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Today I want to write a little about a couple of projects I’m participating in on Flickr.

The first one is a project to take a photo of yourself everyday for a year.  There are many variations of the 365 theme on Flickr.  Why anyone would bother to do such a project is a good point.  Some people join a project as a challenge to improve their photography.  Kathryn Greenhill initiated this particular group project.  In her invitation she writes,

“I got as far as 281 photos doing this in 2009 and was really confronted by the choices I had to make about how I presented myself. Did I always want to show myself as a healthy, cheery sort of person? How much of the ugly and everyday was I prepared to show?

I discovered that – contrary to my comfort level – photos with myself smiling really *did* look better. This freaked me out, as I always thought that forcing myself to smile looked worse than showing something “genuine”. This flowed on to my everyday life where I started smiling at other people more…

I’m interested in giving it another go for 2011 to see if I can make the whole 365 images and wanted to share the activity with anyone else who was interested in joining in. I’d like to see what other people I know do with the exercise.”

I joined because it seemed like a fun idea at the time and because I know I’m mostly behind the camera when it comes to our family photo snaps.  I’m interested in telling our family stories via scrapbooking and felt it was important to document me as well as my children and our activities.  It has turned out to be a glimpse into my life and by extension, my family life.

I find looking at photos of my forebears compelling because of the stories they tell, not just through their presence in the photograph but the places where they were taken, the clothes they wore, the activities they did.  Maybe there will be great grandchildren of mine who will wish to do the same.

I’m also enjoying the community aspect of this activity.  Looking at other people’s photos, their expressions, the things they include in the photos opens little windows into other people’s experiences.  How strange it is that I start to feel concerned about people I have never met when I don’t see a photograph from them for a while?

As Kathryn pointed out, it is confronting.  Many days I don’t feel photogenic or feel like taking a photo of me.  Some days it’s fun, some days it’s boring.  Some days don’t happen.

I’m not sure what I will do with the final 365.  It is possible I’ll make a physical book of the photo set, although there are a few videos up there too.

The other project I’m doing is a more personal one.  I’m taking photos of the books I borrow to read this year as a way to record my reading history in a visual way.  I started recording what I read over 12 months a few years ago via my personal blog.  It is an interesting reflective process and I have found that publicly recording it has influenced my choices in what I read – probably for the better in the sense I’ve extended my reading habits.

Food seems to feature a lot…

In other news!  This is our 300th Post on Diligent Room!!!

Birthday cupcakes for us!

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Birthday Cupcakes for us!

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It’s no secret… I love chrome! This is a brilliant list for anyone who writes things for the web… Google Chrome extensions for Web Design Students. While you’re at it, check out this list from earlier in the year, 10 Google Chrome extensions for boosting your productivity. The user comments are a goldmine, also!

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P.S. the crazy-silly-cute image above is from the blog ChromeStory

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As you know I am really impressed with the concept behind Waimakariri Libraries Twitter account First_Lines, where they take the first line of a book and tweet it with a link back to the catalog.

In fact I am so impressed I asked if they would mind if I used it on the Tararua Library Twitter account. They, being lovely collegial people said yes. In fact we had an idea to make it a challenge. Let see what first lines libraries can find. So for all you library tweeters out there, tweet the first line of a book with a link back to your catalog. Include the hastag #firstlines and lets see how many like the same ones, how many bad ones there are and how many good ones!

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I have been thinking about blogging and social media a lot recently. Currently I have been acting as a guide for the Learn@APNK program,  and I am heading to Gisborne next week to talk to the librarians there about Social Media. Thinking about how to explain Social Media, and how to “sell” it without sounding too evangelical has occupied my mind. What are the benefits? How do we do it? What’s best practice? Are questions I have been asking myself and looking to answer.

Another reason blogging in particular has been troubling me, is the fact that my library blog Tararua District Libraries has reached it’s two year birthday. That’s a lot of blogging. The readership of the blog has been trending down, and I am wondering if I am getting a bit stale in my posting. I have been frustrated in not being able to get my colleagues more involved, and since I am writing for four blogs at the moment one gets a little tired. 😦

I am feeling I need some sort of refresher to boost enthusiasm and inspiration, but I am unsure where to find it 😆

On a positive note, reaching the two year mark on the Tararua blog feels good 🙂 So happy birthday to me/it/us.

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OCLC has introduced a new feature for WorldCat, which is so cool it’s freezing. I wish our catalog could do this:

From The OCLC Cooperative Blog

#Ask4Stuff is a new, Twitter-based service that returns a WorldCat search when you send a tweet with the tag #Ask4Stuff.  So if you send the following tweet:

#Ask4Stuff lake erie shipwreck

You’ll get a tweet back that says something like:

@YOURNAME A few things about lake erie shipwreck in #Ask4Stuff, check out http://is.gd/cY7gi

Where the link then takes you to the WorldCat.org search result for “lake erie shipwreck.”
You can even localize the result to a WorldCat Local instance by including the Local library name as another hash tag.

Example:

#Ask4Stuff #OSU lake erie shipwreck

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Another year has been set on its path, and we have started the downhill slide to Christmas. I think it must be a function of age, and having children, but each year seems to go past really quickly, and the speed seems to be increasing.

New Years is a time for reflection, navel gazing, crystal ball gazing and resolutions. For myself, I do not have much in the way of resolutions this year on the library front. But then does anyone? Do you sit down at the start of the year and make a list of library things you want to achieve in the year? This year I am focusing on study and writing, and that seems enough to keep me going.

It should be an interesting year though. With the centenary of LIANZA to look forward to, there will be numerous events to be held throughout the land by the various committees. It will also be very interesting to see what shape conference takes in this special anniversary year.

One thing that I am excited about seeing is the redevelopment of the LIANZA website, due for launching in the next couple of months. I liked the look of the usability shots that came around, and I am keen to see what they do, especially on the Social Media front. I understand the team want to introduce a lot of Social Media functionality which is one of my passions. The aim is to help enable the regional councils, sigs, etc to put up blogs etc. If LIANZA is hosting blogs in that fashion, I will be curious to see which platform they adopt, and how much use it gets.

I am also wondering how easy it will be to transfer the current Ikaroa Committee blog over to them if they are hosting, or the East-In-Sig Blog if they wanted to go that path. Also merging all the conference blogs into one big one I think would be a good plan as I have said before.

 Indeed I was wondering to myself, that if LIANZA is hosting blogs, would they host The Room of Infinite Diligence, and whether it would be worth transferring over to them?  Would we want to remain separate in ourselves or would there be advantages in leveraging off the LIANZA site?

Talking about writing, we asked late last year if anybody else out there in library land wanted to join our little community of writers, and nobody has put there hand up. Come on people, there must be more opinionated folks out there in library land! Do we as Kiwi library writers have nothing to say? Or are we all to busy working to contribute to an informal collegial conversation?

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OK OK so I know that there are fears being raised about stalking using google’s new goggles service but…

But…

… ain’t it the coolest thing ever?

I admit I have raised myself on a steady diet of science fiction, but I seriously like the idea of the kind of context that I hunger for and already use the net to provide coming to me this easily. Sure I enjoy using my creativity to massage search terms when looking for an unknown, but why should I when I can just scan?

Picture this: LIANZA 2020. A familiar face comes across the floor towards you… but no name arises. A subtle gesture, unobservable to the outsider, and a list of likely suggestions for the person in front of you scroll up on your glasses.

Privacy shmivacy. I’ve got a bad memory for names in my 30s and this is going to help in a decade’s time.

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