Keep it Simple Stupid

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Co-presentation with Alison Cody and Cindy Fisher at the 2011 conference of MLA and DLA, introducing librarians to low or no cost technology solutions for productivity and reference/instruction.

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Keep it Simple Stupid

  1. 1. Keep It Simple, StupidFree and Easy-to-Use Tech Ideas for Your Library! Bill Helman Integrated Digital Services LibrarianUniversity of Baltimore Langsdale Library Alison K. Cody Public Relations & Instruction Librarian Loyola/Notre Dame Library
  2. 2. With a little help from . . . Cindy Fisher First-Year Experience Librarian University of Texas Libraries University of Texas at Austin Michael Spelman Branch Library Supervisor Madison Public Library Madison, WI
  3. 3. First, a word about open source Photos by flickr users lorispindler, nathaninsandiego, digitalmagicphotos & gamedayfocus
  4. 4. Free as in?Photos by Flickr usersRoadsidepictures andpheochromocytoma
  5. 5. Where does my stuff live?
  6. 6. Things to consider Privacy Who owns your content? How easy is it for someone else to get the keys? Access Only at a computer. ...with an internet connection. Uptime Recent Google and Amazon fails Is there power at the library? Installation Its totally DIY! ...uh, maybe I should have called IT. http://www.flickr.com/photos/dykam/3840747324/
  7. 7. Google Calendarhttp://www.google.com/calendarLewiston Public Libraryhttp://lplonline.org/kids/?page_id=6Loyola/Notre Dame Libraryhttp://www.loyola.edu/library/EventBookings.html 
  8. 8. Google Docshttp://docs.google.comThis very presentationhttp://tinyurl.com/KISS-presoOur notes for this presentationhttp://tinyurl.com/KISS-notes 
  9. 9. Zoho Creatorhttp://www.zoho.com/creator/ Reference Statistics with Zoho Creatorhttp://tinyurl.com/refstats-zoho(has a link to make acopy of a database)
  10. 10. Screenjellyhttp://www.screenjelly.com/Screencast about Screenjelly,hosted on Screencast.comand made with Jing (whew):http://screencast.com/t/tDSwoMcJ4ZNZ
  11. 11. Dropbox http://www.dropbox.com http://www.flickr. com/photos/darksidex/2533 664443/ Use Dropbox as a free (if limited) webserver http://dl.dropbox.com/u/8190488/index.htm Or to share project files with colleagues at other libraries
  12. 12. Gimphttp://www.gimp.org/ Make a sign for a printer that kind of looks like R2-D2 http://is.gd/gYHXFF Or a sad-Mac sign letting users know "this iMac is broken" http://is.gd/5xy1lxhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/rore/3312733806/
  13. 13. Remember the Milk http://www.rememberthemilk.com Script a library due date reminder http://is.gd/vczAn0 Or use it as a project management tool http://is.gd/Uh7aHx http://www.flickr.com/photos/jelles/2902422030/
  14. 14. Resources: Open Source & the CloudFree and Open Source Software for librarians andlibraries (great explanation of FOSS @ beginning)http://www.innovation.ukzn.ac.za/InnovationPdfs/No36pp1-16keats.pdfFree/Libre and Open Source Software and LibrariesBibliographyhttp://www.zotero.org/groups/freelibre_and_open_source_software_and_libraries_bibliographyLibrary Cloud Atlas:A Guide to Cloud Computing and Storagehttp://www.libraryjournal.com/article/CA6695772.html  

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