QR Codes


They’re popping up everywhere! Those little boxes that you can scan with a mobile phone.  Welcome to the world of QR Codes – Quick Response Codes.

So what do these boxes/codes look like?  Here’s one:

ANZ 23 Mobile Things

(If you know how to scan QR Codes, why not find out what this links to?)

Let’s find out a little more about these boxes – but don’t look too closely, as you might start seeing pictures in them. :-)

What are they?  What do they do?  Who invented them?

QR Codes were originally invented in 1994 by Denso Wave, a Japanese company that is a subsidiary of Toyota Motor Corporation in their quest to track car parts during the automotive assembly process (“QR Code”, 2013).   They are 2 dimensional barcodes that provide substantially more flexibility than standard barcodes.  Standard barcodes can only contain 20 alpha-numeric characters (Struyk, 2012).  QR Codes can contain 7,089 numeric or 4,296 alphanumeric characters, including non-alphabet characters, such as Japanese and Chinese characters (Gazin, 2011) .   This gives much greater flexibility.  QR Codes boomed throughout Japan in the 1990s, as people recognised the marketing potential of them.   They then gained huge popularity in the USA and other parts of the world through the 2000s (Pitney Bowes, 2012).

They can provide links to company web addresses, competition pages, information sign-up pages, email contact forms etc.  Unlike barcodes, they can be read from any direction (Denso ADC, 2011).  Some QR codes even interact with your smartphone so that your phone automatically dials a certain number (Allen, 2013).  QR codes in magazines and/or books often take readers to additional online content.

Here’s a great video introduction to QR Codes:

Or the QR code for this video:

QR Codes

Where might you see them?

You can see QR Codes anywhere where a company, organisation, or person wants to market a product to, provide more information to, or connect with, other people. Possible locations for QR codes include marketing posters, billboards, static displays, items of mail, business cards, QR code tattoos on skin, a wide range of products, product packaging, labels, information signs for tourists, t-shirts, stickers, wine bottles, on teachers webpages and worksheets etc. etc.  They’ve even been used on tombstones, to provide information about the person interred! (Santos, 2013). (I’m sure there are more places where QR codes are seen… where else have you seen a QR code?) QR codes can also be generated on your smartphone for discount vouchers, tickets and other entry documentation, then when you arrive at the place the voucher/ticket etc. is for, the shopkeeper can scan the QR code on your phone.  This can be used for store discounts as well.

Here’s some interesting places that QR codes might be found:

20 Interesting Things: QR Codes (Slideshare presentation)

QR Code: 20 Interesting Things

26 Creative Ways to use QR Codes

QR Code: 26 Creative Ways to use QR codes

Are New Zealanders using them?

QR Codes are hugely popular in the USA and in Japan.  However, they have been relatively slow to take off in New Zealand (Harris, 2012).  Having said that, the use of QR codes is increasing rapidly.  International tourists recognise QR codes instantly, so it’s a potentially great marketing method for the tourism industry.  The potential is there in many other environments as well, including in libraries!

See this article from Debbie Mayo-Smith on the potential for QR codes in New Zealand.

How easy is it to create QR codes?

QR codes are REALLY easy to create.  You just have to post the web address of whatever you want the QR code to link to into one of the hundreds code creators on the Internet.  Here’s a very basic New Zealand based QR code creator.  http://www.qrcodegenerator.co.nz

Kaywa is another popular option http://qrcode.kaywa.com

I also like http://goqr.me/

Do you have a favourite?

How can you read QR codes?

There are many QR reader apps available for all the varieties of smartphone that are out there.  Some of the most popular are:

Quick Scan Pro  Quick Scan Pro

Scan  Scan

Red Laser  Red Laser

Bakodo  Bakodo

QR Droid  QR Droid

Some interesting things about QR codes

Here’s some interesting facts about QR Codes and their use.

10 Cool Facts about QR Codes


10 cool facts about QR codes

What possibilities are there for libraries in the use of QR codes?

A number of libraries are already using QR codes very successfully in meeting the needs of their customers.

