Mahed Library event planned for March 21st

The next DMU MashedLibrary event will take place on 21 March from 12-1PM in the Kimberlin Lecture Theatre. ‘#MashDMU’ events cover innovation in the library, so if you have something that you want to share or just want to find out more about what other people are working on, please do come along to the Kimberlin Lecture Theatre over lunchtime.

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Library Online Resources Troubleshooting LibGuide / Blog Post

The DMU Library Content Delivery Team have created a new online resources troubleshooting LibGuide for library staff to consult when dealing with resource access problems.

The LibGuide URL is

I have also blogged about creating the LibGuide at the following link –

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The A to Z of Social Media for Academia

The following post may be of interest for those staff interested in social media.

Professor Andy Miah has created an A to Z list of social media sites and tools that might be of use and value for academic and university support staff in their professional lives:

The A to Z is being updated regularly. You can follow Andy via Twitter @andymiah and track Twitter comments by using the hashtag #socialmediaHE.

You can also sign up to a new JISC mailing list that Andy has created called SOCIAL MEDIA NEWS:


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DMU Library Online 2012 – Blog Post

I have recently blogged about my experiences of helping to organise DMU Library Online 2012. You can find the blog post here.

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Will’s World Online Hack event

Shakespeare imageWill’s World is a registry that lets you discover the world of Shakespeare

From  5-12 December 2012, Shakespeare enthusiasts and coding enthusiasts will work together to create a Shakespeare Registry of metadata of digital resources relating to Shakespeare – covering anything from his work and life, to modern performance, interpretation or geographical and historical contextual information.  Known as Will’s World, the JISC-funded project aims to demonstrate the value and principles of aggregation as a tactic. Assembling online data sources relating to one topic will add value and improve the discoverability of these resources; making it easier for developers and service providers to build services and ultimately the result should be easier access for all to the data itself and enriched content based on it via the Shakespeare Registry.

This event will be entirely online therefore there are no limits on the number of participants; participants work when it suits them and schedule their participation around their other commitments.  Social media technologies will be used to support communication and “this appealing new concept, together with the well loved focus on Shakespeare and great material, promises to make for an exciting event”.

Are you interested in Shakespeare? Are you tempted to take part in a hackathon or know someone else who might be? Do you have a great idea for a new app? Do you want to mash your own data with ours? Then get involved in the Will’s World Online Hack event.

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December meeting: Tuesday 4th

After a busy autumn term, #MashDMU returns in December!  The next meeting will be on Tuesday 4th December from 1-2pm (note later time) in the Kimberlin Lecture Theatre (KL00.11).  Further details of contributors will be posted on this blog nearer the time.

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#MashDMU: informal learning in the library workplace

I mentioned, over on Eclectic E-stuff, that I was attending  Internet Librarian International 2012.  I spoke in track C202 – New skills, new learning, on the topic of Informal learning in the library workplace: the role of unconferences.   There was considerable interest expressed in DMU’s #MashDMU lunchtime unconference meetings.  My slides are now available on Slideshare.

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New blog post on online library resources…

I have recently written a short blog post on the usability of online library resources. You can read the blog post here. I blogged after reading a very interesting online post by Bohyun Kim on research “flow” and serendipity in a digital library environment.


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September MashDMU meeting

The September MashDMU meeting took place on Monday 17th September when a select number of colleagues gathered. Lynne provided an overview of the CILIP Cataloguing and Indexing Group conference (CIG12) (reported in more detail on her blog).

After the alphabet soup of RDA, FRBR, and cake (you had to be there!), Alison changed the focus.  She highlighted a recent post on Brian Kelly’s blog – “Guest Post: Further Evidence of Use of Social Networks in the UK Higher Education Sector” by Craig Russell from the University of Leicester.  In this post Craig provides a summary of the use of social networking service such as Facebook and Twitter across the UK higher education sector.  This led to a discussion about the use of Twitter at DMU, and the @LibraryDMU Twitter account and Library Facebook account in particular.

Normal service for MashDMU meetings will return in December when first semester library teaching finishes!

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M-libraries – Which Content Providers Are Utilising Mobile Technologies?

New post by M-libraries support project which gives a great overview of which content providers are actively using mobile technologies to support library users.

Please see the post here.

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LOCKSS Update & Workflowy Blog Posts

Following discussion about the eJournal preservation service LOCKSS and Workflowy at Monday’s (13th Aug) DMU Library Mashup session, the following blog posts may be of interest for further information and guidance:

LOCKSS update

Workflowy demo

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Library Mashup Meeting – Mon 13th Aug 2012

The next informal DMU Library Mashup meeting (#MashDMU) will be taking place in the Kimberlin Library Lecture Theatre (Lower Ground Floor) on Mon 13th August 2012 between 12-1. Topics will include an update on the eJournal preservation service LOCKSS, overview of UCPD WEP (web enhanced practice) module and a demo of Workflowy. There may also be time to view an OCLC video on Linked Data.
All welcome – if you wish to contribute with an idea, project or interest at the session, please contact Mitchell Dunkley ( beforehand.

