Monday, 14 November 2016

Thing 4: Digital Security

Facebook
Recently we had two visiting librarians from Malta at work. When it came time for them to leave one suggested adding me as a friend on Facebook. The other said she didn't really use Facebook but she checked in every now and again. However when the first girl tried to find me she couldn't locate me - my settings are so strict that one has to be a friend of a friend to find me. It was easier for me to friend her.

When I first started using Facebook I was a regular user but now I mostly use it to check in with one group of friends.

Twitter
On the other hand my Twitter account is completely open but...I use it for a mixture of personal and professional purposes whereas my Facebook is pretty much for personal use bar the Facebook groups that relate to work...

Apps
I try not to think about what I'm sharing with the world. In general my locations settings are off and unless I'm using the app on a regular basis I've turned off its photo sharing abilities. Sorry Prisma.

I never realised there were ratings for apps, not unlike there are ratings for films. I guess that's what happens when you download library related apps - pretty general really.

I think I'm part of the generation where I'm really reluctant to using mobile banking. I'll log-in to my account via a browser on my iPad but only on my own home wifi. Is that safer than the bank's own app? I'm not sure but I log out each time on the browser and I don't know if I'd do it with the app considering I don't do it for the other apps.

The one app that I love when I travel in the UK is The Cloud. Without life would be that much harder!

How many apps? Well if I could get rid of the iOS ones that I don't use I'd be that much better off but while I can delete them from the screen they don't disappear from the phone. What I didn't like was when Health was installed it started tracking me automatically. Thank you to the person on Twitter who told me about that.

Phone Security
I had never hard of an IMEI number - learn something new every day!

Bonus Thing 4: About.me
How long has it been since I saw me last? Apparently long enough for about.me to have changed quite a bit! My name and interests are still the same but now it asks why do I have an about.me account. The downside - there's no back button. I had a really nice black and white account with good photography in black and white and now it's as if it's an extension of my Twitter account which is good in one way and not in another. Where is the exit button? I keep being asked questions!

My About.me page


Digital Knowledge: Thing 3 - Digital Footprint


http://www.ed.ac.uk/institute-academic-development/about-us/projects/digital-footprint

After watching the opening video for my digital footprint I'm a little worried. Sure I Google myself regularly and I know if I search for 'Oslo' suddenly Oslo appears all over the place but still... What will 'Managing My Digital Footprint' tell me?

The Barcode Project in Oslo

So Who Am I? 
The top result is:
  • librarian!!
followed by
  • ceramic artist, based in Dublin
  • pediatrician in Wichita
Back to my personal Twitter account and an academia.edu I sporadically forget about.

Does anyone even look at page two anymore? I figured I should take a look at me page two:
  • Four obituaries
  • a lecturer in Vermont
  • a writer
I am not on page two but my SlideShare is on page three.

E-professionalism
As I co-manage a work Twitter account I'm always conscious that I don't accidentally tweet from the wrong account. In the split second that it would take me to realise what I've done and delete the tweet no doubt someone would have retweeted it. Admittedly my different voices between my personal and work accounts aren't that different but I wouldn't expect The Riverside to tweet about rugby!

So Who Am I Post-Exercise?
I'm someone who's finally remembered to update the typo on my SlideShare account! Each time I'd see it I'd be on my mobile and I don't fancy doing updates to my profile from a tiny screen. Well that's done now. I know it seems nuts but for some reason I expect library folk to be able to spell correctly.

I try to limit my apps mostly because I know I don't use them and less from trying to keep my digital footprint corralled. There's no mention of The Riverside; I guess I'm best known for my personal account than for my library's special collections' account. That said, I merge my personal and professional spheres in the one Twitter account. There's no way I could manage three accounts!

Despite 'Elaine Harrington' not being a wholly common name I'm happy enough that I appeared top and twice correctly on page one and yes I did it with Incognito tabs.

Every so often I remember my much neglected academia.edu account and then I remember my about.me account which I created doing the last 23 Things /Rudai 23 and I think I should update it and of course my LinkedIn account but I'll leave that until they pop up later!

Having read the case study I have a lot more work to do! At least everything bar the SlideShare account is unified under 'walkerabroad' and I'm happy with the merging of personal and professional. I should really delete the academia.edu account though.

Who Do I Want To Be?
I'm quite happy with the results being as they are currently. They say who I am - librarian, special collections librarian. What quote do I use on my SlideShare account:
The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams - Eleanor Roosevelt.

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Digital Knowledge: Thing 2 - Blogging

Onto Thing 2! Oh the joy of MOOCs at the start!

I don't have access to Lynda.com but this is the second time in a week that I've heard about it. I must pass it onto our team for continuing personal and professional development (CPPD).

I hope to brush up on existing skills and learn some new ones which I may use personally or use immediately in a work context or ponder for a while so that I can use it in a year's time in a work context.

Thing 2: Blogging 
I like blogging and have a few different blogs on the go although I'm better at contributing to The River-side, my work blog, than I am to any of the three personal ones I have! Oops!

I've blogged about:
What I’ve seen or done is a way of incorporating reflective practice into my professional life https://thoughtswalkerabroad.wordpress.com/ 

Events in order to help me remember them more clearly in the future
I also blog as a way to test out different apps and I give myself 30 days to try the app! http://cloudwalkerabroad.tumblr.com/

Blogging Platforms 
I've had this blog on Blogger for quite a while but I use Wordpress at work and the Tumblr guide would have been very handy when I started that blog!

I knew I'd heard of PebblePad before but couldn't remember when. A search for UCC and PebblePad on what but Google brought me to a news item for its use with the School of Pharmacy. Last year one of my group had described its use on an online forum for the course on teaching & learning in higher education.

Some browsing on the pages for it on the University of Edinburgh website made me wonder how it could be adapted for modules that use Special Collections or for staff as a way to track their own courses. Hmm!
"Use PebblePad in facilitated teaching, learning, and personal development contexts. As the facilitator, you can create custom resources for learners to use and submit for your feedback. You can promote continual engagement from learners by releasing new content at set times - and learners’ additions and changes will filter through to you until the date and time you choose."

Plenty of things to consider for how it may be used!

One more thing to go back to the CPPD team!