Archive | May, 2013

#Anz23mthings Google+ hangout recording

9 May

Hi everyone,

Thanks to all who could make the live-streaming of the Google+ hangout last night. It was fantastic to have you listening in and tweeting your comments ūüôā For those of you who missed it, don’t fear! We have the recording of hangout right here for you to watch!

The participants are:

  • Kate Freedman (ALIA NGAC) who asked all the questions ūüôā
  • Jan Holmquist (created 23 Mobile Things in Danish in 2012)
  • Mylee Joseph (working with Jan & Kathryn on creating English version of 23 Mobile Things)
  • Kathryn Barwick (working with Jan & Mylee on creating English version of 23 Mobile Things)
  • Abigail Willemse (had issues connecting so just listened in this time)

We had a few tech issues with no video for Kathryn and Mylee. Abigail had issues joining the hangout so monitored the Twitter feed instead and hopes to join in with the next hangout in June.

We hope you enjoy the video and if you have any further questions for any of the team, just leave a comment or tweet your question using #anz23mthings.


Join us for live-stream video of Google+ hangout with #23MobileThings Creators!

7 May

Kate and I would like to invite all you ANZ 23 Mobile Things peeps to our Google+ hangout with Jan Holmquist, Mylee Joseph, and Kathryn Barwick tomorrow!

What time?

The hangout will be taking place TOMORROW on Wednesday, May 8th from 8PM (NZ) & 6PM (AEST). If you can’t make it, there will also be a recording available on our Youtube page after the event.

What’s a hangout?

A Google+ hangout is a video chat (with a maximum of 10 people). Kate, Jan, Mylee, Kathryn and myself will be in the hangout room talking and we will stream it live onto our Youtube page.

What’s it all about?

Jan, Mylee and Kathryn will be telling us a little bit more about the creation of the 23 Mobile Things and their involvement as well as sharing some tips about the best way to make the most of the course. You can read a bit more about the 23 Mobile Things Team here in their introduction.

There will also be an interactive Q and A session at the end; where you can tweet us your questions using #anz23mthings & #hangout hashtags and we will answer them live! This is the moment to ask all your burning questions like “Why is Angry Bird one of the 23 Mobile Things???” and get answers live.

How can I take part?

Just check out our Youtube channel home page at 8PM (NZ) or 6PM (AEST) to watch our hangout as we broadcast live!

Click here to watch the live stream of the Google+ Hangout


Week 1: Twitter

6 May

Welcome to the 1st mobile thing: Twitter.Twitter

As a long time twitter user, I was under the impression that I knew it all.  All about how to use hashtags, search, messages and more.

I was wrong. ¬†I found various things I didn’t know and am encouraged that it is a great sign for how much more I am going to learn over the next 23 weeks.

Many of you will be using Twitter for the first time, welcome.  We would love it if you would follow us on @anz23mthings and use the hashtag #anz23mthings on your posts.

So let’s talk about twitter.


What is Twitter?
Twitter is a real-time information network sharing short messages called ‚Äútweets‚ÄĚ that are just 140 characters long. ¬†Twitter is a social network which allows people to choose which accounts they will follow and what information they wish to share with the people that follow them. ¬†¬†A lot of organisations, including libraries, also use Twitter. ¬†Some examples include the National Library Australia, Auckland Libraries, ¬†State Library of Victoria¬†and Massey University Library.

For an introductory video please have a look at this video from Commoncraft, or check out this visual guide to Twitter.

A lot of individuals also use Twitter, including¬†astronauts, celebrities (eg.¬†@wilw,@algore), authors (@maureenjohnson,¬†@anitaheiss),¬†sports people,¬†royalty¬† and¬†parody¬†accounts. ¬† There are also verified accounts as it is easy to imitate a person on Twitter (see the many accounts posing as Aung San Suu Kyi for example).¬† If you‚Äôre still not convinced that Twitter is for you,¬†Ned Potter¬†addresses some of the concerns people may have about Twitter in ‚Äú7 reasons people don‚Äôt use twitter, and why ‚ÄėIt‚Äôs a conversation‚Äô is the answer to all of them“.

What is a hashtag and how does it work?
One of the features of Twitter is the use of hashtags.  They act as hyperlinks connecting conversations.  The use of hashtags to link conversations together has also carried over into other social networking tools like Instagram, Google+, Pinterest and Tumblr.  Hashtags are particularly useful for regular conversations such as ours #anz23mthings, natural disasters#eqnz,  sporting events and teams #cricket, events #ifla #tedx and conferences#sxsw.

