And onwards with the new adventure. Cam23 is launched and we start with Thing 1.
I already had a google account for the library so I went to igoogle to add all sorts of exiting things. Didn’t like the stuff on there, got rid of most of it. Wanted to add the google map of department and faculty libraries I’ve made (work in progress – link on the side) but couldn’t do it. Maybe I can’t, maybe it’s not designed for that, or if it is then it’s not easy. Am I expecting too much? That I could integrate one google thing, google maps, into another, igoogle? I had a similarly frustrating time with the youtube gadget wanted to have video from projectinfolit displayed – which is relevant to our project – but kept getting that stupid promoted video. Sigh. Consequently I’ve deleted the youtube gadget as well.
Here is what I have:
- Cambridge past exam papers – not entirely a success
- UL library widget – the link is to a “the page you are looking for cannot be found message”
- Google maps – I don’t know of where as I’m still trying to get my google map to show up in there
- A to do list
I’ve tried to add worldcat twice but with no success.
I have to say that I’ve never been overly impressed with these home made portal pages (yahoo also has it), because I can’t really see the point of them. How do I use it? Why do I use it? Is it for me or for the library users? Or anyone looking in?
I’m not going to blame the tools though. It’s just not for me. I’ll keep using the google account for docs and maps and other things I may discover, but I don’t think as it is that igoogle is for me …
We shall see