Thing 23 – Making It All Work Together

 

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I can’t believe it’s all over. Rudai 23 was a fantastic experience and I learnt so much from it. My first experience with social media was Bebo, I even had a My Space account but that was short lived. I’m not sure why I took the plunge and finally gave in to Facebook in 2008 and that was pretty much the only social media I used until I did the MLIS and particularly the Rudai 23 course. As social media has become an integral tool for both work and my social life, it can sometimes become over whelming. I’m still struggling with the 140 character limit on Twitter.

I have only recently started using Hootsuite so I haven’t yet fully integrated it into my routine but it is an invaluable resource. It’s always difficult to post content at the optimum time when you do it manually but with Hootsuite I don’t have to worry about it, I can schedule all the notifications in the morning and spend more time engaging with the content and the users.

Thank you to everyone on the Rudai 23 team, it was a fantastic experience and I hope you can run this course again.

Thing 22 – Mobile Things

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The task for Thing 22 is to review mobile apps that might be useful in the library world. The one they recommend reviewing is Gum but unfortunately it is not available for Android devices. The only apps that I use on a regular basis that might be some what useful for collaboration in the workplace that hasn’t been mentioned so far is Whatsap or Viber.

For a long time I used Whatsap for sending text messages and Viber for making phone calls, but a few months ago Whatsap added a call feature so I probably use that app more often. Peoples views on social media vary, if someone has a smart phone they might have preference for Facebook over Twitter or vice versa making it difficult to find a common social media platform to communicate on while working on a project. A solution to this is using an instant messaging app like Whatsapp or Viber to communicate during the project as they don’t require as much personal information in order to sign up.

Image from here.

Thing 21 – Creating Infographics

The task for Thing 21 is to design an infographic and write a reflection about the process. Prior to starting Thing 21 I thought that the most difficult challenge so far was making a video but I think creating an infographic was definitely the hardest things I have done so far. The reason why it was so difficult was because I found it difficult to find a free template that matched the content I wanted to share. In the end I went with a timeline template from HubSpot but if this was something I would have to do on a regular basis I would definitely invest in a subscription to a site with a wide variety of templates.

In November 2015 I wrote a blog post about presentations in order to complete the requirements for Thing 20. This infographic is a visualisation of the strategies I use with some tips on how to present at conferences and will hopefully encourage more people to take on the challenge.

Presenting at Conferences