What is Twitter etiquette?
Just like any community, there are accepted ways of communicating and behaving.  Here is a guide to Twitter etiquette.

How can library workers use it for professional development?

  • following conferences and seminars eg. #LIANZA
  • building a personal learning network (PLN)
  • keeping up with trends and industry news¬†#npsig¬†¬†#mtogo
  • sharing links to research and reports (eg¬†Pew Internet)


What can I do to become a confident twitter user?

Go to the explore section on the 23 Mobile Things blog, they have a great list on what to do, starting with create your own account!!!!

Here are my 3 most important things to do once you have set up an account.

  1. Change your profile picture from the egg into one unique to you. ¬†As someone said to me, ‘eggs are great to eat but not to look at on twitter’.
  2. Put something in your profile: having it blank makes it harder for people to know if you are real, and what your interests are.  For now, just putting in Librarian, or Library Student will be enough.
  3. If you are going to lock your account (keep it private), make sure you remember to check your followers regularly and follow people (like us) back.  Also private tweets do not show up in twitter captures or at conferences even if you use the hashtag so you what you say will not appear in any of our wrap up posts.  You can always lock and unlock your account, but if you do that, anything that is posted while the account is public, will stay that way.

But how do I do this successfully?

Here are some tips from long time twitter users on this very point:

  • Joining is 1st hurdle. Find interesting ppl to follow. Then leap into convos!
  • Don‚Äôt give up! Check regularly. Follow real people.
  • Don’t be an egg, butt in to discussions ppl don’t mind, be yourself.
  • too many celebs and brands/companies = boring timeline
  • My personal Twitter rule: Don’t tweet anything I don’t want my boss or mum to read..
  • follow people you know. follow people they follow. follow peeps who follow you. repeat
  • Check who other people are following. Don’t be afraid to block spam accounts
  • Don‚Äôt feel obliged to follow everyone that follows you

What is your advice?  Tweet it out with both the hashtags #anz23mthings and #thing1


We are having a google + hangout on Wednesday 8th May with Mylee, Kathryn and Jan at 8PM (NZ time) and 6PM (Australian Eastern Time). ¬†Think of a question and put it in a tweet. ¬†Don’t forget to use the #anz23mthings hashtag.

Have a think about how you or your library can use twitter to build up a community?  Interact with other Librarians or patrons?  

Developing a strategy for using social media to promote your library services or a major event like a conference requires planning and coordination (eg. Social media and ALIA Biennial)  How can you use it to promote an event at your library. like storytime or a workshop for undergraduates?

The Start of 23 Mobile Things

4 May

Many people mistakenly believe that Abigail and I created the 23 Mobile Things program. ¬†While flattering, this is not true. ¬†We are just ‘service providers’, using the material provided by Jan Holmquist, Mylee Joseph¬†and Kathryn Barwick¬†to bring you an interactive experience.

So how did this program come to be?

Here is a timeline courtesy of Mylee:

2006 РHelene Blowers invented the first 23 Things course at the Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County (USA) as a way of encouraging all of their staff to explore web 2.0 technology in a fun, self paced way.  It was also the best way she could think of to reach so many so quickly across their library service.

2007 – Helene visits Australia on one of many speaking visits around the world talking about the course and inspires literally hundreds of versions of the course in many different languages around the world – Mylee together with @ellenforsyth hear her presentation and are inspired to create a 23 things style course for the NSW public library network (2,400 people)

2008 РEllen Forsyth and Mylee Joseph launch NSW Public Libraries Learning 2.0 a course that more than 1,000 people participate in.  Ellen continues the course with Learning 2.1 as technology continues to evolve

2012 РSix years on Helene reflects on the impact 23 things has had on the library world around the world

2012 РTweetup in Denmark means @janholmquist and @myleejoseph meet in person for the first time.  Jan has recognised the game changing impact of mobile technologies for libraries and has a plan to help his library colleagues to develop their skills and awareness.  Jan is about to launch #23mobileting for the staff at Guldborgsund-bibliotekerene in Danish, with input from Dr Michael Stephens and he is keen to also make the course available to English speaking colleagues.   Mylee knows how effective this style of self paced learning, play and reflection has been in the past and offers to help adapt the course to English.

