Archive | June, 2013

Weekly Wrap-up Post: Week Seven.

30 Jun
Communication Breakdown

Image: Communication Breakdown by Flickr User: Stéfan
Used under Creative Commons licence CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Hello? Is this thing on?

It’s been a quiet week amongst the ANZ 23 mobile things community.

It was great to see the mobile things crew at this weeks Google Hangout. During this session, the group discussed some of the previous weeks things including Historypin and video tools including Vine and Instagram’s new video service. There was also discussion of this weeks thing: Communication tools – Google Hangouts vs Skype. I liked Jan’s characterisation that Google Hangouts are the new “cool cafe” and Mylee’s suggestion to weed your Google Reader feeds before export to another feed reader.  Did your library do anything to assist your clients to a new RSS tool?

During the Hangout Mylee shared this article comparing Skype and Google Hangouts.

A quick perusal of the ANZ 23 mobile things twitter feed shows a couple of posts by other ANZ 23 mobile things participants:

Karen @karentoittoit discusses the digital haves and have nots – unable to try out Google Hangouts on her phone due to the need to have the latest OS but happily able to use skype and follow the discussion on Twitter.

Cardigan Librarian @susiepkmelb shares her thoughts on Communication, Skype, Google +

And Kath @KiwiLibrarian has also shared a post on her thoughts – I really like the suggestion of using Google hangouts as a tool to allow staff from the remotest branches to get to know each other – a great way to overcome the distance and bring the team together.

Final thoughts

Aside from the usual issues of access, it would appear that the group  reached a consensus that Google Hangouts and Skype were useful tools that the group could use to host meetings, catch up with geographically distant friends and use for library programming.

This post was necessarily short as my home broadband and landline have failed this week and I had to use the last of my data allowance on my phone to make this post (I’m a digital “have-not” for the time being and I hate it).

Next week we’ll be examining calendar services.

#Anz23mthings Hangout 2 archived video

26 Jun

Hi everyone,

thank you to those who tuned in for the live-stream of our second hangout with the 23 Mobile Things crew. We had a great chat and covered Historypin (and the pub that kept walking away), Google hangouts versus Skype (complete with technical problems), how to interact with social media when it is not encouraged at work (and how to convince managers that it is worth it!), and concluded with discussing some new apps and technology we have discovered.

You can watch our archived chat below – apologies in advance for the poor quality of my web-cam. Google hangouts app currently won’t let you join an app on air, so I had to use my desktop (and correspondingly cheap web cam). Jan did say you could think of it as a “gangster filter” though which makes it cooler!

Hope you enjoy the chat; let us know your thoughts either in comments on the video, this blog post, Twitter, anywhere really!

Thing 7: Communicate (Google+ hangout, Skype)

24 Jun

ring ring
Ring ring by Differentieel + JeeeM = DailyM via CC license on Flickr

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

It often seems as though distance and time are the enemy, yet there are many opportunities to work together using technology to break down the tyranny of distance. In this Thing we’re taking a closer look at Skype and Google+ Hangouts to see how libraries are using them to deliver client focused services and to work together as teams.


Robin Ashford has some great ideas about ways libraries can be using Google+ Hangouts and Skype.  David Lee King points out that Google Plus hangouts are some of the interactive and accessible mediums that may help your library (or blog) grow its online community.

Google+ Hangouts:

  • New York Public Library have a NYPL Google+ Hangout Book Club available
  • The Games and Public Libraries seminars in World of Warcraft are offering a Google+ Hangout option to watch
  • Create a Google+ account (if you don’t already have one) and try holding a Google+ Hangout with a colleague at another branch or library site




  • Could a school class Skype with a member of your staff, for example the local history librarian or reference librarian?
  • Could you Skype author visits into your community and show it on a big screen?
  • Can you Skype in a guest presenter for a team meeting or professional development day?
  • Are you trying to work together as a team across distances (eg. various library sites or branches), could a Google+ Hangout sometimes replace a meeting?
  • Could you use Google+ hangouts to create a virtual tour / orientation visit to your library?
  • Could your library offer high school students ”late night librarian Q&A sessions” during the cram weeks / study vacation before exams via Google+ hangouts?
  • Do you offer a Google+ online reference desk service?


Yes – our first hangout with the 23 Mobile Things Creators (Jan, Mylee and Kathryn) was so popular, we are doing another one! This is on TOMORROW NIGHT, Tuesday, June 25th at 8:30PM (NZ), 6:30PM (AEST), and 4:30PM(AWST). You can read more about it in this notice, so please do tune into the live-stream of this hangout and ask us your questions on Twitter or Facebook, or comment on the blog.

Come and hangout with the #ANZ23mthings team!

24 Jun

Just a heads-up that we are planning the second Google+ hangout with the creators of 23 Mobile Things for Tuesday, June 25th, at 8:30PM (NZ time), 6:30PM (AEST) – that’s tomorrow!

