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These are the slides from the presentation given on October 21, 2008 at the 2008 National Institute for Tribal Libraries

These are the slides from the presentation given on October 21, 2008 at the 2008 National Institute for Tribal Libraries



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Free Cool Web-Based Tools For You and Your Library Free Cool Web-Based Tools For You and Your Library Presentation Transcript

  • Free Cool Web-Based Tools For You and Your Library (organized in 11 broad categories) Sandy Littletree 2008 National Institute for Tribal Libraries October 21, 2008
  • We all use the web, but do you USE the web?
  • Are you taking advantage of all it has to offer?
  • My goals for today…
    • Introduce (or reintroduce) you to some free cool tools
    • Get y’all thinking about how you can start exploring tools you can
      • Use for yourself
      • Or show to your patrons and community
      • (yes, I said y’all)
  • Have your own cool tools presentation
  • (Plus, it makes you look cool when you know about a few cool tools)
  • Bookmarked sites
    • Delicious.comohsharks
    Tag: TribalLibraryInstitute
  • Back in the early years of the web…things were a lot simpler
    • Courtesy of the Wayback Machine:
  • What’s the deal with Web2.0 and Library2.0? It’s all about customization and interaction
  • Web2.0
  • Basic cool tools Category #1: Web Browsers
  • Moving beyond Internet Explorer
    • Firefox!
    • Addins, plugins, themes, extensions
  • Did you know…
    • With Firefox addons, you can
      • Transform your browser into a 3D experience
      • Have one place to manage your social networking sites
      • Add a toolbar to just search music
      • Select any word and choose from powerful commands (Hyperwords)
      • The list continues (over 5,000 add-ons)
  • Introducing a new kid on the block…
  • The Ultimate Web2.0 Category #2: Social Networking Sites
  • Ning = social network for anything
  • Second Life
    • Professional Networking
    • Job searching
    • Recommendations
    • Gets your name out there
    • Tell people who are looking for a professional job
  • Tools to Communicate with Patrons Category #3: Chat Reference Services
  • Chat reference service
      • Have a screen name just for the library
      • Tell people what your screen name is
      • Connect with patrons who aren’t able to come to the library
  • Embed a Meebo Widget
  • Everyone’s Doing It Category #4: Blogs
  • Why use blogs?
    • Free
    • Easy to update
    • Outreach
    • Use instead of a traditional website
  • Try Twittering Let people know what’s going on in your library
  • Ideas for using your library blog or Twitter account
    • Post news, library events, community events, websites of interest
    • Encourage comments
    • Reuse content
    • Repeat important information
  • Blog Search Engines and RSS Feed Readers
    • Google Reader /reader
    • Netvibes
    • Bloglines
    • NetNewsWire (for Mac OS X) |
    • BlogScope |
    • BlogBridge |
  • Google Reader
  • Ask them! Category #5: Surveys and Polls
  • Survey Tools
    • Gather information to do a community analysis
    • Can still do print surveys—just do data entry to analyze the results
    • Insert in your library’s blog, facebook page, website, etc
  • Find and Recommend Books Category #6: Book sharing sites
  • Find and Recommend Books
      • Catalog your books
      • Find people with similar books and tastes
      • Librarything for libraries
      • Share books with friends
      • Create virtual bookshelves: “to-read”; “Southern fiction”
  • Discover, remember, recommend, share websites Category #7: Bookmark Managers
    • Firefox extension
    • Citation management of websites, pdfs, files, images, links
  • Start Stumbling
  • Find, Create, Store Images Category #8: Public Images
  • Explore Public Photos
    • Share photos of your library with the world
    • Look for images to freely use and adapt under the Creative Commons License
  • Do Things with Your Images
    • Slideshows: add to blog or website
    • Moo: make business cards, stickers
    • Qoop: Mash-up tools and templates
    • Customize photos
    • Zazzle: shirts, bags, mousepads, mugs
    • Free custom graphics
  • The Voice and Face of the Community Category #9: Podcasts and Videocasts
  • Podcasting
    • Record storytimes
    • Record elders and their stories
    • Indian Humor (clean, of course)
    • Make tutorials for using the library resources
    • Add to your blog or website
  • Videocasting
    • Avidemux
    • (free video editor)
  • Ideas for video casting
    • Book reviews
    • Library programs
    • Library promotion : I love my tribal library videos
    • Youtube (imagine searching youtube for “tribal library” and finding lots of videos showing what you all do!)
  • Get Google-fied! Category #10: Google Tools
  • Google Calculator = Timesaver Just enter a basic math problem in the toolbar (you don’t even have to press enter)
  • More Cool Tools Category #11: More stuff to share if there’s time
    • Internet Archives and the WaybackMachine
    • (free; plug-in available for Firefox)
    • Internet Public Library:
    • (browser plugin for libraries)
    • (track your library books)
    • LibriVox: Free audio books of public domain books
    • (pronunciation guide)
  • Final Thoughts
    • Slow or no internet connections
      • Encourage technology development
    • You don’t have to be an expert on all the tools
    • Recommend the blog
  • Ahéhee‘ Thank You! Sandy Littletree [email_address]