Recording of “Mindful Tech: balancing work and life”

MmIT Committee member Antony Groves has kindly recorded his talk on Mindful Tech: balancing work and life (originally given at MmIT’s MindfulTech19 event in January 2019). In an MP4 recording (just under nine minutes long) he shares his own story about why he brought mindfulness practices into his own life and recommends books and tools that have helped support his practice. We share this during Mental Health Awareness Week.

Many public and academic libraries now contain curated collections of self-help books from the Reading Well initiative, which supports individuals to understand and manage their health and wellbeing using helpful reading. In addition, the Mental Health Foundation offers a range of helpful online booklets, including a guide to How to look after your mental health using mindfulness.

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Exploring information literacy pedagogies through sonic objects #MmITsonic

Join us at Central Saint Martins for this interactive workshop. Participants will be encouraged to experiment with sound, then relate these experiences to teaching practices, strategies and approaches to learning within a context of teaching information literacy. Themes will be emergent on the day, but the workshop design encourages exploration of the following: assumptions about group learning, group dynamics, lived experience of teaching and learning, session design and digital learning.

Anyone who works with students supporting information literacy/academic support or has an interest in pedagogy will benefit from this workshop. Come along and put yourselves in your students shoes for an afternoon and remember what it feels like to be learning something brand new, reflect on your own learning habits and how group dynamics can effect your own experience of learning.

The workshop is on Thursday 6th June, 2pm-5pm at Central Saint Martins, Granary Sq. Kings Cross, London

Book here and follow us at #MMITsonic

Call for speakers: Internet Librarian International #ILI2019

The Call for Speakers for Internet Librarian International #ILI2019  has opened.  Share your library experiences with hundreds of global colleagues this October in London.

Every year hundreds of library and information professionals – and others – come together at ILI to exchange ideas, knowledge and experience. The focus is on real-world innovations, whether large or small.   The organisers are looking for case studies, great stories, personal experiences and lessons learned from the ideas, strategies and practical implementations you’ve put in place.

The submission deadline is 12 April 2019.

Members of the MmIT Committee will be attending #ILI2019, where we’ll staff an information stand and tweet our discoveries from the conference.

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Talks and tweets from #MindfulTech19

The MmIT Committee were delighted to welcome over forty group members and others from the library and information community to Cilip HQ on 9 January 2019.  We heard four excellent speakers who guided and provoked us to consider the topics of mindful technology and how to beat digital distraction.

While some delegates avoided the “digital distraction” of Twitter during the afternoon, the tweets from #MindfulTech19  indicate that delegates (and Twitter followers) found plenty to share!  Val Skelton wrote up an excellent overview of the event in her article Mindful tech – looking for new ways to engage with tech, work and nature.

All four speakers have kindly added their presentations to the MmIT Slideshare account:

The event also included the MmIT AGM for 2019.  Andy Tattersall stepped down after two years as Chair and the new MmIT Officers are:

  • Alison McNab (Chair)
  • Debbie Morris (Secretary)
  • Amina Choudhury (Treasurer)

Top Ten @MultiMediaIT blog posts of 2018

  1. Our top blog topic of the year was our Essential tools and technologies for the library and information professional webinar (#AskMmIT18) on 15 February 2018.
  2. Next was our promotional post for our webinar on Using video in your library and information service.  The follow-up post to our 12th December 2018 webinar provides links to the recording, slides and tweets from #MmITvideo.
  3. The post publicising the Spring issue of the MmIT journal, with its focus on sound and vision, attracted many views.
  4. Our most-accessed guest blog post featured the results of a small scale survey on “Library social media – how do you do it?” by Tom Kistell of @hallamlibrary.
  5. In Blockchain technology and us, MmIT committee member Antony Groves considered how blockchain technology may impact on LIS work.
  6. Our post on Apply for a CILIP Conference Bursary attracted lots of attention – it was won by Lizzie Sparrow who blogged on her use of Pocket.
  7. The reaction to the post from Antony Groves on Mindful tech: digital solutions to our digital problems encouraged us to address this topic in our January 2019 meeting: #MindfulTech19.
  8. In We need to talk about #Storify….. we reflected on the closure of the Storify digital curation service.  Continued development throughout 2018 means that Wakelet has become the default alternative for most people.
  9.  Our January meetings in London are always popular and the January 2018 event, Future Proofing the Library, was fully-booked.  You can find most presentations from MmIT events on our Slideshare account.
  10. Our blog post featuring links for Open Access Week 2018 #OAWeek completes our top ten, thanks to promotion from @CilipInfo.

