GoogleSweet: Leveraging Google's Suite of Free Resources

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Smaller public and academic libraries never seem to have enough funds to accomplish everything we'd like. Google provides free access to a sweet asuite of services that allow smaller libraries to do more with less. With little or no technological experience, these tools allow easy collaboration, enhanced communication, and nifty innovation. Discover how to make the most of Google tools, like Google Docs, Picasa, and Google Wave, in the areas of reference, outreach, and staff communication.

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GoogleSweet: Leveraging Google's Suite of Free Resources

  1. 1. GoogleSweet Leveraging Google's Suite of Free Resources ERL 2010 - Austin, TX  Amy Dumouchel & Beth Fuchs Moravian College Bethlehem, PA
  2. 2. Overview <ul><ul><li>Online library tour with Picasa </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Online reference statistics with GoogleDocs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Online Course Guides with Blogger/Google Sites </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Staff Intranet with Google Calendar & Blogger </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Improving the library website </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Chat Reference with gChat/Wave </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>                      </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  3. 3. The evolution  CC-licensed photo courtesy of spaceamoeba http://www.flickr.com/photos/spaceamoeba/ / CC BY-SA 2.0
  4. 4. Online Library Tour with Picasa <ul><ul><li>Fairfield Tour   </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Online Library Tour </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Picasa Web Albums   </li></ul></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Keeping Reference Statistics Online with Google Docs <ul><ul><li>Online Statistics   </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Google Docs </li></ul></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Online Course Guides with Blogger/Google Sites <ul><ul><li>Course Guide with Blogger </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Blogger </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Course Guide with Google Sites </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Google Sites </li></ul></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Staff Intranet <ul><ul><li>Staff Intranet   </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Blogger </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Shared Scheduling   </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Google Calendar </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>iGoogle Homepages </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Improving the Library Website <ul><ul><li>Custom Homepage Search </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Google Coop </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hours Widget </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Google Calendar </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Directions to your library </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Google Maps </li></ul></ul></ul>swsbssearch w3bs8t3
  9. 9. Chat Reference with gChat/Google Wave <ul><ul><li>Talk to a Librarian Page </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Gmail </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Google Wave   </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Other Things We've Done <ul><ul><li>YouTube Movie </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Gmail for extended email inboxes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Picasa & Google Docs for file storage </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Additional forms for website suggestions & embedded assessments </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Feedburner to generate RSS feeds </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Google Chrome  web browser is our favorite </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Google Book Search widgets with linking into Worldcat.org  (works in Libguides too) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Integrate our library's link resolver with Google Scholar </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Publish presentations (like this one!) </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Things we could do: <ul><ul><li>Website Statistics </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Google Analytics </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Upload our online tutorials to YouTube </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Google Bookmarks to share links during instruction sessions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Legal Research -- Google Scholar now includes full text of cases & records of law review articles </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Android phones for roaming reference services or a netbook with Chrome OS for a future satellite on our college's South Campus </li></ul></ul>
  12. 13. Questions? Suggestions?

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