Ooops! I wrote this a month ago and never actually pressed ‘Publish’!
Earlier this week I ran an in-house training session on Twitter and QR codes as part of our Library Assistant’s Training Day – I was kind of excited; this was the first time I’ve attended as a presenter, not trainee!
We ran the sessions as short 15 minutes taster sessions on a variety of topics, which also included augmented reality – using Aurasma – Prezi, LibraryThing, Pinterest and Flickr. I only really covered the basics, but for most of the library assistants this was ideal; many had never used Twitter before and most were only vaguely familiar with QR codes, some that had seen them in the library didn’t know how easy they are to create!
We planned some practical demonstrations of Twitter on the day – using the #shelibmobile hashtag. This has the added benefit that I could use it to demonstrate the search function – it helped that two of the librarians who weren’t attending (covering the libraries) were tweeting (despite one trying to claim he was rushed off his feet within minutes of me spotting a tweet from him!). I would have liked to have demonstrated a Twitter Wall like the one I saw at the CILIP WM day in Feb, but for the number of Tweets we sent it wasn’t necessary – maybe that’s something to build on for a future training event?
We mostly use Twitter for marketing/promotion – I’m curious as to how other Libraries (particularly Health Libraries) use Twitter although I know potential uses include:
- conversations with users – not just problem-solving/troubleshooting!
- conversations with stakeholders and other local libraries
I wanted to show off the versatility of QR Codes, so I put together some examples of different uses:
- Contact details on library bookmarks – inspired by embedded vCard information on business cards
- Links to a feedback page on our website – inspired by a card I picked up in a Burton Menswear shop!
- Links to library website on posters, particularly shortcuts to searches on the catalogue
- I’ve seen articles online about using QR Codes for treasure trails in libraries which I mentioned, but wasn’t able to provide a demonstration for
- I’ve seen them used in the Herbert Museum, Coventry to provide more information about a piece of artwork
Is there any other way you or your library is using Twitter and/or QR Codes? I would love to hear about it, either in the comments below or on Twitter @LBasini
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I found the 23 Things programme very positive – I learnt a few new things and about a few new online tools (especially Prezi and Evernote which I will be using again) and I made a few friends, as well as finding new people to follow on Twitter and new blogs to follow on Google Reader!
What’s next? To be honest I’m not 100% sure! I’ve handed in my CILIP Certification and I’m just waiting for the results, so I don’t think it’ll be anything study related (for a little while at least) but I imagine I’ll find something to fill my evenings!
My SWOT analysis …
I actually spent Wednesday morning in a Directorate strategy meeting and a few projects came out of that which I would like to get involved in (let’s call them opportunities!) including a Trust wide ‘Health and Well-Being’ promotion. I’ve already signed the Library up to get involved with the roadshows – I think it’s an excellent way to promote our Leisure collection (fiction, cooking, gardening etc books) and Book Club. My annual review is coming up as well – and it is 12months since I started in my current role, so I’m anticipating that that will hold some goals for me too.
I have a variety of Strengths – not all were listed in my SWOT analysis, I was trying to keep it focussed – but I think my voluntary work needs to be filed here. I’ve done a lot of things and learnt a lot of transferable skills in these environments – and to tie into the above it counts towards my work/life balance too! I think threats was a difficult one – my job feels very stable at the moment so there’s no threats there. The few threats I did identify I can see ways to avoid them – though I suppose that’s the idea of a SWOT analysis.
Having completed a PDP for my Certification I found it quite useful – even simple things like wanting to do a First Aid course seem different when they’re written down – and setting a target date can be a real motivation rather than leaving it as a ‘One day I’d like to…’ A question my NHS Trust has been asking recently is ‘Why not now?’. They’re mostly asking it regards to patient flow, but it’s been cropping up in planning meetings too (even at Trust Director level) and it’s an interesting question when posed about training – especially if like me you have a habit of putting it off – Why not do it now?
I definitely intend to keep blogging – it’s actually something I’d been thinking about before I started CPD23. I might start by posting my notes from the HLG Conference from July – better 3 months late than never – and see what sort of conversations that starts and go from there…
*PS – If you don’t know where the title/quote is from I suggest reading The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, although I’m well overdue re-reading it myself!
