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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 pic.twitter.com/eMpzrVpWpK
  • @ajwillemse91 Unlocked the “Local” badge! #Anz23mthings pic.twitter.com/YB3rKU8HmX
  • @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] — http://path.com/p/1gFEYc

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

Blogs

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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What a great chat! #anz23mthings Twitter chat 2

30 May

Thanks to everyone who was able to join in on our chat last night – it was really fantastic to be able to discuss “Smartphones have bridged the digital divide.” We thought a little bit more about what the digital divide is, and how libraries can help bridge this gap by providing access to information technology, and helping users become information literate.

Here are the questions we discussed:

  • Q1. Are smartphones cheap enough to bridge the income divide or adequate as a PC substitute? #anz23mthings

  • Q2. What do you think the digital divide is? #anz23mthings

  • Q3. Do you think there is a digital divide in Australia or NZ?  If so who is affected and how can libraries help combat this? #anz23mthings

  • Q4. Does having a smartphone mean that you have bridged the digital (device) divide or is it more than that? #anz23mthings

  • Q5. Anything else? #anz23mthings

We also discussed MOOCs in passing, which was a fabulous digression. Maybe we might discuss MOOCs a bit more in another discussion or in our next Twitter chat!

Because the archived chat is very long, we have put it on a seperate page.

So what did you think of the chat?

#anz23mthings Twitter Chat 2: Have smartphones bridged the digital divide?

28 May

CreativeTools.se - Twitter bird standing on branch - Close-up

CreativeTools.se – Twitter bird standing on branch – Close-up by Creative Tools via CC license on Flickr.

Hey everyone,

We are really looking forward to our second Twitter chat tomorrow night – Wednesday – from 8:30PM (NZ) and 6:30PM (AEST). The topic of this chat is: “Have smartphones bridged the digital divide?”

So please read this provocative article “Smartphones have bridged the digital divide” and then join us with discussing the following questions (Don’t forget the #anz23mthings hashtag!):

  • Q1. Are smartphones cheap enough to bridge the income divide or adequate as a PC substitute? #anz23mthings

  • Q2. What do you think the digital divide is? #anz23mthings

  • Q3. Do you think there is a digital divide in Australia or NZ?  If so who is affected and how can libraries help combat this? #anz23mthings

  • Q4. Does having a smartphone mean that you have bridged the digital (device) divide or is it more than that? #anz23mthings

  • Q5. Anything else? #anz23mthings

We are really looking forward to hearing your ideas! Don’t worry if you can’t make the chat; we will archive it afterwards and put it on the blog.
Chat with you tomorrow!

Thing 4 : Maps and checking in

27 May

Foursquare

Foursquare by brennanMKE via CC license on Flickr

Sadly, this week’s post went missing so we are giving you Mylee’s post from 23mobilethings.net.  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.

DISCOVER:

  • 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

EXPLORE:

  • 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

THINKING POINTS:

  • 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?

TWITTER CHAT (WEDNESDAY 8:30 PM (NZ), 6:30 (AEST)):

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!

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