Thing 23: The end

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I have to admit I am finding it difficult keeping up to date with all the social networking sites I have joined over the past 23 blogs. Having all of the sites laid out beside each other on the desktop of my iPad makes it easier for me to scroll through each one individually but that’s as far as I have gone in the way of using any sort of social media management tool. I decided to use Hootsuite one of the recommendations given by Niamh. I added Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn, I had a bit of difficulty adding Google+ but I am sure after some time playing around with the tool I will figure it out and I was unable to find WordPress as an added social media. At first glance the tool seems a little overwhelming, however as I explore further into the site I’m finding useful tools and gadgets. One of the tools included is ‘Streams’ which gives the user the opportunity to send a message or attach an article and post it on multiple sites through Hootsuite without the hassle of going into each media site and reposting it individually. So far I have used this tool to post a twenty minute video on libraries, I found in the Guardian, to both LinkedIn and Twitter. It also has an analytical tool which evaluates the progress of your different media sites unfortunately you need fifty points to avail of this tool and currently I am on zero points. This does however give me the drive to learn more about the site if only for the points. I think it may take me awhile to get used to the layout of the dashboard, but like everything that will come with time and the thoughts of being able to keep all my social media sites that relate to work in one place is brilliant.

I just wanted to say, before I finish Rudai23, how much fun I had being involved in this course. I learned so much and it opened up so many new technologies and showed me new ways of reaching the public. It was a great course, difficult at times but it wouldn’t have been worth it if it wasn’t a bit challenging. Thank you to all for organising.

Thing 22: Apped

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The premise behind the app Gumit could have been great. I was looking forward to playing around with this app but it took me a little while to find a phone that supported iTunes. After downloading the app on to a friend’s phone I went about enthusiastically scanning barcodes from books around the house including the comic book ‘Calvin and Hobbes’ however none of the books had been scanned or reviewed on the site. I think if a library were to use such an app they could tailor it specifically to their library so that when a patron is browsing through the shelves they could easily scan the barcode of a book and be given a full review from members of the library staff and even the patrons of the library. It’s a great idea for an app but I don’t it may take a while for the full benefits of the app are known, by that I mean after more people have downloaded the app and uploaded reviews. It needs to be widely used for it to be successful.

One app I am very fond of is the Guardian app, I know it is just a newspaper but the Guardian has the most interesting and informative articles on the library world. Any innovative technologies being used within the profession is discussed in the Guardian including cultural issues concerning the library industry.

Image taken by Dave Lawlor from his Flickr page Class of 2012 Licence found at https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/

Thing 21: Infographics

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This was my first attempt at creating an infographic, it was fun to use and I can imagine with more time one can make a strong, eye catching poster that provides the audience with a clear and informative display that is visually appealing. For my infographic I used information I collected in a survey I carried out for a college assignment. It’s based on the impact of social media on Irish females who are living abroad. I have never seen an infographic used in a library but I believe it would be a brilliant and innovative way to display information for events. A lot of libraries use display boards but an infographic could provide a cleaner, more visually stimulating informative poster for the public. A few of my friends are currently in the middle of their PhDs and they have worked on such posters for conferences. The infographics gave them the opportunity to create a poster that adequately portrayed the information they needed. I’ve also seen infographics used for innovative and creative CV’s and after being able to practice with the software I think I might try one myself.

I used Easel.ly which was recommended by Michelle Breen. I enjoyed playing around with this and though the site offers many templates I decided to start from scratch and create a poster all of my own. The site was easy to use, however, I did come across some difficulties. As my laptop is old and is a little slow I am unsure if these problems were due to my laptop or the site. When creating charts and saving them they did not display on my poster, I found I had to pause for a few seconds before saving my charts for them to come up on the poster. Also When I downloaded the PDF the top of my title and headers were cut off and the text is difficult to read. But as I said I am not sure if this is due to my laptop. I find PowerPoint to be cleaner than infographics and I would prefer its use while giving a presentation however for a display poster infographics works well.