Sarah-Jane Saravani from Wintec gave an interesting presentation on their use of QR codes in the Wintec Library at the LIANZA Centenary Conference in Dunedin – December 2010.  Her slides are here:

Saravani presentation on QR Codes

The library at Waimea Intermediate School in Richmond, Nelson, used QR codes during the Rugby World Cup by putting codes on some rugby books so that school pupils could come to the library, scan the codes and learn more about the rugby teams.  This was so successful, that the school librarian, Annette McKitrick, used QR codes again for a Christmas display.

See QR Code Christmas Display.

Turning overseas, here’s a recently published article on the use of QR codes at the Eda Kuhn Loeb Music Library of the Harvard College Library.

QR Codes have also been used in public libraries overseas.  Here’s a video of how the Skokie Public Library in Skokie, Illinois, USA is using QR Codes in their library. 

Here’s a web link that gives examples of a range of libraries have done with QR codes.

Really thinking outside the box, here’s an article about QR codes replacing a library in the Austrian town of Klagenfurt.

What about your libraries, 23 Things peeps?  Share your experiences with QR codes in responses below.

But is this just a passing fad, or a brilliant marketing and outreach tool?

There are views both ways.  Here’s the view of someone who definitely believes that they are a passing fad.  But this blogger still says that we should use them as part of a mobile marketing toolbox.  This blogger is also quite critical of QR codes.  A number of other people feel that QR Codes are already being replaced by new technology.  However, there are others who think that they are absolutely here to stay and offer a huge amount to anybody wanting to connect with other people, particularly in a promotional environment.  For example, see Game Changer or Passing Fad and QR Codes – passing fad or here to stay?

What do you think?  Why do you think they haven’t taken off in New Zealand?


1) Are QR Codes just the latest fad?

2) Do you have any stories of trying out QR codes in your library that either have or haven’t worked?

3) Are QR codes too difficult to scan?  What problems have you had?

4) How could libraries across the board get more creative with QR codes?

5) What do you think of the ‘QR codes replacing a public library’ concept in Klagenfurt, Austria?

6) QR Code links are just as susceptible to broken links as stand weblinks.  Is this a problem?

Why not put add a response below to tell us all!


Allen, M. (2013, January 21). 6 awesome ways to use QR codes (call tracking is one;) [Web log post]. Retrieved from http://blog.logmycalls.com/bid/261243/6-Awesome-Ways-to-Use-QR-Codes-Call-Tracking-is-One

Gazin, G. (2011, June 21). A QR code tells a much story than a barcode. Troy Media. Retrieved from http://www.troymedia.com/2011/06/21/a-qr-code-tells-a-much-bigger-story-than-a-barcode/

Harris, C. (2012, July 24). Consumers crack the QR code. Stuff.co.nz. Retrieved from: http://www.stuff.co.nz/technology/digital-living/7339671/Consumers-crack-the-QR-code

QR Code. (2013). In Encyclopedia Britannica. Retrieved from http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/1822984/QR-Code

Pitney Bowes. (2012). Getting ahead of the emerging QR Code marketing trend: A Pitney Bowes report into current levels of QR Code usage across Europe and the U.S. Retrieved from http://s3.amazonaws.com/pb-web/pdf/smb/pitney-bowes-2012-qr-codes-use-us-europe-report.pdf

Santos, S. (2011, March 15). 10 things you’ve always wanted to know about QR codes [Web log post]. Retrieved from http://www.stikkymedia.com/blog/10-things-you%E2%80%99ve-always-wanted-know-about-qr-codes

Struyk, T. (2012). Introduction to QR Codes. Retrieved from http://www.techopedia.com/2/27408/trends/an-introduction-to-qr-codes


Thanks Adrian for a great introduction to QR Codes.  We are having another twitter chat this week, and will post information about it this afternoon.

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Low tech calendar Low tech calendar by Tee Poole via CC license on Flickr

Our lives are all so busy, not just our own schedules, but keeping of everyone in your family as well.  I moved to Google Calendar quite a few years ago, after recognising the value of being able to access my calendar from anywhere. Since then, my family has added their own schedules and now my calendar is a composite of many.  There is mine, my kids, my husbands and the events of my favourite groups, all together in the one interface.  My only problems was remembering to check it!.

