I've had a LinkedIn account for a number of years. I don't go on very much, and think of it more as a place to check into every week or so, to see who is posting what within the organizations I'm interested in, and would like to work for. It's also a place for me to store my resume and current work information, though I also use this website for that.
I had never heard of ORCID before, but now I have my very own identifier. Since I am interested in research and supporting those who are also doing research, I am thrilled to find an organization more aligned with the goals and principles of my future career.
Keeping the twitter professional-like.
I like my professional twitter feed, full of museums and non-profits, and cultural orgs, and libraries. It's an escape into sanity.
The film's story is based on the life of Miguel Joaquín Eleizegui Arteaga, a man who was afflicted with gigantism and was known as the "Giant from Altzo."
The distributor, Gabarra Films, is a Bayonne-based company who, in partnership with the Basque Cultural Institute, released the film in 2017. The distribution company's goal is to distribute two or three films a year; this is Gabarra Films' seventh release.
Shown: (1) Ticket Stub, paper, black and white; (1) 4-fold program, multi-color printing (blue, black, white, grey), Basque and French, (10) color photos. This program and the below photographs were distributed to support the film's release on January 24th.
For Things 3, 4, and 5, I was asked to use tools that were new to me, or to look at familiar tools in a new way. I examined Flickr from the perspective of someone looking for a photo to fit a particular purpose, instead of as a user looking for a place to store her photos. I discovered that Google Images was a wealth of creative common photos, and that Pixabay is another viable option for finding photos that match up with one’s blogpost (et al) needs. Another new-to-me item is PhotoFunia, which I see as a useful tool for marketing, in-house sign-making, and clever postering. Finally, I did my first ever screencast, and surprisingly didn’t hate it. Screencast-o-matic could be useful for tutorial videos for library patrons, researchers, and staff, and as a MLIS student I can see how in my classes such as cataloging and classification, could use this tool as an effective method for teaching items such as Dewey, MARC, etc.
In my regular perusal of information-related websites, I’ve seen images that seem flat, or those that could appear attached to any other website on an unrelated topic, so it feels important to select just the right photo for the job, one that feels authentic and matches well with whatever it is that I am posting. For my own posts, sometimes I end up using a photo I took myself. Instagram has given me a lot of practice in the photo/caption/mood arena. It’s difficult to describe exactly how to go about choosing the right photo, but for these Things, I tried on a couple before deciding, and it somehow seemed to internally sit better when I matched them with their posts. When looking for photos, and when searching generally now, I see how important it is to be appropriately descriptive on the back end, so that users can type in what they are looking for, and have a better chance of that item showing up – whether or not they already know exactly what that thing is. Previously, it seemed as searchers we tried to use as few words as possible to get our desired results, but now with so much content available, the more words we use seems to get us closer to what we want.
Lastly, one of my personal goals is to improve my unrehearsed speaking ability. If I know something really well, it’s easier to speak on it, and now I want to work on becoming more clear and concise when I am speaking in an informal way, about lesser known professional topics. The screencast-o-matic was an eye-opener. I didn’t use as many “ums” and “uhs” as I thought I would, and I was relatively clear. The screeencast I posted was the second one, because the first didn’t use an external mike, and my voice wasn’t loud enough to hear the narration. The most difficult part of the screencast was finding time when the house would be quiet enough for me to record, and finding something to record myself doing.
While the tools I used were new to me, I didn’t have much trouble figuring out how to use them, or for which uses they might be appropriate. I am interested in what ways Librarians and information professionals have found these tools useful; I would love to see some examples. In the future, to remind myself that these tools are available I am bookmarking them in a "resources" folder on my browser, so I can look at the list and see if one of these new tools will help me mix it up a bit, and make the content of what I am doing more engaging for the person consuming it.
Looking forward to my next set of things.
This PhotoFunia will come in handy in the future, for marketing, fun in-house signage, however it also makes me think about how easy it could be to fake pretty much anything. Book titles, political statements, etc.; it's getting harder to trust even what we see with our own eyes.
I posted a PhotoFunia related to privacy on my twitter account, because I'm currently learning more about privacy and data politics, and I think Libraries are going to be the free spaces where people can learn more about how to protect their data, and be more informed users of tech, both online and off and Librarians will be the people there to help them do it.
I found this lovely photo of an olive grove in the Creative Commons image bank, Pixabay. I was looking for something fun, like creative representations of the number 23, but decided on something moody. There were a lot of beautiful B&W photos of trees - they must be popular. Then I headed over to Flickr, and made an account for my professional life, where I changed the header photo, and then looked around. A lot has changed in the last 10 years at Flickr, there are a lot more snapshots than artistic photographs.
Selecting a visual for a project, or post, that reflects the feeling or idea I'm trying to convey is an enjoyable process that allows me to be creative and also requires that I go through some trial and error. Usually, I place the photo in, try some different placements within the post/project, and gauge what looks or feels best, where the photo can best match up with the text. For the photo above, because of its panoramic-ness, it seemed better suited at the top, as an introduction, and I selected it because it is expansive, and has depth - I wonder what is beyond, and how far I might wander unimpeded if I were there.
In the description for Thing 2, there is a link to an article by Michael Stephens, the reason I am participating in Rudaí23. I just finished up his HyperLinked Library course yesterday; it was phenomenal: Mind-expanding, well-rounded, smart, real, engaging, and most of all fun.
I was able to see that there is the potential for a lot of social justice work in librarianship, something I was not aware of when I decided to pursue this path. When I started, I had some specific ideas about where it would take me, and now, I see that there are a lot more options than I had thought initially. I look forward to seeing how new information will guide my direction, career-wise. Right now, I'm feeling rather excited.
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