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So this is it, the end of Cam 23! 

Ta-Dah!

Ta-Dah! (by me!)

I’ve enjoyed the program, and feel like I’ve learnt a lot. My favourite part has been reading everyone’s blogs. They have all been so interesting and varied! 

Cam 23 has taught me lots of things, especially to give each “thing” a decent period of use before writing about it. Several things I didn’t get on with at first, but with more use I started to see the benefits. The same can be said with things that I loved at first and haven’t touched since. 

So what have a liked the most? Here’s a quick rundown of what I think about all the things! 

and it’s under here as it got longwinded! more

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Like a lot of people have mentioned, my main experience of wiki’s is Wikipedia. I like using it for finding our basic information on a subject, especially when I have no idea about it! I have come across other wiki’s on my webtravels, such as ones dedicated to certain tv/book/comic series. I’ve always thought wiki’s were a good method of displaying information, especially if the subject is broad.

We use a wiki within camtools at the Education Faculty Library. It includes things such as our to-do list, which can be added to and edited by anyone at any time. It’s easy to use too! It is useful for collaborative works, and saves us having to email each other back and forth and getting confused about who has the most recent copy of whatever we are working on.

Wiki’s are a great way to share information, for both the general public, or within a group of people at work.

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Things I use (or have used) Youtube for:

1. Watching music videos.

2. Watching cute animal videos.

3. Watching tutorials on various subjects.

4. Looking up theme tunes to/clips of kids tv series I watched when I was younger.

As you can probably see, I’ve not really considered Youtube in terms of libraries. I like the idea of uploading a induction or tour to Youtube, especially for our many students or visitors who come to the faculty to do short courses and do not have time for an official library induction.

I’ve downloaded individual podcasts in the past, but I’m not regularly subscribed to any (which probably defeats the point of them!). I mostly use them when I’m going to be spending lots of time on the bus/train. I think Podcasting would be most useful for distance students who do not spend a lot of time at sessions in person. It could be used for news updates/new books, but I think something like an RSS feed would be less time consuming to make.

I was quite impressed with the selection of library podcasts from the sites listed on the cam23 blog. I especially liked the ones available from the University of Aberdeen site. I think a podcast tour of a library and it’s functions would work really well for a large library.

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Whachoo lookin' at? by code poet @ Flickr

Whachoo lookin' at? by code poet @ Flickr

Google Doc’s turned out to be yet another “I wish I’d known about that earlier” tool. My lecturers at University loved group projects and presentations, and I always found them a complete hassle to organise and complete. I have a feeling Google Docs would have saved us a lot of stress.

I think Google Docs is an excellent way of sharing a document (as long as the folks you are sending it to have signed up!) I found it very self explanatory, uploading and sharing a document was really easy, and my colleague was able to open and edit the document with no problems. My colleagues successfully sent documents to me, including a cute picture of an Axolotl from Heather.

I like the way it isn’t limited to just word documents too, as you have the option of creating/uploading spreadsheets, presentations and drawings. I am mostly likely to use Google Doc’s as a way to store documents online so I can access them on multiple computers instead of storing them all in my email. So Google Doc’s gets a thumbs up from me!

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This is the Thing I’ve been dreading writing a post on, and I couldn’t even think of an interesting title for it!

Cam23 has shown me that marketing using social media can be pretty powerful. Social networking has becoming increasingly popular, for many people checking sites like Twitter and Facebook has become part of their everyday routine. Social Networking sites allow libraries to form a link with readers, as well as inform them.

I think out of the tools we have looked at during Cam23, Facebook is would be the most successful platform for marketing (alongside the Library’s Official web page). I think one of Facebooks greatest strengths is how flexible the content can be. It can be used to store basic information such as opening hours, but also to post pictures of displays, new book titles, videos and other content that may not appear on the main library web page.  Updates can be made quickly, making it a good way to announce news and events. Blogs and Twitter are also a great way of making announcements. I don’t think it’s necessary for every library to have all of these things though as they all take time to set up and maintain. Although it’s important to keep sites like Facebook and Twitter up to date  with interesting content to gain the most from them, it shouldn’t become to time consuming.

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So the deadline for Cam23 is starting to loom in a slightly ominous fashion! Roll on Thing 18!

It’s been a while since I’ve written any essays! Like lots of other people, my referencing technique of choice was just to note down my references as I went along. Whilst this worked perfectly well, I can certainly see the appeal of referencing programs like Zotero.

I have to admit I felt a little bit lost when I initially opened up the Zotero window in Firefox, so I found the video tutorial in the Zotero quick start guide really helpful. Now that I’ve had a bit of time to play around with Zotero, it isn’t as intimidating as I had originally thought. It’s easy to add new material to your library, and I like that you can add multiple items from a list. I also like how easy it it to group your references into sections, good if you are working on multiple projects at the same time! The ability to add notes to an item is also pretty useful. The group library function also offers great potential for building reading lists and gathering useful information for users.