As with many of our users, I now carry my calendar in my pocket too, so that I can check my schedule at any time, receive alerts for appointments that I might have otherwise forgotten and can share appointments with others as appropriate. I am an organised person generally, but I don’t know where I would be without my online calendar.

My library also utilises a Google calendar, to aggregate, display and share our calendars with our library clients in a number of different ways.



  • iCalendar,  often referred to as iCal, is an internet calendar format that enables users to create and share electronic calendars across different computers and devices.
  • There are tools like iCalShare that allow you to create a calendar of events that can be shared to different types of calendars.
  • Google Hangouts can be integrated into a Google calendar
  • See more links on our Pinterest board.


  • Are events advertised on your website with an option to download the calendar details?
  • Perhaps if your library hours have seasonal variations you could provide a Gmail calendar or iCal file of dates and hours that clients could import into their own calendar?
  • Study room bookings – could your library allow customers to import them directly into their own calendars?
  • Can your library clients sign up for a series of events (eg. a book club, early literacy story times, a technology course, etc.) and capture the details easily into their own calendars?
  • How else could your library utilise online calendars to share information?


This week we thought we might have a bit of fun with a Flickr caption contest! Keep an eye out on the blog, Twitter, and Facebook page as we will put out the photo(s) for you to caption soon…

The winner gets bragging rights, so put your thinking caps on and may the best librarian win!

From Abigail: That fantastic introduction was written by @michellemclean. Keep an eye out for the weekly e-mail and the photo(s) for you to caption.

This post is a remix of 23mobilethings.net Thing 8.

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Thing 7: Communicate (Google+ hangout, Skype)


ring ring Ring ring by Differentieel + JeeeM = DailyM via CC license on Flickr

Sadly, this week’s post went missing so we are giving you Myles’s post from 23mobilethings.net.  Don’t forget to go to their site for more great information on all the things!

It often seems as though distance and time are the enemy, yet there are many opportunities to work together using technology to break down the tyranny of distance. In this Thing we’re taking a closer look at Skype and Google+ Hangouts to see how libraries are using them to deliver client focused services and to work together as teams.


Robin Ashford has some great ideas about ways libraries can be using Google+ Hangouts and Skype.  David Lee King points out that Google Plus hangouts are some of the interactive and accessible mediums that may help your library (or blog) grow its online community.

Google+ Hangouts:

  • New York Public Library have a NYPL Google+ Hangout Book Club available
  • The Games and Public Libraries seminars in World of Warcraft are offering a Google+ Hangout option to watch
  • Create a Google+ account (if you don’t already have one) and try holding a Google+ Hangout with a colleague at another branch or library site




  • Could a school class Skype with a member of your staff, for example the local history librarian or reference librarian?
  • Could you Skype author visits into your community and show it on a big screen?
  • Can you Skype in a guest presenter for a team meeting or professional development day?
  • Are you trying to work together as a team across distances (eg. various library sites or branches), could a Google+ Hangout sometimes replace a meeting?
  • Could you use Google+ hangouts to create a virtual tour / orientation visit to your library?
  • Could your library offer high school students ”late night librarian Q&A sessions” during the cram weeks / study vacation before exams via Google+ hangouts?
  • Do you offer a Google+ online reference desk service?


Yes – our first hangout with the 23 Mobile Things Creators (Jan, Mylee and Kathryn) was so popular, we are doing another one! This is on TOMORROW NIGHT, Tuesday, June 25th at 8:30PM (NZ), 6:30PM (AEST), and 4:30PM(AWST). You can read more about it in this notice, so please do tune into the live-stream of this hangout and ask us your questions on Twitter or Facebook, or comment on the blog.

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videos youtube and more

It’s been a video fest this week. I have to say, there are some interesting videos out there from being informative to laugh-out-loud knock you off your chair funny.


Well, lets start off with looking at YouTube. Thanks everyone who has shared a video. There is a YouTube playlist channel set-up compiling all the videos everyone has shared.

My favourites includes the magic of the library, the book domino chain world record and the hilarious Betty Glover Library Workout Tape.