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Linked Data for libraries video

A new 15-minute video (from OCLC) introduces the concepts and technology behind linked data, how it works and some benefits it brings to libraries:

 Linked Data for Libraries

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Mashing up Olympic data

Slightly surprised that there have been no Olympics-related posts yet, given so many Library colleagues are following the Olympics at home and at breaktime; Mitchell even booked annual leave to watch them!  The Guardian notes Lessons to be learned from the first social media Olympics, while the Pew Research Centre notes that Eight-in-Ten [American are] following Olympics on TV or digitally.  

In particular, there are many  opportunities to analyse and mash Olympic data.  As always, I turn to the Guardian Data section (“these Olympics are a gift for Data journalism”) for enlightenment: London 2012 Olympics data. The data and statistics search tool  Zanran can also offer a range of data visualisations related to the Olympics if you search on Olympics (use additional terms to narrow down the results). 


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current awareness, concept mapping and usage statistics

This week’s #MashDMU meeting featured Phil talking about creating a current awareness newsletter using social media using; Alison introducing a range of concept mapping apps;  and Mitchell leading an animated discussion on identifying  meaningful usage statistics for e-resources.  For further reading on the latter topic, I recommend Angela Conyer’s chapter on Usage statistics and online behaviour from the open access E-Resources Management Handbook published online by UKSG.

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MashDMU meeting today

The July #MashDMU meeting will be in the Kimberlin Library Lecture Room (Lower Ground Floor) from 12-1 today (16 July).  Topic will include for current awareness, open source concept mapping tools and tools for usage statistics to help manage Library e-resources.  All welcome!

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Mashing it up over summer 2012

Following a poll of some of the regular speakers, the following dates have been selected for informal Library Mashup meetings (#MashDMU) during the summer:

  •  Mon 16 July 12-1pm
  • Mon 13 Aug 12-1pm
  • Mon 17 Sep 1-2pm

 These will all take place in the Kimberlin Lecture Theatre, and colleagues from across the University are welcome!   Topics will be publicised on this blog nearer the time.  If you wish  to contribute a short talk and/or presentation on an aspect of web 2.0, social media, data, or any topic that you are currently investigating – please contact Alison, Mitchell or Phil beforehand.

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Revisiting Lanyrd

Lanyrd – the social conference directory – was introduced by Mitchell  at the very first #MashDMU meeting. I have been using it quite a lot recently, so I thought it was worth posting a reminder.

Lanyrd enables you to:

  • Identify conferences to attend (in person or virtually): see what your contacts are going to or speaking at, or browse conferences by topic.
  • Track what’s going on during the conference, even if you aren’t there: who is tweeting what, and what links are doing the rounds.
  • Catch up on anything you missed: easily discover slides, video and podcasts from conferences you attended or tracked.
  • If you speak at an event you can build up your speaker portfolio of talks have given.

Lanyrd integrates with Twitter but provides an opportunity to customise your profile.  As a meeting organiser or participant you can easily create a Lanyrd page for an event or conference  and encourage participants to add themselves to it.

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Pan OurDMU

This blog is part of Our DMU – or the DMU Commons -  a shared place for the production of learning and research that is personally and socially transformative.  A recent enhancement has been the introduction of Pan OurDMU. This pulls together posts across the OurDMU network.  If blog posts are tagged / categorised appropriately, then a range of RSS options are possible.

Interestingly, MashDMU is one of the largest tags on the Pan OurDMU tag cloud!  However, some of our earlier posts are a bit light on metadata – perhaps we should call in @stjerome1st!

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Discovery Systems Analysis

I have written a new blog on the progress of COMPI’s evaluation of Discovery Systems. This may well be something of interest to raise at a future #MashDMU lunchtime event.

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Managing Research Data Hack Day

DevCSI, together with the JISC Managing Research Data Programme and the JISC Orbital Project, organised a Managing Research Data hack event in Manchester in early May 2012.  The event was designed to bring together software developers, project managers, data librarians and experts with an interest in the area of managing research data to share, talk, collaborate and create useful solutions.

A comprehensive report is available on the Devsci website – with links, slides, video and feedback from the day.  One of the key outcomes from the event was a consensus about the need for a different paradigm to deal with moving and managing big data, compared to smaller data sets or multiple small data sets.

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Tiki-Toki: web-based timeline software

At yesterday’s mobile libraries information sharing event, Gary Green mentioned Tiki-Toki: web-based timeline software.  Although Gary discussed its use in a public library context, I felt that there might be potential for using it in higher education in displays, student projects, archives & special collections etc.  Please note that it does require a browser that enables Java Script.

The website blurb says that the only limit to the use of Tiki-Toki is your imagination but the following may provide some inspiration:

  • Creating a timeline of the life of a famous artist or musician
  • The history of a building an organsation or a family: you can include photo albums and videos in the timeline
  • A personal diary / online journal to keep track of your thoughts over a period of time or to record CPD
  • Tiki-Toki is perfect for students to explore key events in history
  • Legal cases: timelines could be used in court cases as a presentation tool
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The UKSG 2012 conference

I attended this year’s UKSG conference in Glasgow to run a breakout on Mobilising your e-content for maximum impact with Ruth Jenkins from Loughborough University. It was a very stimulating three days – the commitment of the delegates was demonstrated by the fact that we ignored the unexpectedly sunny weather outside and the many attractions of Glasgow to sit in the artificial light of the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC)! I have blogged about the conference over on the Eclectic E-Stuff blog, and Paul and I will run a subject forum to share our findings and impressions.

