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Taking, sharing & storing photos

Posted: July 22nd, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: anz23mthings, learning, photography, social networking | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

I love photography. Most excellent wife J. is a great photographer:

Me? Not so much. I dabble; and sepia and black & white are my friends:

I used to really, really like flickr, but due to the new overhaul, I can barely view my own photos over our slowish home connection. I still use it a bit though, especially for the awesome Commons – check it out for your next blog post image. I tweet photos and take a fair few with my phone. I rely on google to store them for me as I have an android. However, I admit I don’t know enough about how these photos are being stored, I just access any I want on the desktop via google plus, or on my phone. Since scoring a work iPad I am taking some with that too and I post to work Facebook and twitter accounts. We also have a work flickr account that I set-up, but only occasionally use, mainly because it’s a convoluted system to upload via our system, and it takes so long it often times out! Consequently, any work photo flickr uploads I do at home. (But I’m trying not to work from home too much lately…)

As part of my learning/playing, I’ve just joined Instagram and am enjoying exploring. I’m dpgreen_net; come say hi!

My library uses photos to promote events and activities. But now that I think about it, this is usually after the fact. Sometimes I post anticipation photos to gee-up people, and my new workmate posts some in real time – awesome! However, we mostly post photos to Facebook, twitter and flickr chronicling event highlights, rather than in the lead-up. (Note to self: post more pre-event photos.) We have a form which parents/carers and adults need to sign if we’re going to publish photos of them or their minors. This can be a hassle; to the point where we sometimes don’t take photos, or we just post shots with backs of heads. Sometimes I wonder if we could ask for permission when people sign up for their membership…

Last year I ran a Zombie Photo Competition for National Youth Week. It was a great success, and something different for my library! There were maybe 30 entries and they were so creative. Given the prevalence of mobile devices, I encouraged young people to use a zombify-ing app on their phone/tablet photos – this boosted entry numbers. I displayed all the entries and young people got a kick out of seeing their work in the library. Perhaps the best aspect was engaging some non-library users. I recommend a photo comp for teens, and really should try it again at my work.

Speaking of zombies, let me pick your braaaains!

  • Does your library have a great idea for gaining photo permissions?
  • How do you store your photos taken on mobile devices?
  • Are you on Instagram? Leave your handle in the comments :)

I got me an X!

Posted: July 1st, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: learning, librarian, meme | Tags: , | No Comments »

FTW!


Beginners Tai Chi Course

Posted: June 7th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: learning | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

Tonight I started a 6wk beginners Tai Chi course at Nan Tien Temple. I’m going with a dear friend. I TOTALLY enjoyed it! We are learning the Yang Method, as in Yang family. I don’t know anymore about the form – and I am too tired to research & add more links or videos! – but I’m sure I’ll revisit this topic as I learn more Tai Chi. During the class I felt relaxed and calm, and also focused and energised. Just what I needed :)

Nan Tien Temple by yewenyi on Flickr.

Nan Tien Temple by yewenyi on Flickr.

Do you practice Tai Chi? Which form?


Fistpump baby hearts #blogjune

Posted: June 6th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: learning, librarian, libraries, marketing | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

I hadn’t played with a meme generator before now. I used memegenerator.net but there’s heaps to choose from. It was fun, easy and I’ve already made one to get news to my teens at work!

How do you use meme generators? What’s your fave meme?


Mobile tech: photo taking & sharing

Posted: June 3rd, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: anz23mthings, learning, libraries, marketing | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

As I mentioned, I have only just scored an iPad for work, so I am new to iPad photography. The few iPad photos I have taken have been okay quality & I’m keen to keep practising. I do take many photos with my phone though. I love the convenience of having a camera in your pocket, and being able to share pics instantly. Up until yesterday I have been having serious troubles using packet data on my phone for nearly 3 months. I have been too lazy to investigate, and have just used wifi at home & work. However, this has meant I’ve nearly stopped sharing phone pics. The problem is now fixed; I hadn’t updated the software. D’oh!

Here’s a phone photo I’m quite happy with:

Sunrise. View from our balcony at home.

Sunrise. View from our balcony at home.

I use phone and iPad photos posted to work twitter, Facebook and Tumblr accounts to promote library events & engage customers. This works! Of course, taking photos then posting in real time is the bonus of mobile tech. For example, I tweeted a cute teddy photo to amp people up for our recent Teddy Bears’ Picnic. I also take quick snaps of new anime & manga as they hit my desk, then upload to work social media accounts. And sometimes to my own if I’m especially excited about new things :)

How do you use mobile tech photography in your life? And at your work?


ANZ 23 Mobile Things

Posted: May 16th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: anz23mthings, learning, librarian, professional development, twitter | Tags: , , , , | 1 Comment »

I have jumped into a great professional development course called ANZ 23 Mobile Things. It’s for people in Australia and New Zealand doing Jan, Mylee & Kathryn‘s ultra cool 23 Mobile Things course. We’re going to learn all that is vital to know about how mobile devices can awesome-ise library people, library programs and spaces. The major reason I signed up for the course is because about 2 weeks ago I was ‘given’ an iPad for work. My daughter has one which I have barely used, and I have always wanted to start. This course seemed like the perfect starting point! The other reasons I have signed up are: group-learning is awesome, the price is right (FREE!), and professional development is very important to me.

In the past I started CPD23 but never finished. Twice! I’m ok with that; self-paced learning is about dipping in and dipping out. I played with a few of the things, but never got into a pattern. I absolutely learnt stuff and still follow hashtags and people from the course. Perhaps the biggest thing I did learn was, I did not set aside enough time to play and learn. Of course I hope to remedy this, and will do this by allotting work-time to complete the course. I can always go back and finish CPD23, and the other cool thing is, ANZ 23 Mobile Things is different because it is about using mobile devices.

