Archive | May, 2013

What a great chat! #anz23mthings Twitter chat 2

30 May

Thanks to everyone who was able to join in on our chat last night – it was really fantastic to be able to discuss “Smartphones have bridged the digital divide.” We thought a little bit more about what the digital divide is, and how libraries can help bridge this gap by providing access to information technology, and helping users become information literate.

Here are the questions we discussed:

  • Q1. Are smartphones cheap enough to bridge the income divide or adequate as a PC substitute? #anz23mthings

  • Q2. What do you think the digital divide is? #anz23mthings

  • Q3. Do you think there is a digital divide in Australia or NZ?  If so who is affected and how can libraries help combat this? #anz23mthings

  • Q4. Does having a smartphone mean that you have bridged the digital (device) divide or is it more than that? #anz23mthings

  • Q5. Anything else? #anz23mthings

We also discussed MOOCs in passing, which was a fabulous digression. Maybe we might discuss MOOCs a bit more in another discussion or in our next Twitter chat!

Because the archived chat is very long, we have put it on a seperate page.

So what did you think of the chat?

#anz23mthings Twitter Chat 2: Have smartphones bridged the digital divide?

28 May - Twitter bird standing on branch - Close-up – Twitter bird standing on branch – Close-up by Creative Tools via CC license on Flickr.

Hey everyone,

We are really looking forward to our second Twitter chat tomorrow night – Wednesday – from 8:30PM (NZ) and 6:30PM (AEST). The topic of this chat is: “Have smartphones bridged the digital divide?”

So please read this provocative article “Smartphones have bridged the digital divide” and then join us with discussing the following questions (Don’t forget the #anz23mthings hashtag!):

  • Q1. Are smartphones cheap enough to bridge the income divide or adequate as a PC substitute? #anz23mthings

  • Q2. What do you think the digital divide is? #anz23mthings

  • Q3. Do you think there is a digital divide in Australia or NZ?  If so who is affected and how can libraries help combat this? #anz23mthings

  • Q4. Does having a smartphone mean that you have bridged the digital (device) divide or is it more than that? #anz23mthings

  • Q5. Anything else? #anz23mthings

We are really looking forward to hearing your ideas! Don’t worry if you can’t make the chat; we will archive it afterwards and put it on the blog.
Chat with you tomorrow!

Thing 4 : Maps and checking in

27 May


Foursquare by brennanMKE via CC license on Flickr

Sadly, this week’s post went missing so we are giving you Mylee’s post from  Don’t forget to go to their site for more great information on all the things!

Smartphones and mobile devices have a global positioning system (GPS) built into them.  This allows your mobile device to locate your position on a map.   This also allows library clients and staff to locate themselves on a map and to get directions to different locations. You can see this at work in “real time” tracking apps for bus and train timetables.


  • Try out the maps installed on your device.  You can also download map apps, try the Google Map app for example.
  • Try out the directions functions for different options (walk, drive, public transport).  What are the directions to your library like?
  • Google Maps also have indoor maps which include many cultural institutions including libraries


  • Foursquare  is a social media tool that uses GPS to check into locations, there are badges to be earned and the status of Mayor if you check in more times than anyone else  (see the Bookworm badge  and instructions )  NB: a number of other apps interact with Foursquare
  • LibraryThing has a free app called Readar (it was formerly Local Books), with more than 80,500  bookstores, libraries and bookish events listed it uses GPS to allow the user to locate nearby venues and literary events
  • Facebook also has a check in option
  • There are more useful links on our Pinterest Board


  • Do you use maps as wayfinding guides inside your library (eg. University of Virginia Library  )
  • If your library facility is large or spread over several locations does your website or app include maps?
  • Have you considered geocaching as a library program / allowing interaction with the library as a destination (eg. British Library  )
  • Could you use geocaching as an educational and outreach tool (eg. Andrew Spencer describes how it was used at Macquarie University Library)
  • Have you considered editing the information about your library in Librarything Readar, Google places and Foursquare, perhaps adding some photos?
  • Do you have any signs in your library to encourage people to “check in”?
  • Have you considered holding a competition with Foursquare check ins at your library?


