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.)

Mobile Thing 2 – photos on mobile

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I have been using mobile photos all along for private and for business purposes.
It is very easy to snap away with a mobile.

Since I got my iPad2 I have been snapping away with it as well. Although it is a bit bulky, I always have it with me.

It also helps to have a photo ready for a blog post.

I have not been using Flickr as much, because the uploading takes much more time, but I have activated my personal account (karentoittoit) again.

I want to add our business account to Flickr as well.

 

 

Up until now I have been using Picasa photo albums for our business account: SABC Media Libraries.

 

I see now that the search options, as well as the tagging and grouping options makes Flickr a very valuable social media tool.

I am not yet sure on what options to choose for the copyright? Any suggestions on what is the best option?

 

I have activated the Instaweather app as well, and has been playing with it this week. Coupled with Instagram it makes for a great daily feed on Instagram.

Instagram: karentoittoit

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I am trying to find out what type of wording to use when we have taken photos of people here in the libraries. I have seen that some people use it ion their libraries. I will ask Fiona again, of  The Fiona Principle. Do you have an example for me?

I really like playing around with photographing on my mobiles.

I also think that it is the best way to engage our customers, and that people really like seeing themselves on photos taking part in the library.

Sometimes people complain that we are taking too many photos, but then they are the first checking out how their own photos in the albums… Mostly on Facebook, the blog and Picasa.

I do not tag photos as often as I used to, and leave it up to the individuals who wants to tag themselves.  I usually just send the link of the album to make people aware of the photos that have been uploaded. I have  never had anyone asking me to remove their photos.

 

The weekly wrap-up post of Week 2 give a great overview of what can be done with mobile photography, especially in the library environment. I will be checking back there: Weekly wrap-up post: week 2

 

(Photo: Taken on my Blackberry 9360 on Friday, on my way to work: The SABC building in Johannesburg.

Also used on Instaweather for an Instagram update.)