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Thing 1 was all about Twitter – excellent! I totally love twitter. In 2011 I declared Twitter & RSS to be the best things on the Internet. I still think this is true. Here’s what I tweeted last week: “Top reasons I <3 @twitter: real-time searching, quick advice, virtually attend events, link sharing, short, sharp convos, stay up-2-date, democratising the web (can ask any1 anything), it’s a community!”. Currently I use the official twitter app on my Galaxy (android) phone and on my iPad. My desktop preference is the old Tweetdeck. I also sometimes use Hootsuite on my desktop at work. If you can recommend a great mobile app, please leave me a comment :)
Heaps of the learning for the course will take place on twitter; so get amongst it. Search for and tweet using the hashtag #anz23mthings. To get news from the source follow @anz23mthings. Oh and make sure you grab the RSS feeds from the course site.

I’m very excited to be actively learning, sharing and playing again.
I’m certain the course will remind me how the words learning, sharing and playing are wonderful tautologies!


Take 2! Continuing 23 Things for Professional Development Course

Posted: May 8th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: blogging, learning, professional development | Tags: , , | 8 Comments »

Last year I began an excellent online learning course known as CPD23. Based on Helene Blower’s original and much re-mixed Learning 2.0 – 23 Things program, this course is an excellent tool for learners from Libraryland, and further afield. I didn’t finish last year but I did make some great twitter contacts and I certainly enjoyed the networking and learning that I did do. This year I hope to complete the things I missed, and time permitting, I may blog again about those I’ve already explored. I’m excited and thankful the CPD23 crew are restarting the course for those of us who didn’t complete the course last year, and for all new learners!

If you’re interested in joining the fun and learning, check out the official site here; the 23 Things are listed here. For 2012, the CPD23 crew have decided to slow down the pace a little, for which I am grateful :)

Thing 1 asks participants to create a blog and have a play. Done! We are also asked to contemplate what we hope to get from the course. I’m looking forward to:

  • gaining new knowledge
    • online tools for learning, presenting, storing and sharing
    • social media ‘things’ I am yet to play with
    • advocacy
    • lifelong, and further tertiary/other learning opportunities
  • being challenged, in a good way!
    • learning and exploring new tools
    • expressing myself eloquently and hopefully creatively
    • time-management
  • gaining networking opportunities
    • online and IRL
  • actively analysing
    • my learning
    • my professional role in my workplace, and in our wider profession
    • my contribution to our profession
  • blogging with regularity.

I’m sure this list will expand as the weeks go on…

Thing 2 suggests we scout around other learners’ blogs and check out what they are creating. I really enjoy and benefit from reading blogs (library-types and non-lib people), so this will be easy. The slightly challenging bit will be leaving comments, as I get cyber-shy. However, this is what the course is about, right? Learning, networking, experimenting, and challenging ourselves. Dear Reader, why not introduce yourself in the comments? Or you can tweet me: I’m @dpgreen.

To the encouraging and knowledgeable CPD23 crew: Thank you for the opportunity to finish the course, I appreciate the re-run :)

To the CPD23ers: See you ‘out there’!

p.s. If you’re really short of reading material, you could read my Week One post from last year.


H-E-L-P T-W-I-L!

Posted: January 20th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: learning, librarian | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

Given I blog about libraries and learning, I must praise and thank This Week in Libraries, and especially now. This Week in Libraries (TWIL) is a vital professional development resource for library workers who want to learn, engage and get excited about our profession (i.e. everyone). TWIL brings educative and inspiring conversations with passionate presenters and guest professionals to our screens, whenever we choose to watch, for free! Innovation is always on the menu; served with passion, pride and collaboration. As Jan Holmquist rightly declares, TWIL is “our favourite library TV show”. And TWIL needs our help.

To keep the show going in 2012, a thankful crew are crowd-funding via the Help This Week in Libraries Tumblr. There is a Help TWIL Facebook page that you should like, and follow the love on twitter by searching for #helptwil.

I donated to say a huge Thank You and to help keep this oh-so-valuable resource on the air. You should too!


23 Things for Professional Development

Posted: June 19th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: blogging, learning | Tags: , | 6 Comments »

Given my mantra for the year is “Just Start,” I’ve signed up for 23 Things for Professional Development (or CPD23). It’s a free, self-directed online learning course based on, and expanding upon, the original 23 Things program. I’m looking forward to learning about new tools, and I’m excited to continue my learning & professional development. As is always the case in virtual Libraryland, I’m hoping to ‘meet’ some fun library folk & explore learning together :)

More details from the blog:

23 Things for Professional Development is a free online program open to information professionals at all stages of their career, in all types of role, and anywhere across the world. Inspired by the 23 Things programs for social media, this new program will consist of a mixture of social media “Things” and “Things” to do with professional development. The program starts on 20 June and will run until early October 2011.
Each week the CPD23 blog will be updated with details of the next thing to be explored. Catch up weeks and reflection weeks are built into the program, so it’s not a problem if you’re going to be away for a week or two!

Naturally, the crew are on twitter: @cpd23
And on the book of face here
You can follow the conversation by searching #cpd23 on twitter (and as a tag in the blogosphere)
The list of Things is here
And a Google calender of what/when is here

I’ll be using dpgreen.net to blog about my learning & be tweeting as @dpgreen too (shock, horror!)
So, does this sound exciting to you too? Yes?!
Of course it does, and you should join me! Sign up here.

If you’ve signed up, please leave a link to your blog in the comments, or just say hi :)