Hope you can catch up with us and watch the live-stream of the hangout as we discuss:

  • the Things we have learned so far
  • the Things that are yet to come
  • a few tips on having your own Google hangout as that is Thing 7 – the focus for this week 🙂

So tune into our video-channel at 8:30PM (NZ), 6:3oPM (AEST), and 4:30PM(AWST) to join in. You can tweet us your questions using the #anz23mthings or ask them as comments on this post and we’ll do our best to answer them.

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


Weekly Wrap-Up Post: Week 6

17 Jun

It’s been a video fest this week.
I have to say, there are some interesting videos out there from being informative to laugh-out-loud knock you off your chair funny.


Well, lets start off with looking at YouTube. Thanks everyone who has shared a video. There is a YouTube playlist channel set-up compiling all the videos everyone has shared.

My favourites includes the magic of the library, the book domino chain world record and the hilarious Betty Glover Library Workout Tape.

Go on, check it out if you haven’t already. What’s your favourite?

Contributors include:

@karentoittoit via Twitter
@misslibrarygirl via Twitter
@Dlibr via Twitter
@Melissa_0001 via Twitter
@rickfoster29 via Twitter
@ctsyak1 via Twitter
@madradish via Twitter
Sandie Bowie via Facebook
Wendy Butcher via Facebook
@arwenamin via Twitter
@liber_amoris via Twitter
@ajwillemse91 via Twitter
@CorinneHinton via Twitter
‏@lor_rahh via Twitter
@ktpel via Twitter
@BonnieMagerNZ via Twitter
@dorotaip via Twitter


Karena Higgs tried making a video with the Vine app and finding it fun.

Mylee Joseph ‏@myleejoseph shared a winning Vine clip.

While Cath Sheard ‏@KiwiLibrarian had a bad first try with Vine. I feel you Cath, I had exactly the same experience, though fun.


Karen Pellegrino ‏@ktpel shared her first video on infomation literature created using Animoto. It looks slick and very professional.

Maybe you can try creating your video using Animoto?


Wanting to spice up your bio with a video? Mylee Joseph created a Twitter Video for Vizify. Very creative.


Karen @karentoittoit shared her favourite video on the creative use of digital archives and experimented with Vine in screencasting a how to guide to using QR codes.

In SharonU’s blog she talks about how the constraints with limited staffing resources can hinder how a library may not have a YouTube channel. However she also noted that she have used other libraries/librarians/library staff YouTube videos as resources for students to watch and learn things.

Renee Stokes talks about Google kisses and library advertising, all from watching a Burberry Kisses ad served up by Google ads. Are libraries using digital advertising like Google ads to help promote our videos?

Issue with mobile videos

Highlighted by Ellen Hrebeniuk ‏@EllenHrebeniuk, there are still issues with viewing videos from your mobile, as the buffering pauses can be really frustrating.

Other mobile apps I’ve used to watch videos

Vimeo for android
Vimeo for iphone

My final thoughts

I think videos are becoming more and more important. Working in a digital team for a professional services company has shown that there is a demand for them. Videos are a great avenue for us to create conversations and engagements with our audiences.

I know I’ve spent too much time on YouTube and I’m sure the younger generation is on it a lot. It’s a tool that provides entertainment, education and sharing.

Although it is important, libraries and librarians are finding it hard to allocate resources to this. I feel if we aren’t in the space where some of our audiences are, then we are missing out in connecting with this large market.

I hope what everyone has shared has given you an insight into what’s possible and what we can do in the video space. Let’s experiment and try. You never know, your video could go viral.

Signing out.

Mark Huynh @E_venturer

Homework – Share your favourite library video for our YouTube playlist!

14 Jun

Just thought I’d should do a quick blog post as this was in the weekly e-mail, but not in the introduction post for this week…So your homework this week is to share your favourite library-related video:

  • on Twitter using #anz23mthings #FavVideo hashtags OR
  • post to our Facebook wall

and we will add it to our YouTube playlist. Please try to share by tonight, then we can spend the weekend watching these fantastic videos!

The only criteria is that it needs to be ‘library-related’ but this is very broad. It might be related to books, information literacy, searching for information, education, technology, the list goes on!

An example might be this video, which educates people on how animals eat their food:

Or not!

Or this one:

But I’m sure you get the general idea.

So go crazy and share your favourite library-related vidoes – we’d love to see them!