Yes. the last one was so successful we are going to have another!  This one however has a little bit of a catch.  We are basing the chat on a provocative article.  Have a read; it’s going to spark a fantastic conversation!
The Twitter chat is on this Wednesday night at 8:30PM (NZ time), and 6:30PM (AEST). See you there!

Weekly Wrap-Up Post: Week 3

25 May

Email email email

Email by Keith Ramsey via CC license on Flickr

#thing3 – Email on the move by Abigail Willemse (@ajwillemse91)

The topic for this week has been a bit of an interesting one – email. It is such a ubiquitous subject and one which I’m sure we all know about and use – but how effectively?

For many people, this week has involved evaluating how they use e-mail, trying out different mail apps, thinking about the relationship between their e-mail inbox and RSS or Twitter, and coming up with strategies on how to be more effective with e-mail. One aspect that has surprised me so far about this course is how much we are thinking about the theoretical frameworks behind these apps and why we do what we do. It’s fantastic to be able to read and share so many different perspectives and to critically evaluate why and how we are using these things and how we can do so more effectively.

There’s a fantastic discussion happening on Facebook at the moment all about these topics. The starter questions are:

“How do you feel about email overload? How many email lists and newsletters do you subscribe to? Do you need to subscribe to all of them? Can RSS take their place and free up your inbox?”

Head on over there and join in!

Twitter comments

Some great comments on Twitter this week! Here are a few that caught my eye, but you can read more by searching #anz23mthings.

  • @LibrarianH – @anz23mthings #thing3 #anz23mthings Email on the go – essential tool for Mums. Not good to miss last minute details about kids activities.
  • @katejf – My tip for inbox control: do you really need to be subscribed to all those newsletters? #delete #unsubscribe #anz23mthings #thing3
  • @flexnib: every time someone tells me “you should subscribe to this listserv” I remind myself I get it all via Twitter #anz23mthings
  • @KiwiLibrarian – Interesting about push notices; I think it’s more productive to check emails, not be interrupted by them, Yes or no?
  • @dpgreen – @KiwiLibrarian Check? Yes! Interrupt? No!
  • @Kiwilibrarian – @dpgreen So you turn off push? What about FB beeps and other alerts
  • @wendypooh – Q. How do you sign off your emails?  #thing3 I am a “cheers” type of person, & that is how I do it, prof. and personally
  • @hdsabba – @wendypooh I tend to be a Cheers person for most things and a Kind Regards for the more formal replies to clients
  • @theonlileonie – @wendypooh @anz23mthings sometimes I sign off ‘eGreetings’.
  • @gblack57 – #anz23mthings #EmailOverload Tip. Keep work life balance. Don’t read work email on weekends. Fewer sleepless nights the better!

Great links shared on Twitter

Information Diet Tips – shared by @rainydoglibs

Top 10 email donts – shared by @stephmcg

Managing e-mails effectively – shared by @myleejoseph

Mohio Map – visual representation of Evernote notes  – shared by @michellepitman

The future of Evernote – shared by @Kraznozem

Participant’s Blogs

 Looks like there aren’t so many blog posts this week yet as I am probably doing this post a bit earlier than usual 🙂 If I’ve missed your post; don’t be shy – leave a comment and I’ll edit this post!

Final thoughts

It’s fantastic seeing how much everyone has learned so far. I’m really enjoying this learning journey with all of you and love being challenged and encouraged through this network. Bring on Week 4!

Week 3: Email on the go

20 May

According to the Australian Mobile Phone Lifestyle Index, 60% of Australian mobile phone users use their phone access emails at least once a week[1]. So there’s a fair chance that if you have a mobile device you’ve already set up your email and checked it occasionally. But as I discovered this week there is much more to mobile email than the email client your phone comes with. If nothing else I encourage you to download and try some of the email apps out there – after trying the Gmail app I won’t be going back to the iPad email app again!


