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!

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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)

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!

Flipboard a great app for pulling all your feeds together, also Google Reader

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Flipboard is such a great reading app for pulling together all your feeds, as well as your timelines from Twitter and Facebook and Tumblr, and all else you can think of.

I have Google Reader also feeding here, and apparently it will be save when Google Reader shuts down it’s service in 5 days’ time.
It is worth signing up to Flipboard for just this reason alone!

The magazines that can be created and personalized by adding stories from all the feeds are a great way organizing topics that you are interested in.

I have made a Flipboard magazine for ANZ 23 Mobile things.

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It is possible to subscribe to this magazine, and I am able to invite contributors to add to this.

Instagram video – so far only frustrating

I have been very keen to try out the new Instagram video

But up until now I have not been able to capture anything with Instagram video…
It does not want to record for more than 5 seconds, and then it does not want to upload the video.

And I wasted precious video moments because it could not be saved!
Not on my camera roll, nor on Instagram.

That's where Animoto has the upper hand with regards Vine and Instagram video.
With Animoto you make a choice of the photos and videos on your camera roll, where Vine and Instagram video requires a straight recording while in the app.
Which implies that you loose the recorded video when you can’t upload! Or sometimes you do not want to share it in a public domain, but you would still like to hold on to the video.

Not possible in Vine and Instagram video!

Instagram video gets a thumbs down for now!

Libraries of the future

YouTube is a great way to use for videos of and about the library.

We have posted a few videos for the SABC Media Libraries, but it is definitely worthwhile to explore more.

SABCMediaLib videos on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/SABCMediaLib/videos

A search on the “future” of “libraries” yields a good selection.

I am including this video by Mark Stover:

Published on Mar 13, 2013

Given the growth of digital information and personal technology, what will libraries look like twenty years from now? Mark Stover, dean of the Oviatt Library at CSUN, envisions the role of the library not contracting, but rather expanding to meet the unique needs of scholars and the surrounding community.

Produced by University Advancement, the “Think CSUN” video series features faculty experts at Cal State Northridge. We asked these campus thought leaders to speak clearly, candidly and off-the-cuff on contemporary issues in their fields of expertise.

Related post:
Thing 6: YouTube + Screencasts

Whatwasthere – Testing Thing 5 for ANZ 23 Mobile Things

I have been trying to use the whatwasthere (http://www.whatwasthere.com/) app for the whole week. I have not been very successful.

Maybe it is dependent on the network, or my iPad2 does not play along?
Maybe also because the uptake has not been great in South Africa?

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screen grab from Whatwasthere

It finds my location perfectly.

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But it seems nothing else is uploaded…

I also tried it today in the middle of Johannesburg City, but it did not give me any more information.

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It says that there are 10 photos, but I am not able to see it?

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Not an app that I will be using, for personal or business reasons!

(Blogging from my WordPress app, which also has its own frustrations… Each time I have to go back to the desktop to fix some issues!)