Friday, September 09, 2011

Oxford Social Media 2011: Presentations now available online

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The presentations from yesterday's Social Media Day are all now available online on the Oxford Social Media wiki at:,+8th+September+2011+-+presentations - marketing yourself and your skills online (Jo Alcock)
Many of us use social media to market our libraries, but what about marketing ourselves as librarians? As we make the necessary shift from marketing our products to marketing our services, it becomes increasingly important to market ourselves and our skills, both to our current and potential library users and as a way of establishing ourselves within the profession. This session will introduce the value of having a personal brand, and discuss ways of utilising social media to express your brand.

Public library social media policy: the most effective ways to provide a "comprehensive & efficient" service in fewer than 140 characters! (Michael Stead)
Michael will be looking at some examples of good practice and discussing the evolution of his own library service's approach to social media.

Marketing academic libraries in a Web 2.0 world (Ned Potter)
Social Media affords libraries a fantastic marketing opportunity. Web 2.0 tools are often free, are mostly easy to use, and represent a great way to communicate directly with a library's audience. This session will look at advances in marketing online, including brand new case studies from the British Library and New York Public Library.

Measuring social media success (Andrew Hood)
Social media opens up content, discussion and reputation way beyond the confines of our own websites. So how do we measure the real impact of the things we instigate, and keep track of what the world at large is saying about us and the topics close to our hearts? This session will look at practical ways of monitoring social media for relevant content, and discuss how to isolate clear success metrics for social media activity.

Social Networks: harness the power, manage the risks (Duncan Smith)
Many organisations are rushing to use social networking sites because the potential benefits seem so vast. Beware, though. Using such sites can be a double-edged sword because of significant risks arising from a raft of legislation relevant to them. And it’s been a fast moving feast with new guidance and laws arriving at a dizzying rate. How do we find solutions which are both legally acceptable and help you do a better job?

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Oxford Social Media 2011: Developments in Web 2.0


Thursday 8th September 2011, Training Rooms 1 & 2, Osney One Building, 9.15-17.00

Oxford Social Media 2011 is the next event organised by Staff Development under the general title of  'A Theme For All Seasons'.  The programme for the whole day is available here to make it easier for staff to see what is happening at various times in the hope that this will assist with planning and booking.

The day is divided into two strands.  Strand 1 consists of a variety of talks from several external people who use social media regularly in their profession  Strand 2 is another chance for staff to learn about the technology itself and follow parts of the 23 Things programme.

We hope that you'll be able to join us for at least one of the sessions. Please note that because of space restrictions each session can take only a limited number of staff. If you're keen to attend a session do book early, and in the usual way - quoting the relevant course code as listed on the full programme. 

Please note there is no charge to attend this event.

Friday, May 20, 2011

23 Things for Professional Development


Inspired by the 23 Things programmes that have been running all over the UK recently, a group of librarians have got together to create a 23 Things for Professional Development. The programme is due to run from June to October, and is open to any informational professional who wants to join in, no matter where they work or what kind of job they have. They're going to cover quite a few tools that 23 Things Oxford didn't, and the whole thing has a more personal and reflective slant.  If you enjoyed participating in 23 Things Oxford and found it a good way to learn, maybe consider joining in this one too!

All the information, and the 'things' they will be covering, can be found on their blog at:

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Getting to Grips with LibraryThing: 22nd July

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23 Thingers and other interested members of staff might be interested in the following training course:

Getting to Grips with LibraryThing
Event Code: BODL/CPD/LIB
Friday 22nd July 2011, Training Room 2, Osney One Building, 2.30pm-4.00pm

This session will introduce participants to the LibraryThing site and its main features. LibraryThing is a social cataloguing web application for storing and sharing book details. It also offers use of RSS feeds, tags, and much more.

Participants will have the opportunity to set up an account for themselves or their library, add some books to their catalogue, explore some of LibraryThing's additional services and learn how to embed it in other Web 2.0 and webpages.

See for an example. To book, email Staff Development.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Delicious saved!

