Minnesota Library Association Presentation 2010


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Here is a preview of what I will be presenting at MLA this year. It is a valuble resource to libraries trying to find new technologies to solve problems.

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Minnesota Library Association Presentation 2010

  1. 1. Distance Tech Tools for Your Average Patron: Ten Ways to Make Technology Viable, Marketable, and Cost-Effective in Reaching Distance Patrons<br />Warning: This presentation will involve helping your library succeed in a web 2.0 environment and also will require…audience participation, viewer discretion advised<br />
  2. 2. The Flip Intro <br />
  3. 3. What About the User? <br /><ul><li>Usability is more important than display
  4. 4. Tools are only tools
  5. 5. Make it simple
  6. 6. How the user thinks and how tech can help
  7. 7. What do you want to get out of it
  8. 8. While I have your attention, you can find more updates and contribute at The Wiki AKA http://mla2010tech.pbworks.com</li></li></ul><li>So What Do Users Want? <br />Simple <br />Effective <br />Smart <br />Tools <br />Lets talk about them<br />
  9. 9. Recommended Reading <br />Don’t make me think! : a common sense approach to Web usability<br />Interactive information retrieval in digital environnements<br />Learning web design : a beginner's guide to (X)HTML, style sheets and web graphics<br />Follow the links! Brush up on the user and the libraries toolbox<br />
  10. 10. Down to Business: Ten Rules <br />Widgets make sense, use them! <br />Find the need, then bring the technology some sample freebies are included<br />BREAK ALL THESE RULES <br />If you know a better way, post it, share it, blog it<br />Having a YouTube presence is better than a web presence! Video tours! <br />No worries about reinventing the wheel, it still works! <br />User behavior should dictate tech<br />Don’t abuse Facebook and sites like it, use them <br />Use new tech if it’s free<br /> Wikis work if you work them <br />Screencast your message, the web is about multimedia they tell me<br />Interface design does not mean glitter, web site audit time <br />
  11. 11. Wikis, Widgets and Websites, Oh my! <br />Pbworks <br />Free<br />Get the patrons involved <br />Dynamic Collection development <br />Content control over what your patrons need! <br />Jing <br />Get it <br />Don’t be nervous <br />Make a list of frequent questions over the phone <br />Give the patrons the visual idea<br />Wikis First: How to user them<br />
  12. 12. Movies and TinyChat: Communication through the Web Using Power Tools<br />The Flip <br />Make movies about the library <br />Need a new building? Videos are worth a million words. <br />Video newsletters (Digitize and make it happen on YouTube) <br />Tiny chat <br />Why not Meebo? <br />The power of voice and video <br />Any operating system philosophy <br />User needs getting met <br />
  13. 13. Websites: How to build them for next to free! <br />Free software I use in lie of adobe <br />Notepadd ++<br />NVU <br />Gimp<br />XnView<br />Inkscape <br />How to learn? <br />THE best starting place is at the W3C schools <br />http://www.w3schools.com/<br />All software mentioned will RUN ON A FLASH DRIVE! <br />
  14. 14. Librarything for Dynamic Collection Development <br />How to use it<br />Get your patrons involved from a distance <br />Making people OWN the collection <br />Books suggestions make the libraries services better <br />http://www.librarything.com/<br />
  15. 15. JING <br />
  16. 16. Need’s analysis <br /><ul><li>What do your patrons need the most?
  17. 17. What software tools do the job?
  18. 18. How can you provide them at a reasonable cost?
  19. 19. What level of support does the library wish to give patrons on local machines? What license agreements are you willing to enter? </li></ul>How to build With Tools Towards User Needs <br />
  20. 20. The Power of Portable <br />Empower users with portable apps <br />Flash drives at the library? <br />What about the not so tech savvy? Assume everyone is not so tech savvy <br />Guide them through it, you can do it <br />Find out more at portableapps.com<br /> Logo Subject to trademark <br />
  21. 21. The Library as a Digital Community Hub<br />Issuu and publishing events! <br />Video and publishing events! Just get them in the library and using it<br />How to make patrons feel good about using technology.<br />Making the library come to life, the power of dynamic content! <br />
  22. 22. Analyzing Software Licensing Agreements <br />Difference between open source and GPL at your library <br />When to license, know what to license <br />What software do you need? <br />I took the IP law class so you don’t have to<br />An analysis of the Firefox license agreement. <br />
  23. 23. Goals of implementing your tech program? <br />Who are your target users?<br />What do they need?<br />How can these tools provide for those needs? <br />Thank you for the conversation ! <br />New ideas come through sharing! Please update the wiki with your thoughts and comments at http://mla2010tech.pbworks.com<br />