23 Things for Archivists – Wiki

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Link here: http://23things4archivists.pbworks.com/w/page/62258667/23%20Things%20for%20Archivists

I found this on Pinterest. It is worth a look!

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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 – presentation on SlideShare

Presented at the Information & Library Management Africa Conference 2013

Crowne Plaza, Rosebank

26 September 2013

Abstract:

“The social media statistics of South Africa reveal an exponential increase in the use of social media. Libraries, as part of a community, cannot ignore this! Social media provide libraries instant and direct connection with their members regardless their geographical location. This paper explores social media use in libraries. The establishment of social media for the SABC Media Libraries is discussed to demonstrate a practical implementation of social media in libraries and archives. Tips and resources, with specific mention to Twitter and Facebook, as well as social media etiquette and social media policy guidelines are supplied. The literature of published articles and Infographic show the changing role of librarians in the social media era and the need for librarians to keep learning and update their skills to accommodate users’ needs.
The focus should now be on how well we do social media for the library, not on whether we should do it or not!”

 

Karen du Toit and Bekti Mulatiningsih

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!

Calendars on the go

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I have enjoyed the past week of learning more about Calendar, Thing 8 of 23 Mobile Things.

This year is the first year I am going without a paper-based diary in my handbag. I have transferred all my reminders and calendar updates to my Blackberry smartphone, as well as my iPad.
On the one hand it is very liberating to have everything on the go, but on the other hand there is a definitive loss of information.
The information that is stored with a certain event, is also lost when the event is cancelled, for example…

I use the Blackberry Calendar, as well as the iPad Calendar, and it is both linked to my Google Calendar. The syncing between the calendars does not always seem to “work”, but I am willing to admit that I need some more experience.

We use Outlook Explorer Calendars at work, and I prefer to keep that separate from my personal calendars. We use it mostly at work to coordinate events and send invites, which work very well!
I am thinking of setting up a calendar on our Media Library’s website, with only the most important yearly events. (On my to-do list)

I downloaded iCalendar and am still experimenting with it! I love the colours that can be inserted, and how it displays, but so far I haven’t found anything special or must-have that is different from what I have already.

One of the great things with Calendars is the reminder and alert options! I do not schedule any event anymore without an alarm going off.

Nowadays I am even sending invites to family and friends via the Calendars, because it inserts the events on their Calendars as well, and reminds them!

I inserted this Calendar of free webinars for librarians into the iCalendar, and can see that I will be doing more of these to remind myself of wonderful opportunities for personal development. (Why is it not reflected on my other calendars as well? It was one through Google Calendar.)