Friday, July 28, 2017

Back? Maybe

I had forgotten the problems managing post content in Blogger, because <p> tags keep disappearing. I seem to recall reading a suggestion that it is the Blogger editor at fault.

And I forgot how *&^%$#@! bad that gets when I want to structure my content around images:

1. put tags in HTML editor

2. switch to Compose view = no paragraphs

3. switch back to HTML view = tags gone.

This seems like a fairly significant problem--one that may send me looking elsewhere, maybe switching to if I leave .

However -- if it is possible to blog here easily using a better editor, perhaps I could happily return. Do you have any suggestions?

Sunday, July 09, 2017

I'm baaaack

Later, maybe, more on why and how...
 In the meantime, I'm listening to (and occasionally watching) this:

Motiversity. (2017). Best Motivational Speech Compilation EVER #4 - GET BACK UP - 30-Minute Motivation Video #5. Retrieved from

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Spreading my wings: a double-barrel experiment

For the next few months most (if not all) of my blogging will be at my latest experiment.

A self-hosted, Wordpress, blog in my own name: 

How I feel about it (in pictures):

and a little fragile?:
Enter the Dragonfly

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Something useful: “A deployment strategy for maximising the impact of institutional use of web2.0”

Chess set at Ryde Library. Photo taken 10 July 2012 during ALIA2012 tour

Are books likely to be useful for INF206?

The book publishing process is so slow compared with the rate of change in the world of social media technologies that I do not figure finding much of current practical value from books. However some information specialists suggest that books published some time after an event can offer depth, expansion, detail and analysis (University of Illinois Library, 2010). With such hope I focussed my search on books published as recently as possible.

-"book review"

As diplomacy is so time-consuming, I shall refrain from whole-book reviews in the course of this subject--unless I stumble upon something startling. If I comment at all on a book in this 'learning journal', it will be on stuff I find useful - ready to be applied.

This I can use - concerns and how to manage them

From the notes I took, Kelly's (2010) chapter "A deployment strategy for maximising the impact of institutional use of web2.0" jumped out at me as being specific and practical. Kelly listed eight IT department concerns (p. 105); succinctly described six risk management approaches (p. 110); provided a risk assessment toolkit (p. 116) and a risk/opportunity management framework (p. 117).

Fresh in my mind were lessons from the introduction of Open leadership. Within the example of Red Cross and Hurricane Katrina, Charlene Li (2010, p. ix) identified the importance of persistently and patiently addressing executive fears and concerns.  I want to get back to see if I can get specifics on any that might differ from IT concerns, and check whether they require different management approaches.

Because pictures are more interesting...

I have been trying to find an image that conveys deployment strategy without competitive/destructive overtones... any suggestions?

A TV top battlefield: Toy soldiers deployed around an overturned jeep. By Darcy (2007)
Kelly, B. (2010). A Deployment strategy for maximising the institutional use of web2.0. In D. Parkes and G. Walton (Eds.), Web 2.0 and libraries: impacts, technologies and trends (pp. 95–122). Oxford: Chandos.
Li, C. (2010). Open leadership : How social technology can transform the way you lead. Hoboken: John Wiley and Sons.
University of Illinois Library. (2010, March 3). The information cycle. Retrieved July 21, 2012, from

[Originally posted at, which site is likely to be discarded, and although some of the site around that time was captured at webarchive, it did not include the original of this post.]

Sunday, July 01, 2012

Preparing for conference

#ALIA2012 is my first librarianship conference.

How different will it be to gather with a collection of librarians instead of a bevy of breastfeeding counsellors?

ABA conferences inspire

I found conferences with the Australian Breastfeeding Association warm, friendly and encouraging. Could that be because members are nurtured in welcoming skills (by example, inclusion and training) from their first contact?  Perhaps it was also because we all shared a purpose, and identity - having reached at least a specific stage of training in order to be there. 
Of course my own attitude played a huge part too: I was eager and determined to learn all I could to make my own volunteer work more successful. I expected to enjoy an ABA conference because everyone who had been to one spoke positively and excitedly about them.  Even that would have been shared though, because going at all was an additional voluntary opportunity.

