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The Final Form (and get a certificate of completion)

7 Nov

We would really appreciate you filling out one, final form for us, so we can see how everyone has improved over the last 6 months.

It has been an epic, fantastic, exhillarating journey and we thank all of you for coming along on the ride with us.

There is also a question at the end if you would like a certificate of completion to be sent to you, so you can brag quietly admire your accomplishment.


Kate and Abigail.


It’s Hangout time!

17 Sep

It has been too long since our last hangout in June(!) so we are bringing you another one, this Thursday 19th September, at 8:00PM (NZ time), 6:00PM (AEST).

Join Abigail, Mylee, Kathryn, Jan (hopefully) and me as we discuss:

  • What’s been happening
  • All things ebooks
  • Dropbox, evernote and productivity apps
  • What is around the corner.

So tune into our video-channel at 8:00PM (NZ), 6:00PM (AEST), and 4:00PM(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


Thing 18: Productivity Apps

16 Sep

This week we are giving you Mylees’s post  Don’t forget to go to their site for more great information on all the things!

Photo Credit: hawkexpress via Compfight cc

What are your personal productivity challenges? Productivity is about being efficient and effective and some tools on mobile devices can help organise tasks and schedule activities, provide reminders and help with motivation and time management. In this Thing, we’d like to look at a few of these tools.


  • Remember the Milk  is a task and time management app.  – There are apps available for Android, iPhone, iPad, and BlackBerry as well as a web app, sync for Microsoft Outlook, and Remember The Milk integrates with Evernote, Gmail, Google Calendar, Siri, and Twitter. You can even email tasks to your Remember the Milk account.
  • Doodle  is a scheduling tool, great for coordinating times for meetings with a number of people.  It has an a mobile friendly interface and an iOS app.
  • The Pomodoro technique is a productivity system that breaks work down into 25 minute chunks to improve concentration.  There are a variety of Pomodoro apps available for both iOS and Android.
  • Lift   is a goal setting app, helping you to set goals, monitor progress and tap into support groups (iOS and web versions available)


  • Find a timer app for your mobile device, you might choose a different one depending on the tasks you have in mind (eg. running a holiday activity game, timing intervals in an information literacy session or running a trivia quiz).
  • Mashable recommended  the productivity app CloudOn  for access to Word, Excel and PowerPoint files on your tablet or smartphone.
  • 30/30 is a combination of task manager and timer (Android app and iOS app )
  • There are more things to explore on the Pinterest board.


  • Could you use a tool like Remember the Milk as a mobile project management aid?
  • Could you display a timer on a tablet to count down during games as part of a holiday activity program?
  • Would you be able to coordinate meeting times for your teen advisory group or book club members using Doodle?
  • Are there some repetitive tasks that require focus and regular breaks (like stocktaking and reshelving) – could you Pomodoro them?
  • Could Lift   be used as part of a lifelong learning library program for adults allowing them to set their own learning goals and monitor their progress?


Don’t Forget to join us on Thursday for our next Google+ Hangout!  Check your email and back here for more details.

Thing 13: Online Identity

13 Aug

This week we are giving you Mylees’s post  Don’t forget to go to their site for more great information on all the things!

Photo Credit: madamepsychosis via Compfight cc

As information professionals we need to understand the risks of the online environment, including knowing how to manage our own online identities (professional and personal), and also be able to advise our clients and communities on how to protect their own privacy online.  Our focus in this thing is mobile technology and the particular issues that relate to using tablets and smartphones and apps.

Usually once you log into an app, access is continuous on your device unless you log out each time you use it.  It’s also common to log into an app using one of your existing identities (eg. Facebook, Google account or Twitter).  Take a minute to check if you have your device password protected in case someone else tries to use it and which third party apps currently have access to your information. [see Facebook app settingsGoogle account settings and Twitter settings and information on revoking access to third party apps ]


Who are you online?  