Thing 6: YouTube + Screencasts

11 Jun
The One Hour Per Second video is YouTube’s statistics as of January 2012. With 10 decades worth of video uploaded every day, YouTube’s usage via mobile is accounting for 1/4 of global views. With hundreds of millions of devices wracking up 1 billion views a day, YouTube is the 3rd most popular website after Facebook and Google.
Other than Youtube, Vimeo, Vine, ViddySocial CamAnimotouStream are some of the various video apps and tools. Screencasting is another whole kettle of fish.
Screencasting is traditionally capturing video of a screen for training or educational purposes. One of the screencasts I regularly watch are gamers screencasts, of their screen as they play through a game. While some smartphones give you the ability to capture screenshots, there are few legitimate apps. Much of the software is only desktop recording.
So in this Thing, we will check out some of the different ways libraries are using video to not only engage with clients, provide services,  general information and event programming while still having fun.


You have probably seen some great uses of YouTube for libraries.

But what about something new like Vine ?


Beginners: Record a video on your mobile device and upload a YouTube video

  • you will need to create a YouTube account to upload your video
  • you could try using the YouTube Capture by Google app if you are using iOS or download the Vine app or use any other video platform

More experienced: Challenge yourself to create a video using Vine (using #anz23mthings when you share it), Animoto  (iOS and Android apps available) or Xtranormal

Bonus Points:

  • Create a screencast video of a regular library task and commentate the video like a documentary.


This post is a remix of Thing 6.

Weekly Wrap-Up Post: Week 5

10 Jun

thing 5: Photos +Maps +Apps: Historypin/WhatWasThere/SepiaTown by Alex Daw (@luvviealex)

Sorry for the late re-cap this week, it is a long weekend for us on the Eastern side of Australia, so technically Monday is still our weekend! Cheers, Kate.

This week has provided much food for thought for those with a leaning to all things archival or of a local or family history nature. Some of us lurked and some of us got in there and had a bit of a play.

The #anz23mthings hashtag stream was showing participants still getting on board with Foursquare and contributing to #blogjune. There were also some great links to thought pieces, some fun stuff as well as some useful tools.

We were shown a new word “nomophobia” and introduced us to the scary idea of having no mobile phone.

And there were the usual technical hurdles – @SarahJLisle found her phone was not so smart when it came to downloading HistoryPin.

Links shared on Twitter

Map of Origin of Tweets – shared by @SarahLibrarina

Visual Guide to Twitter for Beginners – shared by @PeterMurgatroyd

Crib sheets for Google Apps – shared by @AWalker007

Levitagram – an app to really impress your devoted followers – shared by @dpgreen

Twitter Curation Tools – shared by @infoliterati


@KiwiLibrarian (like me) posted pictures of her home being built in 1955

@Kraznozem posted a picture of her old library

@janholmquist posted a picture of the oldest buiding in Nakskov

@Rubicon49bce wrestled with the idea of a “street-view” in Antarctica.

@stokesrenee fought the urge to sleep whilst watching HistoryPin instructional videos.

@Tegalex wondered if her town even existed – no pics on #$WhatWasThere or #SepiaTown


Karen (@karentoittoit) tested WhatWasThere on her iPad 2 but (without great success) and isn’t sure whether its to do with technology or her location.


@luvviealex aka Moi posted my first photo on this site of a chalet now long gone in Mt Wellington Tasmania.


Many of us are blogging for June. Please forgive me if I don’t highlight all the bloggers out there.

Renee (@stokesrenee) learned more than she anticipated when she snapped the old facade of the WA Museum on her way into the city to see a friend. Looking closely at the TOS or Terms of Service of both HistoryPin and WhatWasThere, Renee was forced to consider that perhaps these services hold all the cards in terms of permission to use, modify and reproduce your image in a variety of ways.

Stephanie (@stephmcg) reflects on the importance of institutions accurately tagging their metadata so users can find the proper locales with GPS.

Abigail (@ajwillemse91) has been blogging like there’s no tomorrow and has discovered the secret to getting back your writing mojo Has she got to 1,000 views yet?

Final thoughts

It has been quite a challenge personally to go through my own personal photo collection and assess what would be HistoryPin or SepiaTown worthy. It has forced me to think about copyright issues, privacy issues and to be sure I know my North from my South! We are currently conducting an archival project at our own library and it has made me realise the value of this collection and how important it is to tag and label photos at the time they are taken. We are naturally busy people, forced continually to re-prioritise and it can be tempting to think that labelling photos is not an immediate priority. But if not now, when? And what if “when” is too late and nobody is there with the corporate memory?

A confession – most of this post was composed on the desktop but you will be pleased to hear that, due to the slowness of our connection, I was “forced” to resort to using my mobile phone as well as a kind of back up network.

Last but not least – what is it with Twitter on Sunday nights???? So very very slow. Can someone buy them a new server pleeeeze?

Thing 5: Photos + Maps + Apps: Historypin / WhatWasThere / SepiaTown

3 Jun

Thing 5 provides a great way to engage with your community, and can open up this interaction across the world. Last week was all about looking at maps, but now we get to throw in photos, history, and personal stories.