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How to run an unconference

#Mashlib meetings grew from the unconference movement (even if most of our #mashdmu sessions do have a rough agenda).  There’s beginning to be some discussion, across the Twitterverse, that it is time for another #Mashlib meeting to be organised.  But where do you start?

Lanyrd (mentioned at our very first #MashDMU meeting) have recently posted tips and tricks on their website about How to run an unconference, with a a checklist of things to consider before getting started.  This reminded me of a blog post by Mandy Phillips with some specific tips and tricks on organising a #MashLib meeting.

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eResource troubleshooting – more discussion

Mitchell talked through his current thoughts on eResource troubleshooting – supporting library staff at the last #MashDMU meeting and blogged about it.  Since then, he has been in discussion with eLibrary team  staff at Birmingham City University; they run an active blog and Damyanti posted the BCU team’s thoughts on eResource troubleshooting.

At last month’s UKSG Conference, Dave Pattern ran two briefing sessions on “I wouldn’t start from here” Overcoming barriers to accessing online content in libraries – for a copy of his slides click here.  I have seen a couple of reports on these workshops:

Dave’s conclusions make interesting reading: “the challenge is for libraries to make access like Google – and resource discovery is addressing this – but the publishers need to make more content available via resource discovery”.  His findings that, since implementing Summon at Huddersfield, there has been an estimated “70-80% decrease in the number of access queries, previously spending 5 hours a week and now it’s probably an hour a week”  would seem to bear that out.

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eResources troubleshooting – supporting library staff

Following on from my presentation on eResources problems diagnosis and troubleshooting at last week’s Mashed Library session, I have blogged on the Content Delivery Team’s proposal to create some kind of guide/flowchart/FAQs to support DMU Library staff. The new blog post is accessible here.

Please do feel free to pass on comments/feedback.


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Greenview App

Greenview is a research group at De Montfort University, funded by JISC’s Greening ICT programme.  Today the University announced that the Greenview iPhone/iPad application is now available, and an Android version is in development.

The App visualises energy use in buildings on De Montfort University campus. It reimagines the buildings as habitats for endangered species, providing a fun and engaging way to look at how we can look after our environment.  The Kimberlin Library appears to be watched over by a whale….

Update: The “whale” is actually a manatee.

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Study on how to make your tweets more trustworthy

Mashable have blogged about a study, conducted by researchers from Microsoft and Carnegie Mellon University, which looks at  how to boost the credibility of your tweets and encourage people to take them more seriously.  One factor is whether the author of a tweet has a user image that is a personal photo – a challenge to those of us who have opted for feline or canine images!

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New blog post on eResources admin & troubleshooting

I have written a new blog post with some personal thoughts on library eResources admin and troubleshooting. The blog post is here.

I may talk about some of the issues at next week’s MashDMU session (Mar 22nd) – be good to share views, experiences and debate some of the wider topics.

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Library Mashup Meeting on 22nd March

Join us for an informal #MashDMU meeting in the Lecture Theatre, Lower Ground Floor in the Kimberlin Library, on Thursday 22nd March from 12-1pm.   Feel free to bring your own lunch.  This blog will be updated as the topics of the day emerge.

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Phase 2 of the Library Impact Data Project

Huddersfield University Library were awarded further JISC funding to move into phase II of the Library Impact Data Project (#LIDP) project, which runs from January 2012 to July 2012.  The team are continuing to record their progress on the LIDP blog.  DMU participated in phase I of the LIDP and we continue to record and analyse our data to improve the student experience and demonstrate value.

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Measure the impact of digital resources

JISC are developing a range of guidelines, tools and use cases to help universities measure the impact of their digital resources.  These include: the Journal Usage Statistics Portal, which DMU is already using; the Raptor system ananlysing log files to bring you usage statistics for any e-resource, not just journals; the Toolkit for the Impact of Digitised Scholarly Resources with guidance on qualitative and quantitative methods to measure the impact of digital resources. In addition, JISC is soon to report on findings from research into how activity data - like the data gathered for the LIDP project – can assist in the management of services.


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Publisher subscription/reference numbers

I have blogged about the effects (problems?) of publisher subscription/reference numbers on authentication systems like DMU Library’s Single Sign On process. The blog post can be found here.

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Library website user testing

Last Monday I spoke at #MashDMU on the user testing I led on the University of Leicester’s Library website, looking at its usability, navigation and use of terminology. A blog post on the studies is now up at

Screenshot of the new University of Leicester Library website

Screenshot of the new University of Leicester Library website

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In the January #MashDMU meeting I mentioned the news service, Zite.  Zite is discussed in more detail in a ProfHackercolumn (one of my favourite academic tech news sources).  In Meet Zite: an iOS News Reader, Erin E. Templeton provides an overview of Zite, a news reader that delivers personalized content for the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad:

The app allows you to save articles to Read it Later, Instapaper, Delicious (which is still not dead yet!), or Evernote. It also allows you to share content on Facebook and Twitter, and you can send links via email.

