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PNLA 2009 presentation on free web tools.

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  • Tour of social bookmarking using delicious. Cool features. Examples of how you can use this tool.
  • Quick video about delicious
  • Here’s my delicious account
  • My bookmarks! I can get to them from anywhere!Look, I can edit or delete them anytimeI can save a new bookmark from anywhere, or I can download the button for my browser toolbarTags are like key words. I can add as many as I want for each bookmark that I add. On the right is where I can see all my tags.And here are the tags for this particular bookmark.
  • Notice that you can change the title and add tags, add a little note, and make it private if you wish. Bookmarks are public by default.
  • I can also search my bookmarks
  • Notice that it searches both my bookmarks and everybody else’s public bookmarks, too!From there, I can explore what other users have bookmarked.
  • Organize bookmarks on a topicNotice that you don’t have to join as “you,” you can set up a subject area accountThis one is on government information. Notice the longer descriptions.
  • Create a list of popular booksIncludes links to catalog records. This could be cool for popular books or books on a topic.
  • Create lists that increase discoveryFaculty wanted subject headings added to film catalog entries that indicated ethnic portrayals. Not appropriate for LCSH but Delicious lists are easy to build and maintain and allow this.
  • Create a tag cloud for your websiteThe bigger, bolder words are those for which this library has more bookmarks.
  • Generate and maintain subject guidesNo HTML required, easy to update. Really empower your librarians.

Free and Stress Free! Presentation Transcript

  • 1. 2.0 Research Toolbox: Tools for organizing & sharing resources with students
    Memo Cordova
    Ellie Dworak
    (Kim Leeder)
    Sara Seely
  • 2. RSS: don't bother
    Memo Cordova
    Boise State University Albertsons Library
  • 3. RealSimple Syndication
  • 4. RSS: don't bother
  • 5. RSS: don't bother
  • 6. Aggregators
    News readers
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  • 17. Google Reader in Plain English
  • 18. Avoid most adverts
    Take it with you
    No $$? No problem!
    Target & exploit
    Content is king, but you RULE
  • 19. Join me! Together we can rule the web!
  • 20. Partner up
    Introduce yourself
    How are you using this?
    How could you use this?
  • 21. social bookmarking
    Ellie Dworak
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  • 28. So what can I do with this?
    (besides find neat links)
    (more to the point, what can my library do with this?)
  • 29. ideas for using in libraries
    Organize bookmarks on a topic
    Create a list of popular books
    Create lists that increase discovery
    Create a tag cloud for your website
    Generate and maintain subject guides
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  • 35. Questions:
    • Turn to your partner
    • 36. What do you think about delicious?
    • 37. Can you imagine using it for your library?
    • 38. What other ideas do you have?
  • Simpler Citations
    Kim Leeder
  • 39. Overload!
    Are you & your patrons overwhelmed by how to organize and cite sources?
    College students
    High school students
    Independent researchers
  • 40. It’s manageable
    Don’t panic! You can manage references using special (free) online citation management software.
  • 41. Zotero to the rescue!
  • 42. Save & archive
    Saves copies of articles and web pages to easily archive information.
    In many cases Zotero saves the full details of the item - including author, title, publication details - that will be needed to cite it later. These details may easily be edited for accuracy, or filled in where necessary.
    You’ll have an archived copy of the page in most cases, so no fears about broken links later! (Or fewer fears, anyway...)
  • 43.
  • 44. Organize
    Drag-and-drop, iTunes-like interface allows easy organization of saved items in folders (collections).
  • 45. Describe
    Add notes and/or tags to saved items.
    Zotero automatically assigns tags that it identifies from item metadata, such as library catalog subject headings.
    Notes can be any free-form text about an item.
  • 46. Search
    Many search options make it easy to locate saved items later. Zotero searches all fields of an item, including full-text, unless otherwise directed.
  • 47. Cite!
    Drag and drop items into Word, blogging windows, and other applications to easily create citations in the style you specify in “Preferences.”
    Or: export your entire library as a bibliography with additional plug-ins for MS Word and Open Office.
  • 48. Considerations
    Catalogs, databases, etc., need to be compatible with Zotero to allow it to harvest full metadata (many already are, including ProQuest!).
    Must be downloaded and installed as a Firefox add-on.
    Does not always identify the permanent URL for an item; these must be added manually in some cases.
    No sharing options (yet).
  • 49. Similar tool: BibMe
  • 50. It couldn’t get easier than this!
    • Terrific for books, websites (though they should be reviewed, esp. websites).
    • 51. Will automatically locate information and create citation.
  • Not as great for articles
    Most must be entered manually, by putting info in specified fields.
    Citations are generated from information entered.
  • 52. There are more tools like this
    BibSonomy, based on delicious but focused on sharing research links
    Connotea, science oriented
    Mendeley Web
    And many more… see
    Choose the one you like best!
  • 53. Welcome to citation Zen
  • 54.
    • Turn to your partner
    • 55. What do you think about Zotero?
    • 56. Are you using a citation manager?
    • 57. Would a citation manager help your patrons?
    • 58. If so, which one seems best?
  • Jing – What is it?
    Screen capture tool
    Narrated streaming video
    Fixed (enhanced) screen captures
    TechSmith product
    Free software download from
  • 59. J Jing – How does it work?
  • 60. Jing – How does it work?
    Visit the Jing website
    Download software & create account
    Equipment: microphone
    Sara R. Seely, CTL 2009
  • 61. Jing - Considerations
    Jing logo (because it’s free)
    Requires flash to play
    No post-production editing
    May become pay-for
    Perpetual beta – updates a lot
    5-minute time limit
  • 62. Jing – alternatives
    No download required
    Firefox Add-on
  • 63. Jing – Ways I’ve use it
    Show instead of tell
  • 64. Jing
    How about you?
    Turn to your partner.
    Have you used screencasting tools? How?
    How might you use these tools in your work?
  • 65. What else?
    What other tasks do you wish there were a tool for?
    Maybe there is!
  • 66. A few more favorites
    Document sharing –
    Online surveys –
    Scheduling meetings --
    Space design –
    Charts –
    Simple websites/blogs - &
    Marketing - & (also for digitizing!)
    For collection development -
  • 68. Memo Cordova
    Twitter: m3mo
    Ellie Dworak
    Sara Seely