Go on, check it out if you haven’t already. What’s your favourite?

Contributors include:

@karentoittoit via Twitter @misslibrarygirl via Twitter @Dlibr via Twitter @Melissa_0001 via Twitter @rickfoster29 via Twitter @ctsyak1 via Twitter @madradish via Twitter Sandie Bowie via Facebook Wendy Butcher via Facebook @arwenamin via Twitter @liber_amoris via Twitter @ajwillemse91 via Twitter @CorinneHinton via Twitter ‏@lor_rahh via Twitter @ktpel via Twitter @BonnieMagerNZ via Twitter @dorotaip via Twitter


Karena Higgs tried making a video with the Vine app and finding it fun.

Mylee Joseph ‏@myleejoseph shared a winning Vine clip.

While Cath Sheard ‏@KiwiLibrarian had a bad first try with Vine. I feel you Cath, I had exactly the same experience, though fun.


Karen Pellegrino ‏@ktpel shared her first video on infomation literature created using Animoto. It looks slick and very professional.

Maybe you can try creating your video using Animoto?


Wanting to spice up your bio with a video? Mylee Joseph created a Twitter Video for Vizify. Very creative.


Karen @karentoittoit shared her favourite video on the creative use of digital archives and experimented with Vine in screencasting a how to guide to using QR codes.

In SharonU’s blog she talks about how the constraints with limited staffing resources can hinder how a library may not have a YouTube channel. However she also noted that she have used other libraries/librarians/library staff YouTube videos as resources for students to watch and learn things.

Renee Stokes talks about Google kisses and library advertising, all from watching a Burberry Kisses ad served up by Google ads. Are libraries using digital advertising like Google ads to help promote our videos?

Issue with mobile videos

Highlighted by Ellen Hrebeniuk ‏@EllenHrebeniuk, there are still issues with viewing videos from your mobile, as the buffering pauses can be really frustrating.

Other mobile apps I’ve used to watch videos

Vimeo for android Vimeo for iphone Showyou

My final thoughts

I think videos are becoming more and more important. Working in a digital team for a professional services company has shown that there is a demand for them. Videos are a great avenue for us to create conversations and engagements with our audiences.

I know I’ve spent too much time on YouTube and I’m sure the younger generation is on it a lot. It’s a tool that provides entertainment, education and sharing.

Although it is important, libraries and librarians are finding it hard to allocate resources to this. I feel if we aren’t in the space where some of our audiences are, then we are missing out in connecting with this large market.

I hope what everyone has shared has given you an insight into what’s possible and what we can do in the video space. Let’s experiment and try. You never know, your video could go viral.

Signing out.

Mark Huynh @E_venturer

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Photos amps and apps

thing 5: Photos +Maps +Apps: Historypin/WhatWasThere/SepiaTown by Alex Daw (@luvviealex)

Sorry for the late re-cap this week, it is a long weekend for us on the Eastern side of Australia, so technically Monday is still our weekend! Cheers, Kate.

This week has provided much food for thought for those with a leaning to all things archival or of a local or family history nature. Some of us lurked and some of us got in there and had a bit of a play.

The #anz23mthings hashtag stream was showing participants still getting on board with Foursquare and contributing to #blogjune. There were also some great links to thought pieces, some fun stuff as well as some useful tools.

We were shown a new word “nomophobia” and introduced us to the scary idea of having no mobile phone.

And there were the usual technical hurdles – @SarahJLisle found her phone was not so smart when it came to downloading HistoryPin.

Links shared on Twitter

Map of Origin of Tweets – shared by @SarahLibrarina

Visual Guide to Twitter for Beginners – shared by @PeterMurgatroyd

Crib sheets for Google Apps – shared by @AWalker007

Levitagram – an app to really impress your devoted followers – shared by @dpgreen

Twitter Curation Tools – shared by @infoliterati


@KiwiLibrarian (like me) posted pictures of her home being built in 1955

@Kraznozem posted a picture of her old library

@janholmquist posted a picture of the oldest buiding in Nakskov

@Rubicon49bce wrestled with the idea of a “street-view” in Antarctica.

@stokesrenee fought the urge to sleep whilst watching HistoryPin instructional videos.