Thing 20: Presentations

My slides are a little on the simple and awkward side but I enjoy making up slides for presentations. It gives me the opportunity to see clearly how my presentation is going to look to my audience; also it gives me the opportunity to underline my research as well as allowing me to show the audience the statistics I found. Bar charts and pie charts give the audience a visual aid to go along with my speech that I think gives more weight to the talk. The slides I made up are to accompany a presentation for library management in the hopes of starting a sensory-friendly screening of movies for children who fall on the autistic spectrum. The library does not exist but I did take two mission points from the Westmeath County Library and Archives development plan 2010-2015. The slides can be seen here Reaching our patrons

The images used for the slides were as follows; the first page image was taken by Anjan Chatterjee and can be found on his Flickr page disability

The next image found on the second slide was taken from The British Library page on Flickr page 4 of ‘“Here’s to the Maiden of Bashful Fifteen” [song from “The School for Scandal”]. Illustrated by Alice Havers and E. Wilson’

The last image found on page six was taken from ‘The Hippy Tree, Cissbury’  page on Flickr and licence

I used PowerPoint because it is the tool I am must comfortable with. PowerPoint allows the user to upload images for the slides and it gives various templates to set the theme for the slides. It is easy use and once a person is familiar with Microsoft using PowerPoint will be intuitive. PowerPoint is the perfect accompaniment for presentations for meetings, for literacy classes etc…

References

Dimensions. Autism Friendly Film Screenings. 2015. Accessed via http://www.dimensions-uk.org/support-services/autism-care/autism-friendly-screenings/

Westmeath local authorities. Westmeath county library & archives development plan 2010-2015. 2010. PDF file. Accessed via https://www.westmeathcoco.ie/en/media/Development%20Plan%202010%20%202015.pdf

 

Thing 19 – Legal side of things

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I took my time with this blog because I wanted to give myself the opportunity to understand fully the information provided for this Thing, which Caroline did a great job detailing. Using the different links provided, I did a little research concerning Copyright and discovered a mammoth amount of information however, unable to go through everything I wanted to, I saved different pages to my favourites so I can go back to them at a later date. Copyright issues are such a massive and integral part of the library that I am embarrassed about being so careless with the pictures I uploaded to my Blog. Funnily enough I was careful not to include any quotes as I was unsure how to cite them in a blog, but I had a complete mental block when it came to the inclusion of pictures from the internet. After coming to this Thing I went through my Blog page and substituted any pictures where I was unsure of the licencing issues with a picture from Flickr (after reading through the licencing regulations attached) or with pictures that I had taken myself. Copyright issues should be second nature to me and it should always be at the forefront of my mind when working on any project. This Thing has made me more conscientious about the information and images I share especially in these times when images are being shared on the internet so inconsiderately (by me included). I was unaware of organisations such as Creative Commons and the history behind it and find the process fascinating that so many different professions came together to provide a tool that allowed people to share images in a sensible and informed manner. It also gave me the opportunity to look through the images provided by the British Library, the images are amazing and I have uploaded two with this post, one can be found at the top of the page and was taken from page 12 of ‘Histoire complete de Bordeaux… 2e edition (Supplement.)’ The other image can be found under this sentence and was taken from page 4 of ‘“Here’s to the Maiden of Bashful Fifteen” [song from “The School for Scandal”]. Illustrated by Alice Havers and E. Wilson’

 

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A thousand words

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I joined both Flickr and Instagram, and followed through on the instructions for Thing 18. I downloaded a picture of a bookshop that had been converted from an old theatre in Buenos Aires. The image was captured by Hernan Pinera and if you click on his name you’ll be brought to the site. I know it’s not a library but it’s beautiful and imaginative and the amount of people that are mulling in this shop gives hope for the printed word. On Instagram I had a nose through some of the sites that are associated with libraries and was amazed at the images out there. The buildings are magnificent and some of the libraries are so well laid out; the light, the colours, the space. It’s great to see that so much effort goes into such an integral part of society and that people are so open and excited about it that they are sharing images.

