On the following slide, note the tool box in the right pane. One shows that tags can be added to any reference. I have created three tags for this collection thus far and they are noted in the left pane (circled in blue).
Zotero would be particularly helpful for research staff and students as a way to organize their work and citations. It can bring all the items of the research (i.e.books, articles, images, web sites) together in one collection.
Zotero certainly has library applications as well. In this initial work on caregivers’ resources that I have begun, I can see that this would be very helpful in that it would allow me to bring together a number of related resources. I would then be able to share this with interested staff.
Zotero could be helpful in collection development as well. Again, the Caregivers’ resources project could allow me to bring together a group of core resources on this topic. The books and videos could be a “wish list” that I would be able to acquire as funds became available. I could share this with other librarians who are also interested in building a collection in this area.
The “note” feature in Zotero would allow me to annotate the resources that I am considering adding to a collection or sharing with others. This could be helpful to users as they try to determine the best resource for their particular need.
There is a learning curve with Zotero. Of the assignments I have completed during this class, I definitely feel like I will need to spend much more time on Zotero to enjoy the full benefits it has to offer. The good news is that its free and it has a good support network.