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Introducing Martha Favarolle, Managing Director of Speckled Hen Productions

8 Jul

Martha Favarolle, of Speckled Hen Productions, explains just how technologically savvy she is! 

I made this film with the help (and hindrance)  of xtranormal.com  Thanks!

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My new website!

1 Jul

I mentioned in the last post that the website I had built had never been uploaded to the web.  This was because, in the old days,  (even three years ago) it was a Big Deal to find a webhosting service for a reasonable price, which didn’t throw up ads all over your site.  Now, however, it is Not So Bad, as my gym instructor is fond of telling me.

Now I am trying to work out a way for you to see my website, old fashioned and daggy and static though it undoubtedly is.  And while you are there, you will be able to go into View – Source, and have a look at all the html coding we had to learn about, only three years ago. 

It has taken me rather a long time (days!) to work out how to actually get this working, and it still isn’t… so I’ll have to have another think about it…

Background

28 Jun

Prior to taking this subject the main interaction I had with Web 2.0 was a Facebook page, and the only knowledge of blogs I had was from watching the film Julie and Julia.  In my library studies course a few years ago I built, using HTML coding, a website with five pages, text, photos, and some links to other relevant sites.  We were not required to upload it to the actual, really truly Web, so until I work out how to do that, I can’t provide a link to it.

I’ve used WebCT and Moodle from a student perspective.  I have used various automated library management systems pretty much since their inception in the late 1980s, and can find my way around today’s online academic journal databases (having first cut my teeth on microfiche and then CDs).

In the dinosaur days my early career at the Bureau of Statistics was that of a Data Processing Operator on the very first ‘multi-access keystation’ in the country.  Data was saved to huge magnetic tape reels and somehow, with the intervention of a whole flotilla of computer programmers, stagers, computer operations people and tape librarians working around the clock to facilitate the ‘running of the job’, statistics on all manner of things were eventually extracted.

I say all this to illustrate some of the computer-based technological tools that I have used over the past 30-something years.  It is obvious, however, that my knowledge is distinguished by its disparity, disjointedness and diversification, with the exception of some very specific experience with various library applications.

The task that I have set myself with this blog assignment is to explore my own learning journey of breaking new ground and becoming familiar with the many tools of digital technology.

Librarians telling it like it is – their way!

17 Jun

This is a clip of some mad librarians in Washington going a bit gaga