I’d definitely use Zotero if I needed to compile a bibliography or reading list. I’ll be installing it on my laptop at home (when it comes back from being repaired D:  )

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Links. by Ravages @ Flickr

Links. by Ravages @ Flickr

I can’t lie, I’m just not very social on my social network sites. When I first joined Facebook (sometime during university) I was more excited about it. I updated my status, uploaded photo’s and added a virtual squirrel as a pet. Nowadays, I really only use it for messaging other people and arranging events. I think what put me off eventually was the constant invitations for apps, games and widgets. I know you can stop these now, but now there are so many apps that I just ignore them now.

Although I’m not as enamoured with Facebook as I once was, I can appreciate how it can be useful for libraries. I visited the Cambridge library pages suggested in the Cam23 instruction post, and found them to be informative and interesting. I thought that these libraries had definitely made the best of the Facebook platform by adding photo’s, details of events and news as well as contact information and opening hours. I really liked the English Faculty Libraries photographs of their displays. I also like the addition of copac search boxes, useful links and new books on these pages.

I’ve also spent some time exploring Linkedin (although I haven’t signed up for it, as I don’t really have a use for it at this time). I can see why it works well for business networking. The information on the page is all related to education and jobs (no virtual pets and farm games here!) I like that you can add your twitter feed to your page, and join groups that are relevant to your profession.

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Or how many times can I write ‘thing’ in one entry.

So I signed up for LibraryThing earlier this week, and have been adding books from my own collection and poking around the site. From a personal perspective I can see the appeal of LibraryThing. I like how you can organise books into collections, such as ‘Currently Reading’, ‘Read but unowned’ and ‘Favourites’. I could definitely see myself using LibraryThing to keep track of what I’ve bought and read recently. Each book has a page with ratings, recommendations, tags and reviews. I was interested to see what LibraryThing would automatically recommend based on what I’ve uploaded. Other Users can also list their recommendations. I find the inclusion of tags on the pages useful, as it give a bit more information about the subject of the book and how many people have read it.

Tags and LibraryThing recommendations for Mort, by Terry  PratchettI can see how LibraryThing would work well for a small library. A life account (allowing you to add as many books as you wish) is available to purchase. This would be a great way to set up an online catalogue for a smaller library.

As for me, I will probably add more books to my LibraryThing account. As I mentioned before, I think it’ll be a good way to keep track of my ever growing pile of books to read. One day I might even review some of my favourites!

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Reflections for the day, by Seattle Miles @ Flickr

Reflections for the day, by Seattle Miles @ Flickr

So Thing 13 is here, and it’s time to reflect! Whilst I’m still struggling a bit with blogging, I’m enjoying what Cam23 has offered so far. I’ve learned a lot more about web 2.0 from a work/library perspective. Although I was familiar with some of the tools already, it hadn’t really occurred to me to use them in relation to libraries. Some of them have been a big hit! I’ve continued to use RSS feeds and Google Reader. At first I used them just to keep track of other Cam23 bloggers, but now I have all of the blogs I like to read on there. I’d definitely recommend them to a friend/colleague.  I’ve also started to take a bit more care tagging things, both on Flickr and on this blog. I haven’t used Doodle since writing about it, but I would if I needed to schedule a meeting. I haven’t been using iGoogle that much, as I find it a bit distracting!

I’m looking forward to the second half of Cam23 and the next set of things! I feel that I have become more confident in using these tools, and I hope that I can continue to improve!

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After a week on holiday and then a couple of busy weeks in our library, I’ve found myself falling behind on my 23 things! Since I’m feeling a bit like a guilty child who hasn’t done her homework on time, here are my comments on SlideShare and Delicious.

I’m finding it a bit difficult to write anything about SlideShare that hasn’t been said already. I don’t really use powerpoint a huge amount (the last presentation I made was in University!), but I can appreciate that it could be useful to be able to share presentations easily. As many other people have pointed out, the quality and usefulness of the presentations differ greatly. Whilst some presentations may still be fairly clear without sound (or attending the original presentation) others may make very little sense! I like that being able to add audio to your presentations is an option and that you can add notes to accompany the slides.

Our Library uses powerpoint presentations as part of the library induction process. These are uploaded onto the students CamTools sites so they can access them at anytime. I can see that Slideshare could be another place to upload them or a place for distance students with no access to CamTools to look at them.

Onto Delicious!

I have used Delicious a couple of times (back when it was Del.icio.us), but only to browse other users bookmarks on particular subjects. Since I already have a Yahoo account, I decided I would join Delicious and have a bash at adding and tagging bookmarks. I like the idea behind Delicious. My browser bookmarks have got a little disorganised and difficult to navigate, as they are a mix of websites and random articles and links. Since I find stuff I want to go back to look at again all the time, I thought Delicious would be right up my street.

How easy is Delicious to use? Very! I’ve added the bookmarklets to my Firefox bookmark toolbar (I’ll probably install the full Firefox add-on on my PC at home). Now I only need to click on “Bookmark on Delicious” and I can save any links instantly, as well as add any tags and a description.

I’ll report back on how I’m getting on with Delicious when I’ve used it a bit more, but I have a feeling it’s going to be one of the most useful things so far! Will it save me from my haphazard bookmarking ways?

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