#LibrarianCommute – Karen du Toit shares her (dark) winter drive

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Sharing my photos about my drive to and from work every day! This was during winter, and already the mornings and evenings are looking a bit more sunny now!
Shared with the hashtag #librariancommute

International Librarians Network

Karen is our ILN Country Ambassador for South Africa.

This is my morning and afternoon photos on my way to work at the SABC Radio Archives. The Archives is part of the SABC Media Libraries of the national broadcaster (South African Broadcasting Corporation).

I leave the house just after 6 am and gets back at 5 to 6 pm. This is winter time and that’s why it is still dark.

It takes me an hour going there and an hour back. If the traffic allows it! (Sometimes I spend three hours altogether in traffic to and from work.)

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Call to Archives – International Archives Day on 9 June 2014 #blogjune

 

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The International Archives day is celebrated annually on 9 June.

There is a call to send a photo of archives, celebrating the treasures of archives, on that day.

“Help us celebrate International Archives Day on 9th June 2014, by sending us a copy of an archive image linked to the locality in which you work. The image will be uploaded onto a site specially developed by the International Council on Archives’ local, municipal and territorial group of archivists. The site (http://www.internationalarchivesday.org/ ) will go live on 9th June.

To participate, please send a jpeg image of your document to Mies Langelaar in Rotterdam, at the following address: Langelaar M. (Mies), m.langelaar@Rotterdam.nl.

You should also add two sentences: one describing the document you have selected and another one containing a message to the international archival community. We would also be grateful if you could pass this message on to other archivists in your country.

We look forward to sharing your treasures with colleagues around the world.”

 

Photo: #Archiveshelfie

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!

Breather this week

This week is a breather week, and I am extremely glad. There are still some stuff of the previous weeks’ ANZ 23 Mobile Things I want to check out…

I have been playing around with Animoto some more.

I uploaded some photos and videos for an Animoto video.
I was very glad to see that videos are also incorporated, not only photos.

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I want to try and embed it, and it seems it is possible through a YouTube upload. (?)
I will try it this week at the library.

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!)

Historypin – Mobile Thing 5 of ANZ 23 Mobile things

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Historypin – screen grab

This week I am trying out the suggested apps using GPS location on my iPad.
(I am not even going to try using it on my Blackberry 9360, because of its short battery life and low memory issues!)

I downloaded the Historypin app yesterday and uploaded my first photo. It alerted me that I had to wait six hours for it to be placed on the system. It was there this morning, but without the date and the information that I had attached to it.
It also places the location of the photo about 4000 km away, which is not the case.

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My pin, without a date and details, which I have uploaded yesterday

When I use my device to get my location with nearby photos, there are only two of a grandmother and a dog. Not very inspiring!

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2 photos nearby me, without the photo I have uploaded yesterday (which I thought would have been here)

I also get a lot of interference messages, which are fine, since I am using it in a building.
I will have to check it out outside.

When I look at uploaded pins, it also gives me pins from worldwide, which I find frustrating. I would have liked if it only showed me pins of nearby places, or at least in South Africa.

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Random pins

So far I am not impressed with the app.

Maybe if there is more uptake in South Africa?

I also find that although we can sign up with Google, our profiles are not linked. It also does not seem as if I can import a photo or Avatar for my profile.

I will be checking back with ANZ 23 Mobile Things to see if others had a better experience?
But so far not something that I would use in the library and archive environment.