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Weekly Wrap-Up Post: Week 5

10 Jun

thing 5: Photos +Maps +Apps: Historypin/WhatWasThere/SepiaTown by Alex Daw (@luvviealex)

Sorry for the late re-cap this week, it is a long weekend for us on the Eastern side of Australia, so technically Monday is still our weekend! Cheers, Kate.

This week has provided much food for thought for those with a leaning to all things archival or of a local or family history nature. Some of us lurked and some of us got in there and had a bit of a play.

The #anz23mthings hashtag stream was showing participants still getting on board with Foursquare and contributing to #blogjune. There were also some great links to thought pieces, some fun stuff as well as some useful tools.

We were shown a new word “nomophobia” and introduced us to the scary idea of having no mobile phone.

And there were the usual technical hurdles – @SarahJLisle found her phone was not so smart when it came to downloading HistoryPin.

Links shared on Twitter

Map of Origin of Tweets – shared by @SarahLibrarina

Visual Guide to Twitter for Beginners – shared by @PeterMurgatroyd

Crib sheets for Google Apps – shared by @AWalker007

Levitagram – an app to really impress your devoted followers – shared by @dpgreen

Twitter Curation Tools – shared by @infoliterati


@KiwiLibrarian (like me) posted pictures of her home being built in 1955

@Kraznozem posted a picture of her old library

@janholmquist posted a picture of the oldest buiding in Nakskov

@Rubicon49bce wrestled with the idea of a “street-view” in Antarctica.

@stokesrenee fought the urge to sleep whilst watching HistoryPin instructional videos.

@Tegalex wondered if her town even existed – no pics on #$WhatWasThere or #SepiaTown


Karen (@karentoittoit) tested WhatWasThere on her iPad 2 but (without great success) and isn’t sure whether its to do with technology or her location.


@luvviealex aka Moi posted my first photo on this site of a chalet now long gone in Mt Wellington Tasmania.


Many of us are blogging for June. Please forgive me if I don’t highlight all the bloggers out there.

Renee (@stokesrenee) learned more than she anticipated when she snapped the old facade of the WA Museum on her way into the city to see a friend. Looking closely at the TOS or Terms of Service of both HistoryPin and WhatWasThere, Renee was forced to consider that perhaps these services hold all the cards in terms of permission to use, modify and reproduce your image in a variety of ways.

Stephanie (@stephmcg) reflects on the importance of institutions accurately tagging their metadata so users can find the proper locales with GPS.

Abigail (@ajwillemse91) has been blogging like there’s no tomorrow and has discovered the secret to getting back your writing mojo Has she got to 1,000 views yet?

Final thoughts

It has been quite a challenge personally to go through my own personal photo collection and assess what would be HistoryPin or SepiaTown worthy. It has forced me to think about copyright issues, privacy issues and to be sure I know my North from my South! We are currently conducting an archival project at our own library and it has made me realise the value of this collection and how important it is to tag and label photos at the time they are taken. We are naturally busy people, forced continually to re-prioritise and it can be tempting to think that labelling photos is not an immediate priority. But if not now, when? And what if “when” is too late and nobody is there with the corporate memory?

A confession – most of this post was composed on the desktop but you will be pleased to hear that, due to the slowness of our connection, I was “forced” to resort to using my mobile phone as well as a kind of back up network.

Last but not least – what is it with Twitter on Sunday nights???? So very very slow. Can someone buy them a new server pleeeeze?


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


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?

Thing 4 : Maps and checking in

27 May


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.


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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?


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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