23 Things - a celebration

We celebrated the end of Warwick's first 23 Things programme last week with tea and cake in the Teaching Grid.

Congratulations to everyone who completed the programme. If you weren't able to attend the event, be sure to check out the slides below and find your name (and award) on the honours board.

Award winners

At the 23 Things celebration last week we handed out five awards to mark some of the best contributions to the programme. Congratulations to all of the winners.

Best Blog: Claire Townsend for There's always room for improvement

Best Blog Post: Richard Perkins for Wikiseedier

Best Blog Name: Val Simpson for The Wayfarer's Progress

Progress Award: Sally Cullum (Still Learning)

Peer Support Award: Helen Hewitt (I'm pink therefore I'm spam)

Photo: Helen receives her award from Ant.

Thing 23: the last post

IMG_0112 by LuvataciousSkull, on FlickrAnd so we come to the final thing on the programme. For this all we ask is that you write a final blog post evaluating your participation in the programme.

For this you might like to think about:

  • which thing/s you found most useful
  • which thing/s you most enjoyed doing
  • which thing/s you have persisted with
  • whether you think web 2.0 in general has a role in the future of libraries
In addition please can you quickly look back through all of your blog posts to make sure you've written about each thing.

And when you've done that.... you can register your completion. The final date to register your completion of the programme is Friday 18th March.

The form you fill out for this also doubles as a nomination form for the 23 Things awards. Before you complete you might like to look back over some of the blogs of your fellow participants.

We are seeking nominations for the following awards:
  1. Best blog
  2. Best blog post
  3. Best blog name
  4. Peer support award
  5. Progress award
All nominations received by Friday 18th March will be considered by the 23 Things Team and the winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on Friday 25th March.

Image credit: Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 2.0 Generic License  by  LuvataciousSkull 

Save the date: Friday 25th March

To mark the end of the 23 Things programme we will be holding an awards ceremony. This has been booked for Friday 25th March from 3pm.

This is advance notice so that you can put it in your diaries now. Further details will be provided nearer the time.

All I can say at this point is that the red carpet has been ordered and we're working on a celebrity host - personally I'm hoping for Whoopi Goldberg.

The end is in sight

So we are in to the penultimate week of the 23 Things programme and being the kind, thoughtful people that we are, there are no specific things for you to do this week. The intention behind this is to give you some time to catch up before the 23rd and final thing is posted next week.

Hopefully this will enable as many of you as possible to finish the programme ahead of the Friday 18th March deadline.

chequered flag by tharrin, on Flickr
Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic License  by  tharrin 

To complete the programme successfully all we ask is that you have attempted each thing and blogged about your experiences each week. This week offers you the opportunity to double check this on your blog and catch up on any things you might have missed.

In addition to the final thing next week we will also be looking for your votes for the 23 things awards. If you thought awards season ended with the Oscars, you were wrong!

Thing 22: SlideShare

SlideShare is another example of Office 2.0. This resource is a collection of presentations that people have created and then uploaded onto this website for other people to see. It can be a great source of inspiration and an opportunity to share your presentations with colleagues. The following presentation highlights some of the features and capabilities of SlideShare.
The penultimate 'Thing' for you to do is go to SlideShare have a look at this resource and see if you can find anything related to social media or any of the tools we have investigated over the 23 things course to date. Have you found any useful presentations? How useful could SlideShare be for you?

Thing 21: Google Docs

Google Docs is a free online word processor, spreadsheet, form builder, presentation tool and drawing software to name a few. The great thing about this resource is that it is easily accessible and multiple people can contribute to a document in real time. You can either upload a document from your computer or create a document from scratch on Google Docs. The following video provides a short introduction to Google Docs.

To complete Thing 21 you will need to create a document using Google Docs and share it with other 23 things participants. The step-by-step instructions can be found here to help.

Optional Extra
There are other alternatives to Google Docs available that you may want to explore including Microsoft LiveBuzzword and Zoho.

Thing 20: Editing Wikis

One Office 2.0 tool that promotes collaboration from multiple users is a wiki. The word 'wiki' is Hawaian for fast and the idea behind the concept of a wiki is that lots of different people can collaborate and generate content online and potentially over a short space of time. The following video provides a short introduction to wikis.

There are numerous ways wikis can be used including providing links to useful resources or tutorials and working as a group on a project to name a few. 

For this 'Thing' there is an option of two tasks.

