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Lil Alvi
you wish you knew
young, hip librarian about to be a mama!
Interests: music, food, puppies, movies, books, karate... that about sums it up. :)
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hahahaha!!! love the pic! Whoa... I had no idea other people had those weird-physical-thingies.. I use that term because I have no idea what they are. And it's not quite an out of body experience, but it's more like you come to realize that you're a human and you have a body and you're controlling it. Like what if we were robots? We wouldn't even know. I seem real enough...
We should go back to pen and paper. Would you be my pen pal when you go to NY?
Lil Alvi added a favorite at We're not in Kansas anymore.
Jun 5, 2010
I'm so happy I did 23ThingsKansas. It has really taught me quite a bit. I thought I was tech-savvy before... nuh-uh but everybody better watch out now! I have so many projects I want to do, using some of the things I learned - it's probably a good thing we're ending on week sixteen rather than twenty-three .. I can let all this information sink in and encourage people to use it when handy. And if there happens to be a 23Things in the future.. I'M IN. So I shall be at the webinar at 7:00pm tonight. It will go... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2010 at Lil Alvi's Blog
Activity #1 - I couldn't change a wiki... I would feel too nervous changing someone else's information. So I visited a few other wikis and created my own account with both PBworks and Wetpaint. I find PBworks easier to follow, and I do like the fact that there are no ads on your page. It isn't as glamorous as Wetpaint. One cool wiki I went to was Loudoun County Public Library's Wiki. Our library is in the process of putting together a community website. I thought it was clever that the Loudoun Library put together a wiki to get out... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2010 at Lil Alvi's Blog
B) Turns out, I learned about Goodreads at the KLA Conference in Wichita. So as soon as I got back from that I checked out the site and thought it was pretty cool. But then..... A) I created an account at Shelfari for this weeks lesson (http://www.shelfari.com/egalvi). I am in looove with it. I like searching for books I've read in like 6th grade and reminiscing over what the cover looked like. :P It's easier to understand I think, user-friendly. I didn't create an account at LibraryThing, but I did play around on the site. The Zeitgeist is very helpful.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2010 at Lil Alvi's Blog
My sister is about the coolest person I know. So I made my slideshow about us and some really good times we had. I used www.slide.com, which was amazingly easy. Here's the link to my slideshow: Ode to My Sister ~*Erryn*~ Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2010 at Lil Alvi's Blog
Screencasting is where you can record what you do on your computer screen and put audio with it, then make it into a video so everyone can see. Pretty neat. Never made one before, but I've seen them. Tutorial videos. Anyway, that was the homework for this week. Make a screencast! Here's what I did: Placing A Hold Beware! It's 14 minutes and 26 seconds long. I'll tell you why. We don't have any microphones. So I had no audio. And I needed to explain what I was doing, so I just typed it all out. :-/ Oh dear. The... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2010 at Lil Alvi's Blog
As you may have guessed, I think people should enjoy a little immaturity here and there. My secret pleasure would have to be those goofy videos on youtube or goofy websites. They just look like somebody would've had a fun time doing them. Anyway, this week my assignment is to find and post a youtube video. And if possible, make my own and upload it. Oh gosh, now there's a sight... :-/ This is a really neat video about technology, etc. Came out in Fall 09'. I didn't see an official new one yet. ~*Erryn*~ Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2010 at Lil Alvi's Blog
Yay! I was invited to participate in creating a Google Doc that listed our choices for best movies of all time. I got a little carried away. I'm really into movies and so I couldn't leave one good one behind. Here's some of my selections as a little preview: Breakfast at Tiffany's Crash Dances with Wolves Road to Perdition The Way We Were ~*Erryn*~ Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2010 at Lil Alvi's Blog
First, I logged in at meebo.com, the IM provider we are using this lesson, under every single username I could think of (yahoo, facebook, and google talk) to see if any of my friends were on. Then I realized I was supposed to become friends with people. So I went to a chat room. I didn't stay in there long.... I think they were all teenagers and the topic of the day was Fanta. I would've gotten involved in the chat (mentioning that I can not eat Chipotle without getting an orange Fanta), however, a few choice words came up... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2010 at Lil Alvi's Blog
So I spent all week trying to figure out what I was supposed to do for week eight's lesson.... I still don't get it. I'll have to go back over it during some free time and try again. It was a group project, so I was hoping that maybe someone would invite me to be a part of their group and just tell me what to do. That didn't work out as planned. Either nobody gets week eight or everybody already did it. :/ Oh dear. Wish me luck. Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2010 at Lil Alvi's Blog
This week the lesson is on microblogging... which basically translates to... Twitter. I had a Twitter too.. way back when. It is eAlvi and the last time I tweeted was 6 months ago. Since Facebook sort of has a microblogging part on it and because I'm friends with more people on Facebook, I just found no use with Twitter. I do, however, like the fact that you can text messages on your phone to Twitter and receive Twitter updates from selected Twitter buddies back to your phone (I think you can do that with Facebook too, but I never figured... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2010 at Lil Alvi's Blog
