Thursday, February 28, 2008

I love downtown Lexington!

It says in the title of this blog that of the things I write about is about is good places to visit in Kentucky. One very good place is downtown Lexington. This city has lost a whole lot of beautiful old buildings in the 30+ years that I've been connected with Lexington, but there are still a few left.

Preserve Lexington is a great site about a small area of downtown Lexington that is well-preserved and historically significant, but that is in grave danger of being razed. It's flabbergasting to me that the Fayette-Urban County government might allow this destruction to happen, but the rumor is that developers want to level this entire block and replace it with a huge luxury hotel. I'm not inherently opposed to the idea of a luxury hotel or new buildings per se, but I say put them on the sites that have already been destroyed, and keep what little of Lexington's history we have left.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Tagging, folksonomies, and online applications

This blog post comes from Google Docs, which I had used for the first time very recently in the spreadsheet format, which is a bit more difficult to manipulate than the word processor I'm using here. "Publish to Blog" worked fine too.

Using was a new experience for me. I'd actually signed up for a account when I'd first heard of it last year, but I'd never tagged any sites because I wasn't entirely sure what it was all about. I think the process of tagging is a little cumbersome if you don't use the "post to delicious button," which I didn't install because I'm on a work computer, and I didn't know if I'd have the correct permissions to install it. You can check out my bookmarks. (I've just realized one problem with this, which is that I have been trying to keep my last name off my blog, but it appears in this link.)

Does anyone else find typing "" with all the periods to be very tedious?

I have been using LibraryThing for about a year now. I don't tag the books I own, but the books I read so that I can remember what I've read recently. However, the librarian in me likes to keep my reading list private. I notice that the Blue 2.0 assignment makes LibraryThing optional, so luckily, you can just take my word for it.

Friday, February 1, 2008

RSS and wikis

I still haven't managed to get my road trip pictures uploaded, so a post on that will have to wait.

To meet my Blue 2.0 requirements, I need to make a post about my rss and wiki learning experience. I'd been doing Bloglines for almost a year now, so I didn't need to do anything new for that. I'd even already added Blue 2.o as one of my feeds.

My favorite non-library feed is boingboing, which is a website of strange and wonderful things. My favorite library feeds are The Uncommon Commons (written by my supervisor, so I am sometimes mentioned :-) ) and The Ubiquitous Librarian, also an Information Commons blog. I read a lot of others too.

Creating a wiki, however, was a new experience for me. Like pretty much everyone, I was familiar with reading wikis from looking at pop culture on Wikipedia, but I had never worked on one at all. My wiki is for my department: The Hub @ WT's Wiki.

Creating the basic wiki was easy. Just sign up for an account and you are given a framework of example templates attached to your new wiki. The only trouble with that was that I had to choose whether or not I wanted a "business" wiki. I chose this option since it is a wiki for my job, and now I am occasionally finding that I'm prompted for upgrades, that I bet I wouldn't get as an individual. Another small issue is that the default notifications seem to be to notify you every time someone makes a modification to the wiki, so at first I was getting an email every time I made a change to the wiki, which was really annoying before I changed it.

I am still having a little trouble navigating around my wiki. I've looked at the wiki several times now, and I just today discovered some pages that I didn't even realize were there. I've tried a few times to do the PB Wiki Tour, but the page had been down every time and just now I found it takes me to an internal "page not found" on the PB Wiki site. I'll need to explore further to get the hang of it.

Of course, the most important part about a wiki is the collaboration, and I have not yet invited anyone to edit the wiki. I wanted to have it be a little more formed before I did that, but maybe I should go ahead and let my colleagues take part because maybe they will have a better vision of the wiki than I do.