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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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. Tweet

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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? … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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. Mitchell Tweet

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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 http://uollibraryblog.wordpress.com/2012/02/15/user-testing/. Tweet

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Zite

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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Twit Amore

Just in time for Valentine’s Day comes Twit Amore http://twitamore.com/ – 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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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. Tweet

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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. Tweet

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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 … Continue reading

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Codeacademy

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

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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 … Continue reading

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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, … Continue reading

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Be a publisher… daily! – with Paper.li

Back in February Phil demonstrated Paper.li 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. … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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. Tweet

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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, … Continue reading

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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 http://blog.ouseful.info/.  He discusses some recent examples of how universities are starting to actually put … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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. Tweet

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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): … Continue reading

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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. Tweet

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Mash at Lunchtime presentation

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

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 http://hashtags.org/. I then logged on to the social conference directory Lanyrd, … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Analogue tweets

And here are the analogue tweets from our analogue Twitter session: 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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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