Historypin, WhatWasThere, and SepiaTown are three sites that allow you – as an individual or an institution – to overlay new and historic photographs onto Google Maps to recreate the way places were in past, show how they are now, encourage people to share their stories, and to create something of a digital memory bank. When you combine these sites with smartphones you have a fun and interactive way to share collections, knowledge, and memories with your community.


  • Download the Historypin and/or WhatWasThere apps to your phone. Compare these with the desktop versions and SepiaTown (no mobile app).What can you do on the desktop version that you can’t do with the app, and vice versa?
  • Can you find any photographs uploaded in your area?
  • Take a photo with your mobile and pin it (upload it) to the map. What information do you need to pin? Can you get the location right?

Historypin screenshot
Historypin screenshot by Katrina McAlpine via CC license on Flickr


  • Go for a walk with the Historypin app. Use the map to find photos near you. If there aren’t any on the map take photos of local buildings with your phone and upload them.
  • Find a photo on the map and try taking a ‘Historypin Repeat’ – overlaying the old photograph with one taken on the spot with your phone.
  • Create a tour or a collection on Historypin. You don’t have to upload your own photos to do this, you can use photos uploaded by other people. Create this around something you are interested in, or what you think your community might be interested in, for example schools, libraries, monuments, or sports fields. There is plenty of information in the Historypin How To Guides to help you get started.
  • Can you contribute a story to a photo on Historypin? This might be in your local area, from a holiday, your home town, or your own subject speciality. Can you do this from the mobile app?


  • How could you use Historypin to engage with your community? Could you work with a group like a local historical society, volunteers, or teens to upload photographs, share stories, and add their perspectives to Historypin?
  • Could you integrate Historypin with a particular event or collection in your library? Could you create a Historypin collection or a tour to move outside of the library walls?
  • What happens with the photographs you are uploading to these sites? Do you still own the content? Are there any issues with copyright?
  • How long does it take to pin a photo or create a tour? How will you maintain your content? How will you respond if people add stories to your photographs?
  • Are there other ways to encourage engagement with your community through photographs? This could be a project such as Mosman Memories; using Metadata Games to enhance your photographic information; or creating photographic blog pages using a site such as Tumblr that your community can contribute to.

From Abigail: That fantastic introduction was written by @katreeeena. 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 5.

Weekly Wrap-Up Post: Week 4

2 Jun

thing 4: Maps and Checking In by Stephanie McGlinchey (@stephmcg)

It has been an interesting week checking out and checking into Foursquare, Facebook and Geocaching- and by interesting I mean that rather there have been quite a few questions raised in blogs and reflections about the value of foursquare, both personally and for the organisation.

The #anz23mthings hashtag has been abuzz with with #blogjune and tips and advice on other subjects as well, which has made for a full week of tweets and conversations to look at!

It’s been fun seeing people checking in and gaining mayorships of venues

  • @ajwillemse91 Just became the mayor of Batcave on @foursquare! Crown me! #Anz23mthings
  • @ajwillemse91 Unlocked the “Local” badge! #Anz23mthings
  • @sallysetsforth Just popped out to return some library books & pick up some takeaway – and scored two new FourSquare mayorships! 🙂 #anz23mthings

And other people using other checking in tools

  • @SarahLibrarina Visiting the animals at Williwbank #happyplace #anz23mthings (at Willowbank Wildlife Reserve) [pic] —

Cathy is grateful for Maps this week

  • @ironshush 2hrs till I leave for Toodyay #knittingretreat – better find out how to get there! thank goodness this week was maps for #anz23mthings

Links shared on Twitter

Foursquare gets a big check– shared by @aquidity

4sqwifi– shared by @stephmcg


Cath (@KiwiLibrarian) speaks of the implications of an organisation becoming involved in foursquare

Sharon (@sharonu) reflects on using foursquare in a community where smartphones don’t have the penetration as other cities and wonders if it’s the right fit for her library

Heather (@hbailie) wonders about the safety of telling everyone via Twitter whether or not you’re at home by checking in.

Con (@flexnib) Joined up and discovered the benefits of having friends already there

Katrina (@katreeeena) Advises on the using Twitter to promote her checkins only when it is an interesting place that invites discussion

Anne (@polyxena) Spoke of her reliance on Google Maps, and her decision to be unplugged when it came to checking in to a venue.

Renee (@stokesrenee) Explored geocaching with mixed results!

Karen (@karentoittoit) is a big fan of foursquare and Google maps.

Abigail (ajwillemse91) had fun experimenting with foursquare, but not sure if she will keep it up.

Final thoughts

I have really enjoyed how people are critiquing apps and consciously deciding whether or not it is appropriate for them. Con raised the issue yesterday of being unplugged (as part of #blogjune), which has made me wonder can you be too plugged in?

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