  1. One wiki that we are looking at this week is the UK Library Blogs wiki. This resource is a great signpost to blogs from other libraries and library professionals. It can also be used to promote your blog. For Thing 20 you need to add your blog to the UK Library Blogs wiki by following the step-by-step instructions. OR
  2. Have a look at Wikipedia and edit an entry. For a number of pages you do not need an account - for further information have a look at these step-by-step instructions

Optional Extras
There are lots of different wikis - have a look through some of these links to see how other people are using wikis.
  • Library Success Wiki - this was set up as a best practice wiki about work taking place in Libraries.
  • Library Wikis - links to examples of wikis used in mainly American Libraries. 
In addition there have been a number of wikis set up for specific projects including the Library Routes project (a wiki linking to blog postings from library professionals about how they got into Libraries and how their career has developed) and the Library Day in a Life project (a wiki linking to experiences of Library people over a specific week).

Introduction to Office 2.0

What is Office 2.0?

Image by Flickr user mansikka.
Office 2.0 is a term used to describe web-based products that can be used as an alternative to traditional desktop applications. Rather than using Word, PowerPoint and Excel on your own computer– we now have the option to use products and services provided over the internet (sometimes referred to as services available via the 'cloud'). These alternative tools are easily accessible from any machine and operating system at any time.

Office 2.0 sits neatly within the concept of web2.0 encouraging collaboration and sharing resources. Examples of Office 2.0 tools includes collaboration on wikis, sharing presentations on SlideShare and working together on documents using Google Docs to name a few.

Advantages of Office 2.0

·         The tools are often free.
·         Resources are easily accessible – and if there was a problem with your computer you could still easily access the resource from another machine.
·         Office 2.0 is really useful for collaboration – people can share documents without having to worry about the format/version of the document they are working on. It is also possible for more than one person to work on the same document at the same time.
·         Low maintenance of the software – you do not have to worry about upgrades, security patches etc. The online provider will do that for you.

Potential disadvantages of Office 2.

  • Privacy can be a concern - you do control access to the documents - so you can determine who you are sharing them with. However you may not be comfortable sharing your resources online via another company's server.
  • Internet access - in order to use Office 2.0 resources you do need to have access to the internet - and your experience of using these tools may be effected by the speed of you connection etc. 
This week we will be looking at several Office 2.0 tools including wikis, Google Docs and Slideshare. 

Things 18 and 19 – Multimedia Sharing – Creative Commons and YouTube

These next two things will look at how you can find and share images and videos with others. Around 5,000 images per minute are being uploaded onto Flickr, and this huge collection can be a great resource for finding arresting and beautiful images, many of which are free for you to download, save, and reproduce with a creator attribution.

Thing 18 - Learn about using images licensed under Creative Commons

What makes Flickr so useful, including for libraries is that many images are licensed for reuse under Creative Commons, a licensing scheme designed for the social web. Unlike professional photographers, many Flickr users don’t make a living out of their images and are happy for others to make use of them. Best of all, you don’t even need to sign up for an account to reuse images from Flickr: you can search for Creative Commons-licensed images and download them straight away. These images can be used in presentations, posters, flyers, websites and of course, on your 23 Things blog!

Remember that unless an image is explicitly designated as reusable under Creative Commons or another licensing scheme, you should assume that it is copyrighted and not available for downloading, saving or reproducing.

Please follow these Step-by-step instructions for searching for images licensed under Creative Commons. Try searching for an image and add it to your blog post.

As you are already registered with Flickr (from Thing 17), if there is an image you really would like to use which does not have a Creative Commons license, you can always take the opportunity to contact users to request special permission to use an image. They may be happy to oblige!

Further reading:
Copyright information (Flickr)
A Complete Guide to Finding and Using Incredible Flickr Images (Skelliewag blog)

Optional Extras:
1. There are plenty of other image banks available, including flickrCC a search engine designed to find only Creative Commons-licensed material on Flickr. There is also Warwick Media Library, an in-house image bank created for anyone who may require images of the university for commercial or publicity material. Why not explore these or a few more?
2. You can also allow others to use your images like this – try changing the rights settings for one of your photos by going to its page (click on the photo in your Photostream to go there), then click on ‘edit’ next to the ‘© All Rights Reserved’ message in the bottom right of your Flickr page (under Owner Settings). This will then open another window which will enable you to add a Creative Commons license to your image. For instance, if you choose Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike Creative Commons, then only non-commercial entities can use your image, they must give you credit for it, and whatever they create from it must be shared in the same way.

Thing 19 - Find and share library instruction videos on YouTube
YouTube is a video sharing site, hosting thousands of videos, created by both amateurs and professionals. Anyone can view videos on YouTube. However, in order to upload videos or to benefit from the site's "social" features users need to register for a free account. For the purpose of 23 Things you do not need to register.  There is a huge amount of content on this site, all available to search and share with others, and libraries have started to use this service by uploading walk throughs of their facilities, user guides and other promotional material. A good example is The British Library, who have their own YouTube ‘channel’, where you can access a variety of films.