2013 – Adapting 23 Mobile Things is included in the activities of the State Library of NSW’s Innovation Project (Mylee and Kathryn Barwick are the Innovation Project Team) and the website is launched via Tame the Web¬†¬† ¬†¬†

Mylee and Jan

So there you have it, In April it was launched and on Monday we start our journey here at #anz23mthings.

Don’t forget to visit their blog or twitter account.

Do you want to know more?  Have a question for Jan, Mylee or Kathryn?  Well you can ask them.  Leave your question as a comment, on twitter (please use the hashtag #anz23mthings) or on facebook and we will ask them.

We are having a Google + hangout on Wednesday 8th May 2013 at 6pm (EST Australia), 8pm (Auckland- NZ).  As G+ limits the number of people in the hangout, we are going to live stream it on youtube.  We will update you with the link closer to the time.

All About Abigail

2 May

Hi everybody,

Kate and I thought it might be a good idea if we do introduction posts so that you get to know us, the organisers of the course, a little bit better ūüôā ¬† So here goes…

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This is me ūüôā

Kate asked: “Why did you decide to be a librarian?” It’s pretty simple really; I got to my last year of home-schooling and wasn’t sure what I wanted to do. I was talking about career options with my parents and they suggested becoming a librarian because I love to read. We researched the options and found the Open Polytechnic. I started very part-time in my final year of home-schooling. With the first paper, I realized that librarianship was about so much more than just books, and that it really excited me. I went into full-time study the year after and haven’t looked back since!

I regard myself as a *very* new information professional; I am just about finished my undergraduate degree (June 2013!) and am aged between 20 and 25 (although considerably closer to 20!).¬† I am completing my final research paper for my BA (LIS & The Humanities) through the Open Polytechnic of New Zealand and will be finished my degree in June 2013. The topic I am researching is: “How do librarians use Twitter to form and cultivate mentoring relationships?” If you are interested in reading a bit more about my research (and answering my research questions to inform the topic!), please check out this page on the New Professionals NZ website. You can also search for it on Twitter under #TwitMentoring. I will presenting my research at LIANZA Conference 2013 in a ten minute lightning session at the Pub-SIG workshop.

I’ve worked in several part-time library positions at the Education Library at the University and a medical library. I’m currently working full-time at a tertiary library in Hamilton on a six-month cataloging project which finishes mid-July. I’m really enjoying the work and learning lots and lots not only about cataloging, but about collection development, weeding, etc… I’m really excited about finishing my degree in June, applying for LIANZA Professional Registration and starting my year of being mentored, and finding a new (hopefully permanent) full-time library job! At the same time, I’m also a bit nervous and scared because everything is sort of finishing at the same time, and I’m not sure what new challenge I will move onto. But I’m sure it will be an exciting one!

Professionally, I am a representative of the LIANZA Waikato/BOP regional committee, member of the Communications Committee for LIANZA Conference 2013, and volunteer editor of LIANZA’s Library Life, a fortnightly newsletter for members. I have also served as a student representative on the Open Polytechnic’s Academic Board for 2 1/2 years now, and really enjoy learning more about the educational sector in New Zealand as well as being a strong voice for students (particularly library students!) at the same time. I’m really interested in library students and noticed that there wasn’t much of a community for ‘young’ librarians who are new to the profession so started up New Professionals Network earlier this year. The response from the community was tremendous, and I feel very blessed to have the backing of new (and not so new) professionals in this endeavour. We are still determining the direction and continual evolving of this group, but watch this space as it continues to develop.

I am passionate about engagement, mentoring, and peer support in the library and information profession and love to hang out on Twitter with my PLN. I think librarians are a fantastic bunch of people to have as friends and colleagues because they are all so giving, intelligent, and helpful – as well as being a lot of fun! A fact you may not know about me is that I was home-schooled all my life, so I have never been to a ‘school’ as such. Maybe as a result of this, I really enjoy self-directed learning and the Dutch side of me (!) like free, self-directed learning! Hence this course really appealed because I enjoy mobile technologies (have an iPad on loan from work, an iPod touch and just bought an Android tablet), it is self-paced, and we can do it as a group so we have that community engagement and support.

So how did I come to be organising this with Kate?

The simple answer – Twitter. I saw the link to this course from Dr. Michael Stephens (who is a key-note speaker for LIANZA Conference this year). I checked it out on his blog and did a short post on the New Professionals NZ blog and on the list-servs. I had heaps of people contacting me saying they would love to do this as part of a group, so I started working towards setting up one. Along the way, Kate Freedman jumped in on Twitter and said: “Hey, let’s run this together as a joint venture between New Professionals NZ and ALIA NGAC!” One thing lead to another, and here we are… Kate is a fantastic person and it is so easy to work with her on collaborating with this project. We both have particular strengths and can help one another out and bounce ideas around which leads to even more ideas!

