Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Thing 18: Productivity Apps

If you're an iPhone, iPad, Mac, Android, Windows user, you've probably considered ways the device can make your life a little more fun.

Yes, you can read books, play games or watch movies, but what about using your Mobile device to organize your life?

So, what are your personal productivity challenges?  Being busy does not necessarily equate to being productive. 

"Productivity is spending your time on working towards your goals."

App developers have seized on the iPad, Mac, Android, Windows as a tool that's portable and flexible enough to accomplish the many different things people need to get done, organize task and schedule activities.

In this Thing, we’d like to look at few of these tools.


  • GTasks  is a simple and efficient to-do / task management app with both local and google account modes. You can customize your to do list, set reminder, share tasks with your friends, family members or colleagues and sync with your google tasks perfectly. With it, you will never miss a task and focus more on real things.

  • Wunderlist  Wunderlist is the easiest way to manage and share your daily to-do lists. Whether you’re running your own business, planning an overseas adventure or sharing a shopping list with a loved one.

  • The Pomodoro technique is a productivity system that breaks work down into 25 minute chunks to improve concentration.  There are a variety of Pomodoro apps available for both iOS and Android.

  • Lift  is a goal setting app, helping you to set goals, monitor progress and tap into support groups (iOS and web versions available)

Follow Rhodora Valdez's board Productivity on Pinterest.


  • Find a timer app for your mobile device, you might choose a different one depending on the tasks you have in mind (eg. running a library activity game, timing intervals in an information literacy session).
  • 30/30 is a combination of task manager and timer (Android app and iOS app )


  • How can you use these apps in your library?
  • Could you use a tool like Wunderlist as a mobile project management aid?
  • Could you display a timer on a tablet to count down during games as part of a library activity program?
  • Can you share lists with your colleagues, friends and family to collaborate on anything from team projects to group dinner?
  • Can you add Comments and start a conversation with your teammates about any of your to-dos. You can leave feedback, ask a question or add some extra insight all from within Wunderlist?
  • Are there some repetitive tasks that require focus and regular breaks (like filing, shelf reading and reshelving) – could you Pomodoro them?
  • Could Lift  be used as part of a lifelong learning library program for adults to allow them to set their learning goals and monitor their progress?

Remix from the original Mobile Things:



Thursday, February 20, 2014

What Does a Librarian Do?

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

23 Mobile Things PH and SG: Free Online Course for Media Savvy Librarians

Are you a media-savvy librarian? 

Do  you want to explore the potential of mobile tools for delivering library services?

This course is for you!

This year, we have the first 23 Mobile Things course for the Philippines and Singapore which will commence in January and will run until June 2014. 

Come and join in this learning journey! Register [Register here]

The 23 Mobile Things course is a self-paced, self-exploratory online course that brings together media-savvy professionals to share about different mobile tools and applications under a defined set of 23 Mobile Topics. 

Lessons and activities are designed to give an opportunity for participants to interact with one another and to understand mobile tools and applications to help them in their practice of the profession.

I will be mentoring the Thing-18 (Productivity Tools)

Completion of all 23 Things activities entitles the participant to be included in the 23 Mobile Things Wall of Fame. 

Should you have any questions, please email Karryl Kim Sagun (Philippines) or Joan Wee (Singapore) or 23mthingsphsg@gmail.com.

This is a FREE ONLINE COURSE. so what are you waiting for? JOIN and REGISTER NOW

For more information, check out 23 Mobile Things social media links:

Official website: http://ntuprojects.com/23mobilethings/
Twitter #23mthingsPhSG
Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/1392520944330410/

Thursday, January 16, 2014

36th PASLI General Assembly and National Conference: Envisioning the 21st Century School Library

The Philippine Association of School Librarians, Inc. (PASLI) in cooperation with Bicol College, will conduct its 36th General Assembly and National Conference entitled “Envisioning the 21st Century School Library” on April 23-25, 2014 at the Regional Education Learning Center (RELC), Rawis, Legazpi City, Albay. 

The seminar-workshop aims to help administrators, professional librarians and non-professionals working in both public and private school libraries to:

1. prepare the foundations for the establishment of a 21st century school library;
2. upgrade their knowledge and skills in performing library-related tasks and services consonant to the information needs of the K-12 curriculum;
3. update themselves on the latest trends and goals for competitive and cooperative librarianship as envisioned in the ASEAN 2015;
4. observe and promote love of the Philippine culture and history.

Registration fees of Php 3,900 for live-in participants and Php 3,700 for live-out participants will cover expenses for board and lodging, handouts, certificate  and other administrative expenses. Reservation is required to ensure a slot.

For reservation and more information, please visit the PASLI website: http://paslinews.wordpress.com

Click to here to register online : PASLI 2014 Online Registration