YouTube EDU brings together YouTube content from Universities around the World, which you can search in. Although most of the channels on YouTube EDU are currently in the USA, you will also find universities in the UK, Australia, Canada and elsewhere. For this Thing you are asked to browse YouTube, search for library instruction videos, and when you find something of interest, share them with the other 23 thing-ers by adding them to your blog. To do this, follow the instructions at the end of the step-by-step guide for this post.

Some of you may already be familiar with some of these, but here are some amusing (and quite silly) library-related videos from YouTube to get you started:
CSI: Library Instruction (mockumentary of a bad library instruction session by UTLibraryInstruction)
Study like a scholar, scholar (Harold B. Lee Library promo)
Cookie Monster in the Library (Sesame Street!)

Don't forget to write a blog post about your experiences with Creative Commons and YouTube, including the tags ‘Thing 18’, ‘Thing 19’, ‘Creative Commons’ and ‘YouTube’.

Thing 17 - Multimedia sharing – Flickr

For Week 7 we will be looking at multimedia sharing, using online services to enable you to manage and share images and videos. Things 17 will show you how to set up a Flickr account and how to upload images, and Thing 18 will explain Creative Commons licensing, and images licensed under this can be used by you. Thing 19 will look at YouTube, giving you and opportunity to see how libraries are using YouTube to share tutorials and information (you will not be expected to create an account in YouTube or upload any videos for this thing!)

So what is Flickr?

Flickr is one of the earliest and most popular photo sharing websites. It was started in 2004, and was later purchased by Yahoo! When you create a Flickr account you can log in using Yahoo! credentials, if you have a Yahoo! email account, or alternatively you can set up an account using your Google ID. For the purposes of 23 Things, you will be guided to set up with your Google ID.

Online photo sharing sites have numerous advantages over keeping pictures on your hard drive at home:

• They don’t take up space on your computer’s hard drive
• They make it easy to share pictures with others
• They provide a repository of images you can use in your blog or Twitter
• You can add tags to your photos to organize them and enable easier searching
• If you choose, they can offer worldwide exposure to your work
• You can also find other peoples images, which are allowed to be used by you on your own blog etc. More about this will be looked at in Thing 18.

Among potential concerns of using a site such as Flickr are privacy and copyright concerns, although the concept of Creative Commons is one way to enable “fair” use (see Thing 18). You can also control the access to your photos so you can decide who is allowed to view each individual photo. There is also a Flickr help page for privacy questions. Links to other services make it easy to edit your images, embed them in your blog, or order products from them like reprints or calendars. There is now some overlap with other services as photo sites, including Flickr, also let you share videos.

Libraries using Flickr
Many libraries, museums and archives have Flickr accounts through which they publicise aspects of their collections, including the British LibraryPlymouth Libraries have used Flickr to promote library events, while the National Library of Scotland has uploaded images from its collections, many of which can be saved under Creative Commons (more about this in Thing 18). The Library of Congress even uploaded a set of 'mystery pictures' and successfully asked Flickr users to help identify them.

Warwick using Flickr
Warwick Arts Centre have their own Flickr photostream which they use to record and promote events, and the redevelopment of the Butterworth Hall. WMG have a photostream for their MSC programme.

Thing 17 - Create a Flickr account and upload some images.
Please download the step by step instructions to get started! Once your account is activated try uploading some photos and adding tags. If you don't have any pictures to upload and would like some sample ones to work with, please go to the folders I Drive/Library Pictures/Building, I Drive/Library Pictures/2010 Marketing Images or I Drive/Library Pictures/Remodelling, all available on the ‘I: drive’ (the shared library user drive) in the Library Pictures folder. These folder contains a number of images of Warwick campus which you are welcome to use to upload and share. Ideally though, it would be great for you to add your own images.

Finally, don't forget to write a blog post about your experiences with Flickr, including the tags 'Thing 17' and 'Flickr'.

Further reading:
Why should librarians care about Flickr? (Librarian in Black)
How to make Flickr work for your library (CollegeDegrees.com)
Libraries using Flickr (Information wants to be free)

Optional extras:
1. Personalize your profile by adding a picture.
2. Share your photos with the UoW 23 Things group on Flickr. The instructions are at the end of the step-by-step-guide. Please share images of the university and/or the Library in this group, so we can create a group of images around this theme.
3. "Geotag" some of your pictures to indicate where they were taken. To do this, go to the individual photo's page, then click on "Add this photo to your map" under Additional Information on the right side of the page. To look at photos from various locations around the world, choose "Places" from the Explore menu at the top of your Flickr home page.