Discovering ALIA conferences

So why do I feel a little differently about going to ALIA2012?
  • The association is different: ALIA is more heterogenous, sure we share an interest in library and/or information services but that is a very broad field. My evening work hours prevent me attending ALIAVic events so there are few inter-personal relationships involved in my membership. There is no patterned (personal) welcoming behaviour in ALIA.  I wonder whether warmer 'welcoming' is something ALIA groups could arrange for members to learn from ABA?
  • My position is different.  With 18 months of study and unschooling to go, and with a casual and subordinate work-role the distance feels much greater between what I might learn in session and any opportunity to apply it.
  • I expect that the content will be drier (no pun intended). Frequently after (other LIS) conferences bloggers bemoan a general lack of vibrancy in presentations.

Orienting myself

Nevertheless, having thought back to my ABA experience, I see ways to uplift my attitude and I realise I have been applying some already:
Discover mentoring at ALIA Biennial

Re-reading advice saved earlier (with Delicious/Diigo)

Do you just love it when you can use sites you found earlier?  Although I had remembered most of the advice, it was still reassuring to refresh and double-check my readiness against:

Sorting out the technology

  • With my Xoom (so I can Skype home, and continue testing its relative handiness):
  • My Toshiba laptop (for writing up in the evenings (and in case the Xoom dies))
    •  its charger and a headset in case I need to dictate instead of type.
    • with Evernote, Dropbox, Firefox and plugins (Diigo, Zotero, kwout, echofon) updated.
  • Mobile phone (although it seems to be dying, will I have time to look for a smartphone?) and of course its charger
  • Paper, pens and printouts of schedules - because electronics can die or disappear.
 I wonder what I forgot?
    Image Credit: Laura Geared Up by Edward Liu, CC at Flickr

    Who would like to meet up at #ALIA2012?

    Tell me if I can look for you? 

    Positive I am not the only introvert in libraries, would anyone else enjoy trying to put an internet handle to a face at the ALIA2012 conference? 

    I will be there on Tuesday for one of the tours, at first-timer's breakfast, staying at the Hilton, at each social event.  I am bringing Evernote Hello on my Xoom and hope to encounter other social librarians, information specialists, Xoomers (or other droids), gamers, introverts, students, parents ...

    Wednesday, May 09, 2012

    Information architecture methods have a nifty little table organising, and linking to their articles on a variety of methods used in the process of developing usable websites. Thank you kwout:

    Monday, February 06, 2012

    Will I like my Xoom?

    I do hope so... it cost enough - and will cost more over my two year data plan! It was time to bite the bullet: the only way I could properly explore the mobile/handheld experience would be to try it. Too many options and none of them, by reviews, perfect for all that I wanted one to do.

    I want *one* mobile device - not 3 or 4.

    New functions desired

    • let me read and annotate digital papers and books in bed
    • capture voice notes
    • easily sync the above and much of the following with my PC for those functions (extended typing) for which a PC is more comfortable.
    • capture and interpret QR codes
    • do all the wonderful things librarians anticipate people will do with mobile devices (which are?)

    To replace my phone it would, ideally:

    • ? let me send text to someone else's mobile device
    • ? let me make a call -- I'm told this may be possible through Google Talk or Skype?
    • :-( let me receive text messages (even if to gmail) -- apparently it can't
    • :-( let me receive phone call -- apparently it can't
    • ? provide easy to set, loud remindering

    To replace my camera it would, ideally:

    • take good photographs
    • upload easily to the places I use photos: Flickr, Blogger

    So now I have a Xoom, although I'm still miffed it doesn't have mobile phone service after all, only mobile data. After worrying about the security-risks of tying it in to my email address; and an excess of legalistic Terms of Service (what are tricks are being pulled in all that legalese?)... I wonder what to try first?

    Okay, *after* taking photos with front and back cameras, getting frustrated at how long it took me to discover how to remove a widget from the desktop, wondering what image to place as background, adjusting the time settings, trying the built-in alarm sounds, unsuccessfully looking for my cotton gloves and using my cotton poncho instead to prevent finger prints...

    What do I do next?

    Update: Have downloaded Dropbox and Evernote apps.


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