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Thing 19: File sharing – Dropbox

30 Sep

This week’s thing is file sharing using mobile devices. The portability of mobile devices makes them an ideal tool for accessing and sharing files on the move. We will look at sharing / syncing files across multiple devices (eg. your smartphone, tablet and PC), and sharing files with other people.


Dropbox is a popular cloud storage tool for accessing and sharing files on mobile devices. It has apps for Android, iPhone, iPad, BlackBerry and KindleFire. Files can be added to Dropbox by syncing from another device (including a PC) or directly added to the Dropbox mobile app. Dropbox also has a Camera Upload function that enables photos taken on a mobile device to be automatically or manually added to Dropbox. Dropbox files can be shared by sending a download link to another person, or by inviting others to a shared folder.

Dropbox Camera Uploads
Dropbox Camera Uploads by Magnus Jonasson

Bump is a different way to share files with other mobile users. When two people have the Bump app open on their phones, they can share files, contacts and/or photos by bumping the two mobile devices together! Bump is also able to access Dropbox files for sharing in this manner.

Google Drive is a file storage and synchronization service provided by Google. One of Google Drive’s strengths is the ability to edit files on your mobile device, making it a great tool for collaborative work.

Evernote, previously discussed in Thing 17, can also be used for sharing files across devices and with other people.


Download the Dropbox app and create a Dropbox account. To get the most out of it, you may also wish to also install Dropbox on your PC or other devices. Add a file to Dropbox and watch it appear on another device with Dropbox installed. Try sharing a file from Dropbox by emailing a link to yourself.

If you can find a friend with Bump installed on their smartphone, try swapping contact details by bumping your phones together. You could also share a file between your mobile phone and PC by bumping the phone against the PC’s space bar (yes, it really works!).

Check out the 23 Mobile Things Pinterest board on file sharing and Dropbox for more information about file sharing using mobile devices.


Do you have a favourite file sharing tool? Have you ever used it to share files or collaborate with other people on library projects or presentations?

Dropbox and other file sharing tools are a great way to collaborate with colleagues in other locations and/or organisations, however it is worthwhile checking whether your workplace has any restrictions in place regarding the use of such a service.

Consider privacy and confidentiality issues in relation to storing personal information in the cloud – this article touches on some of the potential legal and ethical issues surrounding client confidentiality and trade secrets.

Sally Cummings @sallysetsforth


Note from Kate: Thanks Sally for an amazing introduction to Dropbox.  Don’t forget to check out 23MobileThings post on Dropbox as well.


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?


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!


Where can I sign up for an Adobe ID?

What products are included in Adobe Creative Cloud?


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.


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?

Week 3: Email on the go

20 May

According to the Australian Mobile Phone Lifestyle Index, 60% of Australian mobile phone users use their phone access emails at least once a week[1]. So there’s a fair chance that if you have a mobile device you’ve already set up your email and checked it occasionally. But as I discovered this week there is much more to mobile email than the email client your phone comes with. If nothing else I encourage you to download and try some of the email apps out there – after trying the Gmail app I won’t be going back to the iPad email app again!


  • Look in your phone/tablet settings to enter the details of your Gmail or other email address. (Note: you may need some extra information to attach your work or home email eg. POP or IMAP Email server settings and ports)
  • Try sending an email to a friend
  • Take a photo and email it to yourself (note take the photo first and from the camera roll you will have an option to send it via email)


  • Check out some of the email apps out there – often they have better interfaces than your default phone app. Here’s a list of recommended apps for iphone and for Android.
  • Consider whether you want to receive “push” notifications (ie pop-ups for new emails) or whether you would rather check your email at a time that suits you.
  • Check out 23MobileThing’s Email Pinterest board for more tutorials and ideas


  • If relevant, find out your workplaces policy for loading work email onto personal devices.  Consider the pros and cons of always being “available” via email.  If you do want to access work email on your device how will you keep it secure?
  • Do you use email to alert staff to roster changes and library activities?
  • How might your clients accesses your services via email on mobile devices?
    • Does your library provide email notifications and reminders for events, overdue items and reserves?
    • How easy is it for your clients to email themselves article citations and catalogue records?
    • Special/corporate librarians: it’s likely that many of your clients will read any “current awareness” emails you distribute on their devices before they get to work[2].  Does the format you use work on small screens?
  • Event booking systems like Eventbrite use email reminders for people attending events.  You can also schedule extra emails and send out a feedback survey via email after an event.

1. Mackay, M (2012). “The Australian Mobile Phone Lifestyle Index (8th ed)”. Sydney, NSW: Australian Interactive Media Industry Association, p30. Accessed 6/5/13, http://www.aimia.com.au/enews/AMPLI/AMPLI%202012%20Report_FINAL_upd_Oct.pdf
2. Moore, L (2011). “Legal Professionals and Mobile Devices”.  Sydney, NSW: CCH. Accessed 6/5/13, http://www.cch.com.au/AttachmentLibrary/MarketingPromo/cch_whitepaper_mobile_devices_20110329.pdf

From Kate: That fantastic introduction was written by @Linda_Moore.  Keep an eye out for this week’s email, which will have all the details of our interactive activity this week- hint: it is based in Facebook, but will probably slide over into Twitter as well!

This post is a remix of 23mobilethings.net Thing 3.

Week 1: Twitter

6 May

Welcome to the 1st mobile thing: Twitter.Twitter

As a long time twitter user, I was under the impression that I knew it all.  All about how to use hashtags, search, messages and more.

I was wrong.  I found various things I didn’t know and am encouraged that it is a great sign for how much more I am going to learn over the next 23 weeks.

Many of you will be using Twitter for the first time, welcome.  We would love it if you would follow us on @anz23mthings and use the hashtag #anz23mthings on your posts.