It’s also worth having a look at the Flickr blog, which showcases current photos and themes posted by users. As you can probably tell by now, Flickr is a huge service with a lot more features than are included here. The Flickr tour will give you an overview of what else it can do.

Having problems registering with Diigo?

We've heard from a few people who have had problems registering with Diigo. What happens is you sign up but never get sent the authentication email. So far everyone who has had this problem has registered with their Warwick email.

Here are some alternative solutions for you so that you can still do thing 14:

  • register with a personal email account
  • log in with another, existing account e.g. Google
  • try a different social bookmarking site e.g. Delicious [if you choose this option you may want to note that there is some uncertainty surrounding the future of Delicious, while it is still fully functioning at the moment we can't guarantee it will always be so]
Whatever you choose, please remember to blog about your experiences.

Things 15 and 16 - Endnote Web and Zotero

Bibliographic or Reference Management Software tools.

Things 15 and 16 are all about bibliographic or reference management software packages. We’re going to have a closer look at Endnote Web and Zotero. If you decide that you want to start using either package, you will need to register and create an account. However, Things 15 and 16 do not require you to register.

You may have heard or been asked about services such as Endnote, Endnote Web, RefWorks, Reference Manager, Zotero or Mendeley, to name but a few. For the purposes of 23 Things, we just want to raise your awareness about what these tools do and how our staff and students may make use of them.

So how do these tools work?

Anyone undertaking any level of research needs to collect, store and manage the references they are finding as a result of their searching. Pre-computers, a common way of dealing with references was to use index cards and have a manual file on your desktop. With the advent of PC’s, it became possible to create lists in Word or Excel. However, researchers still needed to manually format the references in the required referencing style for each document. So, if you submitted an article to a journal that used the Harvard style of referencing and it was rejected, and you then re-submitted it to another journal that used the Vancouver system, the references had to be manually re-formatted.

In an online world there are different obstacles. You may print off the full text of an article, save it as a PDF file, email it to yourself. So, you have the full text but the bibliographic details that you need to cite the references and create a bibliography are stored in different places and are difficult to retrieve.

Bibliographic or Reference Management Software tools go one step further and allow you to create your own database of useful references. The idea is that you save and store the bibliographic details (and sometimes the full text) of the references you have found whilst researching a topic, be they articles, books, conference papers or web sites, effectively creating your own personal database. You can then search and sort the references.

The clever bit is that you can then connect between your chosen package and Word to create a customised bibliography in your preferred referencing style at the end of your document. If you change your mind about what referencing style you want or need to use, you can quickly reformat the references with a couple of clicks.

As you can imagine, these products are very popular with students, especially postgraduates and final year undergraduates writing theses and dissertations. Although some people are disappointed when they realise that they still have to write the actual essay!

Bibliographic Management Software tools have traditionally been subscription services, restricted to desktop PCs, which has meant that people can only use the software from on campus – or have had to purchase their own copy, for example Endnote and Reference Manager. Over the last few years, some of the bigger companies have produced web based versions, such as RefWorks and Endnote Web that organisations can subscribe to, allowing off campus access. With the advent of Web 2.0, a number of freely available, open access packages have been developed, such as Zotero and Mendeley.

The University currently subscribes to Endnote. Staff and students can access Endnote X4 from any University PC. This is the full version of the software. We also have access to the web version – Endnote web. This is the version that Academic Support staff promote and provide training on. Thing 16 will introduce you to our Endnote Web page. We are currently running weekly training sessions in the Training Room (you may have seen our advertising via the Library’s Twitter and Facebook services and the plasma screens) – feel free to come along!

Thing 15: Zotero.
Zotero is a freely available reference management tool that is available for use with the Firefox browser. (They have just launched a standalone version that does not require Firefox). Zotero allows you to tag and share your references.
Watch this short screencast, explaining how Zotero works:

Thing 16: Endnote Web.
This is the version that the University subscribes to. Familiarise yourself with our Endnote Web page and the support that is available to staff and students.

The workbook will take people through creating an account, adding references and creating a bibliography. The Endnote Web Filters section provides instructions on how to send references from our various databases to Endnote Web.

Optional extra.
Create your own Endnote Web account and work through workbook to gain a better understanding of the software.

Thing 14 - Diigo

Week 6 is all about getting organised by effectively storing, managing and sharing the information you have found.

We will look at 3 different tools:

  • Diigo
  • Zotero
  • Endnote Web

All of these resources will help you to store different types of information and save you time in re-finding them. Endnote Web and Zotero go one step further and will help you to create customised bibliographies/reference lists. Thing 14 is covered by this blog post and will involve investigating Diigo. Things 15 and 16 will follow in the next post and will look at Endnote Web and Zotero.