  • Look in your phone/tablet settings to enter the details of your Gmail or other email address. (Note: you may need some extra information to attach your work or home email eg. POP or IMAP Email server settings and ports)
  • Try sending an email to a friend
  • Take a photo and email it to yourself (note take the photo first and from the camera roll you will have an option to send it via email)


  • Check out some of the email apps out there – often they have better interfaces than your default phone app. Here’s a list of recommended apps for iphone and for Android.
  • Consider whether you want to receive “push” notifications (ie pop-ups for new emails) or whether you would rather check your email at a time that suits you.
  • Check out 23MobileThing’s Email Pinterest board for more tutorials and ideas


  • If relevant, find out your workplaces policy for loading work email onto personal devices.  Consider the pros and cons of always being “available” via email.  If you do want to access work email on your device how will you keep it secure?
  • Do you use email to alert staff to roster changes and library activities?
  • How might your clients accesses your services via email on mobile devices?
    • Does your library provide email notifications and reminders for events, overdue items and reserves?
    • How easy is it for your clients to email themselves article citations and catalogue records?
    • Special/corporate librarians: it’s likely that many of your clients will read any “current awareness” emails you distribute on their devices before they get to work[2].  Does the format you use work on small screens?
  • Event booking systems like Eventbrite use email reminders for people attending events.  You can also schedule extra emails and send out a feedback survey via email after an event.

1. Mackay, M (2012). “The Australian Mobile Phone Lifestyle Index (8th ed)”. Sydney, NSW: Australian Interactive Media Industry Association, p30. Accessed 6/5/13,
2. Moore, L (2011). “Legal Professionals and Mobile Devices”.  Sydney, NSW: CCH. Accessed 6/5/13,

From Kate: That fantastic introduction was written by @Linda_Moore.  Keep an eye out for this week’s email, which will have all the details of our interactive activity this week- hint: it is based in Facebook, but will probably slide over into Twitter as well!

This post is a remix of Thing 3.

Weekly Wrap-Up Post: Week 2

19 May

Photo Credit: @ifatma. via Compfight cc

#thing2 – photos on mobile devices by Cath Shead (@kiwiLibrarian)

Snap happy? I wasn’t before, and I’m not sure I am now, but as a group we sure got into via Instagram, Flickr and Snapchat. Oh, okay, I confess: I suspect I’ve caught the mobile photo bug with a vengeance!

I said to Kate the other day that #anz23mthings has grown legs, with over 484 followers on Twitter and more than 715 people signed up to learn together. How cool is that?

Week 2 was all about taking photos with mobile devices and using Instagram, Flickr and SnapChat, as well as Instaweather and a few other cool tools. Initially some people sounded reluctant but that soon gave way to ooh, look at this and have you seen that?

Twitter Chat on Thursday night was a great success. It was hard to keep up at times, but everyone had a great time and shared lots of ideas. You can read more about it here. Remember when you’re Tweeting to use #anz23mthings so we can capture the conversations, and so others see your tweets too.

Speaking of capturing the conversation, here are some of the blogposts, tweets and comments that caught my eye during the week. Not all are #thing2, some are good advice re #thing1 as well.

Twitter tips, comments and links to photos:

@flexnib – with your avatar pic, don’t feel pressured to do something you’re uncomfortable with, is my only advice 🙂

@LibrarianH – my photo from week 2 activities

@Nataliee_1 – I’ve learnt how wonderful it is that ppl are so willing to help and share #thankyou #learning

@Amber23456 –

@JacquieMorrisnt – Takapuna Library reference staff studying

@coraliecw – I do the ‘views my own’ thing and always think – would I want my boss to see this?

@lgreenpd – Great example of the power of a mobile snap for #anz23mthings #thing2

@kaz747: Dinner’s ready, we’re hungry. Miss 20 says “nobody eat anything until I’ve taken a photo for Instagram” #1stworldproblems”

Other resources:

The Flickr group had 20 photos uploaded last time I looked. Some of them are Instagram photos of the weather – what a neat way to let patrons know what the weather is like before they head to the library.

@katejf – Using Instagram as a business tool.

@dpgreen – iPhone users! Try KLYPAPP: 1st Manfrotto hands-free photo capture app:

@katejf – How to swipe away photo im-perfections.

Participant’s blogs:












Please, if I have missed your blog leave a comment and I’ll add it in. Don’t be shy 😉


A couple of final thoughts: 

It was great to be invited to help out with the Twitter account, along with David Green @dpgreen, as the huge growth meant Kate and Abigail needed a few more hands on deck. Writing this wrap-up has been both easier, and harder, than I expected. Full credit to Kate for last week’s excellent summary.

In the introduction to #thing2 two of the thinking points were:

  • How could your library use photographs to promote library services, events and activities?
  • Does your library Twitter account use Instaweather to provide a daily update?