Since living in the social media era I have noticed that my attention span has waned somewhat and I find myself being attracted to pretty pictures and snappy captions. My searches are less about the content and I weave through the beautiful and magnetic images as they catch my eye. For this reason I think the best way to engage an audience and grab their attention is through images. I love the idea of using images to promote libraries and their collections, capturing the detail and work that went into some of the books and allowing the public to view the materials is brilliant and entices the public to come view the collection. It’s a great way to promote events and activities that are taking place in the library or that have already occurred. Instagram also offers the option of sharing the images on Facebook and Twitter which reaches a larger audience. I’m looking forward to spending more time searching through the many images on these sites however; the bucket list of libraries I need to visit is getting bigger every time I go on Instagram.

Thing 17 – Reflective Practice

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For my Reflective Practice I’ve decided to re-write my Thing 7 blog on Podcasts. This time I wanted to add a podcast of my own which I neglected to do the first time. It ca be found by clicking on the name ‘Social work and libraries’. I followed the instructions given and used SoundCloud to record my podcast. The process was very simple and I was able to sign-up using my Google+ account which was handy. I recorded myself three times and then gave up and left well enough alone. My breathing, as always, comes out really heavy in the recording and I personally find it distracting. The next time I do a recording I am going to work on my breathing, Yoga classes will be taken. This course is all about learning new methods of information sharing and throwing yourself into every task. I wanted to get out of my comfort zone and build on my confidence in regards to getting my voice heard. It’s intimidating but I believe it will be a huge advantage for me. The podcast is about making a link between social work and libraries. I believe we should take a look at a more collaborative relationship between librarians and social workers which will benefit the public enormously.

Recording my voice is a very intimidating experience, I feel I do better when I’m more invisible but I need to start building up my confidence and taking chances. I need to become more comfortable with the sound of my own voice and the only way to do that is by practicing, in any way possible. This activity has made me think of continuing on with a podcast and while working on it I came across information about librarians who work with really interesting organisations such as; the African Prisoners Project, I also came across information about librarians working in war torn countries both of which I only briefly mentioned in the podcast. I want to look further into these topics and learn as much as possible about the work librarians are doing in the world. I’m really glad I took the chance to do a podcast even if I’m not completely happy with the product.

References

Lockman, Rachel. April 2015. Academic librarians and social justice: a call to microactivism. College & Research Librarians News, vol. 76. (no. 4, 193-194). Retrieved from http://crln.acrl.org/content/76/4/193.full

Skelton, Val. (2011, October 29). Librarians as agents of social change. [Article]. Retrieved from http://www.infotoday.eu/Articles/News/InfoToday-Europe-Blog/Librarians-as-agents-of-social-change-95688.aspx

Topping, Alexandra. (2015, February, 11). Four in 10 teenage girls coerced into sex acts, survey finds. The Guardian. Retrieved from http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/feb/11/teenage-girls-coerced-sex-survey

Zettervall, Sara. (2013, June 30). An interview with Carolyn Anthony, PLA President. Whole Person Librarianship. [Blog]. Retrieved from https://mlismsw.wordpress.com/2013/06/30/an-interview-with-carolyn-anthony-pla-president/comment-page-1/

See

Whole Person Librarianship: Library science is a social science at https://mlismsw.wordpress.com/

‘Microagressions in library work place’ at http://lismicroaggressions.tumblr.com/

Thing 16 – Collaboration tools

Google is a brilliant tool for collaborating among professionals of any kind. It gives more flexibility, meet ups do not have to be at a certain time every day, which could be difficult for all involved, but can be made every two days or week and still information, ideas and criticism can be passed along to all members. All members may not be able to meet up in specific locations and this is where Google hang-outs can come be positively utilized. Links can be easily shared this way as it’s all on the internet and it gives members more control over the information that is shared.