Diigo (Digest of Internet Information, Groups and Other Stuff)

Are you fed up of finding good websites and then not being able to re-find them? Do you want to share useful websites with your colleagues? Then Diigo could be for you! Diigo allows you to save and share your favourite websites. It works in a similar way to the Delicious service that some of you may be familiar with (but Delicious is up for sale and faces an uncertain future).

With Diigo you can:
  • Bookmark your favourite websites and then access them from any PC that you login to.
  • Tag (or index!) your favourite websites so that you can easily search for them later on.
  • Highlight or annotate your chosen websites, making notes that will be there the next time you visit the site.
  • Share your favourite websites with colleagues. You might want to think about sharing sites across your team.
  • Search for websites and view other people’s reviews and comments.
Thing 14: Create a Diigo account and download the Diigo toolbar. Please download the step by step instructions to get started! Once your account is active, bookmark some of your favourite web sites and add some tags and /or highlights.

Optional extra:
Share your favourite websites with a colleague.

A little reminder about blogging

As we hit the half way point I just wanted to give you a little reminder about blogging. For us to be able to keep track of your progress on the programme we need you to blog about each and every thing. You can write individual posts for each thing, or one post on all the things from one week - it's up to you.

library tags single by donovanbeeson, on Flickr
Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 2.0 Generic License  by  donovanbeeson 

The best way to help us, especially if you're writing one post covering multiple things, is to label, or tag, your posts. To do this enter your tags into the Labels box that at the bottom of every new post e.g. thing 1, thing 2 etc.

If you want to go one step further you can also add the labels to the sidebar of your blog (like we have done here). To do this follow the steps below:

  • From your blog's dashboard choose the 'Design' tab
  • Click the 'Add a gadget' link in the sidebar
  • In the basics list you will find 'Labels'. Add this and then choose how you want your labels to sort and display in your blog's sidebar.
  • Finally, and most importantly click 'Save'
  • Back on the Design tab you will also need to click 'Save'
  • Check your blog to see that your labels are displayed as you wanted.

Thing 13 - a time for reflection

It is week 5 and that means we are half way through the programme.

This week we haven't got a new site for you to explore. Instead, all we're asking you to do is write a blog post reflecting on your journey through the programme so far.

Some things you might like to consider are:

          • Which thing have you found most useful so far?
          • Do you feel more confident online using social media sites?
          • How can you apply what you've learned to your work?
          • Does this style of delivery suit your learning style?

And finally, a reminder that there is a 23 Things drop-in in the Training Room on Wednesday 9 February from 14:00 - 16:00. Come along if you have any questions, or want any help from the team, or if you just want a quiet place to catch-up on your things.

Thing 12 - Social Networking - Facebook

The last thing for this week is to investigate how libraries are using Facebook. Due to some concerns that have been well covered in the media, we are not asking you to sign up for a Facebook account, although you may already have one and may wish to use it find more information for thing 12. If you are concerned about online privacy and have not already watched it, visit the presentation in Emma's earlier blog post on managing your online identity, or give one of the 23 things team a shout and have a chat about it. And if you are considering signing up to Facebook read their privacy policy first.

What is Facebook?

Facebook is a social networking site where members can contact other people, share information, post photos, plan events, set up interest groups, play games, chat online and more and more and more. The range of functionality offered by Facebook is quite bewildering and increases all the time.
Individuals on Facebook have "profiles" which they can add personal information to in order to share it with others. Organisations have "pages", these are very similar to profiles but can have multiple administrators and have slightly different functionality. If a person on Facebook likes an organisation on Facebook they can register this by "liking" that organisation's page. People who "like" an organisation's page will receive information posted by that organisation in the feed or "stream" they get from all the people and organisations they are connected to on Facebook, every time they log in.

Organisations can measure how successfully they are attracting people to their page because Facebook gives them information about the people who "like" them, including basic demographics, numbers of people liking (and "unliking") them, how many people comment on the page "wall" and so on.

Is Facebook relevant to libraries?

I'm not going to tell you if or how Facebook is specifically relevant to Libraries because thing 12 requires you to find that out :)

Thing 12 - Investigate how libraries are using Facebook

You could start by having a look at some library pages, here are a few examples, you will be able to find more by using google if you don't have a Facebook account, or by seaching inside Facebook if you do.
There are even Facebook groups for libraries and librarians using Facebook. And if you want some serious reading there is a case study on the subject by Jane Secker from the LSE.
In your blog post for thing 12 perhaps you could outline if and why you think Facebook is relevant to libraries, or perhaps how you think libraries are using Facebook, or what the benefits (or perhaps costs?) might be from doing so.

