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Thing 15: Adobe ID

26 Aug

So many online accounts, passwords and sites to log in to; why would you want an Adobe ID as well? Good question!

Let’s start with borrowing eBooks from your local library, which is probably the main reason you or your customers would want an Adobe ID.  Downloading eBooks is not as easy as it should be, in fact it can be downright difficult, which is a disgrace – but that’s a rant for another day. For some eBook lending services, including OverDrive, you need free software called Adobe Digital Editions and the easiest way to get started is to create an Adobe ID first.

Just to be side-tracked for a moment…once you have your Adobe ID, and have an eBook or three to relax with, what else can you do with it?

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One of the things an Adobe ID does is give you access to their site where you can trial lots of cool products such as Photoshop Lightroom, Dreamweaver CC, Illustrator CC and Photoshop Elements. There’s even a new service called Adobe Creative Cloud which, for a monthly fee, gives you mobile access to what they call the “best desktop applications for photography, video, audio, and design” including Adobe Muse and Adobe After Effects. Admittedly this is not the cheapest cloud-based suite of products ever, but for anyone who is seriously into creating online it’s worth a look.

I use Adobe Pagemaker to publish a monthly community newspaper with my husband, and haven’t moved to InDesign because of the cost. With Adobe Creative Cloud I’d have the ability to pay month by month. This may see me make the upgrade, and learn some new skills along the way.

But back to Adobe ID and eBooks – love ‘em or loathe ‘em, eBooks are here to stay so why not spend the week creating your own Adobe ID and then seeing where it takes you from there. You might discover you’ve got a creative side you never knew existed. Enjoy!

DISCOVER:

Where can I sign up for an Adobe ID?

What products are included in Adobe Creative Cloud?

EXPLORE:

Watch the video on Abode Creative Cloud and think about the ways teams can use it.

Explore the programs you can trial at the Adobe site. Are some of them programs customers ever ask for help with? If they are, perhaps you could have a play with them and learn some new skills.

THINK:

If your library issues eBooks, do your customers know they might need an Adobe ID?

Are all your staff comfortable with helping customers to get their own Adobe ID?

Can you think of customers who might find Adobe Creative Cloud useful? Art or design students maybe…

If your library subscribed to Creative Cloud, would you be able to make your brochures, posters etc look more professional? And would you have staff with the time and skills to make it happen?

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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!

Weekly Wrap-Up Post: Week 3

25 May

Email email email

Email by Keith Ramsey via CC license on Flickr

#thing3 – Email on the move by Abigail Willemse (@ajwillemse91)

The topic for this week has been a bit of an interesting one – email. It is such a ubiquitous subject and one which I’m sure we all know about and use – but how effectively?

For many people, this week has involved evaluating how they use e-mail, trying out different mail apps, thinking about the relationship between their e-mail inbox and RSS or Twitter, and coming up with strategies on how to be more effective with e-mail. One aspect that has surprised me so far about this course is how much we are thinking about the theoretical frameworks behind these apps and why we do what we do. It’s fantastic to be able to read and share so many different perspectives and to critically evaluate why and how we are using these things and how we can do so more effectively.

There’s a fantastic discussion happening on Facebook at the moment all about these topics. The starter questions are:

“How do you feel about email overload? How many email lists and newsletters do you subscribe to? Do you need to subscribe to all of them? Can RSS take their place and free up your inbox?”

Head on over there and join in!

Twitter comments

Some great comments on Twitter this week! Here are a few that caught my eye, but you can read more by searching #anz23mthings.

  • @LibrarianH – @anz23mthings #thing3 #anz23mthings Email on the go – essential tool for Mums. Not good to miss last minute details about kids activities.
  • @katejf – My tip for inbox control: do you really need to be subscribed to all those newsletters? #delete #unsubscribe #anz23mthings #thing3
  • @flexnib: every time someone tells me “you should subscribe to this listserv” I remind myself I get it all via Twitter #anz23mthings
  • @KiwiLibrarian – Interesting about push notices; I think it’s more productive to check emails, not be interrupted by them, Yes or no?
  • @dpgreen – @KiwiLibrarian Check? Yes! Interrupt? No!
  • @Kiwilibrarian – @dpgreen So you turn off push? What about FB beeps and other alerts
  • @wendypooh – Q. How do you sign off your emails?  #thing3 I am a “cheers” type of person, & that is how I do it, prof. and personally
  • @hdsabba – @wendypooh I tend to be a Cheers person for most things and a Kind Regards for the more formal replies to clients
  • @theonlileonie – @wendypooh @anz23mthings sometimes I sign off ‘eGreetings’.
  • @gblack57 – #anz23mthings #EmailOverload Tip. Keep work life balance. Don’t read work email on weekends. Fewer sleepless nights the better!

Great links shared on Twitter

Information Diet Tips – shared by @rainydoglibs

Top 10 email donts – shared by @stephmcg

Managing e-mails effectively – shared by @myleejoseph

Mohio Map – visual representation of Evernote notes  – shared by @michellepitman

The future of Evernote – shared by @Kraznozem

Participant’s Blogs

 Looks like there aren’t so many blog posts this week yet as I am probably doing this post a bit earlier than usual 🙂 If I’ve missed your post; don’t be shy – leave a comment and I’ll edit this post!

Final thoughts

It’s fantastic seeing how much everyone has learned so far. I’m really enjoying this learning journey with all of you and love being challenged and encouraged through this network. Bring on Week 4!

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