My supportive workmates.
All of them.
My supportive workmates.
All of them.
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!
If it’s OK with you, I’d like to slowly share my favourite RSS feeds. (What’s RSS? Read this.)
Every two weeks (ish) I’ll blog about my favourite feeds – and I hope you’ll share yours too.
As the tagline of this blog suggests, my feed links will be about libraries, learning & other loves.
Until next month when it is being retired, I am using Google Reader (or Greader). In preparation for the sad transition, I have just started using Feedly on my phone and Reeder on the desktop.
For the record, I subscribe to 323 feeds and I do not read them all. Currently Greader tells me I have 1000+ unread items, but this is the max Greader ever tells you. By a rough count it is closer to 5000 unread items. I think this is not unusual. (Am I right?)
That being said, I do read a lot of my feeds and it’s kinda cyclical depending on what is catching my interest. So sometimes I plow through music-related feeds, or check my friend’s blog feeds. A constant is my library-related feeds. My feeds are grouped by subject into folders. Grouping makes it easy to sort like-feeds, and obviously appeals to the cataloguer in me!
As an introduction I thought I’d share the folder names that I use to group my feeds:
Apart from sharing what I deem essential with you Dear Reader, I imagine this process will help me analyse how I use RSS. I hope Feed of the Fortnight makes my favourite thing on the web work even better for me, and for you.
I would love it if these regular posts started other people sharing their fave feeds too.
So please leave a comment and tell me your essential feeds, and/or your folder names
BREAKING NEWS: I’m using Tumblr, and I like it!
In case you missed the memo, Tumblr is a very cool, short-form blogging platform that is clean and super-easy to use. Tumblr is another form of microblogging; the current giant being Twitter. People share photos, music, links, videos, thoughts, quotes, short text, ANYTHING with minimal effort. Like ‘blog’ is a short-form of weblog, this type of (micro-)blogging gets its name from tumblelog. Positioned nicely between Twitter and longer-form blogging platforms like WordPress or Blogger, Tumblr is fast and simple push-button publishing, with a focus on looking schmick. Many (most?) Tumblrs have ‘tumblr.com’ in the address, but some people self-host and choose the URL. Just like many websites use blogging software and self-host to create their own domain. Also a social network, Tumblr users (Tumblers? Tumblees? Tumblfolk?) connect and follow each other’s posts, and reblog and like (favourite) posts. Reblogging is prolific on Tumblr; sharing is caring and all that. Some may feel Tumblr is too littered with reposts, that it is lacking original content. However, if that’s how people want to use it, I see no problem with that. There definitely is original content in amongst the reblogs. Perhaps as a reaction to the negative ‘reblogging’ tag, the fun people at Tumblr bring you REBLORG, the home of original content only: http://reblorg.com/about. To my mind, using Tumblr is like any 2.0-ish ‘thing;’ you make it work for you, how you want it to, and no, it won’t be for everyone. I like the following description from Tackling Tumblr : web publishing made simple by Thord Daniel Hedengren.
Tumblr is a hybrid service- part blogging, part microblogging, and a social network to boot. Not a very definite description, is it? The thing with Tumblr is that it really becomes what you make of it. It’s not just about understanding how the Tumblr service works, but also how you can use if for your own needs. (p. 6)
Given I mainly focus on libraries and learning here on dpgreen.net, I am using Tumblr to share my other loves. So in a moment of super-name-coming-up-with-ness, I’ve titled my Tumblr:
My Tumblr tagline reads:
Here lie the other loves of David Green AKA dpgreen. Expect music, art, theatre, photos, & GeeBee. Libraries, learning, books & reading will surface too.
You can check it out over here: http://dpgreen.tumblr.com/
There is a thriving art community on Tumblr. Gaming people and comic fans and creators too. You can follow folks with font fetishes, and literature enthusiasts. Design absolutely suits this platform, and of course tech is popular too. Oh and music, and music, and more music. You should find whatever you’re after, with hi-res photos adding to the goodness and the glossiness.
My current fave Tumblrs are:
I do have some fave library Tumblrs too (SURPRISE!) and I’ll mention those soon in my next post: Tumblr pt. 2.
Do you use Tumblr? Please leave me your Tumblr link in the comments, &/or recommend your favourite Tumblrs
Library Day in the Life is an excellent sharing project conceived by Bobbi Newman who writes the info-and-fun-filled Librarian by day blog. Designed to share what a ‘typical’ day is like for a library worker/student/educator/etc., people everywhere chronicle their day via twitter, blogs, Flickr, YouTube, etc. and share it with other library folk. Perhaps more importantly, it is also hoped that non-library folk experience Library Day in the Life (LDITL). People share and follow various Days in the Life by searching for #libday8 on twitter, blogs, Google+, and so on. Library folk get to read, see and watch what others do – it’s a great opportunity to try on a different Librarian’s hat and/or cardigan for a day. If posts/tweets/photos/videos of our Library Day in the Life are seen by those who dwell outside Libraryland, perhaps we can enlighten interested others as to what we do all day. It may well lead to stellar ideas from others about any aspect of our work days: ideas about tech, management, promotions, task prioritising, and so on. Sharing our days may result in collaborations, myth-busting, who knows?! The process also helps the individual reflect on how effectively they use their time at work, and at home. Library Day in the Life forces participants to analyse our prioritisation of workloads: we see what tasks demand the most of us, and what are neglected. This is the 8th round – hence #libday8 – of this very valuable and fun exercise.