Things 10 & 11 - Social Networking - Twitter

This week we are looking at 2 social networking tools, Twitter and Facebook. These are online services which allow you to connect and share information and ideas with others on the web. Things 10 & 11 involve Twitter, and you will set up an account and interact with others. Thing 12 relates to Facebook, and while we are not asking you to set up a Facebook account (though you may already have one) you will get to see how libraries are using Facebook to communicate with their users.
This blog post covers things 10 & 11, thing 12 will be in the next post.

What is Twitter?

Twitter is a microblogging tool which allows people to post short (140 character) messages, reply to other people’s messages and follow the messages other people are posting.

Is Twitter relevant to libraries?

Twitter is used by libraries and library staff alike. Libraries use it to get information out to their users, receive and reply to enquiries and publicise projects and events. Library staff use Twitter to share ideas and communicate about projects and resources, they also use it to post live updates from events and conferences and find out, in real time, what is happening at events and conferences that they are unable to attend.
Libraries are also interested in the kinds of information that can be found on Twitter and how this might be useful to researchers in the future. Because of this the Library of Congress is now archiving all publicly posted tweets so that they can be accessible to others in years to come.

Thing 10 - Create a Twitter account and find some people to follow.

If you already have a Twitter account and are familiar with how Twitter works, you can skip the instructions for Thing 10 and instead check in to your Twitter account during this week, and track down some fellow participants to follow - of course you will still need to write a blog post with the lable "thing 10", but perhaps outline how you are already using Twitter and whether you managed to find other 23Things people.

If you are not familiar with Twitter you can download the step-by-step instructions and get started. We recommend you leave your Twitter account public, rather than adding privacy settings, so that other 23 things participants can find you, ready for Thing 11. Once you have set up your account and found people to follow, write a quick blog post about it using the lable "thing10".

Thing 11 – Use Twitter to interact with other program participants.

Once you have your account set up and are happy with how to find and follow others you will need to interact with other participants on the program. You can send them public messages by tweeting them and including their Twitter username in the tweet (for example including “@jess_humphreys” in your tweet will send a message visible to all but that Jess can pick up on when she logs in).
Also try retweeting messages posted by another participant, and sending Direct Messages – messages which are only visible to the person you send them to. If you are not familiar with Twitter please download the step-by-step instructions.

Once you have tried this write a blog post about your experiences using the label "thing 11".

Optional extras

1. Read about the Follow A Library project and maybe find some libraries to follow yourself.

These extras are examples of you how you can link your social networking sites together and help people find you in different places on the web.

2. Add your blog address to your Twitter profile.

3. Add your Tweets to your blogger blog (if you are using a different blogging system this is usually still possible but more complicated - contact me for help if required).

Extra credit: Library Day in the Life

For the past two and a half years Bobbi Newman, aka Librarian by Day, has been running the Library Day in the Life project. The aim is to get people talking about their work in libraries, sharing experiences, challenges and the day-to-day realities of our work.

Round 6 starts today, Monday 24th January. Now you're all up and blogging, why not take part yourself? It's easy:

  1. Create a PB Wiki account then go to the Library Day in the Life wiki
  2. Add your name, job title and a link to your blog on the next free line - be careful not to delete, or edit anyone else's entry.
  3. Then start capturing your working day on your blog. Write a short introducation to each post including your job title and the type of library you work in, plus a link back to the wiki.
  4. Remember to label (or tag) your post librarydayinthelife
  5. Once your first post is published go back to the wiki and edit the link to your blog to a link to your tagged posts e.g. http://23thingswarwick.blogspot.com/search/label/librarydayinthelife 

Thing 9: Time management - Firefox

The last thing this week is to investigate a different web browser: Mozilla Firefox.

What is Firefox?

Mozilla Firefox is an alternative web browser to Microsoft's Internet Explorer. It is 'open source', which means that it has been written by enthusiastic volunteers, and is therefore free for anyone to download and use. All these developers not only work on Firefox itself, but develop thousands of 'add-ons' which can be added into Firefox to provide extra functionality. This means that there is an opportunity for enhancing your browser to do lots of exciting things. This ranges from being able to choose a background image to the menu area (I currently have a giant ladybird at the top of my screen), to being able to change what happens when you type different things into the address bar. Here are some examples of some favourite add-ons:

  • CoolPreviews lets you preview a webpage when you hover over a link, rather than actually having to visit the site.
  • Fireshot allows you to take a screenshot of the webpage you are viewing.
  • Read It Later allows you to add articles and webpages to a 'reading list' for you to browse when you have more time.
  • WeatherBug provides the current temperature and weather, as well as a forecast for the next three days, in the bottom right-hand corner of your screen.
Is Firefox relevant to libraries?
Firefox is relevant to anyone, anywhere! It can be downloaded onto any computer, and used in just the same way as Internet Explorer. You may find add-ons that can save you time in the workplace, or when using the Internet at home.

