Saturday, 28 November 2015

Screen casting take 2!

As promised here is a slightly longer screen cast than the one I made for Rudai 23 Things. One of the most common everyday queries I receive is from training grade doctors at the hospital who want to access Uptodate (a clinical resource) through their phones or tablets. One of the difficulties they often encounter is that they first have to register though the link on the Cardiff University library catalogue, so hopefully my screencast will be of some help resolving these queries in the future!


Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Thing 23: Making it all work together

I like the idea of Hootsuite and being able to track several social media accounts at one time. I do often find myself wondering if I neglect to check Facebook or Twitter just how much I've missed out on! I think particularly for people who are managing organisational as well as personal social media account then a tool such as Hootsuite would be an absolute necessity. Being able to cross post between Twitter and Facebook would also be extremely convenient for someone looking to juggle several social media accounts at once.
Thing 22: Mobile Things

When I first started working in public libraries I remember we used to supply bookmarks and encourage users to write mini reviews of the book they were reading on them. This was a great way of creating a conversation among our users and it proved quite popular. In a library context the Gum App could work in a very similar way. The good thing about Gum is that it is so versatile it could be used in a library context for users to comment on the books, music or films available within a library. However, I do see the potential danger for age inappropriate comments to be made but I don't think we should let this put as off an app that clearly has so much potential.
Thing 21: Creating Infographics

I think infographics are an incredibly clever way of visualizing information. When cramming for exams whilst at school or university I would always try to include little drawings, tables or charts next to my notes as I found that this always helped to keep the information in my mind. Obviously the online tools available to us today means that some of the infographics out there are are extremely creative and impressive.

Whilst looking at various infographics available on the web I came across which has some stunning graphics. I think the really impressive thing about some of these infographics is the way they can sometimes present complicated issues whilst maintaining the simplicity that is required to make an effective infographic.       

Monday, 12 October 2015

Thing 20: Presentations

I don't think anyone can be completely comfortable giving a presentation to a large number of people.   I was certainly nervous the first time I gave a student induction around 6 months ago. but knowing that I'd put a lot of effort into the presentation slides and the handouts did go some way toward allaying my fears on the day.

I'd decided that I wanted to use something other than Powerpoint for my presentation slides and I'd remembered a presentation I'd been given a few months earlier using Prezi, which I had been pretty impressed with. I'm aware that some people criticise Prezi for the fact that its too easy to get carried away with the zooming in and out of the slides. I'm someone who's particularly prone to motion sickness but I have to say that as long as the slides aren't moved around at a ridiculously fast pace I have no problems at all with Prezi. I find it extremely user friendly and the fact that it can be saved to your account online meant that I could easily share my presentation with my line manager as I was developing it.

My advice to anyone giving a presentation for the first time who maybe slightly nervous or anxious at the prospect would be to practice your presentation out loud to yourself- theres no substitute for actually knowing your presentation and this will give you confidence. I also try to keep the the presentation slides themselves as simple as possible with not too much text. If you can it may also help if you can access the classroom or lecture theatre beforehand just to practice setting up your equipment it will mean having one less thing to worry about on the day!
Thing 19: The Legal Side of Things

Below are two images that I have sourced from Creative Commons images. Hopefully I have attributed these appropriately. 

Creative Commons Knowledge wins. Public library books are free. By Smith, Dan, 1865-1934 (artist); American Library Association (sponsor) is licensed by CC by 2.0. 

by The Literary Digest, from Wikimedia Commons

Thing 18: Communicating Through Photographs

As I already have Flickr and Instagram accounts I thought I'd explore a slightly different photo based app for this weeks task which I think may be of particular interest for librarians working within health care. 'Figure 1'  is a photo sharing app for members of the health community. Medical professionals can upload images of diseases or injuries (whilst of course ensuring the anonymity of their patients). The app was created with the idea that sharing images of what perplexes one doctor with other doctors or health professionals around the world can help to point them in the right direction- effectively crowd sourcing diagnosis.

The app very much has the look and feel of Instagram and has often been labelled as 'the Instagram for doctors'. However, the uploading of images isn't as straight forward as Instagram. The uploader is required to follow strict guidelines on what is and isn't permitted. The patients face or any identifiable marks cannot be in view. Once uploaded the photo is placed in a queue for it to be manually reviewed.

I can see this app becoming particularly popular with medical students the adoption of social media and the new smartphone and tablet tools that are increasingly being used in hospitals for medical education.