What do I hope to get out of being an organiser of this group? So much – and I have already gotten so much out of this. Here’s a few things I have done in the past few weeks that I haven’t really done before:

  • Writing a conference abstract
  • Setting up Google forms & embedding them in a blog
  • Planning a time-table for the whole course and extra activities/social online events

I hope to continue to grow my own mobile technology skills, gain some new friends, and apply what I am learning into my own work. It’s a fantastic learning (and teaching experience) for me and I am really enjoying the journey so far.

Do I regard myself as an expert in these 23 things? No way! Some of them I am very comfortable with, some of them less comfortable with, and some of them I have never even heard of or tried! I will be learning as much as everyone involved in this group. The beauty of going through with a cohort of people is that we can all help each other out and learn together.

Any advice for people who have a lot on and may struggle to get time to do these things? Sorry, I’m going to have to quote Nike here: “Just do it!” Just a little bit every day; if you chip away at it, you will get there. Can I just encourage you to:

  • Be bold
  • Be brave
  • Be curious
  • Be experimentative
  • Be passionate
  • Be vocal
  • Have fun!
Me and my beautiful younger sister as bridesmaids at my older sisters wedding in June 2012

Me and my beautiful younger sister as bridesmaids at my older sisters wedding in June 2012

All About Kate

1 May

Hi everybody, This is a hard post to write.  It seems I am not alone when I say I find it hard to write about myself.  But I shall give it a go.

Kate Freedman

This is me. With the family dog back in Perth, on my way to my cousin’s wedding.

My name is Kate and I am an academic librarian working in Melbourne, Australia.  I graduated with a Graduate Diploma in Information Science from Edith Cowan University in 2007 and did the Graduate Program at the State Library of Western Australia before switching to academic libraries.   Until 2010 I lived in Perth, Western Australia where I was born.

My background is in Retail and Information Management.  I have a Bachelor of Commerce Degree and a Post Graduate Diploma in Management Information Systems.   I also studied Fashion Buying and Design in London, so have come a long way to finding my niche in libraries.  But it all helps.  My retail skills help me deal with clients and stakeholders, and my Fashion buying class taught me how to predict trends and the power of conversation.  I also spent a year in Japan, and while I can no longer speak Japanese, it has made me more sensitive when helping people who have English as a second language, as I remember how hard it was to communicate there.

I consider myself a twitterholic, instagram addict and permanently attached to my computer, iPhone or iPad.  I am also an avid reader, home cook, knitter and crafter, and have been told by my friend to write how I knitted her a crab hat.  I am also addicted to CSI/NCIS style tv shows.

So how did I get involved with this program. ¬†The short answer: Twitter. ¬†I am currently the chair of the¬†New Generation Advisory Committee, which is an ALIA advisory committee, and saw a tweet from Abigail how she was planning to run this in NZ through the¬†New Professionals Network. ¬†One of our (NGAC’s) current goals is to promote international collaboration ¬†as well as professional development so here was this perfect idea. ¬†I tweeted her back with the idea of a collaboration and the rest, as they say is history.

I do not consider myself an expert in these things at all. ¬†I am doing this course myself to further my skills, and knowledge, even about the ‘Things’ in the program I feel I am an ‘expert’ at. ¬†I have learnt so much already just from setting the course up. ¬†For myself I am hoping to dedicate one evening a week to learning about each thing. ¬†I then will probably play with it a bit more and hopefully even write the odd blog post or two about it on my¬†blog.

I love being a librarian and the community, I feel, is an especially close one.   In organising this program with Abigail I am realising just how friendly and helpful it is.  If you are not part of your local ALIA or LIANZA group, please contact them and get involved.  It is a great way to meet people, find contacts and learn new things.  Also join Twitter.  Twitter has made me feel part of that community, especially when I moved interstate, so I would encourage everyone to try it.  This program would not be going ahead without twitter and the support from everyone on the platform so, thank you.

Lastly, if you want to know anything else about me, or ask me any questions I am always on twitter or leave a comment below.

This is also me, early on a Sunday morning before coffee, hence the dazed expression.

This is also me, early on a Sunday morning before coffee, hence the dazed expression.

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