23 Mobile Things

On the heels of the successful 23 Things for Professional Development program that got librarians around the world actively learning and participating in internet and web 2.0 technologies, Jan Holmquist, Pernille Saul, Stine Grabas and Sigrid Kjøller at Guldborgsund-bibliotekerne developed a 23 mobile things program.

Now Jan Holmquist has collaborated with Mylee Joseph and Kathryn Barwick from the State Library of New South Wales to create an English Language version of the course. The ALIA NGAC (Australian Library and Information Association New Generation Advisory Committee) and New Professionals Network NZ have combined to offer an Australian and New Zealand contingent, that started with an introduction period last week.

While the ANZ group has a timetable for each ‘Thing’, this is all really self-paced learning and a chance for librarians or anyone else to actively engage with 23 mobile things in their own way, but sharing their learning and achievements through social media.

The 23 Mobile Things are:
1. Twitter
2. Taking a photo with a mobile device:  Instagram / Flickr app / Snapchat
3. eMail on the move
4. Maps and checking in
5. Photos + Maps + Apps: Historypin / What was there / Sepia Town
6. Video: YouTube and screencasts
7. Communicate: Skype / Google+ Hangout
8. Calendar
9. QR codes
10. Social reading: RSS / Flipboard / Feedly / Goodreads / Pocket
11. Augmented reality: Layar
12. Games: Angry Birds / Wordfeud
13. Online identity: FaceBook and LinkedIn
14. Curating: Pinterest / Scoop.it / Tumblr
15. Adobe ID
16. eBooks and eBook apps: Project Gutenberg / Kindle / Overdrive / Bluefire / Kobo, etc.
17. Evernote and Zotero
18. Productivity tools: Doodle / Remember the Milk / Hackpad / any.do /  30/30
19. File sharing: Dropbox
20. Music: last.fm / Spotify
21. Voice interaction and recording
22. eResources vendor apps
23. Digital storytelling

Given that I’ve already explored most of the things on the list, I’ve volunteered myself over at ANZ 23 mobile things as a mentor and I’ll be writing a blogpost for them on  Photos + Maps + Apps: Historypin / What was there / Sepia Town. No doubt I’ll write something here on each of the other Things as they come up.  I won’t necessarily write in the same vein as learning about them, but I can share my thoughts, ideas, and experiences with them. This week has kicked off with Twitter, and I sure do have plenty to say about that.

Incidentally there is a new ALIA Social Media Group on Facebook that might come in useful, but for the moment I’ve decided that yet another distraction in my life cannot be helpful so I’ve left for the time being.

I’ll be interested to see what comes out of these projects, but it’s good to see people wanting to be engaged, play, and experiment, and I’m tracking  #23mobilethings and #anz23mthings over on twitter.



Apologies. I had a headache all week, and today I am continuing a theme of heartbreak, so not much to write.

Yesterday I went to a birthday during the day at Nutcote, May Gibbs’ house. It was a great day with great people, great catering, and a great view, but with this headache that I couldn’t shake I left at about 4:30. It’s pretty amazing that her “cottage” (I am sure it’s bigger than this house) is in such good condition. The birthday girl volunteers and takes tours of the house once a month, so we explored but then she gave us quite a good tour as well.

Entirely by chance I knew the people doing the catering, so it was like catching up with two groups of people in one day.

I crashed after a ferry and train ride home. Painkillers and a heat pack – I couldn’t even make it to the shower. Sadly this meant that I couldn’t make it to an engagement party and I feel terrible about that. Sometimes I wish that someone could just cut off my head.

Finally I felt better this morning so I dragged myself out of bed and went and ate dumplings with one of my friends. By dumplings I mean we had those, and an eggplant dish, and some szechuan-style chilli chicken, and a bottle of wine. I am still dying from full. 

So really it was a pretty quiet weekend. My head and heart feel like they’ve been dumped at the beach so I’m going to head to bed early. Hopefully back to some better blogging tomorrow. 

Today I forgot where I live

That pretty much sums up how I’m feeling today.

I left work, headed for the station, saw a 426 and thought “hey, I might catch the bus home for a change”, and got on. It took a remarkable amount of time to realise that I haven’t lived in Enmore/Marrickville for almost a year now. Anyway, I went to Newtown and then walked home from there.

Where can I get a brain transplant?

After a few things going wrong in my life lately (well, over the past 12 months actually), I’ve been trying to get involved in things again, and taking small steps to change some things in my life. There is a lot that is essentially out of my control, but for the things that I can change I’m working on some of them. Starting to write in here again is another way to keep motivated. I’m not going to write in here everyday FOREVER but while I get back into the hang on it I think it’s a good idea to try.

