Monday, October 27, 2008

7 1/2 Habits of Highly Successful Lifelong Learners

I can see why this was one of our first tasks on this little learning journey. It really helped me to bring into focus what I want to learn and what I want to accomplish by incorporating what I learn into the everyday operations of our library.

HML (Hastings Memorial Library) has a fantastic library facility with 6 public access computers, color and black and white printing capabilities, a scanner available for public use, and wireless internet access. So while from the outside it seems we are keeping up with technology, a closer look will most definitely change your mind. Our main push right now is to get our collection fully automated. We are almost there with only non-fiction and biographies left to go. The next thing I want to do is establish a web page for the library. The tutorial really helped me to outline what I need to do.

I think the easiest habit for me will be to begin with the end in mind. I know what I want to accomplish, and I know how great this will be for our library once it is completed. I can already see the benefits a public presence on the web could be for HML, the convenience of accessing the library catalog from home, a place to let people know what is happening at the library...

The hardest thing for me I think will be to view problems as challenges. I anticipate running into a few roadblocks along the way, and I think my main "challenge" will be to face the problems head on and not let them deter me from what I want to learn and accomplish.

Nebraska 2.0 -- here we go!

Hello fellow Library 2.0 bloggers!

I am finally jumping on the bandwagon, so to speak. I'm Robin from the Hastings Memorial Library in Grant, not to be confused with Hastings PUBLIC Library in Hastings. We are much smaller, much closer to Colorado...

As a person somewhere along the border between Generations X and Y, technology has been a part of my life for a very long time. I remember in grade school we used to race to the library to get on the good ole Apple IIC's and play Oregon Trail (which I still maintain is one of the greatest games EVER!). Boy, have we ever come a long way from there! I consider myself to be fairly computer savvy, but this new Web 2.0 movement has shaken my faith a little bit. There is WAY to much that I don't feel like I have a good grasp on anymore, so I am excited to take this journey with y'all and see how much I can learn.