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#MashedLibrary talk on ‘Electronic Journal Usage statistics and the OpenAthens LA effect’.

Phil has blogged about my talk on Monday’s Mashed Library session. He looked at usage statistics for Single Sign On logins and whether this translated into increased downloads from electronic jourtnal sites. You can read the post: ‘Electronic Journal Usage statistics and the OpenAthens LA effect‘ on Fulup’s blog.

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Twit Amore

Just in time for Valentine’s Day comes Twit Amore – a tool to help you identify true love from your Twitter interactions…. Or maybe not!

It is less a case of “Who do you love on Twitter?” and more “Who do you interact with most frequently on Twitter?”. The answer may surprise you!

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Libraries and Pinterest

I talked briefly about Libraries and Pinterest at today’s #MashDMU meeting.  There are links over at my Eclecltic E-stuff blog.  We all had concerns about the copyright implications, given how easy it is to share images.  Are any UK academic libraries using it?

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Libcatcode: Cataloging and coding under one site

Libcatcode  is “a Question & Answer site for coding cataloguers, cataloguing coders, librarians and shambrarians”. The site was created in January 2012, when #catcode took off with over 100 people signing up in a couple of days, and the idea of having a sort of forum, like a Q&A site to facilitate the ongoing conversation, resurfaced.

Libcatcode is moderated by its members.  On the website you can ask and answer questions, comment and vote for the questions of others and their answers. Both questions and answers can be revised and improved. Questions can be tagged with the relevant keywords to simplify future access and organize the accumulated material.

[See other posts on coding]

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Library Mashup Meeting on 3th Feb 2012

Join us for an informal #MashDMU meeting in room 2.04 in the Kimberlin Library on Monday 13 February from 12-1pm.   Feel free to bring your own lunch.

Topics are likely to include developing the e-learning research module at DMU and usability studies at the University of Leicester on their Library website.  However, all colleagues are welcome to offer a short talk and/or presentation on an aspect of web 2.0, social media, data, or any topic relevant to their role that they are currently investigating.

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Mashing up maps

@Fulup has been blogging about Google Maps mashup ideas using Flickr.  There are a large number of map-related mashup ideas floating round cyberspace. For example mapsmashup: the world’s maps mashups mashed up on a map, and the #uksnow Map, which searches Twitter for real-time snow reports and displays them on the map.

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So You Want to Learn to Program?

Signed up to Code Year / Codeacademy? Want to learn more? Check out this blog post from The Chronicle of Higher Education for a list (with brief descriptions) of some free online resources for learning computer programming.

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Making the most of a Kindle

A number of DMU colleagues seem to have received a Kindle for Christmas.  I’ve therefore pulled together links to some Kindle tips & tricks and websites for lowcost / no cost e-books over on my Eclectic E-stuff blog.

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FOAF – Friend Of a Friend

The third presentation at this week’s #MashDMU meeting was given by @Fulup on FOAF (Friend Of a Friend).  He followed this up with a post over on his own blog: FOAF – Friend Of a Friend data and the library contacts page.

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New resources via Phil Bradley

At today’s #MashDMU meeting, I presented a selection of resources included in a presentation given by Phil Bradley at Internet Librarian International 2011. The full presentation (with links to all the resources discussed), Phil’s latest discoveries, is available on Slideshare.

I particularly mentioned Zite (a personalized magazine for iPhone and iPad that gets smarter as you use it), which I’ve since recommended to a number of people, and Zanran (a search engine for finding data and statistics; search results are in the form of graphs, charts and tables).  Nathan shared his experience of demonstrating Zanran to accounting and finance students to help them find datasets.

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I have blogged about initial sign up to Code Year/Codeacademy – please click here to view my post.

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Library Mashup Meeting on 4th Jan 2012

Join us for an informal #MashDMU meeting in the Kimberlin Lecture Theatre on Wednesday 4th January from 12-1pm.   A number of “regulars” will be there and topics may include developing an e-learning module, FOAF, usage statistics and/or e-books.  Or something completely different…..

Please bring your own hot drink / sandwiches – there will be some shortbread to celebrate New Year!

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Merry #ChrisMash

#ChrisMash was a half-day Mashed Libraries event held in London on Saturday 3rd December, organised by Gary Green & Richard Hawkins.  Although no DMU Library collegues were able to attend, the #ChrisMash blog documents what happened before, during and after the event.

There were six speakers running seven sessions:

  • Gary Green (QR-codes, fractals and photo montages)
  • Owen Stephens (The ghosts of Chrismash past, present and future)
  • Paul Stainthorp (The DevXS event)
  • Gary Green (Yuletide Info Stuffings Dug Out Of A Christmas Stocking)
  • Andrew Preater (Towards ethnographies of the next-gen catalogue user)
  • Karen Blakeman (Never mind the quality, just admire the pretty pictures)
  • Owen Smith (Random slides for Chrismash)
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Leicester iPhone Apps

Two new Cuttlefish iPhone apps have gone live this week. Both are free and can be found on the Apple iTunes store.

