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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.

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