Thing 9: Download Firefox
Download the step-by-step instructions for Thing 9.

Optional extras

  • Check out this list of 100 recommended add-ons
  • Have a browse of the Firefox website to find out about all its features. You can take a tour, or just read about 'What makes Firefox the best'.
  • If you want to find out about other browsers besides Firefox, have a look at Google Chrome and Apple Safari. Or, for quite a technical comparison of browsers, look at this Wikipedia article.

Things 7-8: Time management - Doodle

This week we are going to be looking at two tools to help with time management. First up is Doodle, which constitutes Things 7 and 8. Thing 9 follows in the next blog post, where we will be looking at Mozilla Firefox.

What is Doodle?
Doodle is a great way to schedule any event which includes several people – whether it’s a work meeting or a personal social engagement. You don’t need to register to use Doodle and it’s very easy to use. The idea is that you set up an ‘event’ and input several days and times that are suitable. You then invite all attendees to go to a webpage and view the suggested times. They tick which they are able to attend, and by the end you should be able to see which time most people can make.

Is Doodle relevant to libraries?
Doodle can be used to schedule any sort of meeting or event within the Library, from a one-to-one with your manager, to a team or divisional meeting, to organising a staff social. If you want to read a review of Doodle from a librarian’s point of view, have a look at this blog post: Musings about Librarianship

The Warwick Option
Warwick’s equivalent to Doodle is the Outlook calendar. Outlook provides the facility for you to suggest a time for an event, and e-mail it out to a number of participants. They can then accept or decline the invitation, or suggest a more suitable time. The advantages to using Outlook are that it’s integrated within your e-mail, so there is no need to visit a website, and that Outlook can be set to notify participants as events are about to take place. The disadvantages are that only one date/time can be suggested at once, so it may take several attempts to find a mutually convenient time, and also that all participants must be set up to use Outlook, which may not always be the case. Doodle can be synched to your Outlook calendar, so that your Doodle events also show up in Outlook.

Things 7 and 8 - Use Doodle to schedule a meeting with a fellow 23 Things participant, and then add it to your iGoogle page
Please download the step-by-step instructions to get going!

Optional extras
1. Experiment further with Doodle
  • Synch it with your Outlook Calendar
  • Investigate the different options you can set for your event
2. Explore some other ways of scheduling meetings
3. Think about time management

Managing your online identity

One aspect of web 2.0 that I expect to cause some concern amongst participants on the 23 Things programme is privacy. It was certainly a hot topic on the Oxford programme, in fact we had one participant who completed the programme anonymously through his alter-ego, Konnie Bunny and her friends the Bodley Bunnies.

It is important to be concerned about privacy in an online context. Before signing up to a new service you should always take note of the privacy options available and adjust the settings where necessary. Many sites will give you a variety of options allowing you to set the privacy settings at a level to suit you. This will include an option to keep your whole profile private, or open to only those users you choose to share your information with.

You need to consider not only the privacy settings of the sites you use, but also what information you choose to put online. Ultimately you are in control of your own online identity. The presentation below from the Web Services department at the University of Bath covers some important points about managing your online identity. Take a look and keep these thoughts in mind as you progress through the programme.

Things 5 and 6 : RSS feeds

Thing 5: Learn about RSS feeds.

You don't need to know what "RSS" stands for, only what the feeds are. If you subscribed to any news or weather gadgets on your iGoogle start page for Thing 4, chances are you're already using RSS feeds. It's basically a way to get content from one web page to appear somewhere else in a dynamic way, so that you get to see all the updates in a location of your choice.

If you want to read more, have a look at the Optional Extra links below.

Thing 6: Subscribe to the RSS feed of the 23 Things blog.

A subscription to this blog will help make it easier for you to follow all the Things and instructions on how to do them. By subscribing, you will get to see when the latest 23 Things instructions are published.

Basic subscription
Look for the orange RSS symbol on the left of this blog page, under the heading "Subscribe to". Note that you have more than one feed available, but the one we're going to use now is called Posts. Click on the little arrow right of this Posts heading and you will be offered a choice of how to subscribe. Choose the "Add to Google" button. A new window will open, to offer you the choice of adding this feed to your "Google home page" or to Google Reader. Select "Google home page" and you will find have another box on your iGoogle start page, showing headings from this blog.

If you like, you could choose to see comments from the blog on your iGoogle start page as well by following exactly the same steps for the All comments RSS feed.

You can also download these instructions as a pdf file, with screen-shots included.