So let’s talk about twitter.


What is Twitter?
Twitter is a real-time information network sharing short messages called “tweets” that are just 140 characters long.  Twitter is a social network which allows people to choose which accounts they will follow and what information they wish to share with the people that follow them.   A lot of organisations, including libraries, also use Twitter.  Some examples include the National Library Australia, Auckland Libraries,  State Library of Victoria and Massey University Library.

For an introductory video please have a look at this video from Commoncraft, or check out this visual guide to Twitter.

A lot of individuals also use Twitter, including astronauts, celebrities (eg. @wilw,@algore), authors (@maureenjohnson@anitaheiss), sports peopleroyalty  and parody accounts.   There are also verified accounts as it is easy to imitate a person on Twitter (see the many accounts posing as Aung San Suu Kyi for example).  If you’re still not convinced that Twitter is for you, Ned Potter addresses some of the concerns people may have about Twitter in “7 reasons people don’t use twitter, and why ‘It’s a conversation’ is the answer to all of them“.

What is a hashtag and how does it work?
One of the features of Twitter is the use of hashtags.  They act as hyperlinks connecting conversations.  The use of hashtags to link conversations together has also carried over into other social networking tools like Instagram, Google+, Pinterest and Tumblr.  Hashtags are particularly useful for regular conversations such as ours #anz23mthings, natural disasters#eqnz,  sporting events and teams #cricket, events #ifla #tedx and conferences#sxsw.

What is Twitter etiquette?
Just like any community, there are accepted ways of communicating and behaving.  Here is a guide to Twitter etiquette.

How can library workers use it for professional development?

  • following conferences and seminars eg. #LIANZA
  • building a personal learning network (PLN)
  • keeping up with trends and industry news #npsig  #mtogo
  • sharing links to research and reports (eg Pew Internet)


What can I do to become a confident twitter user?

Go to the explore section on the 23 Mobile Things blog, they have a great list on what to do, starting with create your own account!!!!

Here are my 3 most important things to do once you have set up an account.

  1. Change your profile picture from the egg into one unique to you.  As someone said to me, ‘eggs are great to eat but not to look at on twitter’.
  2. Put something in your profile: having it blank makes it harder for people to know if you are real, and what your interests are.  For now, just putting in Librarian, or Library Student will be enough.
  3. If you are going to lock your account (keep it private), make sure you remember to check your followers regularly and follow people (like us) back.  Also private tweets do not show up in twitter captures or at conferences even if you use the hashtag so you what you say will not appear in any of our wrap up posts.  You can always lock and unlock your account, but if you do that, anything that is posted while the account is public, will stay that way.

But how do I do this successfully?

Here are some tips from long time twitter users on this very point:

  • Joining is 1st hurdle. Find interesting ppl to follow. Then leap into convos!
  • Don’t give up! Check regularly. Follow real people.
  • Don’t be an egg, butt in to discussions ppl don’t mind, be yourself.
  • too many celebs and brands/companies = boring timeline
  • My personal Twitter rule: Don’t tweet anything I don’t want my boss or mum to read..
  • follow people you know. follow people they follow. follow peeps who follow you. repeat
  • Check who other people are following. Don’t be afraid to block spam accounts
  • Don’t feel obliged to follow everyone that follows you

What is your advice?  Tweet it out with both the hashtags #anz23mthings and #thing1


We are having a google + hangout on Wednesday 8th May with Mylee, Kathryn and Jan at 8PM (NZ time) and 6PM (Australian Eastern Time).  Think of a question and put it in a tweet.  Don’t forget to use the #anz23mthings hashtag.

Have a think about how you or your library can use twitter to build up a community?  Interact with other Librarians or patrons?  

Developing a strategy for using social media to promote your library services or a major event like a conference requires planning and coordination (eg. Social media and ALIA Biennial)  How can you use it to promote an event at your library. like storytime or a workshop for undergraduates?

Calling all volunteers

30 Apr

We love that everyone is enthusiastic about joining us and working through the 23 mobile things with us.  But we need YOUR help, we cannot do it alone.

Each week we will be featuring a blog post about the current week’s ‘thing’, a weekly wrap up post and of course the interactive tweets etc.

Don’t forget, if you already know about all these 23 Mobile Things, why don’t you sign up as a mentor and help out the others doing this course?

We need volunteers (or as I like to think of you) guests to help us create each of these posts.

Here is what is involved:

The feature post:

Will be published on the Monday or Tuesday
Will summarise and link to the 23 Mobile Things ‘thing’ page- but will also include our own variations/perspectives/challenges on the Thing.
Each post is divided into three sections:

  • Discover (what the Thing is all about)
  • Explore (do it for yourself, experiment!)
  • Thinking points (own variations and challenges, how can you use it personally, in your library, etc?)

The wrap-up post:

Will be published on the Saturday or Sunday
Will gather the best bits from people and put them all in one spot.

  • Twitter: We will be using a twitter capture program to capture tweets using the #anz23mthings
  • Blog posts: We ask that people link back to the week’s featured post on our blog so we can track the pingpacks (there will also be a blogroll)
  • Facebook: Hopefully that will be easy
  • Personal reflection: What did you learn this week? Maybe you have a take-home point to share with us!
  • Other: Have a unique way- let us know.

Interested- fantastic, here is the next step.

Allocation will be on a first come, first served.
Have another look at the 23 Mobile Things and see which ones you would like to post for.
Then fill in the small survey below.  Please fill it in for each post you wish to do.  We would be very happy if you wanted to do more than one post.

As they appear in my inbox I will allocate them.  The below table shows which ones are already allocated. I will also send you an e-mail confirmation/reminder.

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