It was another quiet week on the interwebs, as we got to grips with the possibilities of calendars.
Google calendar seems to be the most common calendar right now, though there are plenty of other options. Many phones come with their own calendar, and @MyleeJoseph highlighted other apps such as Fantastical (iPhone) and Agenda (Android).
Syncing multiple calendars with multiple devices is one of the great benefits of mobile calendars, and the ready accessibility of a calendar in your pocket. @KiwiLibrarian also mentioned the great advantage of being able to share calendars so that others can keep track of you!
All of this interoperability and sharing often relies on the iCalendar (iCal) file format and the CalDAV standard. You don’t need to know what they are, just be glad _
Coincidentally, the original @23mobilethings mentioned the ANZ 23 Mobile Things timetable – I just wish I had thought to experiment with “calendarising” it during the week.
A number of libraries are using calendars to manage events, notably Auckland Libraries, and City of Sydney Library Network. Sydney offers a link for an event which can be downloaded to your own calendar.
Low tech calendar by Tee Poole via CC license on Flickr
Our lives are all so busy, not just our own schedules, but keeping of everyone in your family as well. I moved to Google Calendar quite a few years ago, after recognising the value of being able to access my calendar from anywhere. Since then, my family has added their own schedules and now my calendar is a composite of many. There is mine, my kids, my husbands and the events of my favourite groups, all together in the one interface. My only problems was remembering to check it!.
As with many of our users, I now carry my calendar in my pocket too, so that I can check my schedule at any time, receive alerts for appointments that I might have otherwise forgotten and can share appointments with others as appropriate. I am an organised person generally, but I don’t know where I would be without my online calendar.
My library also utilises a Google calendar, to aggregate, display and share our calendars with our library clients in a number of different ways.
- iCalendar, often referred to as iCal, is an internet calendar format that enables users to create and share electronic calendars across different computers and devices.
- There are tools like iCalShare that allow you to create a calendar of events that can be shared to different types of calendars.
- Google Hangouts can be integrated into a Google calendar
- See more links on our Pinterest board.
- Are events advertised on your website with an option to download the calendar details?
- Perhaps if your library hours have seasonal variations you could provide a Gmail calendar or iCal file of dates and hours that clients could import into their own calendar?
- Study room bookings – could your library allow customers to import them directly into their own calendars?
- Can your library clients sign up for a series of events (eg. a book club, early literacy story times, a technology course, etc.) and capture the details easily into their own calendars?
- How else could your library utilise online calendars to share information?
This week we thought we might have a bit of fun with a Flickr caption contest! Keep an eye out on the blog, Twitter, and Facebook page as we will put out the photo(s) for you to caption soon…
The winner gets bragging rights, so put your thinking caps on and may the best librarian win!
From Abigail: That fantastic introduction was written by @michellemclean. Keep an eye out for the weekly e-mail and the photo(s) for you to caption.
This post is a remix of 23mobilethings.net Thing 8.