I can see how great it can be for interdepartmental, national and international collaborations. I can see this working for exhibition collaborations; deadlines and tasks can be shared using such a tool as Google. Emails, chats and comments can be used from work or even from home, when a member has a sudden idea. It creates an equal and flexible environment that lists specific roles of every member giving the project structure and consistency. Every member knows what they are doing and what everyone else is doing; it also gives people the opportunity to help each other.

For my masters we had a lot of group work projects, most of the assignments were based around group work, and we used Google to collaborate. We used Google docs, excel, slides and chat, these tools made it easier to communicate and it was extremely helpful. It was all online, so we could each see the work of other team members and we could edit together, and make comments on certain points in the margins. It can be a little messy when it comes to editing and I would advise electing a team member, or two, as chief editor. This stops everyone from editing at the same time and confusing the focus of the work, making it unclear who changed what.

Image was taken from Flickr page Untitled and was captured by Kris Krug.

Thing 15 – Advocacy for Libraries

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Looking through the different links that Niamh gives for Library Advocacy Campaigns it’s inspiring to see so much work put into promoting our profession and informing the general public on what we do. Libraries are a staple of the community and hearing the different stories that each librarian has about inspiring moments in their career is amazing. We are the public, we are new technology we are these things together and more. I’ve been watching some of the library Ted Talks on YouTube and I found them encouraging, they talked about the different programs they have set up, they talked about their effect on the community and the community’s effect on them. I loved that I could listen to personal stories while playing with my niece. One talk I recommend is ‘What to expect from libraries in the 21st century: Pam Sandlian Smith’ just click on the title to be brought to the link.

I’ve never actively participated in an Advocacy group. I have volunteered with Girl Guides which meant, collecting at various churches and I bagged at grocery shops for volunteer programs in Nepal. I guess I’d perceive these as small scale Advocacy programs, informing a small group of people about certain charity groups that effect not just their community but informs them about orphanages in other third world countries.

I’m excited about doing more research on the Advocacy groups and signing up for them participating in something like this is brilliant not just for promoting our profession but it gives me the chance to learn more about the different sectors of the librarian profession and getting involved in them. There is so much information out there and librarians are exceptional when it comes to knowledge sharing; between advocacy sites and organization sites information about new technologies, management styles, community service, services for disability, etc.. are available for us to study and learn and grow as librarians. I wish there was an advocacy group in Ireland but I am extremely excited for Library Ireland Week.

Thing 14 – Reality modified

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After watching the demo on LibriARi I felt a little bit bewildered and out of my depth in terms of what I know and understand about technology. Watching the demo was like watching ‘Minority Report’ in the cinema back in 2002 (I did have to look up the date it was released). The software was futuristic, logical, and practical. It seemed like it would be easy for patrons to use and, like most technology these days, it is an intuitive device.

I think for the most part I understand the concept of augmented reality but putting that into practice using the Aurasma app was more confusing than I wish to admit. I could not get the layers to come up and, I was left with just the one picture I took with the camera. After watching a handy YouTube instructional video on how to use the app and after sleeping on the problem I was having, I finally figured out what I wasn’t doing. It was really simple, I wasn’t pointing the camera with the seven white dots at the object I had taken a photo of and used for my AR practice poster. I felt a little silly but I can see how user friendly the equipment is, it seems like it will be popular throughout the library sectors; public (adults and children), Universities and even law and hospital libraries.

The tool is brilliant for ensuring that the user needs are met in a simple, fun way, but it does mean less interaction between librarians and patrons. Looking on the bright side it does open up time for other projects, like organizing more events and activities for the patrons or for research. It can be used as a mechanism to incorporate tech teach to children, they can become comfortable using the equipment in the library on class trips, mixing computer class with library visits. It’s going to be used heavily in the future and we as librarians can help assimilate new technologies into the everyday, which is extremely exciting. Well a little daunting considering how long it took me to figure out Aurasma, next time I’ll get my 8 year old nephew to help.

On a final note, I know it’s not library but I can see it being popular in grocery stores where you can find and pick certain produce and get what you need for recipes that the store provide.

Image taken from Flickr page Samsung Gear VR and captured by Maurizio Pesce.