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What the blogjune challenge can do for your blog stats!

July 3, 2011

Thanks blogjune!

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Can we blogjune? Yes we can!

June 28, 2011

I am Fran
Fran I am
Can we blogjune?
Yes we can!

I am blogging in the rain,
I’ve been blogging on the train.

– Not been blogging in the car –
That would be a step too far!

Are you adding films and pics?
Those are really clever tricks.

Have you blogged about your cat?
Some can’t get enough of that.

You can blog about your work
(careful not to look a jerk).

Or you blog using a meme
(not as easy as it seems!).

Luscious blog posts about food
Sure to get us in the mood!

You can blog on crafty habits –
Knitting, scrapbooks, breeding rabbits?*

Do you blog using an App?
With your iPhone in your lap?

Use email to post your blog?
Easy as – fall off a log!

Find all posts through RSS?
You can soon sort out the best!

Bloggers mostly library geeks,
They’ve been blogging weeks and weeks!

Posting every day in June
(but glad it will be over soon)

I am Fran
Fran I am
Can we blogjune?
Yes we can!

With apologies to Dr Seuss, Barak Obama and Bob the Builder!

* I don’t think anyone actually blogged about breeding rabbits but I needed a rhyme!

Via iPhone on the train!

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iPhone, a digital multitool

June 26, 2011

Screenshot - I am queen of the appsMy friends and family will tell you I’m an iPhone geek (oh no, they say and roll their eyes as I whip the phone out to check something…) however I love my phone, not just for it’s shiny techie-ness but for what it does for me… Since Friday I’ve used it:

  • as an alarm clock
  • as a bus/train timetable to find my way to a seminar on Friday and the Tweetup on Saturday
  • as a street directory/GPS
  • as a music player to listen to my new Badpiper CDs in the car (via a cable and FM adapter) and wirelessly via the Bluetooth adapter for my AV receiver
  • to make notes so I can update my rainfall and sunshine spreadsheets (and to make notes of something I learned at the tweetup and a weekend to-do list)
  • to contribute to the WA Weather Group forum discussion during Friday night’s storm (finally downloaded Tapatalk)
  • to take lots of photos
  • to write Saturday’s blogpost (with some of the photos I’d taken) about the Tweetup
  • to follow my social media – twitter (and add people I’d met at the Tweetup), facebook, feedly and check and send email (mostly on the train but also at home when the computer wasn’t turned on)
  • to search on the net when the computer wasn’t on
  • as a cooking timer when making date loaf
  • for texting to organise going to hear Verbitsy conduct Tchaikovsky
  • as a phone to book the above (I did switch it to silent during the concert)!
These are just my day-to-day uses.  I’ve got many more apps which I’ll write about another time – this list has made me think what a versatile and useful thing it’s become in the 18 months I’ve had it, it’s a digital multi-tool!

Making friends through twitter!

June 25, 2011

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You read so many stories about the downsides to social media – bullying, identity theft, obsession, disconnection from the real world …
Today I experienced the upside. A retweet on my twitterfeed announced a tweetup of Perth library types at 2pm today at Koko Black in Claremont. Good chance to meet some of my fellow blogjune participants, and meet some library people from outside my workplace too. Took the train up to Claremont and soon found Koko Black (packed out) – had to take the plunge and guess which table as I’d only met most people through their blogposts!
Great afternoon, discovering names and faces and personalities and talking tech and libraries and dogs and birds. (And eating and drinking chocolate).
Only library geeks would head out afterwards to look at iPads and eReaders in JB HiFi ignoring the boutiques of the western suburbs fashion central!
I’ve added a whole raft of new contacts to my twitterfeed too!
Thanks also to @libsmatter for the lift home!

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Posted from my iPhone

5 books meme

June 21, 2011

In the interests of not staying up till midnight for each blogpost I’m preparing this one early, and having my first go at a meme, the 5-books-meme!  Thank goodness for Library Thing which should make this quite easy!  I also had an online book-buying binge whilst I was laid up with my sprained ankle – have you tried Booko yet?  It’s an Oz price comparison site and absolutely brilliant.  I’ve got lots of books on the go and in the to-read pile!

