Final Week!

Hello everyone and welcome to our final module on OverDrive! Overdrive is a popular service for libraries to use for downloading e-books and e-audiobooks. Luckily, it’s fairly simple to use for whichever device you are using – once you get past the set-up that is. Our module will take you through set-up and downloading in detail so you can help your patrons use this service after you’ve mastered it!

Have fun playing with e-books and e-audiobooks! You all are doing a fantastic job with our Connect2U program!!

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Almost done!

Hello everyone! How’d you like Delicious and Evernote? I’ve been using Evernote a lot this week (on my iPhone) while I’ve been out and about but needed to jot something down. It’s been pretty handy!
Speaking of “out and about,” Week 7 will be on Portable Apps. Portable Apps is a handy service for users who are constantly away from their main computers or have specific programs they prefer to use. What’s more, it’s relatively easy to set up and you can take it anywhere!
I hope you enjoy working with Portable Apps this week. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us and we’ll do our best to help.
Have fun!

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Welcome to Week 6!

Hello East Greenbush Community Library and welcome to Week 6 of our Connect2U program! This week, we’ll be experimenting with Delicious and Evernote and how libraries are using these tools. Delicious is a bookmarking service that allows the users to save and share links of interest or of importance while Evernote is similar to an online notebook, where users can save articles, notes, and websites for future use. Both tools are becoming prominent instruments in libraries for saving and sharing information.

Have fun exploring Delicious and Evernote!

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Halfway there!

Congratulations! We are officially half-way through our program! I hope you all are having fun either learning (or reacquainting yourself) with the web tools we’ve experimented with so far. Did everyone enjoy the YouTube module? I’ve seen some awesome videos/slideshows posted on your blogs! Great job everyone!
Next we’ll be playing around with Dropbox. Dropbox is an incredibly useful service for sharing and accessing your documents from the internet – it is also a great collaboration tool when working with multiple people on one (or more) document(s).
Have fun exploring Dropbox and, if you have any questions, please comment or use the Contact Us page and we’ll be more than happy to help. 

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Hello Week 4!

Congratulations on completing Week 3: Prezi and Jing! You are all doing a great job! I hope you’re having fun with Connect2U and you are enjoying experimenting and playing with various Web 2.0 tools.

We’re almost at the halfway point in our program as we move on to Week 4! This week we’ll play around with Youtube. YouTube is a popular service for video sharing and social networking but we will only be concentrating on browsing, creating, and uploading videos to this site. If you have any questions about YouTube (or any of the other tools we’ve played with so far), please contact us or comment on one of the pages.

Have fun exploring videos!

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On to Week 3!

How did everyone like Google Reader? Are there any new favorite applications for following RSS feeds? Personally, I’ve been experimenting with feedly and I’m really enjoying it, especially on my iPhone! Even if you think you won’t be using RSS feeds after Connect2u is complete, it’s good experience to have and will come in handy when patrons or other librarians ask you questions regarding this tool.

We’ll be playing around with Prezi and Jing in Week 3 . Both Prezi and Jing are fun and helpful tools when creating presentations and sharing information. Have fun experimenting with these two services and don’t hesitate to ask us any questions regarding blogs, RSS feeds, Prezi, or Jing — we’re here to help!

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Quick Announcements 3/19/13

For your convenience, we’ve removed the drop-down menu on the participant’s blog tab – you can still find all the blogs by clicking on the tab itself. The Connect 2 U team felt this would make browsing the blogs easier. Also, please remember to review and approve comments left on your blogs as this is how WordPress will display the comments.

We hope you’re enjoying playing around with Google Reader!

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We’re at Week 2!

Congratulations on finishing the Blogging Module for Connect 2.U! If you’re still working on the first week’s module, don’t worry — relax and have fun with your blogs as they are an important part of the program. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email us via our Contact page or to leave a comment on one of the pages.

Blogs are a great way to communicate with other librarians and libraries, as well as a great way to discover new technologies and methods. Week 2’s Module on Google Reader and RSS Feeds will give you experience in keeping track of your favorite blogs and other websites. Have fun exploring this great technology that creates a one-stop place for all your favorite blogs and any announcement you don’t want to miss!

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Welcome, East Greenbush Community Library, to your Learning 2.0 Program: “Connect 2.U”! This website introduces library staff to Web 2.0 technologies.

The program will run for 8 weeks. Each participant records their progress on their own blog. The aim is for staff to spend a little time each week exploring online tools for communication, publicity and productivity.

Each module will be released and made available to participants on the Monday of the week. The weekly module schedule is as follows:

Week 1:Blogging
Week 2:Google Reader
Week 3:Jing & Prezi
Week 4:Youtube
Week 5:Dropbox
Week 6:Delicious & Evernote
Week 7:Portable Apps
Week 8:OverDrive

For your convenience there are quick links to the modules, participant blogs, and our FAQ in the toolbar as well.

We hope you’re as excited as we are about this program, and we’re looking forward to working with each and every one of you. If you ever have a question, we’ll be around to answer as best we can for you. Good luck, and most importantly, have FUN!

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