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Hacks for Better Library Service and Productivity

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Review of tools to help libraries reach patrons better and get more done.

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Hacks for Better Library Service and Productivity

  1. 1. ⚡ caseyconlin.com/NJLA ⚡ Hacks for Better Library Service & Productivity Casey Conlin, Library Sustainability Coordinator Mid-Hudson Library System cconlin@midhudson.org
  2. 2. ⚡ caseyconlin.com/NJLA https://www.proginosko.com/leechblock/ Free Good for: •Limiting time spent on time-wasting websites
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  8. 8. ⚡ caseyconlin.com/NJLA lastpass.com Free / $2 month Good for: • Keeping passwords & notes so not lost in staff transitions • Autologging into websites • More secure passwords • Sharing passwords with other staff
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  14. 14. ⚡ caseyconlin.com/NJLA marketplace.overdrive.com Cost Varies Good for: Increasing patron access to eBooks and eAudiobooks Adding long tail titles - The Whatever Highlander Reducing risk in eContent purchasing Getting titles similar to Hoopla Cost Per Circ Titles
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  16. 16. ⚡ caseyconlin.com/NJLA lucidchart.com Free Version / $5 per month Good for: Org charts Procedural directions / troubleshooting Project planning
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  21. 21. ⚡ caseyconlin.com/NJLA Free Good for: • Hearing what’s going on in your community • Keeping your community up on what’s going on at your library • Making allies • Building relationships Going to Stuff
  22. 22. ⚡ caseyconlin.com/NJLA Town Preschool Local Biz BOE Neighborhoo d Association Police College Rotary PTA Home Schoolers Senior Club Garden Club ELL Community Lions Chamber National Honor Society Fire Department Voter Group Village LGBT Group Interact Chamber Nursing Home Meals on Wheels ⚡
  23. 23. ⚡ caseyconlin.com/NJLA Town Preschool Local Biz BOE Neighborhoo d Association Police College Rotary PTA Home Schoolers Senior Club Garden Club ELL Community Lions Chamber National Honor Society Fire Department Voter Group Village LGBT Group Interact Chamber Nursing Home Meals on Wheels ⚡
  24. 24. ⚡ caseyconlin.com/NJLA later.com Free, $9 / month Good for: • Getting images from your computer and onto Instagram • Scheduling Posts to Instagram, FB, Twitter, Pinterest
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  26. 26. ⚡ caseyconlin.com/NJLA wp-events-plugin.com Free, $75 / year 1 site Good for: •Creating and managing library events •Styling and presenting events •Community event submissions *requires WordPress events manager
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  41. 41. ⚡ caseyconlin.com/NJLA developers.google.com/search/docs/guides/intro- structured-data Free Good for: •Presenting structured data for google search Google Search
  42. 42. ⚡ caseyconlin.com/NJLA Google Search
  43. 43. ⚡ caseyconlin.com/NJLA Google Search
  44. 44. ⚡ caseyconlin.com/NJLA Google Search
  45. 45. ⚡ caseyconlin.com/NJLA Google Search
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  47. 47. ⚡ caseyconlin.com/NJLA https://mailchimp.com/features/rss-to-email/ Free Good for: •Automating newsletter content
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  50. 50. ⚡ caseyconlin.com/NJLA https://public.tableau.com Free / $12 - $75 per month Good for: • Quickly creating and manipulating graphs and charts • Sharing charts that can’t be broken • Handling large datasets
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  56. 56. ⚡ caseyconlin.com/NJLA zapier.com Free base plan, $20/month for “premium” integrations Good for: Integrating different pieces of cloud-based software
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  60. 60. ⚡ caseyconlin.com/NJLA business.google.com Free Good for: Advertising programs, events, and services Providing basic info (hours, closings, location) to patrons in google search My Business Posts
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  63. 63. ⚡ caseyconlin.com/NJLA My Business
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  66. 66. ⚡ caseyconlin.com/NJLA ⚡ Questions? What kind of tools are you using? caseyconlin.com/NJLA cconlin@midhudson.org
  67. 67. ⚡ caseyconlin.com/NJLA ⚡ proginosko.com/leechblock/ lastpass.com marketplace.overdrive.com lucidchart.com later.com wp-events-plugin.com developers.google.com/search/docs/guides/intro-structured-data https://mailchimp.com/features/rss-to-email/ https://public.tableau.com business.google.com

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