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Yahoo have announced that Delicious has been bought by a new company called AVOS, owned by the founders of YouTube. They will take over Delicious in July 2011, maintaining the service as it is (same web address, same look and feel) and developing it further from there. In order to continue using Delicious after July 2011, you must log in and accept AVOS's terms of service and privacy policy, which will allow them to take over your bookmarks with the service as a whole.

More information about the transition:
Delicious blog
FAQs on Delicious
AVOS press release

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Welcome to the 2010/11 Graduate Trainees!


What is 23 Things?
23 Things Oxford first ran in 2010 and is based on the original 23 Things program which ran at the Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County in the USA in 2006. 23 Things Oxford is a self-discovery programme which encourages you to take control of your own learning and to use your lifelong learning skills through exploration and play. You are encouraged to work together and share with each other your discoveries, techniques and tips both in person and through your blogs. 

How long do I have to complete 23 Things?
The aim is for you all to work through the 23 Things and complete them by the end of July.  On completion of the programme you will receive a certificate.  The original programme allowed for an average of doing 2 Things per week, so there should be ample time to complete the programme.  We recommend you do the work during Wednesday afternoons when no other sessions are scheduled as part of the trainee programme.  

How do I register to take part?
As part of the 23 Things programme you will set up a blog to record your progress (Thing 3) and the Thing 4 post will include instructions on how to register your blog.  Each participant’s blog URL will be added to a separate page on this blog so that you can easily find each other's. 

How do I know which Things to do and when?
The full list appears on the 23 Things Oxford blog.  You are encouraged to work through it at your own pace.

How do I track my progress for each of the 23 Things?
Each trainee will keep a blog to track their progress.  Each time you complete a task, write a short blog post about it and tag it with e.g. ‘Thing 12’.

May I refer to Web 2.0 tools I’m already using?
Some of you may be familiar with social media already and you can refer to tools you are using already - just don’t forget to post about your experiences each week and use the appropriate tag(s).  If you are already familiar with a resource, such as Flickr, this is a good opportunity to use the further exercises to develop your knowledge.

What do I do if I need help?
If you feel you need assistance with an item, you are encouraged to be resourceful and to find a co-worker or another trainee who can help. Reading other participants’ blogs can help too, both from other trainees this year or from last year's participants. Since this programme is self-directed and is being completed by other trainees simultaneously, you are encouraged to work with colleagues along your discovery journey.

I would like take part but don't feel comfortable with my co-workers reading my blog, may I participate anonymously?
Yes and no… since you control all the information that you share on your blog, you can choose to use a screen name that does not identify you personally.

  • You will be setting up some new usernames and passwords during this programme.  Record these somewhere discreet (e.g. in a notebook) so that you don’t forget them.
  • If you find expressions such as ‘SEO’ that you don’t understand, try this in Google: define=SEO to find a list of definitions

Once you have completed 23 Things you may be interested in the posts about synchronisation, which involves linking your Web 2.0 sites and services.

This is the first year we have run the 23 Things programme for the trainees so we are keen to hear how you get on and hope to run it for trainees in future years.  Feel free to send feedback to Emma Sullivan. Hope you enjoy it, to get started go to Thing 1!

Thursday, January 06, 2011

Delicious closing down?

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Many Oxford libraries have been using Delicious to save useful websites and resources for their readers. Recently, rumours have been circulating that Delicious may be shut down by Yahoo, the company that owns it. Yahoo themselves have said that they would like to sell it off. Delicious is a long-standing web 2.0 service that is relied upon by many libraries elsewhere in the world as well as all sorts of other web users, and it would be a real shame if we lost it, but as with all web services, this is always a risk. If you are using Delicious either personally or for your library, please rest assured that the Web 2.0 Working Party is monitoring the situation and investigating alternatives to recommend in case it does shut down. One thing you can and should do now is to back-up your bookmarks so that you will not lose them if the site closes and will be able to transfer them to a new site. You can do this by going to 'settings' and then 'export/back-up bookmarks'. It would be a good idea to get in the habit of doing this regularly.

We will continue to post information on the Web 2.0 Wiki and here on the 23 Things blog.  

More information: