Essential tools and technologies for the library and information professional – video and slides for #AskMmIT19

MmIT hosted their annual webinar on what tools and technologies should librarians and information professionals know about in 2019. We smashed all MmIT webinar records with over 230 professionals attending over the course of the 50 minute session.webinar image

The webinar panel was chaired by Andy Tattersall who was joined by three experts to look at tools and technologies new and old as well as answer questions for the event which had the hashtag #AskMmIT19

The Panelists were Christina Harbour – Anglia Ruskin University @tinalpool Claire Beecroft – University Teacher at the University of Sheffield @beakybeecroft Luke Burton – Digital Development Manager at Newcastle City Council @biblioluke and Andy Tattersall – Information Specialist at the University of Sheffield @Andy_Tattersall

MmIT Chair Alison McNab @AlisonMcNab has created a Wakelet of the event which you can view here

Useful links from the workshop

H5P Resources
There’s a page in the documentation for Canvas: https://h5p.org/documentation/for-authors/h5p-for-canvas
Massachusetts Library created resource guide: http://guides.masslibsystem.org/h5p
Anglia Ruskin University Library Guide https://anglia.libguides.com/readinglists/navigation
Adding images to Padlet https://en-gb.padlet.com/features
MmIT Resources
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#AskMmIT18 webinar on Essential tools and technologies for the library and information professional

MmIT was delighted to “sell out” (the tickets were free) its second webinar featuring top tools and technologies chosen by MmIT members.

On this occasion, these were chosen by Committee members Luke Burton (Digital Transformation Manager at Newcastle City Council), Virginia Power (Graduate Tutor/PhD researcher at the University of the West of England), and Andy Tattersall (Information Specialist at The School of Health and Related Research at University of Sheffield).  Leo Appleton (Director of Library Services, Goldsmiths, University of London) chaired the webinar and Alison McNab (Academic Librarian at the University of Huddersfield) live-tweeted the event and responded to social media and online questions.

Essential tools and technologies for the library and information professional Webinar – 15th February 2-3pm

We are proud to announce our latest webinar ‘Essential tools and technologies for the library and information professional’

Register your free place here http://bit.ly/2CvjcRJ

https_cdn.evbuc.comimages38699659289349496911originalWhat tools and technologies should you be using as a librarian or information professional in 2018? Join the CILIP special interest group MmIT as we host our yearly webinar to discuss and shortlist the most relevant tools you can employ as part of your work right now. Webinar Chair Leo Appleton is joined by three fellow members of the Multimedia and Information Technology Committee to look at tools and technologies new and old as well as answer any questions you may have.

Join the webinar here: https://sheffield.adobeconnect.com/mmit

You can ask questions in advance via the Twitter hashtag #AskMmIT18 – Tweet us directly on @MultiMediaIT or by going to TodaysMeet Room https://todaysmeet.com/MmITWebinar

Our panelists for the webinar are:
Luke Burton – Digital Transformation Manager at Newcastle City Council

Luke Burton completed his MA in Library and Information Management in 2008 and became a Library and Information Officer with Newcastle Libraries in 2010 as part of their Information and Digital team. He became manager of the Business & IP Centre Newcastle in 2013 and was responsible for co-ordinating and contributing to intellectual property support, business information and business support to small businesses in the North-East. In late 2014 Luke became the Digital Transformation Manager for the Community Hubs, Libraries and Parks within Newcastle City Council where he leads on transformation, development and implementation of digital services within libraries and customer services. In April 2017 he was appointed as the Digital Delivery Manager for the Community Hubs, Libraries and Parks within Newcastle City Council. Luke is particularly interested in copyright, open data, new technologies and culture change within organisations.

Luke tweets as @biblioluke

Virginia Power – Graduate Tutor/PhD researcher at the University of the West of England

Virginia Power is Graduate Tutor/PhD researcher at the University of the West of England. Virginia has over 40 years’ library and information services management experience within educational and cultural heritage sectors. She lectures in Information Management and Science and is also a PhD student in the field of social knowledge management and digital resource curation. Virginia’s particular interest is in technology for learning and open education, specifically the use and re-use of Open Educational Resources (OER) and her PhD is focused on researching the role and impact of social knowledge and narrative in the use and re-use of OER. Virginia specialises in the development of staff digital skills within cultural heritage and corporate knowledge settings. She is also co-editor of eBooks in Libraries: a practical guide published by Facet Publishing.

