Reflection 2b

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When I first started this blog I was reluctant to put myself out there on social media and create my own content for fear of being wrong. I used this blog for personal expression and experience (Nardi, Schiano, Gumbrecht, & Swartz, 2004, p. 41). I loved the non-intrusive nature of blogging (Nardi et al., 2004, p. 43). I can see how it would be useful as a library staff member to easily document library content, sharing views and marketing programs. Brookover ( 2007, p. 28) states that it is imperative to consider why you are setting up a library blog first before investing time and effort. I love how she states that ‘reaching out and having conversations’ personalise the library’. This is especially important in a large, multi-branch council library like mine.

I have only used platforms for social means, keeping up with family and friends and listening and reading other people’s content. Since starting this blog I have started to follow more library based professionals and as a result am coming across more relevant information. I have changed the way I use my social media sites. I have streamlined my content so I don’t get bogged down with all the extra irrelevant postings.
You could say that my social technology behaviour has evolved. According to Berhoff’s (2010) ladder I am no longer firmly on the ‘spectator’ rung with little bursts into ‘joiners’. I am now a verified ‘collector’ as well as a ‘joiner’. The application of the INF206 Facebook page allowed me to post new content, ask questions, comment on other students’ posts and discuss the modules as I was working through them. I learnt that to get more I had to give more. Tom Spiglanin (2012) talks about reciprocity. Sharing knowledge with no expectations and receiving it in return, helped me create a community of practice ecology.

Using my blog as the social media tool to reflect on my professional growth gave me the opportunity to read widely and build my community online as well as safely explore and reflect on different social mediums. I particularly liked the flexibility and space blogging offers. Yang (2009, p. 13) pointed out the benefits of blogging includes hyperlinking to other resources and enhancing your community of practice through scaffolding, student centred learning and the incorporation of multiple perspectives. The learning, reflection and evaluation process is evident in the dated postings.

References
Berhoff, J. (2010, January 19). Social technographics: Conversations. Empowered. Retrieved from http://forrester.typepad.com/groundswell/2010/01/conversationalists-get-onto-the-ladder.html
Brookover, S. (2007). Why we blog. Library Journal, 132(19), 28.
Nardi, B. A., Schiano, D. J., Gumbrecht, M., & Swartz, L. (2004). Why we blog. Communications of the ACM, 47(12), 41. doi:10.1145/1035134.1035163
Spiglanin, T. (2012, April 1). Social Media: Give more to get more. Thoughts about workplace learning. Retrieved from http://tom.johnandrewrankin.com/2012/04/give-more-to-get-more/
Yang, S.-H. (2009). Using blogs to enhance critical reflection and community of practice. Educational Technology & Society, 12(2), 11–21.

Creating my PLN

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When I started this subject I sent out a tweet asking where to start with social media and social networking and I started following some social media accounts.

I was tagged in a post giving me some hints on who and what to follow.
Twitter PLN
Sally Turbitt (@Salinafix) October 25

After I retweeted a post from @sociallibraries I discovered that I had set the ball rolling on creating my very own PLN (Personal Learning Network)
Social Media PLN
-Social Media (@Social Media) October 26

According to flickr user Jeff Utecht I am at the immersion stage of adopting my PLN.
PLN
Photo Attribution: Stages of PLN adoption by flickr user jutecht; creative commons share-alike

PLNs have been around for a very long time. They were small communities that included your work colleagues, family or friends. They were a collection of people who you exchanged information with for mutual benefits. Web 2.0 technologies have given us tools to reach all across the globe for our communities now. Kate Klingensmith (2009)wrote a piece about them in the online world.

“Social media spark a revelation that we, the people, have a voice, and through the democratization of content and ideas we can once again unite around common passions, inspire movements, and ignite change.” (Solis, 2010)

I am keen to jump into the ‘Evaluation’ stage so I can start to evaluate my networks and focus on the most important communities that can help me learn and develop my social networking knowledge. This is very important because there is a plethora of information out there and it is easy to become overwhelmed. And I don’t want to become cynical like William J. Furney (2014)

References
Furney, W. J. (2014, January 29). The social media fetish. The Blog. Retrieved from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/william-j-furney/the-social-media-fetish_b_4681200.html
Klingensmith, K. (2009). PLN: Your Personal Learning Network made easy. Once a Teacher. Retrieved from http://onceateacher.wordpress.com/2009/05/05/pln-your-personal-learning-network-made-easy/
Social Libraries [Sociallibraries]. (2013, October 26). Why Social Media Isn’t Working For Your Library » Public Libraries Online: http://publiclibrariesonline.org/2013/05/why-social-media-isnt-working-for-your-library/#.UmwzGSCrjQw.twitter … via @publibonline #socialmedia #libraries [Tweet]. Retrieved from https://twitter.com/sociallibraries/status/394213684668411904
Solis, B. (2010). Engage! the complete guide for brands and businesses to build, cultivate, and measure success in the new web. Hoboken, N.J.: John Wiley. Retrieved from http://www.contentreserve.com/TitleInfo.asp?ID={AA6F73DA-4B28-4DB5-A622-232FF7391310}&Format=50
Turbitt, S [Salinafix]. (2013, October 25). Hey @Shazazzle, you might like to follow @sociallibraries #INF206 #session3 #study #201390 🙂 [Tweet]. Retrieved from https://twitter.com/Salinafix/status/393871556562010112
Utecht, J. (2008, April 3). Stages of PLN adoption[Infographic]. Retrieved from http://www.flickr.com/photos/jutecht/2384289406/

