cpd23: Thing 19 – Integrating things

The purpose of Thing 19 is to look back and consider

  • “which elements you have found most useful and
  • how you might integrate them into your working routine.”

So far, we have covered:

  • tools for professional development: social (blogging, RSS feeds, Twitter) and productivity (Evernote, GoogleDocs, Dropxbox, Wikis, GoogleCalendar, Mendeley/Zotero/CiteULike, Prezi, Podcasting, Screencapture software)
  • methods and structures for professional development: personal branding, LinkedIn, reflective practice, advocacy, events, networking, mentoring.

Things that have become a habit

  • Blogging – I am continously adding new posts to the BreBiStat weblog, but neglected my own. I still need to decide on the focus of my blogging.
  • Prezi – I really love the presentation effects of Prezi and will definitely use it in the future.
  • Dropbox – I am using Dropbox for sharing big files, first of all with family members.
  • Reading blogs/RSS feeds – I am checking my RSS feed collection in Netvibes daily.

Things I’m trying to integrate or would like to, but aren’t there yet

  • Blogging – commenting on other people’s blogs.
  • Twitter – not only reading, but also posting things. Finding just the right amount and topic-related feeds to follow on Twitter and get involved in discussions.
  • Evernote – integrating it into my working routine.
  • LinkedIn – spending some time familiarising myself with it’s features.
  • Networking – identifying opportunities of networking and organising my existing network.
  • Reflective practice – reflecting my actions on a more regular basis to identify weaknesses and potentials.

Things I’m not going to use (for now at least as I have no need in practice)
GoogleCalendar, GoogleDocs, Zotero, Mendeley, Pushnote

I completely relate to Emma Davidson‘s statement: “For me the real success of the programme has been learning about a few new things, and earmarking some resources to come back to when the time is right. I’m a firm believer in using the right tool for the right purpose […].”

Further reading
How I learned to stop blogging everyday by Joshua Becker

Photo: Pinantan Lake, Canada, September 2011.
(c) Sabine Rauchmann


cpd23: Thing 18 – Screen capture tools

Thing 18 introduces software tools to record screen and audio sequences:

  • Jing – install on your PC. Be able to annotate (insert text boxes, highlight part of the image, add arrows).
  • Screencast-o-matic – web-based, requires Java. No annotating after recording is finished.
  • Audicity – install on your PC for free. Record podcasts.

In addition, I got to know a few new podcasts related to careers and library:

If you haven’t [used these tools before], explore them and let us know how you think you could use them.
Video and audio podcasts can be used in the library for

  • guided tours through the library,
  • weekly updates on special search features and issues (i.e. truncation, ebooks, alerts etc.),
  • introducing (new) ressources,
  • introducing your favourite webpage, book etc.

A few years ago, Stephen Abram created a very comprehensive list of possible uses of podcasts in libraries. I think sreencasts have great potential for demonstrating information resources and search strategies. I have some ideas of my own, but as instruction sessions for first and last year semester students are prevailing at the moment, I am postponing the deeper look into the tools to the end of the semester.

Audio podcasts relating to library instruction:

Audio podcasts by German libraries and librarians are very rare – a lot of them started in 2006 or 2007, but discontinued in 2009. Only LIBREAS audio as well as recorded talks of the conference “Die lernende Bibliothek 2011” are fairly new from this year. Somehow, it doesn’t seem to be en-vogue anymore?

Further reading

Photo credits: Lotus, New York Botanical Gardens.
(c) Sabine Rauchmann, September 2011.

cpd23: Thing 17 – Prezi and SlideShare

Thing 17 looks at online presentation tools.

Prezi is a very nice tool. I breathed new life into my library introduction powerpoint slides and likee the result. The effects on the students watching have been amazing – it catches their attention. However, last time I got stuck because the Internet was down – so it is always a good idea to have a Powerpoint presentation as a backup.

Thewikiman’s introduction to Prezi is very helpful. For me, it also shows to use as many pictures and as few text as possible. I love the zoom in and out dynamics as well as the possibility to apply a mindmapping approach. I can see me using this a lot more in the future.

A few Prezis I liked:

Is a great place and archive for sharing powerpoint presentation on the (social) web. The disadvantage: only persons with an account at Slideshare can download the presentation.

Some presentations I liked:

Can you think of materials you have produced which could gain a new audience on Slideshare? No.

Visual Resume – do you think this could replace (in certain circumstances) your paper CV or resume? No, would be overkill at the moment.

Photo credit: Grass hopper, New Jersey.
(c) Sabine Rauchmann, September 2011.

To save/have another look: Zamzar for free conversion to png or pdf, Picnik for photo frames and other treatments.

cpd23: Thing 16 – Advocacy

Thing 16 talks about advocacy for libraries outside of the library world. Expanding the lobby group for libraries is a challenge in Germany as well.

CILIP as well as ALA provide a wide range of advocacy materials and resources, i.e. the Campaigning Toolkit. In the last few years, advocacy for libraries in Germany received an increasing emphasis by librarians’ professional associations in Germany. Projects and activities include (amongst others):

Consider why it’s important to advocate for the section of library and information sector that you work for or want to work in.
Show and actively promote the competences that libraries’ staff offers beyond the print and electronic collections as well as working spaces.

What advocacy have you been involved?
Open Day to mark the library’s 350 anniversary (Tag der offenen Tür 2010). The library is planning a “Recherchetag” (search day) with various short and long presentations on plagiarism, electronic books, RefWorks etc. this year.
At my location, I am taking part in faculty meetings as well as student workshops.

Photo credit: Statue of Liberty, New York City.
(c) Sabine Rauchmann, September 2011.