Virginia tweets as @PowerVirg

Andy Tattersall – Information Specialist at The School of Health and Related Research at The University of Sheffield

Andy Tattersall is an Information Specialist at The School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR) and writes, teaches and gives talks about digital academia, technology, scholarly communications, open research, web and information science, apps altmetrics and social media. In particular, their application for research, teaching, learning, knowledge management and collaboration. Andy received a Senate Award from The University of Sheffield’ for his pioneering work on MOOCs in 2013 and is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Andy is also Chair of the CILIP MmIT Committee. He has edited a book on Altmetrics for Facet Publishing which is aimed at researchers and librarians. Andy was named in the Jisc Top Ten Social Media Superstars for 2017.

Andy tweets as @Andy_Tattersall

Chair: Leo Appleton – Director of Library Services, Goldsmiths, University of London.

Leo Tweets as @leoappleton

Responding to social media and online questions

Alison McNab – Academic Librarian at the University of Huddersfield

Alison McNab is an Academic Librarian at the University of Huddersfield whose current focus is on supporting researchers at all stages of the research cycle. She has regularly pioneered the implementation of new technologies and resources, with a focus on their use to enhance service development and delivery, and for much of her career had a specialist focus on the marketing and exploitation of e-content. Her professional interests include accessibility and assistive technologies, current awareness and trend-watching, e-content, information literacy, mobile learning, scholarly communication, and the use of social media by libraries. She has contributed to the wider profession by writing, editing, speaking, and through membership of the management committees of MmIT, UKeiG and the UKSG.

Alison tweets as @AlisonMcNab

Joining Details

Join the live session by clicking the link below:

https://sheffield.adobeconnect.com/mmit

The session takes place in an Adobe Connect webinar – headphones and a microphone are advisable, but the microphone is not essential. You can also join using a tablet or smartphone with the Adobe Connect mobile app.

We look forward to meeting you online soon! If you have trouble joining and the guidance below doesn’t help contact us at scharr-tel@sheffield.ac.uk

Troubleshooting:

If you have never attended an Adobe Connect session, a quick start guide can be found at: http://www.adobe.com/content/dam/Adobe/en/products/adobeconnect/pdfs/VQS_Guide_for_Participants.pdf

Adobe Connect provides an online connection test for troubleshooting connection problems. This tests the four key components for a successful Adobe Connect experience:

  • Flash Player version
  • Network connectivity to the Adobe Connect Server
  • Available bandwidth
  • Acrobat Connect Meeting Add-in version

You can access this test at the following URL:

https://admin.acrobat.com/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm

Affordable Futures: High-tech, low-cost Library innovations – 17TH Nov, 13.00-16.30

Affordable Futures (2)The emergence of new technologies brings opportunities for Libraries and information services to improve and add value to the services that they offer.

However, it is not always clear how this can be achieved, or whether the cost of adding value can be met. At this event you will hear about three practical, affordable, Library innovations and have the chance to try some of these technologies yourself.

Book a place: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/affordable-futures-high-tech-low-cost-library-innovations-tickets-38538674212

Speakers

1 – Creating low-cost VR for your Library
Antony Groves (University of Sussex Library)

For many of us, technologies such as 360 photography and Virtual Reality may seem like extravagances: what real value can they add to our library services and at what cost? The following hands-on workshop will demonstrate some of the practical applications of these technologies at the University of Sussex – from enriching our presence on Google Maps with 3600 photography, to making inaccessible parts of the campus accessible through VR. This workshop will also give attendees the chance to try creating their own low cost spherical photography and VR using Google Cardboard.

 

2 – Using Rasperry Pi’s in an academic Library Environment
Dr. Jon Knight (Loughborough University)

As part of a library refurbishment, Loughborough University Library were looking to increase the amount of digital signage in use. The IT team investigated the use of Raspberry Pi’s for this, and found them to be cheap to buy, have low running costs (and energy usage) and more than capable of handling the demands of most display systems. The University Library now has a large number of Pi controlled display screens around the building showing information such as group study room bookings, PC lab availability and Library/IT Services generated news and promotions. The system has also been rolled out elsewhere on campus, often replacing expensive commercial digital signage systems. This presentation provides a background to this development work, details how the Pi’s are used and managed and also provides some ideas for future uses, both within the Library and the wider campus.

