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Archive of Final Hangout

5 Nov

So we had our final hangout on Wednesday night!

Check out the action as we discussed:

  • Where we’ve been
  • Where we might go next
  • Things we’ve learned along the way


Join us for our final #anz23mthings hangout on Wed 6 November!

5 Nov

We are in the final wrap-up week of ANZ 23 Mobile Things – it’s been an amazing experience; thanks to everyone for joining us on this journey and making it a very special one!

We thought a fun way to round it off would be a final hangout to discuss where we’ve been and where this programme might head in the future.

So please join Join Kate, Mylee, Kathryn, Jan (hopefully) and me this Wednesday 6 November, at 8:00PM (NZ time), 6PM (AEST), and 3PM (AWST) as we discuss these things and much more!

So tune into our video-channel at 8:00PM (NZ), 6:00PM (AEDT), and 3:00PM(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


Come join us Thursday for Twitter chat 5 – Digital Storytelling!

30 Oct

And it’s that time again – time for another Twitter chat!

Our fifth – and final – Twitter chat for this course.

The topic for this week is digital story-telling so that’s something we’ll focus on for this chat as well as the winding up of this course.

Stories by Enokson via CC license on Flickr

As always, remember to use the #anz23mthings hash-tag to join in the chat on Thursday 31st October at:

  • 9PM NZ time
  • 7PM AWDT
  • 4PM AEDT

Here’s the questions we will be discussing:

Q1. Libraries may not be just about books anymore, but they are still about stories. Discuss. #anz23mthings 

Q2. How is your library using stories to engage your community or share their stories? What tools do you like? #anz23mthings 

Q3.  What have you most enjoyed about #anz23mthings? Which thing is your favourite?

Q4. Going forward, what’s one thing you are doing differently or thinking differently in your library? #anz23mthings

Q5. Anything else? #anz23mthings


Thing 21: Voice interaction and recording

14 Oct

I think we can all agree that one of the great things about modern mobile devices is the variety of ways that we can interact with them. Unlike older phones and desktop computers, we are no longer restricted to a keyboard (or mouse) interface – we can swipe, shake, tilt and talk to our devices to perform different functions. This week’s thing is recording voice audio, and using our voice to interact with our device.


Voice interaction functionality has been a major feature in recent smartphone releases, such as iOS’s Siri, Android’s Google Now, and Samsung’s S Voice. These voice-activated interfaces allow users to verbally request information, make appointments and set reminders, dial phone numbers, and more. They generally utilise natural language, and may answer questions in a personal or informal manner.

Siri and S-Voice

Siri and S-Voice by Mike Lau

Dragon speech-to-text products let us dictate to and/or command our mobile devices. Dragon Dictation (iOS) is a free app that converts your speech into text that can be utilised by other apps on your phone. Dragon Search (iOS) allows you to use your voice to search websites and other mobile content providers. Dragon for Email is available for Blackberry users, and hopefully Dragon Mobile Assistant (currently in beta in the US) will come to Australia and New Zealand soon for Android users.

SoundCloud was mentioned in last week’s blog post. Although it is mostly music oriented, it is also suitable for all kinds of audio recordings including podcasts, news and story telling.


Does your smartphone include any native apps for recording voice memos? I often use iOS Voice Memos to quickly record and email a voice message to myself. Maybe you will also find this a useful or different way to capture thoughts on the go?

Download Dragon Dictation (or a similar speech-to-text app) and have a go at dictating a few sentences into the app. How well did it interpret your words? You can use the edit function within the app to correct any mistakes and add punctuation, and the share function lets you send the resulting text to an email, text message, tweet, Facebook status, or simply copy and use it wherever you need it (eg. Evernote, word processor, blogging platform, etc.).

AudioBoo is a social network for sharing audio. It is often used for recording and broadcasting podcasts, and has an active visually impaired community. Or if you’ve already tried SoundCloud from last week, perhaps this week you could have another play with it, but with an emphasis on voice recording. Maybe you could tell a funny story or share something that you’ve enjoyed about doing the 23 Mobile Things program – then share it on Twitter using the #anz23mthings hashtag.