  • Have you considered that your identity online is actually a spectrum ranging from anonymous > pseudonymous (across multiple sites) > self-asserted > socially validated (by friends and followers) > officially verified?  [see the excellent post from @identitywoman for definitions]
  • Using a pseudonym or anonymous identity online may breach the terms of service of some social media channels (eg. Google+ real names policy  and Facebook identity for page administrators)
  • LinkedIn is a popular app for professional connections see Jan and Mylee  as examples [Android and iOS apps available ]
  • If you manage a page for your library or an organisation you might find the Facebook Pages Manager app useful
  • Facebook apps are available for both Android – Facebook  and iPhone – Facebook


What information is being collected while you’re online?

  • Many apps collect information from users and there should be a privacy policy or terms and conditions statement available.  Often these statements are on an associated website (eg. Medicare App  )
  • What information do you share when you search and interact online?  Phil Bradley gives a good overview of the issues and some alternative tools.
  • Protecting Your Privacy – A Resource Guide also lists alternative tools


  • Do you keep your personal and professional identities online completely separate?
  • Do you deliberately manage your personal brand / professional identity?
  • If a prospective employer asked you to demonstrate your skills and experience in using social media could you point to professional presences online?
  • Do you draw your online identities or the multiple identities of your organisation together via a blog / website or an aggregating tool like Rebelmouse , Vizify  or the Slideshare network channels of organisations like United Nations DESA ?
  • Can your clients log into your library website or apps using their online identities?  (eg. Facebook or Twitter login to LibraryThing for Libraries to add reviews to the catalogue).
  • Does your library privacy statement include information about what personal information is collected by apps in use to deliver library services?


Here at ANZ23MobileThings we have already discussed this issue a little bit in our 1st and 3rd twitter chats.  Click the links to refresh your memory on what happened in these conversations.

Thing 11 : Augmented reality

23 Jul

This week we are giving you Mylees’s post  Don’t forget to go to their site for more great information on all the things!

Abbreviated as AR,  augmented reality is the use of technology to overlay digital information on an image of something being viewed through a device (eg. through a smartphone camera).

This video gives you a quick introduction to some of its potential.

Perhaps you’ve heard about a recent example,  Google Glasses  are location aware, computerised eyeglasses  that will display information to the side of what you’re viewing.  There are quite a few AR applications that could be employed in library environments and in this Thing we’d like you to explore some of the possibilities:




  • Could the wayfinding in your library environment be improved with AR? Would an information literacy guided tour of your library be improved by including AR technology?
  • Could you use an AR app like Lookator to make it easy for students to find the wifi hotspots on campus?
  • Is there complex equipment in your library? Perhaps a video demonstration could provide assistance to customers if it were available at the point of need via AR?
  • Do you serve clients from different language backgrounds?  Could you create an AR guide in their preferred language to help them orient to the library environment and services?
  • Are you engaging with your community to plan a new library space?  Could you let them move the furniture around using an AR app like Augment [iOS version andAndroid  version]?
  • Could you overlay local history film and audio clips into your local environment using an AR app?
  • What would your summer reading club be like if you incorporated AR features?

Books, Books and Books

22 Jul

We asked last week what non-fiction, work related book you would recommend to others doing the ANZ 23 Mobile Things program.

Below is what you told us.  If you think of any others let us know on twitter, facebook or in the comments.

Dewey the Library Cat

The Atlas of New Librarianship

Five Billion Sold: The Amazing Facts Behind the Fiction

The World’s Strongest Librarian: A Memoir of Tourette’s, Faith, Strength, and the Power of Family

Graph Paper for Your Copier

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking

The Power of Nice: How to Conquer the Business World with Kindness

The Leadership Challenge

The Winter of Our Disconnect

Caption Contest!

2 Jul

This week we are going for something a little bit different, because well, why not!

We want you to send us your funniest, wittiest, most interesting captions you can think of for the following photo.

The winner will receive (drumroll) KUDOS and BRAGGING RIGHTS from now till eternity! (or until the next caption contest).  Yes, we don’t have a physical prize but we will dedicate a post to your caption and even put your name in BOLD.  I bet you are all excited now!

The Rules.

1) Come up with a caption.

2) Post the caption as a comment, on facebook or as a tweet.  If tweeting please use the hashtags #anz23mthings and #caption

3) You have until 5pm Friday EST.  That is 7pm NZ time, and 3pm WST.

We will post the winner on Saturday.



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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!

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?

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