I’m starting with when I rise to indicate when I start learning, sharing & ‘living’ in Libraryland i.e. when I start reading twitter, RSS feeds, blogging, etc. I’ve not included after work because I didn’t really visit Libraryland as I didn’t bring any work home or go online, or read any work related stuff. I did mention I have a new baby, right?!
6.00am Awake, get up.
6.30 Trawl twitter, watch new Hunger Games trailer then tweet it to personal and work accounts.
6.40 Keep drafting another blog post.
6.45 Meander around net reading music stuff…. drink coffee, and goo-and-gaa at sleeping baby!
7.05 Remember cool idea for tumblr post, find YouTube clip and queue post.
7.10 Trawl tumblr feeds; so much eyecandy and earcandy!
7.20 More blog post draft, twitter links, coffee drinking, #GeeBee soothing/cuddling/stoking-out-on.
7.40 Save draft, wake most excellent wife J., then shave, shower, get ready for work.
8.20 Somehow pries myself away from #GeeBee and drive to work. Take work ideas and tasks notes on post-it as I drive – safely!
8.55 Arrive work. Only 5min early; this year I am aiming to (mostly) only work rostered hours to keep a better work/life balance.
9.00 Switch on pc, check for any urgent email, fill in calender, check diary, eat nuts – NTS make breakfast!
9.05 Allocate new items. Trying to do this as soon as they come in, to give people current items asap. Sounds fair, right?!
9.15 Create draft version of annual events calender for manager to take to managers’ meeting.
9.50 Morning tea, info share featuring cake – clichés are true
10.00 Library open (til 8pm)
10.05 Email supervisor two questions to ponder. This year I am trying not to ask too many questions in person – i.e. less interruptions. Hmmmm, see how I go!
10.10 Continue events document.
10.45 Allocate more new items. Help customer with photocopier.
11.00 Read about proposed staffing restructure.
11.10 – 11.35 Discuss library newsletter, dubious image searches!, future event planning with my supervisor.
11.45 Meet local community group who use library in rain. This is occasional; I would like to offer our space to more groups, because it is not our space, it is theirs. Oh and surely community driven space is the future of librarianship, if not the present.
11.50 Print promos/posters/flyers for 2012 programs.
12.15pm Tidy up task list, flagged items in Outlook (MPOW email client). Help customer find Captain Underpants book.
12.30 Lunch in lunchroom with colleagues.
1.00 Email local primary school about library lesson attendance in 2012.
1.20 Fill in paper diary. Still using this, but for how long?
1.28 Had a great idea (an aha moment!) for project with local primary school – must flesh this out, and follow through…
1.30 Prepare for serials (magazines) meeting.
2.00 Serials meeting.
3.25 Cup of tea (at desk) while checking emails. Help customer find books similar to the ever-popular Diary of a Wimpy Kid books; we have Big Nate books. (Do you know any other read-alikes?)
3.30 Event planning document discussion with supervisor.
4.30 More emails, tidy desk, make list for Monday.
4.40 Learn I need to come in for early shift on Monday for non-fiction and adult fiction selection – good practice.
5.10 Leave. (Only 10mins late, an improvement on average finishing times of last year.)
Please leave a link to your LDITL in the comments. Or even a link to or paragraph about your NON-Library Day in the Life. Sharing is caring!
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!
I’ve been meaning to post this potent quote for months. Six months old and sadly the UK & US library closures & cuts crisis continues mercilessly.
What The Guardian said in January, 2011:
Sara Levy, 39, sat with three-year-old Ella, colouring in Spot the Dog on a computer screen, with three-week-old Ava asleep on her chest. “It’s the only local place you can come without spending money,” she said. “It’s local and friendly. And it’s classless.” : Library Customer Sara Levy.
What I said in July, 2011: Free, local, friendly, classless. Amen. So why, why are libraries closing at a dangerous rate?
A confession: I don’t know enough about the state of affairs in my own country. Terrible I know, but honest. And no, not good enough David! Of course I have first-hand experience of tightening budget restraints, job scarcity & job security fears. And sure, I read articles & blog posts about Australian library closures & funding cuts and I’ve signed this important petition. However, I’m embarrassed to admit I remain lamentably & lazily uninformed.
I want to – and will – improve this situation. Perhaps with your help?
What he said, in 2007:
A good library will never be too neat, or too dusty, because somebody will always be in it, taking books off the shelves and staying up late reading them.
From Horseradish : bitter truths you can’t avoid by Lemony Snicket. (9780061240065)
What I said, in 2011:
We now know that books won’t always be on most of the shelves. If indeed there are any shelves. However, we assume people will still be reading. Our challenge is to market the enduring, growing importance of libraries as eloquently as Snicket’s nostalgically potent quote.
image from State Library and Archives of Florida