Thing 4: Digital Security

Recently we had two visiting librarians from Malta at work. When it came time for them to leave one suggested adding me as a friend on Facebook. The other said she didn’t really use Facebook but she checked in every now and again. However when the first girl tried to find me she couldn’t locate me – my settings are so strict that one has to be a friend of a friend to find me. It was easier for me to friend her.

When I first started using Facebook I was a regular user but now I mostly use it to check in with one group of friends.

On the other hand my Twitter account is completely open but…I use it for a mixture of personal and professional purposes whereas my Facebook is pretty much for personal use bar the Facebook groups that relate to work…

I try not to think about what I’m sharing with the world. In general my locations settings are off and unless I’m using the app on a regular basis I’ve turned off its photo sharing abilities. Sorry Prisma.

I never realised there were ratings for apps, not unlike there are ratings for films. I guess that’s what happens when you download library related apps – pretty general really.

I think I’m part of the generation where I’m really reluctant to using mobile banking. I’ll log-in to my account via a browser on my iPad but only on my own home wifi. Is that safer than the bank’s own app? I’m not sure but I log out each time on the browser and I don’t know if I’d do it with the app considering I don’t do it for the other apps.

The one app that I love when I travel in the UK is The Cloud. Without life would be that much harder!

How many apps? Well if I could get rid of the iOS ones that I don’t use I’d be that much better off but while I can delete them from the screen they don’t disappear from the phone. What I didn’t like was when Health was installed it started tracking me automatically. Thank you to the person on Twitter who told me about that.

Phone Security
I had never hard of an IMEI number – learn something new every day!

Bonus Thing 4:
How long has it been since I saw me last? Apparently long enough for to have changed quite a bit! My name and interests are still the same but now it asks why do I have an account. The downside – there’s no back button. I had a really nice black and white account with good photography in black and white and now it’s as if it’s an extension of my Twitter account which is good in one way and not in another. Where is the exit button? I keep being asked questions!

My page

Digital Knowledge: Thing 3 – Digital Footprint

After watching the opening video for my digital footprint I’m a little worried. Sure I Google myself regularly and I know if I search for ‘Oslo’ suddenly Oslo appears all over the place but still… What will ‘Managing My Digital Footprint’ tell me?

The Barcode Project in Oslo

So Who Am I? 
The top result is:

  • librarian!!

followed by

  • ceramic artist, based in Dublin
  • pediatrician in Wichita

Back to my personal Twitter account and an I sporadically forget about.

Does anyone even look at page two anymore? I figured I should take a look at me page two:

  • Four obituaries
  • a lecturer in Vermont
  • a writer

I am not on page two but my SlideShare is on page three.

As I co-manage a work Twitter account I’m always conscious that I don’t accidentally tweet from the wrong account. In the split second that it would take me to realise what I’ve done and delete the tweet no doubt someone would have retweeted it. Admittedly my different voices between my personal and work accounts aren’t that different but I wouldn’t expect The Riverside to tweet about rugby!

So Who Am I Post-Exercise?
I’m someone who’s finally remembered to update the typo on my SlideShare account! Each time I’d see it I’d be on my mobile and I don’t fancy doing updates to my profile from a tiny screen. Well that’s done now. I know it seems nuts but for some reason I expect library folk to be able to spell correctly.

I try to limit my apps mostly because I know I don’t use them and less from trying to keep my digital footprint corralled. There’s no mention of The Riverside; I guess I’m best known for my personal account than for my library’s special collections’ account. That said, I merge my personal and professional spheres in the one Twitter account. There’s no way I could manage three accounts!

Despite ‘Elaine Harrington’ not being a wholly common name I’m happy enough that I appeared top and twice correctly on page one and yes I did it with Incognito tabs.

Every so often I remember my much neglected account and then I remember my account which I created doing the last 23 Things /Rudai 23 and I think I should update it and of course my LinkedIn account but I’ll leave that until they pop up later!

Having read the case study I have a lot more work to do! At least everything bar the SlideShare account is unified under ‘walkerabroad’ and I’m happy with the merging of personal and professional. I should really delete the account though.

Who Do I Want To Be?
I’m quite happy with the results being as they are currently. They say who I am – librarian, special collections librarian. What quote do I use on my SlideShare account:

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams – Eleanor Roosevelt.

Digital Knowledge: Thing 2 – Blogging

Onto Thing 2! Oh the joy of MOOCs at the start!