  • The updated Go Leicestershire app provides information about Arts & Culture, Food & Drink and Heritage in Leicester and Leicestershire.
  • The One Leicester app provides news about the planned 2012 Olympics related activities around Leicester.
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Twapper Keeper: going, going….. (almost gone)

Twapper Keeper, a tweet-archiving utility discussed at one of our early meetings, is being shut down. It has been widely used within the UK’s HE sector – particularly for archiving tweets containing event hashtags at events aimed at the developer, researcher and library sectors.

What are the alternatives?  Martin Hawskey discusses how to Export TwapperKeeper archives using Google Spreadsheet, while Brian Kelly has further advice on selecting and migrating archives.

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Be a publisher… daily! – with

Back in February Phil demonstrated at a #MashDMU meeting – his DigitalPreservation Daily is an excellent example of this tool which enables you to create a customised newspaper, which is compiled automatically using content from a range of sources you select.

If you’ve thought about setting up your own “daily paper” with, then a recent article in Information Today by Hervé Basset which reviews the application and considers how information professionals can use it may convince you: “ Be a publisher… daily!”

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Twitter becomes new frontier for data analytics

Research into measuring the influence of tweets has led to speculation about the use of tweet data analysis to predict the future.  In an article entitled Can watching Twitter trends help predict the future?, Mathew Ingram reports on analysts’ efforts to “find patterns that produce some kind of collective intelligence about a topic”.  [Alerted to this via a link to Twitter becomes new frontier for data analytics from @c3iq]

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Library Camp UK 2011

I have blogged about my recent attendance at Library Camp UK 2011. You can access the blog post here.

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Become Code-Literate with Codecademy

In Become Code-Literate with Codecademy, ProfHacker discusses Codecademy – a new interactive Web site that aims to make becoming conversant with the basics of programming painless.

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#MashDMU meeting on 19th September

Thes last MashDMU meeting before the autumn term took place on Monday 19th September.  A number of “regulars” were unable to attend but it was good to see new faces.  The topics this time were:

  • Alison introduced ifttt (if this then that) - a productivity tool for  social media / web 2.0 services that was created with the idea that “the key to unlocking the creative potential of our existing digital tools might be to build a service that simplifies and consolidates the way those tools can be connected”.  This enables services like Delicious, Facebook, and Twitter to interact with each other automatically under certain conditions – for example, you can set ifttt up so that if you favorite a Tweet with a link then your Delicious account adds a bookmark for that link.
  •  Sharon provided feedback on the ALISS event Supporting Researchers: Ebooks Today and the Digital Promises of Tomorrow which she attended in June.
  • Phil provded an update on the Single Sign On process, moving from Athens authentication to using one’s DMU Single sign On username/password to log into the range of subscription databases and electronic journals available at the University.
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Looking for the Link between Library Usage and Student Attainment

The latest issue of Ariadne includes an article by Graham Stone, Bryony Ramsden and Dave Pattern from Huddersfield University,  introducing the JISC-funded Library Impact Data Project (LIDP).  Full text available at: Looking for the Link between Library Usage and Student Attainment.

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LIDP – final blog post

The Final Blog reflection on the Library Impact Data Project was posted last week. The project aimed to discover if there is a statistically significant correlation across a number of universities between library activity data and student attainment. The answer is a resounding YES – there is statistically significant relationship between both book loans and e-resources use and student attainment.

The post also discusses the Project’s output, next steps, how to disseminate the findings for the benefit of others, lessons learned during the project, and some final thoughts.  The blog will have open data added over the next few weeks and during August the Team will be blogging about the themes that have been brought out in the focus groups.   At the recent final project meeting, it was agreed that all 8 partners would continue to do use the LIDP blog to talk about specific issues with data and as the instititions carry forward their findings.

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Use of e-journals and research outcomes

The current Library Connect Newsletter from Elsevier includes an article by Michael Jubb from the RIN entitled Use of e-journals & research outcomes: Are they related?. This reflects on an investigation of relationships between levels of usage and research performance, as part of the RIN’s research on the use, value and impact of e-journals in the UK.

The researchers investigated whether relationships exist amongst several measures of research performance in  data for 112 UK universities. These measures were:  serials expenditure and usage; numbers of PhD awards; income from research grants and contracts; and articles published and their citation impact. They found “some partial correlations between aspects of library provision and research outcomes for 2007–2008, with article downloads correlating positively with all four measures of research performance. The correlations are significant and independent both of institutional size and the balance of research activity across different disciplines”.

The researchers concluded that more detailed modeling was required to test a range of hypotheses. However, the RIN research may offer an additional factor for librarians to consider as they reach decisions on “both the future development of their e-content collections and how their services can support the effective use of e-journals”.

(Posted simultaneously over at the Eclectic E-stuff blog)

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Google Plus Blog Post

I have recently blogged about Google’s new social networking site, Google Plus (or G+ for short). You can read my blog post at the following URL.

