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Join us on October 1st for #followalibrary Day!

Posted: September 24th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: libraries, marketing, social networking | Tags: , , | No Comments »

This post originally appeared on International Librarians Network.

Are you passionate about promoting your library? Do you need to escape the echo chamber and reach people from other industries, and non-users? Does your library do or have something that may surprise people? Make sure you get behind #followalibrary Day! At a minimum, you and your library service will get more followers.

Sexy Tweet: Follow Me @DianaGavrilita uploaded by Seattle Clouds.

Sexy Tweet: Follow Me @DianaGavrilita uploaded by Seattle Clouds.

This online event runs all day on October 1st. It’s a marketing, advocacy, networking free-for-all; a drop-in, casual twitter chat that feels like a group hug. Everyone everywhere can participate, and with steering committee members from South Africa, the Netherlands, and Australia, it’s truly an international affair.

How to play:

• Add #followalibrary to your tweets
• Follow @followalibrary for discussion topics and questions
• Watch the stream by searching #followalibrary

This year we’ll tweet topics and questions from the @followalibrary account with a #librarysurprises focus. The idea is to spread the word about innovative, out-of-the-box library programs, resources, and work practices, that users and non-users may be surprised to learn we do. The #followalibrary stream may look like this:

@followalibrary: How does your library smash the libraries-as-quiet-places stereotype? #librarysurprises #followalibrary

@sclibs: By day: 70 ppl sang rhymes & danced the Hokey Pokey. By night: 40 teens watched anime on the big screen. #librarysurprises #followalibrary”

Libraries are great at advertising to, and asking for feedback from, our regular customers. But how well do we engage the wider community? Similarly, library staff know that libraries are doing amazing things for community building, skill-sharing, and of course literacy (to name a few). But do our funding bodies, our politicians, our business sector, know of this social value?

Let’s get noticed on October 1st by flooding our streams with #followalibrary tweets. We’ll spread the good word about the great work libraries are doing, while sharing ideas with each other. Our library twitter accounts will get more followers, our services will get more members, and our community will join the conversation – so what have you got to lose?! Join us for #followalibrary Day on October 1st.


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 :)

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!


Why I need Twitter & RSS (CPD23 Thing 4)

Posted: July 17th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: professional development | Tags: , , , | 10 Comments »

Fact: RSS and Twitter are my top 2 favourite things on the Internet. Big call I know, but it’s been this way since 2007. And 4 years is a long time in internet years.

Embrace 2.0 by cmdrfletcher on flickr

Recently the CPD23 crew asked us to consider current awareness tools on the interwebs: namely Twitter, RSS, & Pushnote. As I am completely new to Pushnote, the following are my thoughts on twitter & rss. (I *may* write on Pushnote in the future.)

In the past I’ve referred to Twitter as my dear other spouse. I stand by this. I totally rate Twitter as my current favourite online socialising, networking & sharing tool. As I mentioned before, for me Twitter is the King of:

  • sharing links, info, and quick advice
  • real-time searching
  • short, sharp quip-laden conversations
  • staying up-to-date – follow industry people & get their thoughts as they have them & read/view what they deem sharable
  • virtually being there – “attend” conferences/concerts/demonstrations by following hashtags & hear what the backchannel really thinks
  • democratising the web – I can tweet anyone, anything, instantly. No more searching for email addresses or phone numbers & fretting about how to say what I feel in wordy emails or (gasp!) phone calls. Just tweet them your thoughts or query in 140 characters. You may even get a reply!

My advice for twitter:

  • Get a short username – it makes conversing with you & retweeting your tweets easier, as your username doesn’t eat most of the 140 character limit
  • Use a twitter client NOT the website – it will change your experience & opinion of Twitter completely. Repeat: do NOT use the website (try tweetdeck, etc)
  • @ reply people to get involved in the conversations – this is integral to “getting the whole twitter thing”
  • fill in your profile & perhaps be yourself
  • follow #hashtags
  • stick with it

I love how twitter flicks me around the intermehnet as I follow tweeted links & hashtags. In this way, twitter is a huge part of my how I keep up to date with my hobbies, my profession & my learning. Not just a real-time communication tool offering friendly advice, humour, insight, and professional support, twitter is a crowd-sourced RSS feed that I trust & benefit from extensively.

Enter: The Segue…

RSS is The Business.
It makes the net drivable. Given there are a gazillion billion sites out there, it is hard to keep up with what you want, right? Hard no more. Since I began using RSS I have control over the many, many sights I frequent, and I always remember to read my favourites. At the least, I have them stored to read later.

The bestest things about RSS:

  • it’s searchable! Read something fascinating but can’t remember where? Search your feeds: brilliant!
  • you can stop bookmarking endless sites & opening many, many sites each day and simply open your reader
  • folders keep like feeds together
  • reduce your inbox by unsubscribing via email to your many fave sites & subscribe via your reader instead

My advice for RSS:

  • create & use folders
  • subscribe to pertinent comment streams to continue your conversations in the blogosphere
  • I use googlereader and I highly recommend it
  • if you have your own blog/website, add prominent RSS posts AND comments feed buttons to your site

I tell people I love RSS & Twitter. I do adore these tools, and I need them. If you are into sharing & simplifying web navigation, then I suggest you need them too.