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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
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

 

#anz23mthings Twitter Chat 4: Round up & Archive

31 Aug

Thank you, thank you to everyone who joined our chat on Wednesday! As always, it was cool to have so many ideas and voices. Our topic was Ebooks & Curation, and you can read the questions here. I love how these chats fly thick’n’fast; we meander around topics and bounce ideas, which sprout new thoughts.

MOOCs were mentioned early and there’s a lot of love for them. Likewise, Pinterest has many fans (surprise, surprise!). We discussed what makes a curator, a curator. Then we brainstormed our issues with vendors, ebooks, tablets and ereaders. We surmised what we already knew: information professionals are needed more than ever to guide customers. Yes the Internet rocks; but users need a dance teacher!

 

Click here to see a storify version of the archived chat – with pretty pictures!

We’d love to hear what you thought of the chat, so please leave us a comment 🙂

#anz23mthings Twitter Chat 4: Ebooks & Curation

28 Aug

Join us TONIGHT, Wednesday 28th August at 8:00pm (NZT) / 6:00pm (AEST) for our fourth twitter chat! We’re discussing ebooks and curation, and we bet you have loads to say!

As you know, it’s easy to join in and follow the chat by using the #anz23mthings hashtag. For optimum excellence (and a possible head spin), follow the hashtag via the twitter search tool.

So you’re ready when the tweets start flying, here’s the questions:

  • Q1. Let’s start with a round of introductions. Who are you and where do you work? #anz23mthings
  • Q2. Do you have one favourite tool for curation? Or do you use different tools for different things? Why? #anz23mthings
  • Q3. Do you think that curation has changed with the Internet? How? #anz23mthings
  • Q4. Do you borrow ebooks from the library where you work or your public library? How easy is it? #anz23mthings
  • Q5. Is there anything you could do that make it easier for patrons to borrow ebooks from your library? #anz23mthings
  • Q6. Do you offer people any advice on managing their passwords when they first start downloading eBooks? People often end up creating 2 or 3 new ones in the process. #anz23mthings

 
We’ll try to keep the chat to an hour-ish but feel free to keep on chatting without us.
Remember, if you can’t make it, you could always schedule some tweets.
And don’t worry if you can’t make it; we will archive and blog the chat.
Chat with you tonight – and remember the #anz23mthings hashtag!

#anz23mthings Twitter Chat 3: Round up

13 Jul

Big thanks to everyone who joined our chat on Tuesday. It was great to have so many voices sharing ideas and opinions! Our topic was Plugged In: the pros & cons of always being connected. Amongst other things, we discussed the benefits of being connected, including while mobile, and the greatness of social media for connecting and sharing with others. We thought about playing nicely online to protect yourself and your work/association’s image. It seems we want to master making mobile connectedness – and social media itself – work for us, and not be used by it. We agreed that being connected must be balanced carefully with unplugged time, and it was great to hear how and when people disconnect.
The chat was just how we like it: fast, insightful, humorous and helpful 🙂

Here are the questions we discussed:

Q1. Mobile devices mean we can be connected ALL the time. What are the positives? #anz23mthings

Q2. What are the negatives? #anz23mthings

Q3. How and when do you disconnect? #anz23mthings

Q4. Is your social media image one of your most valuable job-seeking tools? #anz23mthings

Q5. Do you worry about how your social media image may represent your employer? #anz23mthings

The archived chat is very long, so we have put it on a separate page. We’re disappointed (nay, annoyed!) to reveal the Data Gremlins have eaten the first hour, so unfortunately we only have from 7.30pm (AEDT) onwards. To be precise, we can’t make GrabChat collect the first hour despite many attempts, by many, on many devices, on many browsers. #grrrr
(If you have any hot tips as to how to recover these tweets, please direct message @anz23mthings. Thanks!)

That aside, we’d love to hear what you thought of the chat!

Please leave us a comment 🙂

#anz23mthings Twitter Chat 3: Plugged In! Pros and cons of always being connected

8 Jul

We’d love it if you could join us TOMORROW, Tuesday 9th July at 8:30pm (NZT) / 6:30pm (AEST) for our third twitter chat!

All you have to do is start chatting on twitter and use the #anz23mthings hashtag. To maximise the awesomeness, follow the hashtag via the twitter search tool.

Plug it in by Ed Schipul on Flickr

Here is what we’ll be chatting about, in case you’d like to think about some tweets in advance. Or for bonus points, you could schedule some tweets if you can’t make it 😉

Q1. Mobile devices mean we can be connected ALL the time. What are the positives? #anz23mthings 

Q2. What are the negatives? #anz23mthings 

Q3. How and when do you disconnect? #anz23mthings

Q4. Is your social media image one of your most valuable job-seeking tools? #anz23mthings

Q5. Do you worry about how your social media image may represent your employer? #anz23mthings

We’ll try to keep the chat to an hour (or two) but feel free to keep chatting on without us.

After the first great chats, we’re excited to be sharing ideas again. But don’t worry if you can’t make it; we will archive and blog the chat.
Chat with you on Tuesday – and remember the #anz23mthings hashtag!

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!

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 http://Instagram.com/p/ZPhvy0A2Ug

@Nataliee_1 – I’ve learnt how wonderful it is that ppl are so willing to help and share #thankyou #learning

@Amber23456 – http://www.flickr.com/photos/amber23456/8747212324/in/pool-anz23mthings

@JacquieMorrisnt – Takapuna Library reference staff studying http://tinyurl.com/bafm7dh

@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 http://tinyurl.com/cgyz5lm

@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. http://tinyurl.com/azxk7dr

@dpgreen – iPhone users! Try KLYPAPP: 1st Manfrotto hands-free photo capture app: http://bit.ly/11UK7Kl

@katejf – How to swipe away photo im-perfections. http://tinyurl.com/bb87llg

Participant’s blogs:

Tony: http://bonitoclub.wordpress.com/2013/05/17/a-picture-is-worth/

Kristy: http://kpallin.wordpress.com/2013/05/17/anz-23-mobile-things-instagram-and-my-cat-amora/

Fiona: http://fionablogsat.wordpress.com/2013/05/16/picture-this/

Stephanie: http://bookgrrl.wordpress.com/2013/05/16/pics-please-instagram-and-flickr/

Renee: http://world-is-quiet-here.blogspot.com.au/2013/05/23-mobile-things-instagram.html

Sharon: http://wheretheriversmeetthesea.blogspot.com.au/2013/05/anz-23-mobile-things-week-2-take-photo.html

Sarah: http://sarahlibrarina.tumblr.com/post/50301698025/thing2-taking-photos-on-devices-anz23mthings

Anne: http://hecubasstory.blogspot.com.au/2013/05/well-i-guess-heading-says-it-all-i-love.html

Nicola: http://nmcgeown.wordpress.com/2013/05/18/through-a-lense/

Cath: http://www.kiwilibrarian.co.nz/thing2-photos-the-mobile-way/

Abigail: http://octopuslibrarian.wordpress.com/2013/05/17/getting-the-big-picture-taking-photos-on-a-mobile-device-anz23mthings/

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?

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