I have to say I don’t really know where to start with this one! There are a few tools, such as Facebook, Twitter and Google Calendar that I was already using. My use of these tools hasn’t increased, although I have joined library related groups on Facebook and found some new people to follow on Twitter. I’m still considering joining LinkedIn, but I don’t know a huge number of people who use it, so I don’t know whether it’s worth my time, especially if I won’t have a large network (the value of what you get out of it seems proportional to the size of your network).
Thanks to CPD23 I have discovered Evernote – which I think is fantastic. But a lot of its value comes from being able to access it from my Smartphone, so even when I have no internet access I can still view notes and add new ones. It’s a very handy way to store information, not just in notes, but by saving the documents themselves too. When I’m out and about, especially at Brownies meetings, having access to a document someone has sent me is very useful. Especially if something’s unexpectedly popped up in conversation (usually starting with ‘I didn’t get that email about …’) and you need to look up training course details etc without having a computer or a mobile internet signal. Again, I could previously use these documents on my phone, but I couldn’t group them together, nor could I find them easily, so Evernote really has been very useful to me.
The real-life networks Thing was very good too – I had a chance to socialise with some new (and a few not-so-new) people when we met up in Wolverhampton. (Honestly, it was just nice to make a change from my normal routine!) Since then, I’ve also attending my first NHS Midlands Regional Trainer’s Forum meeting, so I’ve expanded my network in that direction too. It was nice to meet up with everyone, some of whom were previously just names in email headers, and we discussed a variety of things from e-learning to open access journals and we even had a talk from someone from the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) about some of their online resources, although he admitted we, as health librarians, might be just as familiar with them as he was!
Prezi is another Thing that I can see being useful in the future. Especially if at a conference, or at an interview, where you want to make yourself stand out a little bit, or even just to show off your new IT skills! I think that Prezi is a much more flexible presentation tool than PowerPoint and highlights a different set of skills, as well as allowing the presenter to be a bit more creative than a ‘standard’ linear presentation.
Having seen a few Prezi’s online recently and at the HLG conference, so I’ve been meaning to give it a go for a while now. I finally had a quick play with it a few weeks ago, just to teach myself the basics and I found it quite easy to use. I think the possibilities are excellent – unlike the linear presentations of PowerPoint the only real limit in Prezi seems to be how well you plan it out! I can’t imagine just sitting down and starting a Prezi to have it turn out well – unlike PowerPoint where you can just sit and type a brief outline into a few slides and then build upon it afterwards.
I agree that Prezi would be useful for presenting (or even just digitising) mind maps, but I would want to know how well it transferred. You can save a Flash version of the presentation, but I wonder if you are limited to certain versions of the software i.e. not older versions. When going to a job interview it’s hard to know what software versions you will have available, so this is something that might be worth further investigation. (Presentations made on older versions of PowerPoint display fine on newer versions of the software – in fact this was quite useful when in the interview for my current job when technical issues meant we had to use a computer with older software on!)
I’ve made a Prezi to practice. Instead of a library themed Prezi, I thought I’d do one about my visit to Finland in 2002 when I went to represent Girlguiding UK at an International Scout Camp.
*UPDATE: I tried to embed my Prezi, but it wouldn’t display! You can find my Prezi here: ‘Satahanka X’
Slideshare is a really useful tool – we use it at work for putting our training presentations online where hospital staff can access it at anytime for a refresher (this means that PowerPoint and similar software now have the same sharing facilities that Prezi offers!) Our presentations are at http://www.slideshare.net/sathlibraries
The only downside here is that – as my MSc tutor pointed out – a good PowerPoint doesn’t have much writing. It encourages people to listen to you instead of reading the screen and takes away the temptation to just stand there and read slides. (And despite my seminar group being told not to do this, about 90% did it anyway!) The Presentation I gave to the other students about my dissertation was predominantly pictures, screenshots and graphs etc – on it’s own this doesn’t mean much, so sharing the slides would only be of use if you’d been at the original presentation, and then only if you remembered what was said. If there were a lot of presentations, say at a conference, the slides would loose all meaning on their own.