There are also some advanced instructions available this week, for those who would like to explore using Google Reader as a way of monitoring RSS feeds. Download the advanced instructions.

Optional Extras for Week 2
Read about RSS feeds on the Library's own Support for Research pages
To see technical stuff, have a look at "good old" Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RSS
To browse RSS feeds and explore further, you might find the RSS Compendium helpful.

Thing 4: Create an iGoogle start page

What is it?
An iGoogle start page is a page you can create for yourself, incorporating information from a number of other websites and handy tools onto one page. A start page can save you time visiting separate websites, and help you to keep up to date.

How long will it take me?
If you go to http://www.igoogle.com/whilst not signed in to your Google account, you will see a page encouraging you to create your own start page in a matter of seconds. This "thing" could be quick... or not if you want to explore all the amazing little boxes you can put onto your page!

What benefits will I gain?
What you add to your iGoogle start page will depend on how you want to use it. You could use it like a memo board. You can add features like calendars and "days since" and "days til" counters onto your page. There is a Christmas countdown tool! You can add a to-do list and feeds from other places like your e-mail or Facebook.

You could use it as a toolkit, with dictionaries, currency converters, Unit converters, translating tools, a calculator, a National Rail enquiries look-up tool, whatever takes your fancy.

You could use it as a page of search boxes to access lots of other sites you regularly use. You can add YouTube, EBay and Amazon search boxes amongst others, or links to almost anything that interests you.

Or you can treat your start page as a combination of all of these types of use! Download step by step instructions to get started.

The Warwick option
Warwick Uni has it's own start page: https://start.warwick.ac.uk/ If you sign in with your Warwick username and password, you will find it already populated with some different tabs of boxes that you might find handy. The first tab has videos of useful stuff you can explore. If you use Files.warwick or the EAT card, you may find this start page a useful place to visit, or even use as your home page.

Another option
MyYahoo! works in a similar way to iGoogle.

Things 1-3: Publishing on the web

The theme of the things this week is publishing on the web. For us this means blogging.

What is blogging?
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Blogging is the art of writing a blog. A blog is a dynamic website which comprises of regular entries, or posts, displayed in reverse-chronological order. Blogs started off as personal online journals but have more recently been developed for many different purposes. Blogs are no longer only used by individuals but by organizations too; they can be used to communicate news to customers, to promote products and services, as travelogues or photo blogs.

Is blogging relevant to libraries?
Many librarians write individual blogs to reflect on their work and comment on developments in libraries and librarianship. Some examples are the blogs of Andy BurkhardtBobbi NewmanNed PotterAndy PriestnerLaura Wilkinson and Andy Woodworth.

Libraries are also using blogs to communicate with their users. They are used for news updates, to promote new resources or in some cases as the main website for a library service.

Blogging and 23 Things
Blogging is a key element of the 23 Things programme as it is how we keep track of your progress. Every time you complete a thing we ask that you write about it on your blog. You should think about writing about your experience using each tool, write about what you liked, or didn't like about it, and perhaps how you think it could be used in libraries. Posts that contain little more than a line stating your completion of the task are not in the spirit of the programme and will not be considered sufficient.

Things 1 and 2: Create your blog and write your first post
There are many different platforms which you can use to create a blog, Warwick's very own blogs.warwick included. We have chosen to give instructions for how to create a Blogger blog.  Download the step-by-step instructions (to print open the File menu within Google Docs and click Print (PDF)), or watch the video below which takes you through all the steps necessary to set up a Blogger blog and write your first post. Alternatively you may choose to use one of the other free blog providers like Wordpress or Tumblr.

Before creating your blog why not gather some inspiration from the blogs of participants on the Cambridge and Oxford programmes:

Thing 3: Register to take part in the programme
The final thing this week is a quick one. Register your participation in Warwick's 23 Things programme by filling in this short form.

Optional extras

    Staff open day presentation: Web 2.0 and 23 Things

    Below are the slides from our presentation at the staff away day on 4 January. In the spirit of 23 Things they have been uploaded to Slideshare.

    From the discussion workshops after the presentation we picked up on a couple of questions people still have. I have answered the main ones here, but if there are any more please add them to the comments or contact one of the team directly.

    How much time will I be required to dedicate to the programme each week?
    The amount of time will depend on your previous experience and general IT skills but we expect the weekly tasks to take up to 2 hours. We have also built in time throughout the programme to allow you to catch up; in weeks 5, 9 and 10 no new things will be posted.

    How will I fit in 23 Things alongside my commitments to a rota of jobs, or if I do not have easy access to a computer?
    All staff wishing to take part in the programme should discuss it with their line manager. In this conversation you can raise these questions and discuss possible solutions.