Update Mon 1st Aug 2011: More Google+ links below.

- Mashable Google+: The Complete Guide

- Google+ and the friends v acquaintances debate (BBC News website)

- Google+ Cheat Sheet (

- Google+ Business Profiles (article via ITProPortal)

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Next #MashDMU meeting: 1st August

The next lunchtime Mashed Library meeting will take place in the Kimberlin Library between 12-1pm on Monday 1st August in room 2.04.   We’re hoping for an update on DMU’s contribution to the JISC Library Impact Data Project and a discussion on how academic researchers use social media and Web 2.0.

Update: Also, Mitchell will be discussing Google+ and  Phil will provide a brief update on the progress of transferring online resources to Single Sign On.

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Open Data Powered Location Based Services in UK HE

Tony Hirst has recently published a blog post on Open Data Powered Location Based Services in UK Higher Education on his (always useful and interesting) blog  He discusses some recent examples of how universities are starting to actually put their open data to work through location based services.

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Innovations in Activity Data workshop

The JISC RISE project – Recommendations Improve the Search Experience – is organising an Innovations in Activity Data workshop on 4 July 2011. This will be a one-day workshop aimed at Higher Education library services who are interested in practical applications of activity data, what can be collected, how it can be used, visualised and presented.  The workshop will be an opportunity to hear from library projects working on the JISC Activity Data programme and from practitioners working in this area.

Location: The Open University, Milton Keynes. Cost: Free to attend.  Refreshments will be provided. Details at:

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Linking library catalogue metadata to theatre production/performance metadata and objects

Lorcan Dempsey re-tweeted a link (via @lukask) to a presentation on Linked data across library/theatre domains from the ELAG2011 conference:  Linking libraries to the real world.

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UKSG Links

Links you may find useful from my #MashDMU presentation yesterday:

My personal UKSG 2011 Conference blog post
UKSG LiveSerials blog
Andy Powell’s “Open, Social & Linked” presentation
Institutional Repository Search (IRS) Tool from MIMAS
Eduserv eBook Finder Tool
Tony Hirst’s “Just Doing IT Yourself” presentation
Tony Hirst’s Ouseful blog
Openetherpad software – why not create a document for yourself!!
Data visualisations via KML (coding) – Lichfield District Council and Google Maps
Google Custom search engines – Course Detective search – searching across UK HE prospectuses


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Seth Godin on libraries and librarians

I enjoyed today’s #MashDMU meeting with contributions from @Mitchley, @Fulup, and @StJerome1st.  My main contribution, apart from tweeting throughout, was an inspirational quote from Seth Godin on The future of the library (do check the whole blog post for context):

The librarian isn’t a clerk who happens to work at a library. A librarian is a data hound, a guide, a sherpa and a teacher. The librarian is the interface between reams of data and the untrained but motivated user.

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Twitter Tool: TwapperKeeper

Just created an archive of #MashDMU tweets using TwapperKeeper. TwapperKeeper allows users to archive tweets by hashtag, keywords, or person to easily share with others.

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Topics for #MashDMU meeting on 17 May

The next #MashDMU meeting on Tuesday 17 May from 12-1pm in the Kimberlin Lecture Room).  Mitchell hopes to share more web 2.0 and mashup ideas gleaned from the 2011 UKSG Conference; Phil will provide an update on the data gathering for the JISC Library Impact Data Project; and Lynne will talk about social media & communities of practice: #catbkchat, the cataloguers’ wiki and Glogster.

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Twitter tool: Twilert

Twilert is a Twitter application that enables you to receive regular email alerts of tweets containing your brand, product, service… or any keyword you are interested in.  I’m using it to monitor mentions of @LibraryDMU, @AlisonMcNab, and #MashDMU.  What will you use it to track?

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Article on linked data

The latest issue of Panlibus (the news magazine from Talis) contains an article on Linked Data in Libraries by Sarah Bartlett  – you will find the article on pp16-17 of the PDF version.  Discussing “What place for libraries in a Linked Data world?”, Sarah concludes that:

“Today, Linked Data is the preserve of geeks, but this will no longer be true in 15 years time, and librarians can build some of the pathways that will help to move Linked Data into the mainstream”

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May MashDMU meeting

The next #MashDMU meeting will take place on Tuesday 17 May in the Kimberlin Lecture Room.

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“Just Do IT Yourself” – UKSG Breakout Session

Tony Hirst hosted a breakout session at UKSG 2011, entitled ‘Just Do IT Yourself’ – the workshop aimed to provide tricks and tips for “non-coders”, “shambrarians” and “undevelopers”.

Tony’s slides can be found here –

Tony is also on Twitter – @psychemedia (

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Shelving Made Easy (or Easier)

A computer-science professor is testing a shelf-reading app that can scan an entire shelf’s worth of books and alert workers which ones are out of place. The app he came up with, tentatively called Shelvar, relies on special tags—kind of like QR codes—attached to the books’ spines. Each tag “exactly represents the call number” of each book. A user with a current-generation smartphone or tablet computer scans the shelf using the app, and Shelvar indicates which books aren’t in the right places. Visual cues, including directional arrows, indicate where the misfiled book ought to go.