Think more about: If you haven’t been involved in advocacy, reflect on what your skills are (or which you want to develop), what you’re most passionate about and think about what you might be able to do.

cpd23: Thing 15 – Seminars, conferences, events

For Thing 15 we are asked to think about our experiences attending, speaking and/or organising professional events.

What worked and what didn’t work?
I regularly attend the Deutscher Bibliothekartag. I always check the conference program carefully in advance, select interesting sessions – and end up going to two thirds and changing my mind in the spur of the moment for the rest, either because another session sounded more interesting or I met interesting people. I should also take more time to follow up and check out new tools when back at work.
I spoke twice on conferences so far – it has been a very intense experience each time.
I organised 1 seminar about searching the internet and web 2.0 tools a few years back.

What advice would you give to others, based on your experiences?
Go to conferences. You see something new, get new ideas and meet interesting people.
And a great advice I found at Enrico Francese’s post to this topic: “Showing your work around is essential.” Don’t give up when your paper isn’t accepted at the first time. Find out how you can improve your proposal.

Are there conferences you’d like to attend?
Inetbib, Die lernende Bibliothek (2013), LILAC, an IFLA preconference (Information Literacy section).

Are there topics you think you could talk about?
Probably, need to think – maybe something for the next Bibliothekartag 2012 in Hamburg?

Is there a training/networking/sharing need in your area/sector that you could help to meet by organising something?
A colleague of mine and me, we are organising the Bremen librarian’s regulars’ table BreBiStaT.
I liked the ideas of Librarian TeachMeets which popped up everywhere in the U.K. Maybe for the Bremen/Hannover/Hamburg area?

Photo credits: Butterfly, Palisades Interstate Park, NJ.
(c) Sabine Rauchmann, September 2011.

More information – to read
thewikiman: Thinking of submitting a paper for the New Professionals Conference? Here’s some unofficial advice, 6th April 2011.

cpd23: Thing 14 – Zotero, Mendeley, CiteULike

Thing 14 discusses (free) reference management software.

I have been using the following reference management tools:

  • RefWorks – is actively supported by our library which provides free licences too all students and members of the universities in Bremen as well as support and training.
  • Bibliographix – a commercial product. Six years ago, the most attractive reference management software for organising references as well as notes and ideas. To this date, my main reference manager.
  • Citavi – Ais another commercial software. Complete changeover in design and functionalities a few years ago. Offered for free to students by many German universities.

In addition, my library’s search engine offers download buttons not only for RefWorks and Endnote, but also for Bibsonomy, Bibtext, RefMAN/RIS as well as formatted text.
So far, I haven’t used any of the free reference management software available online. I am aware, that some of our professors and staff recommend different programs to students, i.e. Zotero, JabRef, EndNote Web. Thanks to today’s task, I expanded my knowledge about different tools and their pros & cons. Here is what I am going to memorize:

Mozilla Firefox add-on (Mac and PC) for collecting everything on the web.
Kurzinformation Zotero, created by Züricher Hochschule der Künste, Medien- und Informationszentrum, Nov 2009.
Zotero: Tour of Zotero.

For Mac, PC or Linux, integrated reading and annotating of PDF files. Social bookmarking tool for collaborating. Start off with folder full of PDF files and extract metadata of PDFs retrospectively.
Kurzinformation Literaturverwaltung: Mendeley, by Zürcher Hochschule der Künste, Medien- und Informationszentrum MIZ, Sep 2010.
What is Mendeley, by MendeleyResearch, Aug 2011.
Webinar: Mendeley for librarians, by MendeleyResearch, Jul 2011. (40 min!)

Social bookmarking service – Delicious for articles.
A tour of Citeulike, created by AJ Cann, Dec 2009.

For BibTex/LaTeX users.
JabRef walkthrough, created by jorg3cardoso, Nov 2008.

In the end, it always depends on the features of the reference management software and how they fit your way of working and writing.

Photo credits: Blockland, Bremen. (c) Sabine Rauchmann, 2011.

How could it help achieve some of my own goals?
For creating list of publications as well as a publicly accessible reference list on some topics of interest to me.

More information

cpd23: Thing 13 – GoogleDocs, Dropbox, Wikis

Thing 13 is about online collaboration and file sharing. So far, I haven’t had any need for these tools.

Sharing documents and collaborated editing

  • Google Docs is indeed a very easy way of collaborating on editing the same document or presentation and sharing the results. However, I don’t like that you have to have a Google email account requiring everybody who wants to work on the document to get one. At work, we have a file server for sharing documents. Google Docs may be useful for team projects and activities in professional development courses outside work with people from various institutions.
  • I installed Dropbox a few weeks ago in order to share files with my brother. I like the idea to view, download and upload any files, however, I am a little bit concerned about the access rights the program has to my system/folder via the Internet – it feels as if my computer is very unprotected and public. I will definitely keep it in mind for future use.

Conclusion: In the past, I have shared files via the document center provided my email provider. I haven’t made up my mind yet what to use – Dropbox or GoogleDocs or both? I find the comments by fellow cpd23 participant Laura Steel as well as the post “Dropbox or Google Docs?” by bonnieface at The TechLounge very helpful.

I am going to try out Dropbox a little bit more for sharing single files with people (I am not sure about folders as most of my colleagues or friends haven’t yet a Dropbox account). Again, too many options for file sharing. What is the best? Test opportunities will probably come up in the near future.

Although I think all of these things seem really useful, none of them are directly relevant to my current job. At work we have a shared drive and any files to be edited by more than one person are stored there. However, both Google Docs and Dropbox could be useful if I needed to work on a document at home. I will continue to use both of these tools, probably keeping GoogleDocs for documents relating to my career and work and Dropbox for more personal items.

We are using a wiki at work for keeping up-to-date information and procedures. I learned about the Library Routes Project – great idea!

Photo: Brecon Beacon National Park, Wales, July 2011. (c) Sabine Rauchmann