Friday, August 15, 2008

Technology and everyday living

The impact of technology and the new web environment has been brought home to me in the last week or so. The web has been an important tool in keeping family informed.
My elderly parents have bought a new home - yes a smaller no maintenance unit. We have family in Invercargill and family in England and Ireland it was so easy to keep them all informed of the changes ahead. I was able to direct everyone to the real estate agents web site and they all took the tour. I downloaded the photos so that I could print them out for the parents to help them visualise the placement of their furniture in the new home. I emailed the cousins in England with the photos so that they could show them to my father's sister - 90yrs old. I went on line to the NSCC and asked for the property files. We researched current properties for sale and then the last years sales in the area before we started negotiations. I found a supply of moving boxes on Trade me for a BARGAIN of course. I have taken photos of the old home before we started the packing process and will continue to document the journey for prosperity.
I will also be using the tool on the Post office site to notify agencies of the new address.
It has been so effortless to manage. The speed and ease with which information is available has astounded my father (85). So much so he is now thinking of getting a laptop to explore new frontiers in his no maintenance home. Mother (89) will continue to read!


Poppy said...

You are a super good bird to have assisted your elderly parents into the purchase of their new home.Well done!! I would anticipate that you are an on-the-ball librarian too, who is well informed about the advancements off technology and how this is and will in the future have an impact on they way our services are delivered to our patrons. My question would be are we(as librarians of the future)to find the time, amongst the ever increasing work load, to accomodate these changes as extra tasks within our busy work days. Is this a matter or working smarter!! Oh for enlightenment!

Aunty of 3 said...

All this AND running a library?! No rest for the wicked...!