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also said it means that what libraries do to fulfill their role as community anchors just has to change to remain relevant in our communities. Meredith Farkas, Norwich University, replied that its about being user-focused and seeing the creation of services as an iterative process. David Lee King, To-peka & Shawnee County Public Library System, said, Wikipedia was a perfect example its both a Web 2.0 tool (a wiki) and an entirely new philosophy that allows people to present and edit information in a revolutionary way.
to Trainor, 2.0 technology allows us to harness our collective intelligence
and enables software as a platform. Farkas said it is the technology
that allows us to build communities and communicate online
with people who are just bits and bytes. For King, it is about making
these tools easy for us non-techies. Porter then began to discuss some of
the problems with 2.0 technology: its incredibly difficult to track
the success or lack of success of your institutions use of these tools;
its almost anecdotal evidence. King disagreed and cited the use of
blog statistics, Facebook statistics, web page hits, and other numerical measures
available to track usage. However, Trainor felt that numbers do not tell the whole
story, just because someone is looking at your web page or clicking around
on it doesnt mean that theyve engaged with it.
panel acknowledged that there are some barriers that libraries face in adopting
these tools. One big issue, Farkas said, is that were entrusting our
knowledge, our hard work, to third party sites that may or may not be there in
the future. She stated that a lot of libraries are not really planning
for the web 2.0 tools the same way that they would any other tech in their library.
Trainor agreed, saying that while we shouldnt be afraid to experiment, we
should think smart about it and take sort of a risk management approach.
King said that there is still a tech barrier, because while its easy to
set up a blog, customizing it requires a little more tech knowledge. In addition,
using these tools takes time time to learn them and time to add content.
While the panelists agreed that
we are often pressed for time, they also believe that we need to make the time,
even if its just 15 minutes a day to write a blog post. Administrators also
need to recognize that these tools have value, and should give their staff time
to experiment with them. Farkas suggested a technology petting zoo
that gives staff a chance to play with a variety of technologies and have an experienced
person there to help.
Although library 2.0 tools are far from perfect, they have capacities that would not have been possible twenty years ago. They allow us to collaborate, connect, and share with one another like never before.
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this experience has provided
her with a side hobby: she creates anatomically correct stained glass brains because
the creative side of her brain is visual.
Bolte Taylors interest in the human brain began with her brother who has schizophrenia. She said that like 60 percent of the population that has schizophrenia, my brother does not recognize he has a mental illness. My brother experiences audible hallucinations as conversations with Jesus.
The brain is a wonderful collection of beautiful cells according to Bolte Taylor. A typical neuron inside your brain is capable of communicating with 10 to 15 thousand other neurons at the same time. This also means brain cells have the ability to maintain those connections.
By the afternoon on the day of her hemorrhage, she could no longer walk, read, write or talk. She basically reverted to infancy. The brain is capable of recovering if we set the cells up for success she would soon discover. For humans to be able to communicate with each other, we have to share a common nervous system. When you stop and think about what a human nervous system is, its made up of approximately one trillion cells. There are six billion people and one trillion cells per person. Fifty trillion cells make up the entire living body. I am a life-force power of fifty trillion beautiful cells.
Bolte Taylor continued to explain the makeup of the human brain by saying that the right is nonverbal and thinks in pictures. The right hemisphere is looking for similarities. The state of prayer brings us into the present moment and gives us a sense of peace. The left hemisphere, on the other hand, thinks in language and in words. In our brains, the left hemisphere would rather be right than happy. The right hemisphere would rather be happy than right. Always pay attention to your intuition. Its your right hemisphere communicating with you.
Bolte Taylors hemorrhage happened deep inside her brain. By the time she truly realized what was happening, I asked myself what was wrong with me, and my brain went totally silent. I was shocked to find myself inside a quiet mind that had been talking to me my entire life. Imagine what it would be to lose 37 years of emotional baggage. I didnt even know if I was mad at anybody. All of a sudden my left hemisphere came back to me and said I had to get help. I remember thinking, but Im a very busy woman, I dont have time for a stroke and then OK, OK, Ill do this stroke thing for a week or two and then Ive got to get back to my life!
From the time you think a thought, said Bolte Taylor, you stimulate the emotional circuitry, and then run the physiological circuit which takes 90 seconds. Some people can stay mad for days or years, but it is a choice. The 90 second rule has the capacity to change your life.
Her final tips for giving your brain cells what they need so you can get the most them included: Tend the garden of your mind. You can take total responsability for what thoughts and emotions grow there. Be your own head cheerleader. You can focus your mind with a conscious intention to cheer on your fifty trillion molecular geniuses.
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of the graphic novel over prose. If you write prose you are asking readers to build the images themselves. When you say there is a man and a street, they build their own man and their own street. In comics you have a world in which people are united by the image. I could not have written Sandman as prose, it wouldnt have had the same power.
Moore commented, You are hoping to have characters that readers feel like they are part of their family. That is why we go into such detail. The reader has a terrific investment in the character; thats why we arent writing G rated fluff like talking vegetables.
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