I don’t have access to but this is the second time in a week that I’ve heard about it. I must pass it onto our team for continuing personal and professional development (CPPD).

I hope to brush up on existing skills and learn some new ones which I may use personally or use immediately in a work context or ponder for a while so that I can use it in a year’s time in a work context.

Thing 2: Blogging 
I like blogging and have a few different blogs on the go although I’m better at contributing to The River-side, my work blog, than I am to any of the three personal ones I have! Oops!

I’ve blogged about:
What I’ve seen or done is a way of incorporating reflective practice into my professional life 

Events in order to help me remember them more clearly in the future

I also blog as a way to test out different apps and I give myself 30 days to try the app!

Blogging Platforms 
I’ve had this blog on Blogger for quite a while but I use WordPress at work and the Tumblr guide would have been very handy when I started that blog!

I knew I’d heard of PebblePad before but couldn’t remember when. A search for UCC and PebblePad on what but Google brought me to a news item for its use with the School of Pharmacy. Last year one of my group had described its use on an online forum for the course on teaching & learning in higher education.

Some browsing on the pages for it on the University of Edinburgh website made me wonder how it could be adapted for modules that use Special Collections or for staff as a way to track their own courses. Hmm!
“Use PebblePad in facilitated teaching, learning, and personal development contexts. As the facilitator, you can create custom resources for learners to use and submit for your feedback. You can promote continual engagement from learners by releasing new content at set times – and learners’ additions and changes will filter through to you until the date and time you choose.”

Plenty of things to consider for how it may be used!

One more thing to go back to the CPPD team!

Digital Knowledge: Thing 1

Hmm! I’ve just read Charlie Farley’s blog and it says “I’m a joiner, a participant, a signer-up of ‘things’, and particularly online learning.” It’s good to know I’m not alone! Last year I did an online cert for teaching & learning in higher education. This year I’ve applied for two modules on rare books and manuscripts. I may yet apply for another module for January 2017 on learning Latin… I’m not 100% sure on that. While the applications for rare books & manuscripts are being processed I thought that it’s been a while since I did a 23 Things (see the wonderful Rudai 23 completed in January 2016); maybe it’s time to go again!

Thing 1: Introduction
I’ve checked out the Things and I’m really looking forward to Block 3. I did do Augmented Reality very quickly last January so I’d like to spend some more time on that. I also did OneNote last year wit the 12 Apps of Christmas but again some more time with it would be good. It’s good to see two things on digital privacy: digital footprint and digital security. I attended Alison Macrina‘s keynote earlier this year at the A&SL conference and since then I’ve been more aware of some of the issues. In the wake of the keynote I tried San Jose’s Public Library Virtual Privacy Toolkit so again it’ll be interesting to see how these two things work.

I’m not part of the University of Edinburgh but I remember when we started up The River-side for Special Collections, Archives and the Institutional Repository in UCC Library and part of the permission process was reading the guidelines and ensuring that we were doing as we ought to be doing. Indeed the social media guidelines now cover:

  • Apps
  • Branding
  • Governance
  • iTunes
  • Language
  • Metadata
  • Social Media Policy
  • Social Media Official Accounts
  • Social Media Other Accounts
  • Social Media Notice & Takedown
  • Website Style Guide
  • Website Procedure

And are known as Digital Estate Guidelines which is pretty much all encompassing.  These I explained to a new staff member recently and it was refreshing to know that although I had read them some time ago I will still practicing what I needed to preach, well not so much with the preaching really!

Rudai 23: Thanks

Whew! Just finished in the nick of time. I had so much fun doing all the posts, probably would have had better fun if I’d done them as I was supposed – a week at a time!

I’ve so much to go back and re-check: LinkedIn, Screencast-O-Matic, Jing, Audacity, YouTube and Soundcloud.

Give me six months to a year and I’ll be ready for the next Rudai 23! Congrats to all of you!

Rud 23: Making It All Work Together

Ok So first I went to Hootsuite because I had already added Twitter. Whatever was happening it wouldn’t allow me to add my LinkedIn account. I don’t use Google+ really, I don’t need to see updates from Facebook and Instagram and I have parted ways. They don’t have Tumblr added which would be the most useful for me.

