Resolutions for 2014

ImageThe International Librarians Network suggested a New Year’s resolution as point of discussion for the ILN network partners in the monthly discussions.

1. What is one new thing you want to start doing in 2014?

I have started looking out for online courses, such as MOOCs, to enhance my professional development in 2013. I want to continue doing it.

I definitely want to do the Hyperlinked Library MOOC this year! I did not make it onto the list of course participants last year, but this year I will be holding thumbs that there would be another opportunity.

I am also looking for more opportunities that comes along such as ANZ 23 Mobile Things. I learnt a great deal last year, and it is necessary to stay up to date with all the developments.

I want to work on our mobile platform for the SABC Media Libraries.

2. What is one thing you want to try doing differently in 2014?

I want to focus my efforts more with regards social media for the SABC Media Libraries.

I have to work on a social media strategy, and I have to get more help from colleagues. One of the colleagues that helped me with it, has resigned.

3. What is one thing you want to stop doing in 2014?

To not focus on obstacles and negative barriers in the workplace! It is very demotivating and hampers own professional progression.

I will focus on what should and could be done, and pay more attention to enhance my own professional development for the good of the company as well as for my own personal satisfaction!

Photo: Traffic in Aucklandpark, Johannesburg. The tall building on the skyline is my workplace.

Evernote – one of my favourite apps – Thing 17 and Thing 19 #anz23mthings

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I am using Evernote on an increasing basis.
It also is a great tool for file sharing, and I love that it syncs on all my devices.

The more I use it, the more I discover great uses for it.

I do not go to a conference, a workshop or a seminar without using it.

It is extremely easy to take photos with it while taking lectures, and to add on from there.
I get more from my notes than only relying on the PowerPoint afterwards.

With the most recent New Librarianship MOOC, a fellow student shared her notes, and I could follow which worked great. As soon as she updated her notes on a new module, it was available on my device as well. File sharing is extremely easy with it!

I did the Social Media in Libraries presentation with notes and research that I compiled into a Notebook on Evernote.

This is one of my favourite apps!

I must also add that I like how it has changed with the iOS 7 update. Everything is accessible from the home page!

Social Media for Libraries > keeping me busy

I have not given as much attention to ANZ 23 Mobile Things as I would have liked!

This presentation kept me very busy.

I presented it last week at the Information and Library Management Africa Conference 2013. My International Librarians Network partner Bekti Mulatiningsih helped me with my paper for the conference

 

The PowerPoint of the presentation can be found here: Social Media for Libraries

Curation is an important part of a librarian’s arsenal

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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!

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)

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!

QR codes – Thing 9 – some thoughts about the uses for radio archives

This week has been about Thing 9, QR codes of ANZ 23 Mobile Things.

I do not think we have seen the end of the uses of QR codes, and that it can be applied in so many different ways in the library and archive environments.

I was thinking about our own radio archive environment:

– How fantastic would it be to have a museum archive of some of our Radio Archives material, with QR codes pointing to some audio and sounds from the archives!

– To put up QR codes in our offices, pointing to blog posts about our collections and our archivists.

– To have QR codes pointing to our website and contact details in the reception area.

– To add QR codes to our archived formats, pointing to the meta data on our cataloguing systems.

– To make screencasts and video tutorials of how to for the radio archives.

We made a QR code for the SABC Media Libraries’ blog, but only as a type of experiment and to see how it works.

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I also made a Vine to test Screencasting earlier in ANZ 23 Mobile Things: Screencasting to use QR codes.

I do not think we have seen the end of QR codes and their uses yet!

In the meantime, I am overwhelmed by the New Librarianship Master Class open online course which started this week.

I love the material, and how it has opened up my eyes to the fact that we (as librarians/archivists/Information Professionals) are the masters of our own destinies!