 

3 – Making Library Makers – 2 Years in the Making…
Carlos Izsak (Education & Community Development Specialist and founder of Makercart)

Over the last couple of years we have been working with libraries helping them set up makerspaces with The Makercart: a customisable, portable, pop-up makerspace. The Makercart is designed to provide a way for organisations to support makerspace workshops and activities in a flexible and adaptable way. Some of the libraries we’ve been working with include: Guildford Library, Redbridge Central Library, Kent Library Service and the new Oxford Central Library. These libraries are in the process of setting up regular clubs/activities, most of them with a focus on children 8-13yo. We’ve helped them secure funding, trained staff and volunteers, ran events and provided advice and equipment. We’d like to share the success and challenges we’ve encountered and the direction we’re moving forward. We’ll give participants the chance to MAKE an LED card, experience making and get the chance to discuss with colleagues the role libraries can play in the maker movement.

 

1.00: Registration & networking lunch
1.30-1.40: Welcome by MmIT
1.40-2.25: Antony Groves – Creating low-cost VR for your Library
2.25-3.10: Jon Knight – Using Rasperry Pi’s in an academic Library Environment
3.10-3.30: Break/Networking
3.30-4.15: Carlos Izsak – Making Library Makers – 2 Years in the Making…
4.15: Questions and close

 

Essential tools and technologies for the library and information professional Webinar – 15th May 2-3pm

What tools and technologies should you be using as a librarian or information professional in 2017? Join the CILIP special interest group MmIT as we host our first webinar to discuss and shortlist the most relevant tools you can employ as part of your work right now. We are joined by four members of the Multimedia and Information Technology Committee to look at tools and technologies new and old as well as answer any questions you may have.

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Register here

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/essential-tools-and-technologies-for-the-library-and-information-professional-tickets-34119534446

Join the live session by clicking the link below:

https://sheffield.adobeconnect.com/mmit

You can ask questions in advance via the Twitter hashtag #AskMmIT17 , tweet us directly on  @MultiMediaIT or by going to TodaysMeet Room   https://todaysmeet.com/MmITWebinar

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Luke Burton

Luke Burton completed his MA in Library and Information Management in 2008 and became a Library and Information Officer with Newcastle Libraries in 2010 as part of their Information and Digital team.  He became manager of the Business & IP Centre Newcastle in 2013 and was responsible for co-ordinating and contributing to intellectual property support, business information and business support to small businesses in the North-East. In late 2014 Luke became the Digital Transformation Manager for the Community Hubs, Libraries and Parks within Newcastle City Council where he leads on transformation, development and implementation of digital services within libraries and customer services. In April 2017 he was appointed as  the Digital Delivery Manager for the Community Hubs, Libraries and Parks within Newcastle City Council. Luke is particularly interested in copyright, open data, new technologies and culture change within organisations.He tweets as @biblioluke

 

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Alison McNab

Alison McNab is an Academic Librarian at the University of Huddersfield whose current focus is on supporting researchers at all stages of the research cycle.   She has regularly pioneered the implementation of new technologies and resources, with a focus on their use to enhance service development and delivery, and for much of her career had a specialist focus on the marketing and exploitation of e-content.  Her professional interests include accessibility and assistive technologies, current awareness and trend-watching, e-content, information literacy, mobile learning, scholarly communication, and the use of social media by libraries.  She has contributed to the wider profession by writing, editing, speaking, and through membership of the management committees of MmIT, UKeiG and the UKSG. She tweets as @AlisonMcNab

 

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Virginia Power

Virginia Power is Graduate Tutor/PhD researcher at the University of the West of England. Virginia has over 40 years’ library and information services management experience within educational and cultural heritage sectors. She lectures in Information Management and Science and is also a PhD student in the field of social knowledge management and digital resource curation. Virginia’s particular interest is in technology for learning and open education, specifically the use and re-use of Open Educational Resources (OER) and her PhD is focused on researching the role and impact of social knowledge and narrative in the use and re-use of OER. Virginia specialises in the development of staff digital skills within cultural heritage and corporate knowledge settings. She is also co-editor of eBooks in Libraries: a practical guide published by Facet Publishing. Virginia tweets as @PowerVirg

 

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Andy Tattersall

Andy Tattersall is an Information Specialist at The School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR) and writes, teaches and gives talks about digital academia, technology, scholarly communications, open research, web and information science, apps altmetrics and social media. In particular, their application for research, teaching, learning, knowledge management and collaboration. Andy received a Senate Award from The University of Sheffield’ for his pioneering work on MOOCs in 2013 and is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.  Andy is also Chair of the CILIP MmIT Committee. He has edited a book on Altmetrics for Facet Publishing which is aimed at researchers and librarians. He  tweets as @Andy_Tattersall

 

Register your place here.