Social media for teens

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There has been lots of talk lately on the promotion of programs and events to create an increase to in teenage presence in the library, both virtually and physically.
Generation Y users are growing up with modern information technologies but research suggests that teens are absent from the library (Agosto & Abbas, 2011, p. 97).
The trick is how to market library resources and services to this demographic. There are so many social media platforms. The rise and fall of social media sites seems as fickle as teenagers themselves. According to Daniel Miller Facebook is now dead to teens and have seen the rise of the next big four: Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat and WhatsAp. But Sonya Diehn believes it is not dead it is just going to be used differently, such as catching up with family, organising events and creating photo albums. Peer to peer connections are more attuned to apps as teens live their life through their mobile devices. MarketWatch list 5 sites that teens flock to instead of Facebook.
Which ones will suit your library and teen clientele? The trick is to do your homework.
Top tips
1. Use the Guidelines for promoting and marketing to teens (State Library of Queensland, 2009, p. 2 14.4.3.4).
2. See what other libraries are doing
3. Create a plan, strategies and policies
4. Train your staff
5. Link your accounts and platforms
6. Create, engage and participate regularly online
7. Review and evaluate regularly

Agosto, D. E., & Abbas, J. (2011). Teens, libraries, and social networking: what librarians need to know. Santa Barbara, Calif: Libraries Unlimited.
Diehn, S. (2014). Have reports on Facebook’s death among teens been greatly exaggerated? Deutsche Welle (DW). Retrieved February 1, 2014, from http://www.dw.de/have-reports-on-facebooks-death-among-teens-been-greatly-exaggerated/a-17338515
Fottrell, Q. (2013). 5 Sites teens flock to instead of Facebook: Where American youth go to avoid Mum and Dad. Market Watch: Wall Street Journal. Retrieved February 2, 2014, from http://www.marketwatch.com/story/5-social-sites-cooler-than-facebook-2013-11-01
Miller, D. (2013). What will we learn from the fall of Facebook? UCL. Retrieved February 1, 2014, from http://blogs.ucl.ac.uk/social-networking/2013/11/24/what-will-we-learn-from-the-fall-of-facebook/
State Library of Queensland. (2009). Queensland Public Library standards and guidelines: Young peoples services standard. State Library of Queensland. Retrieved from http://plconnect.slq.qld.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0006/138435/138435_Young_People_Services_standard_-_April_2009.pdf

Social Bookmarking

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When I started my degree in information studies I met a tech savvy university buddy who set me on my Diigo path. She had tried Delicious for her social bookmarking and thought Diigo was far superior and more suited to our “list type’ personalities. I also started Zotero which has been my lifesaver for university citations and organisation. But not to stifle my technological growth she did encourage me to sign up to Delicious. I must admit, it had been laying there dormant all these years as I happily tagged and stored my links in Diigo.

When I logged on to my Delicious account for this journal entry I found every single link that I tweeted, retweeted or favourited in Twitter since I began in 2011 in a nice big ‘stack’. That seemed really cool until I remembered that I have all my tweet history already in Twitter. So it got me wondering why Delicious has this Twitter Connector feature. Tethering social media allows you to assign Delicious tags to all links coming from Twitter and multiple accounts can be joined. Their future features of automatically tweeting activities on Delicious had me a bit worried. Was this overkill? Or were they offering the opportunity to link all my social media without me having to go to Delicious and do it my self. A kind of a one stop shop for social bookmarking. I used the search function to search for hashtags that I had used in Twitter and luckily I’m a creature of habit so it was a very reliable way of searching for me.

IFTTT (If This Then That) is a fabulous feature of Delicious. IFTTT is explained here. If I like a post on Tumblr then it will save the link in my Delicious account. IFTTT is a great task automation tool that I didn’t even know that Delicious had.

So are Diigo and Delicious basically both the same for sharing, organising, searching, and managing my bookmarking? No. Not even close. Diigo has many more features.
In Diigo I can highlight, customize keyboard shortcuts, save bookmarks as private by default, create webslides of my links, create PLNs, save notes and images as well as bookmarks, use the annotation service and even create snapshots (thumbnails) of sites that are password protected.

Even though the benefits of Diigo are better, I’m pleased I got the opportunity to re-evaluate Delicious though.