[From the Chronicle of Higher Education’s Wired Campus blog – well worth following!]

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Glossary of social media terms

At the latest DMU lunchtime mashed libraries event you were promised a glossary of terms used to describe social media. There are lots out there on the web, but these are two of my favourites:

Social media: a glossary for beginners


The ultimate glossary: 101 social media marketing terms explained

If you find any better / different ones, feel free to add them to this blog.

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Wallwisher Demo

The Wallwisher ‘wall’ I created for Tuesday’s (29th March) MashDMU workshop is available to view at the following URL – You do not have to have a Wallwisher account to post to the wall – you cannot move or delete other people’s posts though!

The wall contains a few miscellaneous blog posts etc, links below:

  • Arts Technica blog – “Professors who tweet, & also include social tweets, considered more credible” (refers to Twitter study by Elizabethtown College in the US),
  • Library Hat blog (Bohyun Kim) – “Why not grow coders from the inside of Libraries”,
  • Musings about librarianship blog (Aaron Tay), (latest post concerns library Discovery tools)
  • Aaron Tay is also the founder of the Facebook group ‘Library Related People’. This is a closed group, so you either need to be added to the group by a FB friend who is already a member, or request to join via the following email address –

I have also created a MashDMU Wallwisher wall for staff to post ideas/themes/presentation ideas for the next MashDMU event (TBC). You can find that wall at the following URL –

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Topics for #MashDMU meeting on 29 March

#MashDMU meeting on Tuesday 29 March from 12-1pm (2.04, Kimberlin Library).  Discussions will include:

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Brian Kelly talk on Mobile Devices and their use by libraries

Brian Kelly’s talk on mobile devices for Bath University library staff was broadcast live. It lasts about 32 minutes and covers the changes in mobile devices since 2004, Brian’s experiences for using mobile devices in his work and some of the services he enjoys using. I had not heard of Smartr, but am now trying this out. I think the slides for this talk will be available somewhere. I will link to them when they are released.
One interesting point that came out was Brian’s description of people tweeting their comments on attending conferences to a wider (twitter reading) audience: Can this really be seen as engaging in support for the Big Society? I guess I was consciously doing this from Eduserv’s ‘Work Smarter, not Harder’ workshops #oa11.
Update: Slides for this talk.

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Mash at Lunchtime presentation

My presentation on Mash at Lunchtime from Pancakes and Mash is now online.

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#MashDMU – my mashed library interests

Hi folks

A summary of my current Mashed Library interests (see also the link below).

  • The Policy Pit (engaging with learners, especially at a distance);
  • PITSTOP (HEA-funded research project investigating use of mediated discussion boards supporting 2nd year social work students on placement)
  • Linked Data  (a potential cornucopia of information in the social sciences).

I am by no means an ‘early adopter’ when it comes to all things Web 2.0. I’m more what you might call a ‘committed embedder’. In other words, if I can see a way to solve existing problems, enhance access to information, or improve a student or researcher’s learning experience, then I’m interested.

Not everyone in the Mashed Library world is a “geek”.  But many librarians – myself included - work well with our geek* friends, and speak geek fairly fluently, so can act as a translator between the geek community and everyone else we work with.  This can be very valuable in itself.

JE Mashed Library Hour Feb 2011

* for further clarification on what is meant by “geek” please refer to this helpful diagram:

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Report from Pancakes and Mash

I was thinking about posting a blog report on the Pancakes and Mash meeting, but our former colleague Katie Fraser got there before me!  She has blogged about the event at: Pancakes and Mash: Exposing your data, institutional mashing and local affordable CPD.  We attended the same morning and afternoon workshops (on “Exposing your data” and “Mash at Lunchtime / Talking to Geeks”).  I did not tour the Library as Katie did, but instead talked with Simon Ball of JISC TechDis about various aspects of disability support.

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#MashDMU meeting on 29 March

The next DMU lunchtime MashedLibrary meeting will be held from 12-1pm (aiming to start at 12.05pm and finish at 12.50pm) on Tuesday 29 March in Kimberlin 2.04. Please bring your own lunch. If you would like to attend, please inform Urmila.

A rough agenda will be posted on this blog nearer the time. In the “unconference” spirit this will have a very loose agenda, which any colleague is free to contribute to.

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Pancakes and Mash tomorrow!

The next UK Mashed Library event will take place at the University of Lincoln tomorrow, called Pancakes and Mash as it is being held on Shrove Tuesday.  After our lunchtime mashDMU event last month, I have been invited to speak about our experience: “Mash at lunchtime”.

Provided the wifi is co-operative, I hope to tweet from the meeting, using the hashtag #pancakesandmash

Update: on the day the #mashlib hashtag was used for the sake of brevity.

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Hashtags and Lanyrd

At Tuesday’s Lunchtime #MashDMU‘s meeting, after introducing Analogue Twitter, I talked about the use of hashtags, particularly to follow events.  I referred to What Are Hashtags (“#” Symbols)? and

I then logged on to the social conference directory Lanyrd, which helps you to find events that your Twitter contacts may be attending or speaking at.  This is a useful tool for professional development in these difficult economic times.

