Thursday, 27 September 2007

Adding humour to your blog

As the build up to the 2007 Federal Election unfolds, the daily newspaper cartoons hit the funny bone.

Did you know the Nicholson Cartoons
can be added to your blog?

The nicholsoncartoons website states

“These cartoons are copyright, but you are welcome to put them on your website or reproduce them for non-commercial purposes, with certain conditions...”

Monday, 24 September 2007


After two years we finally made it! Yesterday Lyn and I graduated with a Graduation Certificate in Tertiary Teaching from ECU. As staff members we got to sit on the stage with the PHDs and all the ECU senior academics which was rather special. Later we celebrated with our lecturers, Heather and Alison at the Old Brewery restaurant and watched a dolphin cavorting on the Swan River.

Starting Learning 2.0 with the ECU Library staff was our action research project for the Grad Cert, so I feel we have come full circle.

Wednesday, 19 September 2007

Dealing with Spam on your blog

Who’d have thought you’d need to deal with Spam on your blog. But somehow those pesky spammers can get through the sign in and leave an unwanted message. I’ve had this happen twice recently. Blogger Help has the solution, but it is a pain to have to go in and do this:

You can delete any comments (registered or anonymous) that are left on your own blog, or on another blog for which you have admin privileges.
To delete a comment, first make sure that you are logged in to the correct Blogger account. Then go to the blog and find the page where the comment is listed. Next to the comment, you should see a trash can icon
Click on the comment tdrag it into the trash can icon.
If you can't see the trash can icon, then that is probably because of a caching issue with your browser. Blogger Help has instructions on this also.

Friday, 14 September 2007

Wikis, Virtual library conferences and unconferences

This week we are getting into the topic of Wikis.

The WA Unconference in August was a great example of how a group of like minded library people can be brought together via the medium of a wiki. The whole day was organised, topics chosen and discussed, lunch and tea planned through the Unconference Wiki. Then on the day we all gathered for a terrific "unconference" and the day went so smoothly.

I was reflecting at how much this had all changed from the days when we folk way over in Perth missed out on a lot of professional development activities, with the high cost of domestic flights. Even today the $1,000 fees of the major conferences are prohibitive for most of us. I came across a blog post from a librarian in Melbourne who was commenting on how Learning 2.0 is bringing people together to learn via Web 2.0 networks. It’s from the Infosleuth and sums up where we have come in the last 30 years in sharing experiences and gathering inspiration from others.

Tuesday, 11 September 2007

Walking the Capes

was not a Cake Walk.

Is this what you have to do to get out of work!!!

This is the fourth year we have done a bit of the Cape to Cape Walk in September. It’s very scenic but a lot of it is hard slog through sand dunes, as Ian can attest. Check out the photos and you’ll see what I mean. I’ll be back at work when the blisters heal!

Monday, 3 September 2007

Getting your head around RSS

A really kooky little video clip to help you get your head around RSS is RSS in Plain English. There are others in the "in plain english" series and they are all terrific!