interesting library related podcasts here like book review podcasts or library news.
  2. Add the RSS feed for a podcast to your Bloglines account
  3. Create a blog post about your discovery process. Did you find anything useful here?

Optional: If you're ambitious, why not try out the Gabcast service and add audio post about your experience to your blog. (see Jamie's audiopost on Library 2.0 as an example)