@Tegalex wondered if her town even existed – no pics on #$WhatWasThere or #SepiaTown


Karen (@karentoittoit) tested WhatWasThere on her iPad 2 but (without great success) and isn’t sure whether its to do with technology or her location.


@luvviealex aka Moi posted my first photo on this site of a chalet now long gone in Mt Wellington Tasmania.


Many of us are blogging for June.  Please forgive me if I don’t highlight all the bloggers out there.

Renee (@stokesrenee) learned more than she anticipated when she snapped the old facade of the WA Museum on her way into the city to see a friend.  Looking closely at the TOS or Terms of Service of both HistoryPin and WhatWasThere, Renee was forced to consider that perhaps these services hold all the cards in terms of permission to use, modify and reproduce your image in a variety of ways.

Stephanie (@stephmcg) reflects on the importance of institutions accurately tagging their metadata so users can find the proper locales with GPS.

Abigail (@ajwillemse91) has been blogging like there’s no tomorrow and has discovered the secret to getting back your writing mojo Has she got to 1,000 views yet?

Final thoughts

It has been quite a challenge personally to go through my own personal photo collection and assess what would be HistoryPin or SepiaTown worthy.  It has forced me to think about copyright issues, privacy issues and to be sure I know my North from my South!  We are currently conducting an archival project at our own library and it has made me realise the value of this collection and how important it is to tag and label photos at the time they are taken.  We are naturally busy people, forced continually to re-prioritise and it can be tempting to think that labelling photos is not an immediate priority.  But if not now, when?  And what if “when” is too late and nobody is there with the corporate memory?

A confession – most of this post was composed on the desktop but you will be pleased to hear that, due to the slowness of our connection, I was “forced” to resort to using my mobile phone as well as a kind of back up network.

Last but not least – what is it with Twitter on Sunday nights????  So very very slow.  Can someone buy them a new server pleeeeze?

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Maps and Checkin In

thing 4: Maps and Checking In by Stephanie McGlinchey (@stephmcg)

It has been an interesting week checking out and checking into Foursquare, Facebook and Geocaching- and by interesting I mean that rather there have been quite a few questions raised in blogs and reflections about the value of foursquare, both personally and for the organisation.

The #anz23mthings hashtag has been abuzz with with #blogjune and tips and advice on other subjects as well, which has made for a full week of tweets and conversations to look at!

It’s been fun seeing people checking in and gaining mayorships of venues

  • @ajwillemse91 Just became the mayor of Batcave on @foursquare! Crown me! #Anz23mthings pic.twitter.com/eMpzrVpWpK
  • @ajwillemse91 Unlocked the “Local” badge! #Anz23mthings pic.twitter.com/YB3rKU8HmX
  • @sallysetsforth Just popped out to return some library books & pick up some takeaway – and scored two new FourSquare mayorships! :)  #anz23mthings

And other people using other checking in tools

  • @SarahLibrarina Visiting the animals at Williwbank #happyplace #anz23mthings (at Willowbank Wildlife Reserve) [pic] — http://path.com/p/1gFEYc

Cathy is grateful for Maps this week

  • @ironshush 2hrs till I leave for Toodyay #knittingretreat – better find out how to get there! thank goodness this week was maps for #anz23mthings

Links shared on Twitter

Foursquare gets a big check– shared by @aquidity

4sqwifi– shared by @stephmcg


Cath (@KiwiLibrarian) speaks of the implications of an organisation becoming involved in foursquare

Sharon (@sharonu) reflects on using foursquare in a community where smartphones don’t have the penetration as other cities and wonders if it’s the right fit for her library

Heather (@hbailie) wonders about the safety of telling everyone via Twitter whether or not you’re at home by checking in.

Con (@flexnib) Joined up and discovered the benefits of having friends already there

Katrina (@katreeeena) Advises on the using Twitter to promote her checkins only when it is an interesting place that invites discussion

Anne (@polyxena) Spoke of her reliance on Google Maps, and her decision to be unplugged when it came to checking in to a venue.

Renee (@stokesrenee) Explored geocaching with mixed results!