My initial reaction was that I didn’t need anything else to do. How wrong I was! For only a little extra effort I can see quite a few ways in which Instagram and Instaweather could add value to the conversation we have with our library users. I’m not going to leap right in; I’m going to plan my approach and think about what I want to achieve first. Although, know me, by the end of the day, I’ll have canned that in favor of what the heck, let’s just do it.

I hope you have all had a great week learning to take photos on a mobile device and share them with others, or gaining extra tips and tricks if you were already a user. Thanks for being part of the learning journey.

Wow, what a chat

17 May

Last night the hour flew by as a group of us gathered and chatted about libraries, avatars and personal vs professional accounts.

Wondering what we talked about? or want to go back and re-read the tweets at a less frantic pace?. Note: We stopped recording at 8:20pm (AEST).

Due to the length of this post we have moved it to its own page.

The Grabchat Chat #anz23mthings Twitter Chat 1 Archive.

#Anz23mthings Twitter Chat

15 May

Tomorrow night (Thursday 16th May) at 9pm (NZT) / 7pm (AEST) we are having are first twitter chat (#twitchat1).

To join us all you have to do is start chatting on twitter- and make sure you use the #anz23mthings hashtag.    To get the most out of the chat follow the hashtag via the twitter search tool.

Here is what we will be discussing.  We are aiming to keep the chat to an hour (or two) but feel free to keep chatting on without us.

See you tomorrow night.

Q1. Introductions for #anz23mthings #twitchat1! Who are you, where do you come from, and why are you doing the course?

Q2. Do you separate your personal and professional/work social media accounts? If so- why and how do you manage them? If not, why? #anz23mthings

Q3. Do you change your avatar/profile pic now and then? If so, why? If not, why? #anz23mthings

Q4. What’s one new thing you’ve learned so far from #anz23mthings?

Q5. Anything you’d like to ask us or anyone else on the #anz23mthings course?

twitter chat

Week 2: Take a photo with a mobile device: Instagram / Flickr app / Snapchat

13 May

Splayds are a wonderful utensil. Photo: flickr Kim Tairi

As the queen of the #selfie I was pleased that Kate asked me to write this post. I adore mobile photography and you will seldom see me without my phone. You need to be prepared if the opportunity for a great shot presents itself.

I take photos of all the cliched things:

  • Myself including my shoes and feet #selfies
  • Meals #foodp0rn #gastroporn #mealtweets
  • Clouds #cloudp0rn #clouds

But I also take photos of my library, events and other happenings in our university to share with followers.

This is my favourite thing (I really want to add lots of exclamation marks)!


All smartphones and tablet devices have a camera fitted.

  • Explore your device to take a photograph and then locate the camera roll or gallery via the menu.
  • Mobile devices make it very easy to share photographs by email, messaging and twitter.   Take a photograph of a sign with the name of your library or museum, open your Twitter app, attach the photo and tweet it with a short message and the hashtag #anz23mthings
  • You can also take a screen shot on your device [iOS | Android]


There are many different types of photography apps you can add to your mobile device.  Some offer filters to enhance the look of your photos, most will interact with other social media tools (eg. sharing via Twitter or Facebook)  while others are part of their own social networks (eg. InstagramSnapchat)

  • Try out Instagram (you can also have fun with Instaweather, and Instastitch).   Instagram has its own ‘jargon / language’ for example people who use Instagram refer to themselves as #igers and they often share photographs of themselves known as #selfies .  Take a photograph and upload it with the #anz23mthings hashtag. Explore the other photographs that have the same hashtag.
  • Try out an app with filters like Snapseed, SquareReady Pro and ProCamera, Camera+ (my top four) or others like Hipstamatic (please note not all of these apps are free)
  • If you have a Flickr account you can upload photographs as you take them via the Flickr app (no iPad version is available use the iPhone version)  and post them to the Anz23mthings flickr group.
  • Snapchat is a very popular photography app with many teenagers  they use it as a social network to communicate with friends.  iOS and Android app that allows users to send photos among their contacts, which automatically delete after a short period of time (between 1 – 10 seconds)