RSS Feeds

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RSS feeds have been the one thing I have been looking forward to the most to learn about in social networking. Often I see the little display widget on the bottom of most websites and wanted to stream line my content. Streamline is my word for Really Simple Syndication (RSS). It is a really easy way of receiving up to date and relevant information without having to subscribe to a forum, website, newsletter or discussion list. The icon looks like this on websites. feed-icon-14x14
I created a Google Reader account and started adding subscriptions. I didn’t go overboard as I normally would. I kept it simple, concentrating on a bit of novelty, my interests and professional learning.

The first RSS feed to capture my attention was from the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) website. I was thinking how awesome it would be to receive updates, weather and warnings that were relevant to me without having to log onto the BOM website. The weather is always a great conversation starter with customers too.
Australia’s Parliamentary Library offers RSS feeds for the latest updates from the House of Representative and the Senate. It also provides links to library publication updates, public hearings, tabling of reports, seminars and any new inquiries taking place. It also offers employment opportunities.

Subscribing to job vacancies is a wonderful way for new and existing staff to receive information on new recruitments within their libraries especially large council and shires that have many branches. The applications for libraries are endless with opportunities to provide updates and discussion for family history enthusiasts, book groups, romance lovers and parents wanting to discuss children’s books. The moxielibrarian provides 10 ways libraries can use RSS on her blog.
Library RSS feeds is not just beneficial to customers but also for staff wanting access to professional development and networking.
Sauers (2010) has a very handy book for librarians called Blogging and RSS: A libraries guide It helps librarians with syndicating and publishing blogs and how RSS feeds and aggregators can be used in a library context.

References
Parliament of Australia. (2013). RSS feeds. Parliament of Australia. Retrieved February 1, 2014, from http://www.aph.gov.au/Help/RSS_feeds
Sauers, M. P. (2010). Blogging and RSS: a librarian’s guide (2nd ed.). Medford, N.J: Information Today.
Wolfe, C. (2008). 10 Ways libraries can use RSS. The Moxie Librarian. Retrieved from http://moxielibrarian.wordpress.com/2008/02/27/10-ways-libraries-can-use-rss/

Micro blogging

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There are some fantastic microblogs, other than Twitter, available that I didn’t know even existed. The irony of talking about the benefits of micro blogging on a regular blog is not lost on me. Recently I learnt about the value of micro blogging in businesses. 

Being able to communicate, share and collaborate whilst on the go makes it so much more versatile than email. Some examples of types of microblogs can be found here by Kristin Burnham (2009)

It provides an opportunity for staff to communicate and stay connected in time poor environments. The advantages over email include the ability to time track, archive links, bookmark favourite posts, user and performance profiles, search capabilities and tagging (folksomony).
Here are some ideas from Catherine Grenfell (2011) to help staff connect.

How can libraries use this idea? How does it enhance the libraries’ service? How does this format actually work? I think it can be used for teams such as Youth teams to communicate about upcoming events and holiday programs. For all staff it can be used as a quick way to communicate any daily changes to staffing, schedules and updates with clients. It also facilitates immediate responses from staff.
Read here how other businesses are using microblogging instead of email.

References
Burnham, K. (2009a). 12 Microblogging tools to consider. CIO. Retrieved February 1, 2014, from http://www.cio.com.au/article/328255/12_microblogging_tools_consider/
Burnham, K. (2009b). Twitter alternatives that are all business. CIO. Retrieved February 1, 2014, from http://www.cio.com/article/509425/Twitter_Alternatives_That_Are_All_Business
Grenfell, C. (2011). Deploying microbogging in organisations. Step two designs. Retrieved February 1, 2014, from http://www.steptwo.com.au/papers/kmc_microblogging/index.html

The Creation of the OLJ

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My online learning journal (OLJ) is more than just a requirement for my #INF206 assignment. It is a chance for me to face my fears of ‘putting myself out there’. I’m relatively reserved as a person and a bit of a self confessed binge social network user (Like binge drinking but without the hangover).
Social networking, for me, is a way of connecting with others who have similar interests. I’m currently using social media such as Facebook, Twitter, Skype and Instagram to connect both personally and professionally. Social networking is also useful for storing, collecting and organising information, ideas and interests. I use sites such as Pinterest and Diigo for this. But like all social interactions you have to give a little to get a little. This is currently harder than it sounds.
I currently am in more social media sites than I actually use. This blog site is a prime example. I created it in May 2012 but this is my first entry. I love the idea of gaining more knowledge and information but struggle with the public connections. And I know that I use other people’s ideas and information more than my own. I am the essential Retweeter (Twitter) and repinner (Pinterest). That’s not a bad thing. I’m sharing and connecting information.
I have found solace in using Skype (the typing part, not the face to face part) and Facebook to connect with a small group of uni students. I find these tools very effective for study connections. They are real time, they give me instant feedback and because my study buddies are studying the same or similar subjects as me the information swap is very pertinent and there is no wasted ‘fluff’.
It’s the ‘fluff’ or non interesting/pertinent information that turns me off some social media. It can be information overload or even frustrating not getting specific information that you are searching for.
I’m hoping to learn how to streamline my networking sites and filter all the information for specific purposes. Maybe also generate my own information as well.
Wish me luck