Karen (@karentoittoit) is a big fan of foursquare and Google maps.

Abigail (ajwillemse91) had fun experimenting with foursquare, but not sure if she will keep it up.

Final thoughts

I have really enjoyed how people are critiquing apps and consciously deciding whether or not it is appropriate for them. Con raised the issue yesterday of being unplugged (as part of #blogjune), which has made me wonder can you be too plugged in?

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Email on the move

#thing3 – Email on the move by Abigail Willemse (@ajwillemse91)

The topic for this week has been a bit of an interesting one – email. It is such a ubiquitous subject and one which I’m sure we all know about and use – but how effectively?

For many people, this week has involved evaluating how they use e-mail, trying out different mail apps, thinking about the relationship between their e-mail inbox and RSS or Twitter, and coming up with strategies on how to be more effective with e-mail. One aspect that has surprised me so far about this course is how much we are thinking about the theoretical frameworks behind these apps and why we do what we do. It’s fantastic to be able to read and share so many different perspectives and to critically evaluate why and how we are using these things and how we can do so more effectively.

There’s a fantastic discussion happening on Facebook at the moment all about these topics. The starter questions are:

“How do you feel about email overload? How many email lists and newsletters do you subscribe to? Do you need to subscribe to all of them? Can RSS take their place and free up your inbox?”

Head on over there and join in!

Twitter comments

Some great comments on Twitter this week! Here are a few that caught my eye, but you can read more by searching #anz23mthings.

  • @LibrarianH – @anz23mthings #thing3 #anz23mthings Email on the go – essential tool for Mums. Not good to miss last minute details about kids activities.
  • @katejf – My tip for inbox control: do you really need to be subscribed to all those newsletters? #delete #unsubscribe #anz23mthings #thing3
  • @flexnib: every time someone tells me “you should subscribe to this listserv” I remind myself I get it all via Twitter #anz23mthings
  • @KiwiLibrarian – Interesting about push notices; I think it’s more productive to check emails, not be interrupted by them, Yes or no?
  • @dpgreen – @KiwiLibrarian Check? Yes! Interrupt? No!
  • @Kiwilibrarian – @dpgreen So you turn off push? What about FB beeps and other alerts
  • @wendypooh – Q. How do you sign off your emails?  #thing3 I am a “cheers” type of person, & that is how I do it, prof. and personally
  • @hdsabba – @wendypooh I tend to be a Cheers person for most things and a Kind Regards for the more formal replies to clients
  • @theonlileonie – @wendypooh @anz23mthings sometimes I sign off ‘eGreetings’.
  • @gblack57 – #anz23mthings #EmailOverload Tip. Keep work life balance. Don’t read work email on weekends. Fewer sleepless nights the better!

Great links shared on Twitter

Information Diet Tips – shared by @rainydoglibs

Top 10 email donts – shared by @stephmcg

Managing e-mails effectively – shared by @myleejoseph

Mohio Map – visual representation of Evernote notes  – shared by @michellepitman

The future of Evernote – shared by @Kraznozem

Participant’s Blogs

 Looks like there aren’t so many blog posts this week yet as I am probably doing this post a bit earlier than usual :)  If I’ve missed your post; don’t be shy – leave a comment and I’ll edit this post!

Final thoughts

It’s fantastic seeing how much everyone has learned so far. I’m really enjoying this learning journey with all of you and love being challenged and encouraged through this network. Bring on Week 4!

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Week 2: Take a photo with a mobile

Week 2: Take a photo with a mobile device: Instagram / Flickr app / Snapchat



Splayds are a wonderful utensil. Photo: flickr Kim Tairi

As the queen of the #selfie I was pleased that Kate asked me to write this post. I adore mobile photography and you will seldom see me without my phone. You need to be prepared if the opportunity for a great shot presents itself.

I take photos of all the cliched things:

  • Myself including my shoes and feet #selfies
  • Meals #foodp0rn #gastroporn #mealtweets
  • Clouds #cloudp0rn #clouds

But I also take photos of my library, events and other happenings in our university to share with followers.

This is my favourite thing (I really want to add lots of exclamation marks)!


All smartphones and tablet devices have a camera fitted.

