Cool Tools for Academic Reference/Instruction Librarians


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by Jenny Dale, UNCG
Part of the NCLA's RASS/DLIG "Current Trends in Reference" online conference March 14, 2013

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Cool Tools for Academic Reference/Instruction Librarians

  1. 1. Cool Tools for Academic Reference/Instruction Librarians Jenny Dale UNC GreensboroImage credit: Tools by zzpza on flickr. [CC BY 2.0]
  2. 2. Tutorials!
  3. 3. Do you ever make tutorials?A. All the time!B. I’ve tried it before.C. No, but I’d like to.D. Never, and I don’t ever want to.
  4. 4. Jing• What? – Free downloadable screencasting software• Where? –• Why? – Free! Easy! Fun! – Create screencasts or screencaps on the fly
  5. 5. Screenr• What? – Cloud-based screen recorder• Where? –• Why? – Free! Easy! Web-based! – Create screencasts and share instantly, even on iDevices
  6. 6. Screencast-o-Matic• What? – Cloud-based screen capture recording• Where? –• Why? – Free! Easy! Records up to 15 minutes!
  7. 7. Image credit: Wheel by Pauline Mak on flickr. [CC BY 2.0]
  8. 8. ANimated Tutorial Sharing Project (ANTS)• What? – Repository of library/research tutorials• Where? – (project website) – Videos uploaded to YouTube and Blip• Why? – Repository of tutorials that are not library- specific – Easy sharing and embedding
  9. 9. MERLOT• What? – Peer reviewed online teaching and learning materials• Where? –• Why? – See what’s already out there and what’s been done well
  10. 10. Learnist• What? – Like Pinterest, only fewer pictures of food• Where? –• Why? – Find relevant boards and share them with students and colleagues – Create your own boards to organize useful websites, tutorials, and videos
  11. 11. Dynamic presentations!Chemistry Day 001 by pennstatenews on flickr [CC BY-NC 2.0]
  12. 12. Prezi• What? – Free Flash-based and web-based presentation tool• Where? –• Why? – Creates slick, dynamic presentations – Good for classroom, professional development, and even self-paced tutorials
  13. 13. Projeqt• What? – “dynamic presentations for a real-time world”• Where? –• Why? – Easily integrate images, videos, PDFs – Take an existing presentation and make it fancy
  14. 14. In the classroom and beyond!Classroom in the Afternoon by Thomas Favre-Bulle on flickr [CC BY-NC 2.0]
  15. 15. How often do you teach or train?A. Teaching is life, the rest is just details.B. I teach fairly often.C. I teach once or twice a semester/season.D. I never teach.
  16. 16. Google Docs• What? – Cloud-based document creation and sharing• Where? –• Why? – Create interactive class activities that can be shared publicly and edited by students
  17. 17.• What? – Free, web-based concept mapping software• Where? –• Why? – Students can create their own concept maps in class to help brainstorm keywords and search terms
  18. 18. PollEverywhere• What? – Free online survey tool – Accepts responses from web interface as well as mobile devices• Where? –• Why? – Real time assessment data
  19. 19. Google forms• What? – Easy to use form-creation tool• Where? –• Why? – Great for assessment and surveys – Could be used to create dynamic online worksheets
  20. 20. How do you keep up to date with technology and tools?A. BlogsB. ColleaguesC. ConferencesD. A combination
  21. 21. Keeping up through NCLA• Visit the Technology and Trends Roundtable Blog: for information on upcoming webinars and other professional development events!