Thursday, June 22, 2006

MP3 Player!

I finally let myself order an MP3 player. I opted not to go for the iPod because, well, it's rather expensive, and there are cheaper ones out there that will suit my needs just fine. Plus, I don't want to confine myself to iTunes. So I went with the SanDisk Sansa M240 1 GB MP3 Player. It was shipped out yesterday, and I am going crazy because it isn't here yet! Of course it probably won't arrive until the middle of next week (that's what I get for succumbing to Amazon's Super Saver Shipping).

I'm not sure what happened. I went from not even having a cell phone (*gasp* I know) to getting a jump drive, digital camera, cell phone, and mp3 player all in a few short months. :0)

I can also justify the MP3 player in a work-related way. A coworker and I are going to be doing a presentation on podcasts in August, and what better way to familiarize myself with podcasts than to get an MP3 player and listen to them? Too bad it's not enough of a work related expense that my place of work will pay for it....


Stacy said...

I know what happened... it's called a salary! :o)
Anyway, where are you doing your presentation? Do you guys do any library-related podcasts yet? We ordered an iPod for work, and have yet to figure out what we're going to do with it exactly, so I'm interested to hear how podcasting is going.

Kat said...

Stacy - perhaps that salary thing helps. :)

We are doing our presentation at the Ohio Library Council's Children and Young Adult Services Conference, so it's mainly geared toward using podcasts in the K-12 setting and public libraries.

We have podcasts of our author talks up online, but that's it.

I am not quite sure how you would use an iPod at work. Some libraries have created a podcast tour of the library - so maybe you could loan out the iPod to patrons to take a brief tour of the library? That's about all I can come up with right now. In libraries, it seems to be more about creating the podcasts for patrons to listen to. iPods may have recording capabilities - I'm not sure. But if so, you could record your library tour while doing a walk-through of it.

Kat said...

Also, there is an interesting article in EDUCAUSE about the uses of podcasting in higher education. If you want to check it out, it's "There's Something in the Air: Podcasting in Education"