Thing 23

It’s very hard to believe on a wet windy day like today that the launch of Rudai23 was one of the most beautiful sunny days in June! 23 Things later I’ve reached the end (*tear).

It has been a incredible journey for me as a participant of the course and as one of the moderators. I feel that I learned a lot more from reading other participants blogs than just the main “Rudai” task. I found myself questioning, agreeing and indeed learning from other people’s reflective thoughts on each Thing.

So where to go from here? Well I had a look at Hootsuite and Google alerts in terms of monitoring my social media accounts. Personally I don’t see a need for it managing personal accounts as I use each one for a different reason eg. Facebook, Snapchat = personal and Twitter,Google+ = professional. However for a business like a library I think it is an easier way to promote events / resources across all social media platforms in an efficient manner.

My favourite part of the course had to have been Thing 21 and Thing 8… these tools are ones that I have kept up and I feel I have upskilled since using them.

I also think that I should keep up the blogging with keeping in line with Gibbs models of Reflective practice.

 

Finally, a massive thanks to Niamh O’Donovan and all the Rudai23 team for peer support and for doing an all round fabulous job. I hope to meet some Rudai participants in the near future and well done to all!

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Thing 22- Mobile Things

I’ve just downloaded “Gum” app to my phone. I can see it being very useful for libraries and especially for book reviews. However I do wonder what the story is with different editions of books. I’ve scanned the four Twilight books and it kept telling me that I was the “first person here”. Surely I’m not the first person to use it on a best seller like “Twilight”. So maybe the barcode is different on different editions??

As for “beacons” I think the idea is fantastic. Very often people don’t read signs or posters and often just walk in to the library playing on their phones so this is a great way for notifying people as to what is taking place is brilliant.

Ideally I would like to do the 23 mobile Things course. Maybe not at the moment but definitely in the future. I can see most technology moving to mobile. Even personally I rarely use my laptop. I have the Netflix app, Twitter, Facebook, Gmail and plenty of other apps so I hardly ever turn it on!

Thing 14 Augmented Reality

If I’m completely honest I’ve been avoiding this Thing.. well not really avoiding it… I just didn’t want to do it until I was sure I knew what Augmented Reality was. I wouldn’t describe myself as a “technophobe” but for some reason I was just afraid to go near Augmented Reality!!!

 

I started by downloading the “Aurasma” app and held my phone up to the computer screen when I had images of Auramsma images open on Google Images. Half and hour later after my colleague  and I had a great laugh at all the wonderful things I decided to create my own. I wanted to able to put my phone up to the image of the Mona Lisa and then bring up that image of her with the Duck face Selfie (Popular culture and all that!)

Mona lisa

 

As it turned out I got confused in the terms like “overlay” etc. and I did it the opposite way round. When I scan this image I get the original… which for my library ( its an art library) people will probably be glad it is this way!

I can see this being a fantastic asset to the library community and even in everyday life as a source of entertainment. My only issue is that QR codes are more eye catching! And they seem to have a universal symbol. However as I understand it AR will eventually replace QR codes.

I’m definitely going to work more on this – not only are you using new digital skills but it’s fun too!!

 

Image courtesty of pinterest

Thing 21 – Infographics

One of the main reasons I chose to this course was to learn how to do an Infographic and before this I would not have known where to start!

Infographic CCAM-page-001

 

Above is my first Infographic.. not exactly the best but it is definitely something I am going to play around with.  I used Easel.ly  for this one but I have used Canva in the past and that allows you to create them also. I’m not too familiar with other digital media tools like Photoshop and the like so I found this a little difficult to navigate eg. one little symbol kept and enlarging when I didn’t want it to.

 

I will definitely use them in the future in the library. I don’t really have much to say on this topic. I think its just a matter or physically making them rather than talking / writing about them. Maybe when I have more done I may write about the impact of them.

Thing 20 – Presentations

I’ve always like the idea of giving a visual presentation. I did a few of them in college and then last March I gave my first “proper” presentation on Advanced Google Searching for students. With a presentation like this and even one for library inductions the slides were slightly irrelevant as I was carrying out a task eg. conducting an internet search/searching for an item in the library catalogue .