Check out the 23 Mobile Things Pinterest board on voice recording and interaction for more information and links.


Voice interaction and recording apps provide a different method of interaction with mobile devices, and can cater to users who have a personal preference for aural communication, or an aural learning style (rather than visual / written). How could you use these apps in your library to communicate with clients in a non-traditional way?

Speech-to-text and text-to-speech apps are especially useful for making content more accessible to visually and/or hearing impaired library users. Knowing your way around some of the available tools will help you to provide advice to clients with different access requirements. And of course you can use these apps yourself to proactively convert library-generated content in a variety of accessible formats.

Could your library use a service such as AudioBoo or SoundCloud to share oral histories, story time sessions, podcasts or author talks? Both of these audio sharing apps provide options to embed audio files in web pages, so users don’t need to sign up in order to access the recordings.

Sally Cummings @sallysetsforth

Thing 20: Mobile Music

8 Oct

Radio is quickly becoming a thing of the past as free music streaming services are now common place offering free music whenever you want it, wherever you want it. No longer do you have to ring up a person cities away from you, to beg them to play your favourite song, while you sit at home suffering through the latest pop rubbish until it gets played.

The two most popular websites to do this at are Spotify and Grooveshark.  Spotify can link directly to your Facebook account showing your friends what you have just been listening to (so make sure to turn the permissions off when jamming out to your guilty pleasures) and can be used directly though the website, or downloaded onto your computer. Grooveshark is similar except the Facebook logon option is replaced by Google or Twitter. Both sites offer the same features, you can listen to any song you desire and create playlists of your favourite songs meaning you don’t have to buy the music, but every time you want to listen it, it has to be streamed again. is slightly different. For those of you who have iTunes, you may be familiar with the genius sidebar. is the mobile version of this. Linkable to your iTunes, iPod, Spotify accounts and much more it analyses your favourite music and helps recommended to you artists and songs you may like. Expanding your music horizons and giving you the options to buy them on iTunes or add them to your Spotify playlists.


Photo Courtesy of Invercargill City Libraries and Archives


Spotify is a free web based and app based music streaming service. It’s also very social, giving you the ability to see what your friends are listening to and allowing you to share what you are listening to with your friends.

Last.fmis an online music recommendation site that has apps that can be downloaded on to your devices.

Groovesharkis a free web based music streaming service that offers many features including the ability to create your own playlists.

Sound Cloud is an online community where you can upload your own original content and share it with online communities and friends.


Create a Spotify account and then create a playlist. Share these with our #anz23mthings community.

Use to discover and listen to some music recommendations. Were they accurate?

Have a listen to my playlist Music based on books

Have a dabble on soundcloud. Use the online recording capability to create some audio content to share, or upload a masterpiece you have already created.

What does your Libraries music CD collection look like at the moment? How could these services affect the borrowing rates of these in the future?

Does your library offer a music download or streaming service for clients? How do you promote it?

How can libraries use programs like sound cloud to promote local talent and patron generated content?

Thanks to Mylee Joseph at 23 mobile Things for helping give me some inspiration for this post.

Bonnie Mager (@bonniemagernz)

Archive of Hangout #3 – ebooks & more!

19 Sep

Hey everyone,

We had a great time hanging out with Mylee and Kathryn tonight as we discussed ebooks, productivity tools, some things to look forward to with the last five ‘things’, and Mylee’s and Kathryn’s plans for the future post 23 Mobile Things. There’s plenty here for you to sink your teeth into, and leave us some comments or questions below 🙂

Both Mylee and I (Abigail) will be presenting at LIANZA Conference 2013 on October 20-23.

Mylee’s presentation is: Catylsts, Innovation and Online Engagmeent @SLNSW

Mine is on ANZ 23 Mobile Things – specifically the partnership between NZ & Australian librarians and what we’ve learned from running the programme.

We’re really looking forward to seeing many of you there!

Join in our #Anz23mthings Twitter chat tomorrow on Wednesday night!