1. The books I’m currently reading:

Empty cradles / Margaret HumphreysAlthough I’ve got a few in my currently reading collection in LT, I am only seriously reading two books at the moment:  Empty Cradles (a re-read prompted by going to see Oranges and Sunshine last Friday, just as wrenching and horrifying as I remember) and Dancers in Mourning by Margery Allingham.  I’m a long time fan of the four Queens of crime, Margery Allingham, Agatha Chistie, Dorothy L Sayers and Ngaio Marsh.  (Nice to see some fellow DLS fans in the #blogjune blogroll – that’s you Hecuba Reads and you Bookends!)  My Mum and sister have complete sets of Aggie, I’ve had a complete collection of DLS’s detective fiction for years, and I’ve only recently completed my Marsh collection.  Dancers in mourning / Marjorie Allingham

So now I’m working my way to a complete set of Campion stories by Allingham.  (Not sure if I’ll go for the later ones written by her husband, I couldn’t come at the Jill Paton-Walsh continance of Sayers’ work).  I particularly love these ladies’ works written and set in the 30s, indeed, when I went to art school and studied art history I found the art milieu of the interwar period strangely familiar, and realised I knew the atmosphere from reading detective fiction!  Soviet Club anyone?

2. The last books I finished

Homer's Odyssey / Gwen CooperI’ve already written about Little Bets, so I’ll talk about the two previous finished reads: Homer’s Odyssey by Gwen Cooper and  The Phantom tollbooth by Norman Juster.  Homer’s Odyssey will appeal to the many cat-lovers amongst #blogjune’s participants (Bookslibrariesandcats for example!).  I found this story just a bit too catty in its early chapters (my mum agreed, but we are, I confess, dog-people) however I persisted and it drew me in, I was ultimately moved by how one small, blind, cat became the cat-alyst for growth in his owner’s life.  Phantom tollbooth / Norman JusterThe Phantom Tollbooth is the childrens’ classic that got away and that I’ve only read as a grown up (the Green Knowe books are another example of childrens’ books I came to late and loved)  Again I’m in the zeitgeist with this one as  Joy’s book blog has already reviewed this gem for Blogjune!  (And thanks to ABE Books Reading copy book blog for alerting me to this one!)

3. The next books I want to read:

In tearing haste / Debora Devonshire and Patrick Leigh FermorIn Tearing haste : letters between Deborah Devonshire and Patrick Leigh Fermor.  I’m a huge fan of PLF and the Mitfords so I’ve been looking forwards to this one.  I’d begun this and put it aside, and the death of PLF last week will add poignancy to the read.  Again, there are plenty of PLF fans amongst the Blogjune bloggers:  RuminationsRead it 2011 and Hecuba reads (again!, Hecuba Reads, I feel I’m getting to know you…). The well at the world's end / A J Mackinnon Then I’ll get stuck into The Well at the World’s End by A J Mackinnon.  I think I am in love with Mr Mackinnon after reading his Unlikely Voyage of Jack de Crow.  I laughed so hard on the train that the woman opposite asked me what I was reading.

4. The last book I bought:

Art and fear / D Bayles and T OrlandArt & Fear : observations on the perils (and rewards) of artmaking  by David Bayles and Ted Orland.  This was listed in the reading list in the back of Little Bets and as my art practice has been languishing this may be what I need to read…

5. The last book I was given:

The Boatswain’s Manual  by William A McLeod.  It came via my sister’s mother-in-law and I can feed my inner sailor with this book, published in 1957 (I have the 1962 reprint) as:The boatswain's manual / William A McLeod

Most seamanship books available to young seamen are of the advanced textbook type… Such books are of little use to those who wish to learn the rudiments of seamanship work …these pages have been compiled as a book of elementary knowledge for the beginner and also as a reference book for older deck ratings, especially those who seek information relating to everyday seamanship problems…

So, there we have it, my reading past present and future, and how delighted I am to find fellow readers with similar interests in the Blogjune blogroll.  Ain’t the interweb thingy grand!

Oh yes, I should mention that though I’ve got Kindle for iPhone, Stanza and iBooks on my iPhone, I am reading all of these in “dead tree” format…

Today’s challenge – blogging by email

June 20, 2011

Thanks to following @kellymhall ‘s Twitter feed I took a glance last night at CPD23’s blog, particularly http://cpd23.blogspot.com/2011/06/following-programme-if-your-workplace.html?m=1 which made me decide to have a go at blogging by email. I’m using the iPhone email client and including a photo I emailed myself from the flickr app. Now to add a category and tags using the code from the CPD23 blogpost. I plan to set up a dropbox document with all the odds and ends of HTML (hyperlinks, photos and video embedding) that will be useful for mobile blogging!

Taken by Figgles1 http://www.flickr.com/photos/42708559@N00/5848968556

What blogjune has taught me so far- learning something new almost every day!

June 13, 2011

Thanks to a friend of mine I’m participating in blogjune.  I saw her tweeting about it and on finding out it wasn’t a private party I took a spur of the moment decision to join.  About 80 bloggers, mostly, but not exclusively, Australian and New Zealand librarians have committed to post to their blogs every day in June.  Apologies, but I’ve not managed to read everyone’s every post!  You can find out more and follow the fun on the Libraries Interact blog.

