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  • 1. Best Free Web Stuff for Broke Libraries Sarah Houghton-Jan Digital Futures Manager, San Jose Public Library Author, LibrarianInBlack.net
  • 2. we are broke FREE = GOOD FREE = GOOD FREE = GOOD
  • 3. Public & Staff Computer Software
    • Operating System - Ubuntu
    • Email/Calendar - Google Calendar/Gmail
    • Web Browser – Firefox, Chrome
    • Financial Software – GNU Cash
    • Office Suites - Open Office, Google Docs
  • 4. More...Public & Staff Computer Software
    • Image Editing - GIMP, FotoFlexer
    • Typing - GNUTypist, TypeFaster Tutor
    • CD writing - Brasero, InfraRecorder
    • Firewall - PC Tools Firewall Plus
    • Antivirus - MS Security Essentials
    • AdBusting - AdAware
    • Antispyware - SpyBot Search & Destroy
  • 5. Free eBooks
    • Project Gutenberg
    • AudioBooksForFree
    • Escholarship
    • Google Books
    • ManyBooks
    • Memoware
    • Online Books Page
    • Oxford Text Archive
    & many more!
  • 6. Free Databases
    • ArticlesBase.com
    • FindArticles.com
    • + free language learning sites
    • + free practice test sites
    • + free sites in all disciplines
    • Add to your website and catalog!
  • 7. Reference Tools Multi-platform - LibraryH3lp ($) You have free options for:
    • email
    • IM
    • chat
    • VOIP
    • video chat
    • texting
    • Twitter
    • social site IM
    Instant Invite - website widget
  • 8. Staff Scheduling Tools
    • Droster
    • AceShift (<20 shifts/day)‏
    • Open Office's Calc
    • Google Docs Spreadsheets
  • 9.  
  • 10. Team Meeting Tools Voice – Skype, Google Voice Video Chat – Skype, Sightspeed, Tokbox IM – AIM, MSN, Yahoo!, & others Meeting Space/Chat – Today's Meet, Wiggio Meeting Scheduling – Doodle, When Is Good, NeedToMeet Webcasts – DimDim, Vyew, Ustream
  • 11. Reaching Out to Customers
  • 12. Setting Up a Social Network
    • Username Check
      • Namechk, CheckUsernames.com
    • Username Standard
      • Open ID
    • Username Claim
      • ClaimID
  • 13. Maintaining a Social Network
    • Voice chat within Facebook
      • Vivox/Vroom
    • Post Automation
      • Social Oomph
    • Multiple Account Management
      • Seesmic, HootSuite, TweetDeck
  • 14. Metrics for Social Networks
    • Social Network Monitoring
      • MyBUZZmonitor, TwitterSearch
    • Statistics
      • Twitter Analyzer, Twitter Counter, Facebook page stats
  • 15. Music in the Library
    • Pandora - streaming ($)
    • Rdio - (a library version soon?) ($)
  • 16. Tech Support Tools Chat box w/ Meebo Screencasts w/ Jing Discussion Boards on Google Groups Remote Support & Computer Sharing w/ LogMeIn or Yuuguu
  • 17. Audio & Video Tools
    • Audio Recording/Editing – Audacity
    • Video Editing – Avidemux, DVDx, Lumiera, Kino, Jumpcut online editor
    • Video Hosting – YouTube, blip.tv, Vimeo
    • Audio Hosting – PodBean, LibSyn ($)
  • 18. Video Fun
    • Animations + Text-to-Voice
    • =
    • xtranormal
  • 19. eLearning Tools Screencasting Tools - Screencast-o-matic, Jing, Wink, Camstudio Online Learning Environment – Moodle Conference Calls – FreeConferenceCall.com Image Mark-Up - DabbleBoard Webcasts – Vyew, Ustream Class Websites – WordPress, Blogger, PBworks, PageFlakes
  • 20. Website Management
    • Content Management System - Drupal
    • ILS - Koha or Evergreen
    • Flickr slideshow - Pictobrowser
    • RSS Feed and Post Statistics - PostRank
    • Tag Clouds – TagCrowd, Wordle
    • Form Creator - Google Forms
    • CSS-picker – Typetester
  • 21. More Website Stuff
    • Free/CC/RF Photos – OpenPhoto, Stock.xchng, Image*After, Wikipedia Commons, Flickr image search
    • Surveys & Polls - Zoomerang, PollDaddy, SurveyMonkey
    • Statistics - Google Analytics, StatCounter
    • Translation – Google Translate
    • Website Hosting – WordPress, Bravenet, Bryght.com, Weebly, SquareSpace
  • 22. Online Book Club Tools
  • 23. Blogs for Book Suggestions
    • Blogger or Wordpress
    • Entry templates
    • Tags/categories (ages, genres staff picks)
    • Voice Thread - accept video/audio comments
  • 24. Event Calendars
    • Eventful
    • Upcoming.org
    • Going.com
    • Google Calendar (your own)‏
  • 25. Online Book Displays
    • Westmont Public Library
    • http://www.flickr.com/photos/westmontlibrary/549380055/
  • 26. Exploit Image Generators
    • GeneratorBlog.blogspot.com
    • ImageGenerator.org
    • ImageChef.com
  • 27. More Free Tools
  • 28.  
  • 29. Free Mash-Ups
    • Library ELF - account tracking and alerts
    • Library LookUp bookmarklet
    • LibX Toolbar
    • Google Maps mashups
    • iGoogle gadgets
  • 30. More Favorites
    • Cloud Storage - box.net, drop.io, adrive
    • Book Jackets - Book City Jackets
    • Charts – LucidCharts, Lovely Charts, Gliffy
    • Text to Voice - Text2Speech
    • Notes/Citations – Evernote, Zotero, CiteULike
    • Virtual Business Cards - card.ly
    • File Drop Sites - DropBox, SendUIt
  • 31. Feedback?
    • Sarah Houghton-Jan
    • LibrarianInBlack.net
    • Twitter: @TheLiB
    • [email_address]