Archive for July, 2011

My preferred online role

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

While reading the various articles and looking at this image in Module II, it caused me to reflect on my online participation.  I see myself as more of a joiner/lurker.

I do not keep a blog (this is something that I just am not good at doing.  I also am not good at keeping a journal, even though I’ve tried various journals/blog spaces/etc.  I just can not make myself update them regularly because I don’t feel like a) I have anything to say to the internet at large b) I don’t want my friends to read them if I would happen to be venting (I tried a private blog but I still didn’t update that…)) and don’t really post any newer information anywhere else other than commenting on friends’ pages.  The only creation I do really is posting my pictures on my tumblr/flickr sites that I keep.  However, I also do not keep up with these all that often half of the time.  I do join social networking and other sites such as Tumblr, Google +, Facebook, etc.  Twitter is my newest toy (along with Instagram) but I’m still figuring out how to use it and all the tagging is a bit overwhelming for me.  When I am not doing homework, paying bills, or doing things for work, I am spending the majority of my time on social networking sites, thus making me a joiner.

Now, as for me being a lurker, I do look at a lot of sites, blogs, profiles, etc. but I often do not comment on them, share them, or say anything about them.  I observe from the periphery more often than I add my two sense.  I just feel more comfortable that way than I do adding my information on the web.

I’ve been trying to become more of a poster/creator for the internet because I feel it is important for me to have these skills as an information professional but it definitely something I need to work on.

Some brief words about myself and technology

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

Whew! I feel like I’m a bit late on this.  I’ll first give a brief introduction of who I am before going into excuses, haha.

My name is Lois.  I am currently a grad student at the University of Pittsburgh however I complete all of my classes online because I live on the other side of the state near Philadelphia.  (I live in Spring City to be exact, but it’s a very tiny town).  I currently work part time at 2 public libraries and sub at a third when they need me.  I have one more semester after this before I receive my degree (Wooo!) and I would like to eventually work in an academic library setting at a smaller liberal arts school.  My dream job is to work in an arts library at a museum or art college.  I graduated in 2008 with a double degree in Digital Communications with a concentration in art and Studio Art.  A little more about myself, I enjoy cooking, listening to music, reading (who doesn’t….), collecting records, going to shows, and hanging out outside. 

Now for excuses, I haven’t posted as of yet because I was prepping for a weekend at the University of Pittsburgh.  Once a semester, all of the classes you take meet together in person for presentations, lectures, and the like, so I was prepping all of my presentations (3!) and finishing up all the work due for the weekend.  So I am catching up to everything that is going on with this class. :)

So far, I really like how this class is set up.  UBC’s set up of Blackboard (or Vista) is quite different than the one used at Pitt and at my undergrad.  However, this version is SO MUCH NICER AND INTUITIVE.  I really enjoy how it updates me to what has changed with the little asteriks.  It is taking a little getting used to however.  I have looked over module one and met with my study buddy, Jamie, via Google Chat.  Since he’s 3 hours behind me (I’m in Eastern time), we figure email is probably gonna be our best bet, although I am a night owl.

So for my first post, I figured I would discuss the question “Does form follow function with technology? Or is it the other way around with technology?”  I think that it can go either way in some cases.  Sometimes, we need technology to fulfill a need, such as a computer program for say a hospital to keep track of medical information.  In this case, we make a program that will fulfill these needs.  However, as technology advances, this program could change so it’s following a new form instead of the inital function it was created for.  I think after a technology is initially created for a function, the form is likely to change along with changes in techology to make that more user friendly and to continue to be sustainable.  If a program no longer continues to adapt to the surroundings with what it needs, it becomes obsolete.  An example that comes to mind is Myspace.  After it did not continue to advance and change at the rate Facebook did, it became for the most part obsolete.  Here is a link to an article I read about how one user thinks Twitter will become obsolete if it doesn’t begin to add more user functionality.

Peter Yared – Here Comes Twitter 2.0

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Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

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