 

Join the live session by clicking the link below:

https://sheffield.adobeconnect.com/mmit

The session takes place in an Adobe Connect webinar – headphones and a microphone are advisable, but the microphone is not essential. You can also join using a tablet or smartphone with the Adobe Connect mobile app.

We look forward to meeting you online soon! If you have trouble joining and the guidance below doesn’t help contact us at scharr-tel@sheffield.ac.uk.

 

Troubleshooting:

If you have never attended an Adobe Connect session, a quick start guide can be found at: http://www.adobe.com/content/dam/Adobe/en/products/adobeconnect/pdfs/VQS_Guide_for_Participants.pdf

Adobe Connect provides an online connection test for troubleshooting connection problems. This tests the four key components for a successful Adobe Connect experience:

  • Flash Player version
  • Network connectivity to the Adobe Connect Server
  • Available bandwidth
  • Acrobat Connect Meeting Add-in version

You can access this test at the following URL:

https://admin.acrobat.com/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm

MmIT FREE Half Day Event for Members – The Digital Individual

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The library and information community have always had technology champions and in an increasingly digital world this is needed more than ever. The half day workshop will explore how library and information professionals can leverage new and established technologies to become digital citizens, teachers, researchers and champions. The purpose of the three workshops is not only to help professionals provide a better service befitting the 21st Century but also improve their own skill sets and show value to their organisation.

Programme

12:00 Registration & networking lunch

12:40 – 13.00 Welcome by MmIT

13.00 – 13.50 The digital researcher, Iain Baird – Academic Librarian, Teesside University

13.50 – 14.10 Break/ networking (tea, coffee & biscuits)

14.10 – 15.00 The digital teacher, Claire Beecroft – Lecturer/ Information Specialist, Sheffield University

15:00 – 15.50 The digital citizen, Luke Burton – Digital Transformation Manager, Newcastle City Council

15.50 Questions and close

To book a place:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-digital-individual-how-to-become-a-better-digital-citizen-teacher-and-researcher-tickets-31969158614?aff=es2

 

What can you learn from like, follow and share?

Social bookmarks and social sharing plugins quickly emerged as a standard feature across the web. Attached to the end of blog posts, news articles and appearing in email signatures. In fact don’t look now but if you look to your right you will see that familiar blue bird next to a @multimediaIT follow icon!

But what value can we gain from the likes, + 1 and followers we receive? How often do people click our social plugins? Should we be finding ways to encourage more activity on our social bookmarks or is it a waste of time?

We want to know our audience and what it is they want to read so that we can gauge our readership and target our material. Looking at metrics on our social plugins can show us this and help us find out not only what people are reading but what they are sharing and who that subsequently draws in.

The SocialShare report written in January this year found that “about half of the top 10,000 websites have a link to their Facebook pages from their home page, 40% link to their Twitter pages and when it comes to like buttons, Google+ is now second place to Facebook.” In response to this they found that the popularity of these social plugins is on the rise and the increased presence of Google+ on websites has resulted in a rise in popularity, in fact “the stats show that Google’s +1 is more widely used than Twitter’s share button”!

But let’s conduct our own experiment…Are you using social plugins? How big is your community? Who are you reaching? What do your readers ‘like’? What do they share? Why?

Comment below and tell us your thoughts on the value gained from social sharing.

References

How to Get Your Social Sharing Buttons to Stand Out, Deborah Sweeney (Jul 19, 2013) http://socialmediatoday.com/deborah-sweeney/1607461/how-get-your-social-sharing-buttons-stand-out

Report: Facebook Like Button Most Used, Google +1 Button Surging, Greg Finn (Jul 8, 2011) http://searchengineland.com/report-facebook-has-the-most-implemented-social-plugins-googles-1-surging-84926?utm_source=twbutton&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=tweet

SocialShare Report, BrightEdge (January 2013) http://www.brightedge.com/social-share-january-2013