This past week it has felt good to just make a couple of big decisions. Things still might not pan out how I want, but I feel better for sorting things out in my head.

It was nice and somewhat amusing to have people encouraging me to write again. And thanks to @hughrundle for coming up with ideas as to where I could start with my research interests (and yes maybe I will submit an abstract to VALA – I just want to make sure I don’t overload myself and crash).

Anyway I am exhausted today and we have a house inspection tomorrow, so no great insights, wisdom, or great advances in libraries from me tonight.

So … hi

With the news that Google Reader is closing I got a couple of follow notifications so I think there are still 2 people who might get my updates.

Really that suits me fine. I have decided I’m going to try to write again. Every day. But start small and not always with something profound to say (did I ever?). I always struggled with what this blog should be about but now I don’t care so much so I will just write.

The other week at the hairdresser I ran into a former tutor of mine from when I was at UTS in 2006. I’m sure that I must have seen her since then, but it’s definitely been a long time. She’s now at another uni and focusing on research work. Anyway I mentioned that I miss research and still wish I could do more (but also that my friends and family have banned me from studying ever again). It got me thinking about what I wanted to do my Masters project on but couldn’t because of timing and various things.

For a long time one of my main interests has been in getting information to people who need it most. Although perhaps that’s not the best way to put it, because everyone needs information all the time and sometimes particularly keenly. But what I am interested in is ways to get information to people who may be in a situation where they can’t get access to normal channels, where they are too afraid, too ashamed, don’t know where to look, etc. For example during my Grad. Dip. I did a pilot research study on the information needs and behaviours of ecstasy users in New South Wales – people engaging in a high risk, illegal activity, who have a right to information about the drugs, about their health, about legal aspects, but because of the nature of what they’re doing they can’t necessarily just ask their parents or their doctor or their teacher. In an ideal world people could ask their librarian for where to find help on any topic without being judged.

But in 2011 I read some articles about how homeless people were using social media. I remember this one ‘Homeless turn to Twitter for food, shelter’ and wanting to investigate this further. I blogged about this back then over at ALIA Sydney, but I didn’t pursue it through my studies and now it’s still sitting in my head as something I want to do.

Like with all things online, behind the computer you can be anybody that you want to be. Online, people don’t need to know that you’re homeless, you can connect with friends and family and interact as you choose to. Or you can share your experiences, either to people in similar situations or to people who are willing to listen and engage. I think that people being able to connect with health and support services online now is a fantastic thing. And even just having somewhere to vent when you’re having a bad day.

I think there is a perception that if you are homeless you wouldn’t be on social media, but why wouldn’t you be if you want to? There is free internet access in many libraries (complete with free classes on using social media and the internet), free wifi popping up everywhere, and increasingly cheaper mobile phone services.

Really I never stopped thinking about this, and still have a google alert set up, but I’ve still never pursued it. I am craving research right now so I think I should do something about this …but what?


It’s not that I don’t love you blog, it’s just this uni work keeps stealing away my time. I think of you often, and if you love me as you say you do, I know you’ll understand. You’ll want what’s best for me and understand that right now we need to be apart for awhile. I’ll stay true to you and visit when I can.

Believe me when I say I’d rather be here with you than up all night reading journals.

I miss you. xx


…are the worst. I had so many plans for a productive weekend, with some play time as well, but my body had other plans.

I should have known that something was up when I was feeling not-quite-right on Friday afternoon, was in bed by 6 or 7, and asleep round 9pm. I woke up yesterday feeling like I was dying. Get up get up get up. Drink some coffee, this will go away, stop making excuses for avoiding your uni work. Water will help. Find a packet of vita-weats. Crawl back to bed. Try to take some painkillers. And then it begins. I threw up all day. About every half hour my body decided to rebel and I kept trying to force water down but my body wasn’t having any of that.

My head was pounding, my neck was aching, my back hurt. Nothing I did would make it stop. I rummaged for maxolon only to discover it was out of date. Never mind, it wouldn’t have stayed down anyway.

Drink water, throw up, heat up wheat bag, lie down, nap, wake up, drink water, throw up, heat up wheat bag, lie down, nap, wake up…

Migraine was relentless.

Finally, around 7:30 I managed to finish the packet of vita-weats I’d started about 12 hours earlier. I made a cup of sugary tea. I had a shower. I took some more painkillers and lay very still. This time it all stayed down. The pain started to subside. I drank some water. Heated wheat bag for the final time. Fell asleep.

I missed two 30th birthday parties. Today I’m missing drinks and a dinner. I have to cram all my housework, grocery shopping, and 2 days’ worth of uni work and conference paper planning into one day, while my whole being still feels weak.

If you ever find a miracle cure for migraines please let me know.