I had guest written a blog post for the LAI Career development group on my thoughts etc. on this presentation. You can read it here and look at the actual presentation: Advanced Google Presentation (1)

Prezi: Prezi reminds me of my capstone project! This was the platform we used and I have mixed feelings on it. One of the girls in my group hated it because the way the slides moved made her feel nauseous – for this reason I don’t really use it incase someone in my audience feels sick!

Slideshare- One of the best inventions since sliced bread!!! I’ve read so many presentations and really believe in information sharing so this one is a win win! A good presentation is easy to spot – it’s engaging, visually appealing and relevant.

There are some great tips on conferences, presentations etc. here from the LAI’s Career Development Group seminar last week. I wasn’t able to attend but if the Tweets were anything to go by it was a brilliant day.

I think presentations are “touch and go” sometimes they work – sometimes they don’t. I had an English lecturer in college who didn’t have any slides –  he just got up and spoke and one could have listened to him all day. On the other hand I had an Anthropology lecturer who’s presentations I still remember as they were short snappy and very witty.

At this stage in my career presentations are just trial and error and you can only learn by doing them!

Thing 19 – The Legal Side of Things

It’s always nice to brush up and get a reminder on all things copyright. Due to the changing nature of our environment it is very important to keep on top of digital rights and adhere to the different procedures and policies out there.

My first real encounter with the nature of copyright was during my MLIS. In our reference exercises we had to find in image out of copyright for a school teacher. This meant not only finding an image after 70 years  of the author? (I can’t remember the exact details of the question) but then had to consider the education factor of our Irish Copyright Law. I remember it being a challenging yet enjoyable task and even two years on – an issue that we cannot seem to escape from.

Even in doing my Rudai23 posts I am aware of what kind of images I’m publishing. If I were to go back through all the images I used I suppose I missed a few “fair usage photos” and probably referencing my images was not enough.

Another issue I often wonder about is Pinterest. Do I say “image courtesy of Pinterest” or do I go back and find the image source and then reference that?

I find filtering my Google image search results by usage rights is a handy one.

Example: Rudai19

 

Other issues I wonder about are uploading images and things to Virtual Learning Environments (VLE). Does this allow one to get around the copyright restriction?

Going further I’m going to try and be more aware of my referencing / usage on not only images but links/ articles etc.

This post wasn’t entirely a reflection as it raised more questions than answers but at least I have my thinking cap on!

Thing 18 – Communicating through photographs

So I’m a little behind in my posts and only catching up now. September is a crazy month in an academic library and I haven’t even had time to go back to Thing 14 – Augmented Reality.

Anyway…Flickr:

I don’t have a Flickr account but knew that you could search for images by copyright filter such as creative commons. Well done to Christine on the very interesting information about Flickr and its relationships with other social media sites. Often we use these apps / websites and don’t know anything about them!

Going back to last “things” reflective practice I’ve decided to concentrate more on Instagram.

 

I only joined Instagram only about two months ago. I have a personal account. If I’m honest I only joined it because it seems to be the new “cool” thing. My 15 year old cousin showed me how to use it and explained what #nofilter meant! Young ones these days! I noticed that people weren’t sharing photos on Facebook anymore and Instagram seems to be the most popular choice.

In the beginning I was feeling out of my depth – but after a while I found that I loved searching for photos by hashtags example #libraries #crafting etc.  There are very good ideas for book  displays.I find Instagram very similar to Pinterest but more personal are there are more photos of people rather than objects.

I like the idea of promoting new library books / items through the Instagram. My library doesn’t have an Instagram account at the moment but maybe in the future.

Thing 17- Reflective Practice

After reading Stephanie’s Thing 17- I realised I may have been doing my blogs wrong- While I understand there is no official wrong way and Rudai23 is not going to be based on the quality of writing I still feel I could have written better blogs. I like the way Gibbs model if Reflective Practice is designed. Answering the questions in the description of this model I’m going to rewrite an earlier blog post:

 

Thing 4:

1)What Happened?

After first reading the “Thing” I immediately went and checked out Google + and researched the different areas of Google that were recommended. I downloaded the Google Hangouts app and tried to communicate with another Rudai23 member through this.  It worked!

