Curation is an important part of a librarian’s arsenal

Curation

The Storify was made in answer to Thing 14 of ANZ 23 Mobile Things: Curating with Pinterest, Tumblr and Scoop.It.

I am a big user of curation in my daily life, and the following points clarify the importance of curation.

The positives of using curation as a Information Specialist

– I am using curation on a daily basis to enhance my own professional development

– I keep up to date with the latest news, research and developments in my professional niche.

– I am able to connect with like-minded peers, as well as my community.

– I am increasing my social media presence in the niche that I would like to be known in.

– It is an activity that should not be neglected, but be part of compulsory duties of every day.

If neglected, it will banish you to the “nether regions of lost librarianship”, I’m sure!

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Online identity – Thing 13 of ANZ 23 Mobile Things

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This week’s topic about online identity has made me aware that I must not stop being vigilant about signing in to apps on my mobile and tablet. I will have to go and explore all my security settings on my profiles again, especially since it gets changed along the way… And then you think you are still safe, and they have changed their policies.

I found this blog post By Adrian Covert on Flipboard for keeping your online identity secure:

I have to work through it again.

My own motto with regards online identity is:
Honesty, transparency and responsibility!

I try to reflect the real me, while being responsible in the way I do it!

I use my real name, with my own photo. I haven’t been able to create a perfect Avatar yet!

My ultimate hero in online identity is Gwyneth Jones at The Daring Librarian. She inspires me with her Avatars and how to create it in detailed instructions. I love the Electronic Portfolio she has created for her online identity!

I have in recent times started to create my own online identity, but through Vizify.

It makes it really very easy to compile all your online identities into one space, and it works well for a professional presence.

I am linking all my online profiles to here: https://www.vizify.com/karen-du-toit

Up until now I have not separated my professional and business profiles. I have a private blog, as well as this blog, but both feed to Twitter into one account. I also update our Libraries’ blog, as well as the website, and keep social presences for them as well!

I know it can be frustrating to read contrasting updates, especially if you have followers from a certain niche, but I do believe we are all multi-faceted people with multi-faceted lives and complexities. I personally do like to see that the people I follow are real people and not robots!

Online identity is connection, and people need to see the person behind the photo/avatar and the About-statement!

My rule of thumb that I have picked up from the online community:

     Do not ever say anything that you do not want your mother or your employer to see!

It keeps you safe, and out of trouble!

 

(Photo: Patrick Pretorius)

Certificate of Completion for New Librarianship Master Class

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I have successfully completed the New Librarianship Master Class from the School of Information Studies at the Syracuse University.
It was my first MOOC, and I am extremely satisfied with the quality and the content of this Massive Open Online Course.

The course had 2196 students that took part, and the Twitter stream can be found at #newlib, as well as at #newlib on Tagboard

It has definitely opened up my eyes to a new paradigm in which to consider librarianship!

Why I love ANZ 23 Mobile Things #ANZ23MThings

Abigail Willemse, one of the organisers of an Australian New Zealand collaboration of the 23 Mobile Things, asked for a response from the participants:

Like to be part of my LIANZA Conference 2013 presentation? That’d be Vine!

She is going to use the responses in a presentation at the LIANZA Conference 2013.

 

My response about ANZ 23 Mobile Things: “I love the fact that I am able discover something new each week with ANZ23MThings!”

Even though I am using some of the mobile applications, there is definitely something more to learn!

I have picked up a great number of new tips and uses for libraries and archives!

New Librarianship – a future paradigm for librarians

I have just completed my first ever MOOC. It has been an interesting learning curve, both in doing an online course, as well as getting bombarded with “new thoughts” (new to me) in librarianship.

I have done the New Librarianship Master Class presented by the School of Information Studies at the Syracuse University.

I feel a bit overwhelmed by the thoughts and ideology surrounding New Librarianship, as explained in The Atlas of New Librarianship by R David Lankes.
But the course has definitely opened up my thoughts and ideas about librarianship. It has given me tremendous hope for the future of librarians and libraries!

Some positive thoughts that I am taking away:

– Librarians are positive change agents

– Librarians are not passive, but pro-active in their involvement of the community.

– I love the mission statement:

– Librarians are part (members) of the community, and actively involved in solving the problems of the community through innovation and creation

– We are moving away from a lending model, towards a sharing model; where all the members of the community contribute towards a common goal through resources, information, goods, experience and skills.

– We as librarians must model the positive change we want to see in our communities. It places a huge responsibility on our shoulders.

– We are more than our collections, spaces and places.

– We create the opportunity for new learning, new innovation and new creation!

– We do not have to have all the skills, but need to be able to put the experts in contact with the rest of the community. It demands social networking skills.

The future of librarianship is bright!
If we do not have an ideology (with a good theoretical framework) to address the future of libraries and librarians, we would not be able to take our profession into an exciting future!

I am inspired! Thanks to R. David Lankes!