27 Aug

Just a heads-up that we are having another Twitter chat tomorrow (Wednesday night) at 8PM (NZ time) and 6 PM (AEST).

Come and join us for a fun chat about ebooks and curation.

Keep an eye out on the blog for the discussion questions which will be posted before the chat.

Just follow the #anz23mthings hashtag on Twitter to join in.

See you there!

Please take our halfway survey!

8 Aug

Welcome to this catch-up week which marks the half-way point of the ANZ 23 Mobile Things course!

We know there’s a lot to keep up with, and so we’re keeping this week very low-key.

We would really appreciate it if you could fill out this really short survey for us. It’s really short – at the most, three questions, and did I mention it was fun?

Thanks for being awesome – we are really enjoying all the interactions and conversations this course has sparked! I’m looking forward to the final half of the course – how about you?

Like to be part of my LIANZA Conference 2013 presentation? That’d be Vine!

7 Aug

Vine Leaves I
Vine Leaves I by Kansas Poetry (Patrik) via CC license on Flickr

Hey, as you might know, I (Abigail) am presenting on ANZ 23 Mobile Things at LIANZA Conference 2013 this October!!! It’s pretty exciting – being my first conference presentation and all (give or take, my first LONG presentation as I’m presenting on my BA research in a 10 minute session earlier in the conference)…

It’d be really cool if you are coming to LIANZA Conference if you’d come along to my session – it’s on Wednesday 23rd October at 11:15AM, but it would be even cooler if you were IN my presentation!

“How?” you may ask.

Easy! I have a 30 minute session to present called: “Wandering wirelessly over the ditch: A professional development collaboration” and I had a great idea.

A one or two minute video showcasing some of the varied participants in the programme saying one thing they liked best about ANZ 23 mobile things, or one new thing they have learned.

This could be done through a collection of vines – six seconds max – so I could showcase 10 participants in one minute, or 20 in two minutes.

So your homework challenge for this week is to video yourself (maybe doing a six second vine) or a longer video, but maximum should be 10-15 seconds, which you can either tweet to me @ajwillemse91 or e-mail to me.

This video should be about:

  1. One thing you like best about ANZ 23 Mobile Things OR
  2. One new thing you have learned OR
  3. Anything else you really want to say about ANZ 23 Mobile Things

Feel free to be creative – if you don’t feel comfortable videoing yourself, you could try using writing or animation or something in a short video to show one thing you learned, or one thing you liked about ANZ 23 Mobile Things.

I just think the best thing about this programme is the enthusiastic participants and the interactions we have shared, and what better way to capture this than in a video compilation?

Please note that if you do send me a video, I may edit it for time constraints and I may not necessarily use all the videos if I receive a whole lot. It’d also be great to include your name and country in a caption on the video, if you are comfortable with that. I will show the video in my presentation at LIANZA 2013, and may also put up the video on this blog or our Youtube channel.  If you have any further questions about this, please do e-mail me.

I’m really looking forward to this!

Announcing the winner of the first caption contest…

9 Jul

Thank you to all who took part in our Caption Contest last week – there were some very creative responses and we had a good giggle over them.

But there can only be one winner so after extensive deliberation, the judging panel of two (Kate and I) have made our decision.

The winner is – drum roll please –

Jenny Harper!

Jenny Harper submitted her Harry Potter-inspired caption via our Facebook page. So she has her name in bold and has eternal bragging rights – at least until our next caption contest! Well done Jenny 🙂

Winning caption by Jenny Harper

“Immediately, Janice regretted her little experiment with the Harry Potter book. It was quite a scramble to locate the antidote before the students arrived, especially without opposable thumbs.” Jenny Harper.

It was tough picking a winner with so many excellent captions so there is one runner up.

The runner up is

(without further ado)

Chris Arthur! @ChrisJArthur

We loved his clever pun on cookies.

Runner-up caption by Chris Arthur

“My owner they were removing cookies from the computer. I want!” Chris Arthur.

Thank you to everyone who participated; we hope you enjoyed the challenge and we are looking forward to the next caption contest soon!

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