2)What were you thinking and feeling?

My initial feelings were “I don’t like google +”. I’m never going to use this. I realise now that I didn’t give it a chance. It was only after I had written the post that I took the time to sit down and play around with Google plus and actually like it!

3) What was good and bad about the experience?

What was good about the experience at the time was that I was familiar enough with Google as a product and service so I was happy to explore the other areas without getting too overwhelmed. The Bad: I was too judgmental – I didn’t give the other features enough of a chance before my blog post.

4) What sense can you make of the situation?

What made sense at the time was the fact that I had learned so much from this Rudai or Thing that I felt comfortable exploring new technologies –  even if I didn’t particularly like them at least I made a bit of an effort.

5) What else could you have done?

With regard to tackling the Google Things I could have written more about the way I could use these Google features in the library. Now that I reflect, Google as been incredible in my CPD. It has allowed me to communicate with other Rudai23 members, create my screencast for my first Youtube video, participate in the shared Google Drive document for thing 16 among other things.

6) If it arose again what would you do?

If I were new to Google or even just introduced to some of its features, I wouldnt be quite so dismissive. It is a wonderful tool and allows so many opportunities for librarians as collaborators, communicators and even everyday personal use

 

 

 

Continuing on I’m going to try and do a proper reflective practice for each upcoming blog post. It is a great guideline and I feel it will improve my thought process and even my writing.

Thing 16 Collaboration Tools

Google Docs: I had never heard of Google Docs / Drive until I was in UCD and they were an absolute lifesaver when it came to group assignments. I’ve been hooked ever since. I keep any important documents or drafts in my drive folder as I can access it from anywhere. I was very confused when first reading the Google Doc for this Thing. With the Latin, I have wondered for a minute was it spam!

office365

In my workplace we recently got Office365 and are slowly starting to share documents via OneDrive. I must say I find Google Docs easier as I think it is more user friendly. However maybe it’s just because I’m more used to Google.

Doodle: Doodle was used during my undergrad to sign up for tutorials which I thought was fantastic. The lecturer gave many options of times and according to your timetable you were able to choose a slot. I don’t find I use it as much anymore because arranging meetings in my workplace are don’t over email / entering times into the calendar on my phone or even old fashioned pen and paper! But for students and group work it would be a really useful tool.

 

I think collaboration tools are excellent but sometimes it just depends on you circumstance. If you are working in close proximity sometimes the old communication methods are better. However for collaboration long distance Google Docs is brilliant. When two people are working on a document simultaneously it comes up in a different colour what the other person is typing. It’s actually kind of creepy but really cool!!

 

google docs collabotation

Image found @ http://www.rsc-scotland.org/?p=4084 accessed 16/09/2015

Thing 15 – Advocacy for libraries

I’ve left out Thing 14 for the moment. Augmented Reality is totally new to me and I want time to learn about it before I do a blog post on it.

Anyway Thing 15 – Advocacy.

First of all, I had never even heard of any of the campaigns that were posted on the Rudai23 pages bar CILIP so thanks for that. They seem really interesting and have some fantastic ideas. The links also led me to brilliant youtube clips which I spent over an hour looking at – really cool stuff there too!

I personally think library advocacy needs to be promoted on a wider scope: Different sectors need to be aware of what information professionals can do for them. Example do all politicians in the Oireachtas know there is a library there? – Do all Doctors, nurses, medical staff etc. know that their hospital actually may have a library?? Of course these are just samples of sectors that may have a library.

I recently started a MOOC “Library Advocacy Unshushed” which I didn’t finish for some reason- but I would highly recommend it if it starts again. Our Rudai23 Twitter chat was also fantastic and it really got some great discussions going. One issue that Niamh raised was the fact that there is advocacy for libraries but what about advocacy for librarians?

Maybe its time the Irish libraries came together and did something like this:

http://www.theatlantic.com/video/index/371084/why-libraries-matter/

(Apologies the video won’t appear here so you’ll have to click into it)

Maybe a video like this would have more of an impact than a statistical report of why we need libraries???

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