This blog, which I began in 2009, had been a bit moribund recently, so I saw blogjune as an opportunity to revive it (don’t they say it takes 3 weeks to establish a new habit?).

A side effect is that not only have I been writing and reading daily across an array of topics (ranging from the professional to the highly personal – what is it with librarians and cats and knitting?) but also I’ve been learning a whole bunch of new, professionally useful, Web 2.0 skills.

So as I end my 2nd week of daily blogging, I thought I’d make a quick list of things that I’ve learned so far:

  1. how to add a tweet button, counter and twitter feed to my blog (and I’ve revamped some of the other widgets)
  2. that it’s easier to sort picture editing problems out in html editor rather than in the visual editor – even if your html skills are minimal!
  3. that there’s a neat bit of code that enables you to embed flickr videos into your blog, even though flickr doesn’t show in the add video button
  4. That the WordPress  app on the iPhone allows you to blog a photo direct from the phone
  5. That the WordPress app on the iPhone can be used to add hyperlinks and retrospectively add photos (but not videos, unless you pay for an add-on).  This is the basic stuff, I think you could do a lot more if your html editing skills are up to it!
  6. That the publicize feature on WordPress appears to work sporadically when posting from the iPhone app (more investigation required!).
  7. How to follow blogjune using a Netvibes Blogroll
  8. What an OPML file is and how you can use it to import a blogroll into Google Reader (if someone else has done all the prep! thanks @katejf)
  9. Then how to set up a Feedly app in Chrome and on the iPhone to read the blogjune Google reader feed.  I’d been a bit slow taking up feed readers so this promt from blogjune has been great!
If I’ve learned this much in two weeks what more will I know by the end of the month!  Hooray for blogjune!

The principle of least astonishment

June 8, 2011

Another post written mostly on the train, so apologies in advance for any dodgy formatting! I’ve still got a bit to learn about the mobile version.

I find my Twitterfeed an absolute mine of useful, useless, strange and wonderful information. So I was delighted yesterday, on following links from this post by Wikipedian @wittylama:

“Where the Public Domain starts should not be where common courtesy ends. See: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:U… #glamwiki #Commons #PublicDomain #PD
Twitter for iPad • 7/06/11 5:06 PM

to come across “the principle of least astonishment”. http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Principle_of_least_astonishment

“The POLA states that, when two elements of an interface conflict, or are ambiguous, the behaviour should be that which will least surprise the user”

I think this principle holds good way beyond software design (restaurant meal descriptions spring to mind), however we should also leave room for some surprises in our lives!

Blogging from the train!

June 7, 2011

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Today I thought I’d join some of my fellow #blogjune participants and try using the WordPress app on my iPhone. I know a couple of us have tried this already, but it’s another skill I’d like to master. Looks like the quickphoto option is just that- upload a quick photo! Can’t add hyperlinks, and you have to edit after posting to add tags and categories.
No dolphins sighted today!

Global, Local, Personal, computers, the internet and me!

June 3, 2011

Some of you might have seen this video on the growth, not just of the internet, but of the personal connections it fosters, and the undeniable massive changes that this is bringing…

It made me think of my personal journey in the digital world and I thought I’d try a timeline to see how my digital connections have grown…(this isn’t a comprehensive list, rather a compilation of milestones!)

A First Course in Data Processing 1977

A First Course in Data Processing 1977

  • 1974-78 a printer terminal connected our high school to the education department computer, I thought it was called MINIWAFT but it turns out that was the programming lanugage….
  • 1979 studied Systems Analysis 151 as part of my Library Studies degree at WAIT (now Curtin University), using A first course in data processing.   I remember having to submit batches of punched cards to the computing department and wait about a week before picking up the printout.  Hopefully it would be thickish as a thin printout usually meant the programme had failed at the first line!
Thermal paper terminal with acoustic coupler 1980s

Thermal paper terminal with acoustic coupler 1980s

  • Early 80s Worked in a corporate library, we used to search on Dialog using dial up, using a portable terminal with thermal papers and acoustic couplers! The library catalog was automated but accessed from dumb terminals connected to mini or micro computers.