If technology and the digital world feature in your professional interests, follow along with MmIT in 2019 for more writing and links to resources and events.  We’re always happy to hear from guest bloggers!

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Recording, slides and tweets from #MmITvideo

MmIT’s webinar on Using video in your library and information service was held on 12 December 2018 and attracted a audience of over 50.  MmIT Chair Andy Tattersall chaired the webinar and we were delighted to have three speakers from a range of professional library sessions who provided practical and inspiring introductions to a range of video-related tools:

  • Kim Donovan from @SPHLibrary introduced the Actionbound  scavenger hunt app, which allows the creator to upload video for information and/or to set tasks which involve students/users uploading their own video.
  • MmIT Committee member Christina Harbour from @AngliaRuskin discussed Powtoon  (which enables even beginners to create engaging, animated videos)  and provided tips and hints on creating video using an iPad.
  • Claire Sewell  from @theUL at Cambridge University provided overviews of Lumen5  (A.I. powered video creation platform that turns blog posts into engaging videos) and Screencastify (a browser extension that can be used as a live demo tool or to record a screen demo).

Via Twitter we had a recommendation from Cate Newell for Biteable, which is similar to Powtoon, for induction videos as it is free and easy to use and upload to YouTube.

#MindfulTech19 : start 2019 by resolving to manage technology rather than letting it manage you

The MmIT Committee warmly invite its group members and others working in the library and information community to our meeting of talks, incorporating the MmIT  AGM for 2018, on 9 January 2019.  Hot drinks will be provided and we have four excellent speakers to help us consider the topics of mindful technology and how to beat digital distractions.

The programme:

  • How to feel better without logging off  Dr Sue Thomas (Visiting Fellow at Bournemouth University and author of Nature and Wellbeing in the Digital Age). “Encounters with nature have measurable positive effects – heart rate slows, blood pressure goes down, stress melts away and the brain is more able to concentrate. This talk looks at how the same benefits can be gained by accessing nature in VR and online, and explains why we need more nature, not less technology. This is a chance to be mindful of the ways we connect to the natural world both on and offline”.
  • We aren’t addicted to our phones, we are addicted to being social  Dave White (Head of Digital Learning, University of the Arts London).  “Much of being mindful with technology involves us reflecting on our motivations to engage – are we making a positive choice or simply being pushed around by addictive platforms? Are we in control or simply feeding the data machine? A useful way to consider this is through the notion of personal agency. In this talk I will discuss how we can define clear modes of engagement when using digital technology and how we can retain our agency in an environment which has atomised knowledge and communication”.
  •  Mindful Tech: balancing work and life Antony Groves (Learning and Teaching Librarian, University of Sussex). “Last summer I blogged about mindful tech offering digital solutions to our digital problems.  Today I’ll discuss how I seek to bring balance to both personal and professional life through the mindful use of technology”.
  • 20 quick ways to beat digital distraction Andy Tattersall (Information Specialist, University of Sheffield). “Did your New Year Resolutions include making 2019 less digitally overwhelming?  This talk will take you on a whistle stop tour of 20 ideas and technologies to help you beat digital distraction”.

Date: Wednesday 9 January 2019 1-4.30pm

Venue: CILIP, 7 Ridgmount Street, London WC1E 7AE

Free to attend; book online at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/mmit-2018-agm-and-free-talks-on-mindful-technology-and-beating-digital-distractions-tickets-51333887038

MmIT is a Special Interest Group of Cilip, the UK’s library and information association.