Lesson for this week: Learn about "bookmarking" websites using Delicious. I thought Delicious was very easy to use. I opened it up with my old Yahoo email account and to find some interesting sites to bookmark I went to StumbleUpon. We use Delicious at our library (unfortunately I forgot the username and password)... but it should be just about amazing because you can tag all the sites help desks might need. For example, currently I'm sending a whole lot of people to the Kansas Dept. of Revenue site because of taxes. To save time, I could just bookmark it on... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2010 at Lil Alvi's Blog
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Before I say anything else, I will say this... this was a very helpful lesson. I had no idea what RSS meant, but now I do. It's like "following" different sites but keeping all the notifications in one place. Clever. So... I was going to try for the second option this week (make a bookmark on RSS feeds, etc. and pass it out to patrons) but things got busy and so I threw out that idea. I chose option one... pick a RSS feed method and subscribe to 2 places. Well, I went to each of the RSS places suggested... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2010 at Lil Alvi's Blog
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I decided to try out the photo editing tools and a different site rather than Flickr. (I used Flickr once when I went to Spain with my graduating class. We combined all of our pictures into a group thing. I've lost all traces of it since then and at the time, I couldn't follow how to do anything on there...) I decided I would try out Shutterfly. I made my account, but I don't have any pictures to load yet. I'll try it out some point later. I did experiment with picnik. Oh my goodness, it was sooo cool! Too... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2010 at Lil Alvi's Blog
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My assignment this week is to explore Flickr, comment on my findings, and upload an interesting photo. So the search begins... "Dino Baby Cupcake" by Bev (Sugarbloom Cupcakes) Dino Baby Cupcake I chose this picture because last week I found out I'm having a baby boy. One of my friends is going to throw me a baby shower and I decided dinosaurs would be a cute theme (The Land Before Time was my inspiration). So I looked for stuff that would go with that. First I searched the words "baby shower" using the full text selection. It wasn't as great... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2010 at Lil Alvi's Blog
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Feb 6, 2010
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My assignment this week is to explore Flickr, comment on my findings, and upload an interesting photo. So the search begins... "Dino Baby Cupcake" by Bev (Sugarbloom Cupcakes) Dino Baby Cupcake I chose this picture because last week I found out I'm having a baby boy. One of my friends is going to throw me a baby shower and I decided dinosaurs would be a cute theme (The Land Before Time was my inspiration). So I looked for stuff that would go with that. First I searched the words "baby shower" using the full text selection. It wasn't as great... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2010 at Lil Alvi's Blog
The webinar I went to for the third assignment was called "Communication Skills for Front Line Library Staff" by Pat Wagnar. It was on OPAL (which worked without downloading anything or asking for a password). I felt the webinar was helpful; it kind of reinforced a class that I took on WebJunction, but this summed everything up in 40 minutes. It was basically about how to interact with your patrons at the circulation or help desk, especially if there is a problem. The best quote: "Pretend that person is signing your paycheck"... referring to the patron. I think webinars are... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2010 at Lil Alvi's Blog
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I'll explain quickly the title to this blog: With my lesson for this week, and the end of the month coming up (meaning bills to pay), and grocery shopping, etc. it's going to be sooo busy... then on top of it, this Thursday I have an ultrasound and find out if I'm having a boy or girl!!!! I'm so nervous. I can hardly think of anything else. Both of the grandmas-to-be are going to the appointment with us. Certainly is an exciting time. (Daddy's gonna look goonish like he usually does and text everyone he's ever known...) So this week... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2010 at Lil Alvi's Blog
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Jan 23, 2010
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I already had a Facebook account, so I just used that for this week's lesson. I like Facebook pretty well. I joined in the first place for friends from high school.. to keep in touch, but then my family was on there and I didn't think I had any reason NOT to "friend" them.. so now I talk to my family too. It's nice because you can catch up on people and see their pictures from camp or a wedding or just really ridiculous ones, which are my favorite. The "in" thing is probably coming up with a very creative... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2010 at Lil Alvi's Blog
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I showed my mom my blog. She was excited and started showing me all kinds of things you can add, etc. to make it better looking. Her next ambition is to design her own buttons and she wants me to figure out how to do it. I took a website class once, but I don't think it's the same. It had special software anyway. I went to her blog again the other day to see if she added anything. Yep. A link to this blog. Won't mention how embarrassing that is... But since she's representing me, I might as well... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2010 at Lil Alvi's Blog