    Computing at work 1985

    Computing at work 1985

  • By the time I changed jobs in 1990 we’d moved on to networked PCs (386 machines anyone?) In January 1993 my new employer sent me to the Information Online and Ondisc conference in Sydney where I remember being very impressed by the latest thing – GUIs (graphical user interfaces) which freed us from navigating by menu and saw the advent of the mouse!
  • The 90s progressed and the internet really fired up – I find I have certificates for training in: Introduction to AARNET utilities (1 November 1993) – AARNET was the first real ISP in Australia, anyone else remember using gopher to search?; Introduction to the internet (June 1995); and Navigating the internet (July 1995).  Those were the days of Mosaic and Netscape browsers and of Webcrawler (with it’s spider logo), Lycos and then the Altavista search engines.  We began to use the web to search Dialog and STN databases.
  • By 97 I’d moved on to part-time work and further study and it was time for a computer at home!  If I remember rightly it cost me a couple of thousand dollars and I signed up with a local ISP NetTrek, which was swallowed up by iinet in late 1999.
  • In 2000 I took a unit in digital art as part of a Fine Art Degree at Curtin and I had my first experiences of setting up webpages and html coding, alas I think that that work is long lost… I’m not sure when I first set up my own website in the iinet members zone but it was running by 2002 and was overhauled  once or twice taking its current form in about 2006…  My use of the web was strong, but, with the exception of my webpage, was as a consumer,  both for myself and as an intermediary for library clients, not a participant.  The biggest change was joining the crowd and becoming a user of Google!
  • In the last decade the personal and professional use of the web and the development of web 2.0 have grown exponentially.  Again, attending Information Online 2007 helped me focus on the changes that social media would bring to my worlds.  I think I’ll mark my milestones in social media adopted and used or abandoned!
  • 2001 Schoolfriends.com, now Friends Reunited – not really used, but check occasionally for school reunion purposes
  • 2005 Flickr– this is the granddaddy of my social media spaces, I signed up when I bought my first digital camera.  I use it to back up, organise and share all my photos and I now have nearly 12,000 items in my photostream, most are public, but I have not yet embraced creative commons and retain copyright on them, something I’ll be rethinking.
  • 2007 MySpace – I briefly blogged on MySpace, but abandoned that blog when I started using WordPress, I still have a MySpace account but very rarely use it – occasionally I check on musos, which seems to be MySpace’s strength, I’ve just logged back in and its all changed!
  • 2007 Second Life – had a go after attending the Information Online conference in 2007 but really couldn’t get into it.  It’s one step too far removed from real life, I use my virtual world as an adjunct to rather than an alternative to my real life… So, yes I have an account but I can’t remember when I last visited!
  • 2007 YouTube – slower adoption here, as I use Flickr for unedited video but I now back up my edited videos to YouTube, though as they are mostly family, most of them are private.  This year I’ve been experimenting with using Xtranormal and YouTube, and since I bought the iPhone and the cable that plays videos from it from YouTube through my TV , I’ve been favouriting and making playlists!
  • 2007 facebook – what can I say, I resisted, then dipped my toe in the water and now I’m an addict!  I’ve connected with people I’ve lost contact with, I keep up with friends and causes, I love it… I keep my privacy settings high, am more personal in what I say, but also run the “postcard test” on my posts (i.e. would I write it on a postcard?), I’m also an admin for work’s account.
  • 2008 LibraryThing – I’m adding books as I buy or read them, this year I’ve linked my reviews to automatically post on facebook
  • 2009 WordPress – intermittent blogging, and this is where I started to think in terms of linking between my website and Web 2.0 identities.  Now I automatically publish my posts to facebook and Twitter.  My most popular post is on using the iPhone as a barcode reader in the library.  I also blog for my library…
  • 2009 I bought my beloved iPhone! Now I could start accessing all my social media on the go!  I’ve become an adept and an addict! Got a wireless router for home use…
  • 2010 Delicious – my own social bookmarking account, getting more use now I have added a widget to my browser bar!
  • 2011 Twitter – this is more for sharing information and links, I have low privacy settings on Twitter so try to keep the personal to a minimum
  • 2011 LinkedIn – OK, I’ve just joined this one, so I’m not quite sure how I’ll be using it!
  • 2011 I’ve been an keen onlooker at LibraryHack but am painfully aware I need more practice and skills! I’m dipping my toes in with cross platform applications and cloud computing, using Dropbox and Evernote to sync my devices.  I love the EBSCOHost smart phone app!  I’ve got 4 eBook readers on my iPhone, and I’m eyeing an iPad! (We’re using them at work).
Where to from here?
The journey continues, the personal and professional are melding in ways they never used to, change is the only certainty, and the future is going to be a wild ride!  One thing I know, I’m a librarian because I like knowing things and knowing how to find them and the skills of finding, organising, and facilitating access to information are going to be in demand in the future, but what that future will look like I don’t know!

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