  • Explore your device to take a photograph and then locate the camera roll or gallery via the menu.
  • Mobile devices make it very easy to share photographs by email, messaging and twitter.   Take a photograph of a sign with the name of your library or museum, open your Twitter app, attach the photo and tweet it with a short message and the hashtag #anz23mthings
  • You can also take a screen shot on your device [iOS | Android]


There are many different types of photography apps you can add to your mobile device.  Some offer filters to enhance the look of your photos, most will interact with other social media tools (eg. sharing via Twitter or Facebook)  while others are part of their own social networks (eg. InstagramSnapchat)

  • Try out Instagram (you can also have fun with Instaweather, and Instastitch).   Instagram has its own ‘jargon / language’ for example people who use Instagram refer to themselves as #igers and they often share photographs of themselves known as #selfies .  Take a photograph and upload it with the #anz23mthings hashtag. Explore the other photographs that have the same hashtag.
  • Try out an app with filters like Snapseed, SquareReady Pro and ProCamera, Camera+ (my top four) or others like Hipstamatic (please note not all of these apps are free)
  • If you have a Flickr account you can upload photographs as you take them via the Flickr app (no iPad version is available use the iPhone version)  and post them to the Anz23mthings flickr group.
  • Snapchat is a very popular photography app with many teenagers  they use it as a social network to communicate with friends.  iOS and Android app that allows users to send photos among their contacts, which automatically delete after a short period of time (between 1 – 10 seconds)


  • How could your library use photographs to promote library services, events and activities?
  • Does your library Twitter account use Instaweather to provide a daily update?
  • Do you have a permission form available so that when you take photographs of clients or events you have their agreement for those images to be used and shared online?
  • How easy is it for clients to contribute digital photographs to your library collection (eg. local history)?
  • Could you use photography in library programming (eg. how-to classes or competitions)?
  • The Getty Museum celebrates the Instagram photographs taken by museum visitors by adding them to their Insta-Getty Pinterest board


We’re holding a Twitter chat on Thursday, May 16th, at 9PM (NZ) and 7PM (AEST). We’ll be discussing some questions that we’ll publish on the blog in the next couple of days. The point of a Twitter chat is to log onto Twitter at the established time and discuss the questions using the hashtag #anz23mthings.  For a bit more information on how to take part in a Twitter chat, check out this blog post for some helpful tips.


I encourage you to watch Bond University’s excellent presentation on their use of Instagram – An instragram is worth a thousand words

Follow Bond University on instagram: @bondlibrary. Below is my presentation in the same session.  You can follow me on Instagram: @lepetit_renard (WARNING my account contains lots of #selfies and photos of shoes).   You can also follow our hosts on Instagram: katejf andabigail (who is brand new to Instagram).

Kim Tairi is the Associate Director, Information Management at Swinburne University. She loves her mobile. It has changed the way she works. Professional sharing and connecting is easier. Google her to find out more.


Thing 1 : Twitter

Posted by  on Tuesday, April 2, 2013 · 1 Comment  



What is Twitter?
Twitter is a real-time information network sharing short messages called “tweets” that are just 140 characters long.  Twitter is a social network which allows people to choose which accounts they will follow and what information they wish to share with the people that follow them. This video from Commoncraft is a great overview of how Twitter works.     A lot of organisations, including libraries, also use Twitter.  Some examples include:  @britishlibrary@librarycongress@nlnz  and @PublicLibrarySG .

A lot of individuals also use Twitter, including astronauts, celebrities (eg. @wilw,@algore), authors (@maureenjohnson@anitaheiss), sports peopleroyalty  andparody accounts.   There are also verified accounts as it is easy to imitate a person on Twitter (see the many accounts posing as Aung San Suu Kyi for example).  If you’re still not convinced that Twitter is for you, Ned Potter addresses some of the concerns people may have about Twitter in “7 reasons people don’t use twitter, and why ‘It’s a conversation’ is the answer to all of them

What is a hashtag and how does it work?
One of the features of Twitter is the use of hashtags.  They act as hyperlinks connecting conversations.  The use of hashtags to link conversations together has also carried over into other social networking tools like Instagram, Google+, Pinterest and Tumblr.  Hashtags are particularly useful for regular conversations #kidlit, natural disasters#eqnz,  sporting events and teams #cricket, events #ifla #tedx and conferences#sxsw.

