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Hey, maybe I'll keep this part up and return it to fiction and reader's advisory. Maybe I won't I don't know Anyway: Booktender.blogspot.com If you want to see my feeds, go to: www.bloglines.com/blogs/booktender

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When I started this, I was just a lowly librarian in Arizona trying to make either sense or nonsense of life. Now I'm an overweight, middle-aged, retired white lady from Iowa still trying to make either sense of nonsense of life.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

How Blogs, Feeds, Wikis and RSS Changed One Booktender's Life: A true story

About a week ago I revisited the whole idea of blogs and newsfeeds and RSS and, yes, even wiki. I felt like I hadn't kept up. Here I was, one of the local librarians deemed most likely to cut herself on IT's bleeding edges and suddenly...WHAM...I had no idea what was happening.

I spent time observing my niece and nephew at the 2005 Thanksgiving gathering of the Tender family.* The gamma generation showed peculiar behaviors. Texting while burning a CD and IMing and Myspacing in my parent's livingroom by using the neighbor's wireless network. All while enjoying conversation with the family and watching a DVD in the background.

Then it became clear. The web had just shifted and shifted drastically. Just as it had when GUI arrived, the Internet had just taken an abrupt turn. Right in my parent's living room.

Being a wise woman, I took a step back. For months. I pondered. I observed. I listened. I attended meetings where the phrases changed from email and website and homepage to myspace and flickr and rss to social networking and blogging. I hemmed. I hawed.

By Spring of 2006 I had once again lost The Lad** This is traditional for us as neither of us are good correspondents, despite our undying affection for each other. I did, however, know where he participated in a music discussion. So, being a good step, I lurked. Sure enough, Bubbles*** spilled the beans and I discovered The Lad had a myspace account.

Before I knew it, I had a myspace account. And I found The Lad. We communicated! I discovered what he was up to. Communications are better than ever before! I discovered his friends, the kids I'd helped raise in the neighborhood and, amazingly, they were glad to hear from me!

But there was more. Some of my co-workers had myspace accounts! I have virtual friends and RL friends! I was using...SOCIAL NETWORKING!

Next, I had to figure out how to use this for my job. How could I use blogs and rss and social networking to improve my collection management skills? How could they streamline my awareness of up and coming authors and titles?

So last week I stuck my toe in the water. I set up a blog http://www.bloglines.com/blog/Booktender
I surfed for RSS. I investigated publishers websites in search of feeds. I assimilated with joy.

Here we go!

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