Let’s try Flipboard. At the start nothing was working. On mobile app but I had read that as ‘mobile device app’ and it just wasn’t working on the iPad. I had to check instead! Finally it clicked that the photos looked different. Mobile app = mobile phone!!! Off to find the phone and try to remember my many passwords! On the plus side I can now add Tumblr!! If I choose later I can add my Soundcloud feed for when I make my podcasts, my YouTube channel for all the video I’ll upload. Of course the downside is WordPress isn’t on Flipboard and it is on Hootsuite. Oh well! Back to the drawing board!

Flipboard Feed: Twitter

Rud 22: Mobile Things

Clearly time management constraints are getting to me and although I’ve downloaded Gum I can’t get it to scan for me. Must be missing something.

I’m going to review Tumblr instead.
As mentioned earlier I have a Tumblr account:
I use it to test-drive different apps. The first one was Tumblr itself. I had to initially set it up on a computer but I made all subsequent posts via my smartphone. It’s easy to tweet directly from the Tumblr post. The first time I used Tumblr I took a photo of the sky for 30 days: #skyphoto. When I wanted to change to taking 30 photos of something else I had to return to a computer to change the title. This is somewhat annoying but in the grand scheme of things it’s not the worst.

One of the next things I tried was Instagram with Tumblr so on each day I would post two photos, one that had been changed with Instragram and one that hadn’t. Instragram didn’t grab me so that didn’t last very long at all.

Some time after that I tried taking photos on a theme: #treephoto. I thought this would be a good idea if we set up a Tumblr at work and posted on a theme: beautiful book covers (though this is subjective).

I’ve other apps lined up to try with Tumblr: vividHDR and Snapseed. Stay tuned to see how they go!

Tumblr is great if you want to post something small with a picture and not a lot of text: it’s halfway between a blog and a tweet. It works really well with a number of other apps – handy when they connect to each other.

A carpet of blossom! #springphoto

Rud 21: Creating Infographics

I’ve always admired the National Library’s Infographics. They’re clear, well laid out and easy to read. They use terms that anyone, not just #libraryland people, can recognise and their icons are equally well thought out.      

They’re widely used on other websites. I got the above one from Irish Genealogy News. The infographic was released in conjunction with the National Library of Ireland’s Annual Report for 2013 which let’s face it was probably interesting to a small group of people and rather dry for a larger group of people. I’ll be upfront and say I read annual reports for fun so I’d be in that small group. To most people though the infographic is a much more digestible way of seeing what it is that the National Library does. As I discussed in an earlier blog being able to communicate visually harnesses Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences Theory. This infographic discusses how despite diminishing resources on all counts and being at a critical point the National Library is still there doing what a library does.

Should our library decide to go down this route I think it would work very well indeed.

Rud 20: Presentations

I mostly use PowerPoint which use to be a disaster but then I moved away from bullets. Now I try to use only pictures with a minimal amount of text. The downside to this is if anyone is looking the presentation later they really won’t know what’s going on.

I was late to SlideShare but after giving two presentations in the one week I thought it was silly not to get the full benefit of it and so I created a SlideShare account. The first and so far the only one I’ve made public is the presentation I gave at CONUL’s Teaching & Learning Seminar.

I wasn’t nervous regarding the content for this presentation as it covered things that I had done with a number of classes over the last few years. What was different for me was that it was a Pecha Kucha presentation and let’s face it we don’t think in 20 seconds on a topic. Some bleed into each other – some take five seconds and others take 40 seconds. The trick for this one then was having them move seamlessly into the other, or not as it happened! One sentence goes awry and then you’re constantly trying to get back on track. Will I give another Pecha Kucha presentation? No, probably not but I’m glad that I did one. For anyone who wishes to try one: even more practice is required than for a regular presentation! 

Rud 19: The Legal Side of Things

Over the course of writing this blog I’ve included a number of images. If I took the photo I didn’t include a URL or citation so anyone who reads my posts will think I stole them. If I didn’t take the photo but took a screenshot then I cited it appropriately, for example the Audacity logo earlier. It was only for the last post that I remembered I needed to add the URL to my own photos.

I took the photos from my Tumblr account. When I set up the account Creative Commons’ issues weren’t a concern for me as I set up the account to explore how Tumblr might be used and to become more used to it. Now I must explore if Tumblr can be used with Creative Commons’ licenses or not and place the requisite icons on my account.

Shona Thoma used one of the photos on her blog and messaged me on Twitter to ask permission. Was this because she couldn’t find the requsite Creative Commons’ icons? The photo she used:

Yes it’s important to have attribution and proper citing of images because otherwise it’s a case of here today, gone tomorrow – not unlike these leaves!