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Think Before You Tweet (or Blog or Update a Status)

In Think Before You Tweet (or Blog or Update a Status), Billie Hara provides a useful reminder that “there are some negative aspects to online presences.  It’s important to recognize that whatever we write online is for public consumption, that we are not simply chatting with friends and family when we post” and we need to be aware that it is possible that social media use “detract from a positive and professional online presence”.

The post appeared on the @Profhacker blog, part of the online presence of The Chronicle of Higher Education – the US equivalent of the Times Higher Education.

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Pancakes and Mash

If your interest in mashed library events has been awakened, the next event will be in Lincoln. This event really takes DMU’s lunchtime session to the next level, and is an opportunity to meet people working on mashups in a safe, friendly, helpful environment.

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2010 UKSG/NASIG Conferences – Reflections

I made some references during MashDMU to themes & issues raised at the 2010 UKSG/NASIG Annual Conferences. If you want to read my report on my visit to both events, please check the following link –

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Analogue tweets

And here are the analogue tweets from our analogue Twitter session:

Twitterfall #mashDMU Feb2011

12.00 Thank goodness I am going to learn about hash tags!
12.15 One hashtag to follow #savelibraries
12.20 Gosh, Lanyrd, something I know about already!
12.23 So that’s how they organise demos in the Middle East!
12.30 Can’t wait for me smart phone to be repaired!
12.30 So that’s what “mashing” is: bibliographical eclectisism
12.40 Gosh, I knew about too. Must now get to use it.
12.40 Find these mashup technologies fascinating (complicated but fascinating)
12.50 Librarians are trusted control points. Love it!
12.58 Would love to ‘experiment’ with this stuff in a library / work context
13.00 Using YouTube to post tutorials – great idea!
13.00 Loving the passion & enthusiasm of the speakers
13.00 Who would we pick to star in our You Tube library demo?
13.01 When’s the next session? Wouldn’t mind going to one of these library mash things
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Analogue Twitter

At yesterday’s Lunchtime #mashDMU, I introduced colleagues to analogue (or paper) tweets.  This is a concept I saw demonstrated at a conference last year by Timothy Collinson of the University of Portsmouth Library.  Using his template, I distributed  strips of paper and invited those present to write a tweet of no more than 25 words or so (representing 140 characters).  This enabled newcomers to Twitter (as well as those who normally tweet from a PC) to “have a go”. People then stick the tweets on a flipchart with blutak.  We could have run this in semi-digital mode where the strips get passed to a colleague who then types them all into a Twitter account.  But that would have meant missing out on what my interesting co-presenters said!

[See page 3 of the Autumn/Winter 2010 issue of Harvest for more information on analogue Twitter].

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“Making Library Data Work Harder”

Dave Pattern gave a talk at “Mash Oop North!” (July 2009) highlighting a University of Huddersfield project to find potential links between library data and degree awards. Graham Stone updated with a breakout session at the 2010 UKSG Conference in Edinburgh. Please see URL for paper published in Serials

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“Sixty Minutes to Save Libraries” (Mash & Mashibility, Oct 2010)

In light of the imminent HE sector cuts, Brian Kelly (UKOLN) invited participants to identify ways in which evidence could be collated to demonstrate the impact and value of libraries and library services. Please see link for slides etc

Brian has further blogged on this in Jan 2011, looking at how some university libraries have embraced Twitter, Facebook and YouTube pages – (Facebook); (Twitter); (YouTube).

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Background reading about MashedLibraries

MashedLibrary events are “unconference” style events that bring together “interested people [who are] doing interesting stuff with libraries and technology”. Want to find out more? See:

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In, Out, Shaking it about: Mashed Library Examples

Information coming in

These maps bring together maps from Google with address information from the Talis Silkworm directory. The directory itself is a wiki and any registered user and update the information there (and in turn, update these maps). There is a search the catalogue form with each map, enabling a search to take place whatever the brand of library catalogue in use at the destination site.

Information going out

Library news page

This and other feeds can be displayed on other sites, such as the MyAthens site. The library news and a list of UK federation resources is added to this page.

The Library News is available as an XML file using one of the RSS standards: file. The web page itself is also written in valid XHTML, so some XML processors would be able to read that too.

Shaking information about

There are Add-ons for browsers, like Operator for Firefox that can respond to data hidden in XHTML markup. Some pages on the DMU Library web site are coded with extra information in ‘microformats’. The ‘What’s on‘ and library contact details are examples. People with browsers equipped with the right add-ons can add events to their Google or Yahoo calendars, or add contact details to their Outlook addresses.

Another example of this exchange would be the OpenURL Referrer add-on. This can add ‘Find it @ DMU’ buttons to pages in Wikipedia and other sites where the COinS microformat is used.

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Mashing up the library

What happens if you get addresses from one place and maps from another? News from three or four sources and stick them together? Tables of Contents for journals with the journals A-Z?

Is there an end to the possibilities once you start thinking about them?

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