  • How could your library use photographs to promote library services, events and activities?
  • Does your library Twitter account use Instaweather to provide a daily update?
  • Do you have a permission form available so that when you take photographs of clients or events you have their agreement for those images to be used and shared online?
  • How easy is it for clients to contribute digital photographs to your library collection (eg. local history)?
  • Could you use photography in library programming (eg. how-to classes or competitions)?
  • The Getty Museum celebrates the Instagram photographs taken by museum visitors by adding them to their Insta-Getty Pinterest board


We’re holding a Twitter chat on Thursday, May 16th, at 9PM (NZ) and 7PM (AEST). We’ll be discussing some questions that we’ll publish on the blog in the next couple of days. The point of a Twitter chat is to log onto Twitter at the established time and discuss the questions using the hashtag #anz23mthings.  For a bit more information on how to take part in a Twitter chat, check out this blog post for some helpful tips.


This post is a remix from thing 2.


I encourage you to watch Bond University’s excellent presentation on their use of Instagram – An instragram is worth a thousand words

Follow Bond University on instagram: @bondlibrary. Below is my presentation in the same session.  You can follow me on Instagram: @lepetit_renard (WARNING my account contains lots of #selfies and photos of shoes).   You can also follow our hosts on Instagram: katejf and abigail (who is brand new to Instagram).

Kim Tairi is the Associate Director, Information Management at Swinburne University. She loves her mobile. It has changed the way she works. Professional sharing and connecting is easier. Google her to find out more.

Weekly Wrap-Up Post: Week 1

12 May

Joy by Alan Cleaver via CC license on Flickr

Wow, what a week.

We have had a fantastic time this week learning and swapping stories about twitter, We now have (at the time of writing) 408 followers of the @anz23mthings account.  Thank you everyone who joined us for the Google Hangout during the week.  Sorry about the technical difficulties, these things happen no matter how many times we rehearse.

So lets see what we talked about.  Don’t forget to look at our facebook page for more comments, and just because this week is over, don’t forget to keep tweeting.  PS: to make sure your tweet is captured please use the hashtag #anz23mthings.


Twitter Tips:

klfair So my Twitter tip for the newcomers: Go checkout The Beginner’s Guide to Twitter

lgreenpd Twitter tip – time zones matter. Follow US and UK tweeps and catch up in the morning or engage in chat in the twilight.

BooksCatsTea Build a personal learning network is my advice, follow librarians/bloggers/colleagues/tech blog accts & interests.

lewisr3 when at conferences etc it’s nice to have a real photo as yr profile pic, and add yr twitter name to yr nametag then people can recognise you irl (in real life) 

KiwiLibrarian  My best tip? Learn to switch off when you need to. Tweeting 24/7 not recommended!

anz23mthings  Twitter is a conversation 1. Start by sending a tweet 2. Find an interesting tweet and respond to it 3. Repeat!

c_hocking Join a conversation you’re passionate about – for me it was ABC #Classic100 – that helped me ‘get’ Twitter 🙂

Anita_M_Brown Why did I join Twitter? There was a world of conversations that I was not part of! 

flexnib RT @ValaAfshar: When asked ‘why Twitter?’, consider answering: smart & kind people here & they’re willing to teach & be taught

janholmquist I use lists for must read tweets. Favorite important ones. I save articles to read later with “Pocket”<- thing 9

bonitoclub Twitter is like being at a big party, eavesdrop a bit and strike up some conversations
warrencheetham: Yet another reason why I love Twitter:


More  Resources:

myleejoseph For extra resources, check out the #23mobilethings Pinterest board for Twitter:

flexnib Good advice for new Twitter users- avoid these mistakes:

myleejoseph Some tips for using lists in Twitter

flexnib Twitter and the death of distance

@myleejoseph: Australian mobile lifestyle index 2012

@julielindsay: Teachers – The 10 Stages of Twitter

janholmquist Useful: Top 50 Twitter Acronyms, Abbreviations & Initialisms

flexnib: 7 Great Tips On How To Twitter — 


Participants blogs:















–Did we miss your blog post? Let us know in the comments, or make sure you add the #anz23mthings hashtag.


A Final Great Idea:

luvviealex  so, just wondering, is there an A-Z of Library/ian twitter hashtags as per or can we create 1?

We were not sure, so we have started a public google doc; if you know of a hashtag- please add it 🙂

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