Communication<br />Stock.xchng photos for presentations <br />Although I still use Flickr Creative Commons images for slide-decks and blog posts, I really like stock.xchng for clear, simple and cropped images. It’s particularly good if you want a picture against a white background – these are very easy to build slide decks around. <br />There are premium options but the free stock photos are very good. <br />www.sxc.hu/<br />
Communication<br />Iconfinder images<br />Iconfinder is great for illustrating points on a presentation. I used it on every slide of my if you want to work in libraries slide-deck. <br />You can download ‘transparent’ PNG files, so they sit nicely on whatever background you have.<br />http://www.iconfinder.com/<br />
Communication<br />Prezi<br />2010 has been the year of the Prezi for me. I’ve used it for several presentations, and in different ways. It makes a great alternative to slides. You can read my guide to using it, here. <br />http://prezi.com/<br />
Communication<br />TinyWrite<br />TinyWrite is a great new tool for creating and sharing blog posts without the need for your own blog. For people who have something to say on particular issue, but don’t have their own platform to write on, it’s ideal.<br />Equally, if you want to publish something on Twitter which is longer than 140 characters, but which doesn’t go out as part of your blog’s normal RSS feed, use this.<br />http://tinywrite.com/<br />
Communication<br />Podcasts<br />I realise I am about five years late in discovering this… I had never previously listened to a podcast prior to this year, but I now I do all the time. The ability to take in information and entertainment on the move is irresistible. <br />I even look forward to the commute, now. <br />Currently there aren’t too many library-related podcasts – look out for a marketing-libraries one in 2011. <br />http://www.apple.com/itunes/podcasts/<br />
Organisation<br />Evernote<br />Evernote is a list-making tool that makes 21st century life a lot easier. You install Evernote on your desktop at home, on your desktop at work, on your laptop, and on your phone – then whatever you write on one, appears on all the others. It’s that simple. <br />(Actually it does a lot more than that – you can read more in this guide - but it’s the syncing between devices that I find invaluable.)<br />http://www.evernote.com/<br />
Organisation<br />Netvibes<br />These days people have not just one or two web presences, but maybe eight, nine, ten, or fifteen. Website, blog, micro-blog, photos, slides, videos etc etc. Your public-page on Netvibes is a brilliant way to collate all of these into one URL to give to people who want to know more about you personally, or the projects you’re involved with. <br />Read more about how to set up a Netvibes page in this guide. <br />www.netvibes.com<br />
Organisation<br />My smartphone<br />How did I ever cope without an iPhone? Certainly I have a couple of games on it, and I use it a lot for music and other audio. But ultimately what it does is organise me. <br />My travel, my engagements, my ideas, my emails, all that stuff. Libraries need to be aware that all phones will be smart-phones soon, and everyone will interact with life via one, to a greater or lesser degree. <br />The ‘mobile revolution’ you hear is coming to libraries isn’t just an empty phrase or buzzword… <br />
Networking<br />FutureTweets<br />I happen to use http://futuretweets.com/ but you can use any tweet scheduler. It’s useful for all sorts of things but particularly, in my eyes, for live-tweeting presentations as you do them. While you’re saying something to 50 people in a room, you can be saying the same thing to 500 people online via a scheduled tweet. <br />It really is a great way to amplify your presentations to new and wider audiences.<br />
Networking<br />Spruz<br />I created a Network for New Library Professionals, called LISNPN, towards the start of 2010. I investigated a lot of networking platforms, and Spruz was the one that worked best for me. <br />Setting up a network is so easy now, you can do it for almost anything. It’s very easy to create a social space, with useful functionality, for an event or just to bring like-minded people together.<br />www.spruz.com/<br />
Presentation<br />by Ned Potter.<br />Images from www.sxc.hu/ & www.iconfinder.com/. <br />The blocks of colour on the left of each slide are pictures of an apple, via Patrick Hoesley. Original here.<br />More stuff like this at www.thewikiman.org/blog. <br /> : @theREALwikiman<br />
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