What is Twitter etiquette?
Just like any community, there are accepted ways of communicating and behaving.  Here is a guide to Twitter etiquette.

How are libraries using Twitter for online engagement?

How can library workers use it for professional development?

  • following conferences and seminars eg. #cyc4lib
  • building a personal learning network (PLN) of colleagues who share your professional interests (a new graduate librarian, Alisa Howlett, explored this idea in more detail)
  • keeping up with trends and industry news #npsig  #mtogo
  • sharing links to research and reports (eg Pew Internet)


  • Set up your Twitter account   (see the tips from Twitter)
  • You can use Twitter in the web browser, but it will be much easier to use an app
  • Explore the App Store or Google Play to find and install an app
  • Send a tweet: Using the #23mobilethings hashtag tweet the name of your favourite museum or library
  • Register your account for the course – if you would like us to add you to the list of people working on #23mobilethings please tweet a message to @23mobilethings
  • Using Twitter lists (you must be logged in to see lists) eg  Public Libraries in NSW
  • See what is trending on Twitter around the world
  • Storify to collect Tweets and links
  • There are more useful Twitter links on our Pinterest Board.



ANZ 23 Mobile Things


23 Mobile Things for CPD
Posted on April 9, 2013 by newprofessionalsnz
*Edit – you can now sign up to join the NZ/Australian cohort working through 23 Mobile Things – we’re starting with Thing 1 the first week of May 2013. Don’t forget to also vote in the poll for the best time-frame!*
The course details
Blog: http://23mobilethings.net/wpress/
Twitter: @23mobilethings
The background
I’m sure most of you have heard about 23 Things for Professional Development – an open-source program for CPD for librarians. There are many variants of this course which was first developed in 2006 by Helene Blowers and the team at the Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenberg County, and now the newish kid on the block is 23 Mobile Things, a course revolving around digital and mobile technologies.
Who created this course?
“The first version of 23 mobile things was developed in Danish by Jan Holmquist. This version of the course is an international collaboration, Jan Holmquist from Guldborgsund-bibliotekerne (Denmark) and Mylee Joseph and Kathryn Barwick from the State Library of New South Wales (Australia) are working together to build the English language version of the course. Dr Michael Stephens from the San Jose University (USA) and Tame the Web is researching the outcomes of 23 Things courses for library workers and has provided some advice to the team.” – taken from the About page.
Michael Stephens is one of the keynote speakers at LIANZA Conference 2013, and is alsoteaching the MOOC course on the hyper-linked library.
What does the course cover?
23 things! For the full list, check out this page. The course starts with Twitter, and covers Instragram, Youtube, Zotero, Pinterest, online identities, digital story-telling, and a whole host of other things.
How do I take part?
The course is open to anyone with a tablet or smart phone. It is a self-paced learning course, with the 23 things providing a framework of resources to look at and information to consider. It can be done at anytime; there are no time-limit or deadlines for the course. Follow the blog, and the Twitter account and ask for help on Twitter using the hashtag #23mobilethings. There will also be scheduled Support Cafe sessions.
If there are enough interested people in this group, we could set up our own support group and work through the course together. If you are interested in doing this, leave a comment below and tell others!
Why should I take part?
Because it’s awesome! Seriously, it’s a great framework of 23 prominent mobile technologies to work through which will give us familiarity with different applications, technologies, and interfaces, provide us with tools to use with marketing the library and increasing the range of services we offer, and give us practical experience in using them so we can help and train our users in these technologies.
You can also use it in your professional registration; for LIANZA professional registration, the learning taking place could fall into BOK 7 (Application of ICT), BOK 1 (The information environment, policy, ethics), and a host of the other BOKs.
So are you keen as a bean? If you are, leave a comment and share with others. It might be really fun to work through this as a group and have some online sessions to share what we have been learning – either through Twitter (Thing 1), a hangout/Skype (Thing 7) or some other method.