Posted by: deirdrea | April 23, 2009

“I’m My Own Grandpa” PLUS WLS learns, thing 12 – Google.docs

Hi, everybody!

I hope you are all well — as for me, if no news is bad news, then I have bad news today. In which case I need to cheer everybody up!

For a little while now, I’ve been trying to remember the words to that silly song, “I’m My Own Grandpa.” Then it occured to me — I’m an Information Scientist! I can find any information I want, no matter how obscure. So off I went, and …ta da!

With a diagram, and everything! How great is that?

Plus, I discovered that the song was inspired by none other than Mark Twain!

Mark Twain (aka Samuel Clemens)

Mark Twain (aka Samuel Clemens)

You can read Twain’s original sketch on http://bolstablog.wordpress.com/2008/12/09/wyman/

The song itself was originally written by Dwight Latham and Moe Jaffe for a group called “the Jesters” back in 1947. Paul Stoneburner has the complete lyrics, along with another very neat (and tidy!) diagram, here!

Cool, no?

And now, on to WLS learns, thing 12. Our assignment this time was to explore Google Docs and see how this form of document sharing could be useful to the library.

Interestingly, our Head of Circ was doing the same thing, at the same time as me, and she LOVEs google docs. In her view, it is the perfect place to keep and maintain schedules. Which certainly makes a lot of sense to me! Especially in our current situation, with everything — and everyone — in flux, it’s a good idea to keep things people really need to see somewhere safe, where everybody can always access them!

Also, it’s a great way to do things like presentations and slideshows. Especially if you would like them to be collaborative efforts, but even if you would not!

Caveat:  On the other hand, there are a few awkward things about Google Docs — for instance,  formatting options for documents (next to none!) and wysiwyg printing (non-existent). However, the convenience is so great! It’s really nice to be able to access your work, no matter where you are, and which computer you’re using! And without having to remember your flash drive, or your laptop. Wonderful!

Just now, I used google docs to make a flyer about an upcoming concert. You can see it here, if you so desire. But if you don’t want to navigate away from this page, I’ll post the image I used right here, because it’s so great! Enjoy!

Swish and Flick

Swish and Flick

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Responses

  1. Great post, Deirdre! I had no idea Mark Twain had written the original story. And I love the flyer, too!

  2. Thanks, Mary!

    Hope we get lots of people at the show!

    ~D.


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