Free Cool Web-Based Tools For You and Your Library (organized in 11 broad categories) Sandy Littletree 2008 National Insti...
We all use the web, but do you USE the web?
Are you taking advantage of all it has to offer?
My goals for today… <ul><li>Introduce (or reintroduce) you to some free cool tools </li></ul><ul><li>Get y’all thinking ab...
Have your own cool tools presentation
(Plus, it makes you look cool when you know about a few cool tools)
Bookmarked sites <ul><li>Delicious.comohsharks </li></ul>Tag:  TribalLibraryInstitute
Back in the early years of the web…things were a lot simpler
<ul><li>Courtesy of the Wayback Machine: http://www.archive.org </li></ul>
 
What’s the deal with Web2.0 and Library2.0? It’s all about customization and interaction
Web2.0
Basic cool tools Category #1: Web Browsers
Moving beyond Internet Explorer <ul><li>Firefox!  </li></ul><ul><li>Addins, plugins, themes, extensions </li></ul>
Did you know… <ul><li>With Firefox addons, you can </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Transform your browser into a 3D experience </li>...
Introducing a new kid on the block…
 
The Ultimate Web2.0 Category #2: Social Networking Sites
 
 
 
Ning = social network for anything
 
 
Second Life
 
<ul><li>Professional Networking </li></ul><ul><li>Job searching </li></ul><ul><li>Recommendations </li></ul><ul><li>Gets y...
Tools to Communicate with Patrons Category #3: Chat Reference Services
 
Chat reference service <ul><ul><li>Have a screen name just for the library </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tell people what you...
 
Embed a Meebo Widget
 
Everyone’s Doing It Category #4: Blogs
Why use blogs? <ul><li>Free </li></ul><ul><li>Easy to update </li></ul><ul><li>Outreach </li></ul><ul><li>Use instead of a...
 
 
 
Try Twittering Let people know what’s going on in your library
Ideas for using your library blog or Twitter account <ul><li>Post news, library events, community events, websites of inte...
Blog Search Engines and RSS Feed Readers <ul><li>Google Reader  www.google.com /reader   </li></ul><ul><li>Netvibes  www.n...
Google Reader
 
Ask them! Category #5: Surveys and Polls
Survey Tools <ul><li>Gather information to do a community analysis </li></ul><ul><li>Can still do print surveys—just do da...
 
 
Find and Recommend Books Category #6: Book sharing sites
Find and Recommend Books <ul><li>Librarything.com  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Catalog your books </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fin...
Discover, remember, recommend, share websites Category #7: Bookmark Managers
<ul><li>Firefox extension </li></ul><ul><li>Citation management of websites, pdfs, files, images, links </li></ul>
 
 
 
 
Start Stumbling
 
 
 
Find, Create, Store Images Category #8: Public Images
Explore Public Photos <ul><li>Share photos of your library with the world </li></ul>
Flickr.com <ul><li>Look for images to freely use and adapt under the Creative Commons License </li></ul>
 
Do Things with Your Images <ul><li>Slideshows: add to blog or website </li></ul><ul><li>Moo: make business cards, stickers...
ImageChef.com
Wordle.net
 
 
The Voice and Face of the Community Category #9: Podcasts and Videocasts
Podcasting <ul><li>Record storytimes </li></ul><ul><li>Record elders and their stories </li></ul><ul><li>Indian Humor (cle...
Videocasting <ul><li>Avidemux </li></ul><ul><li>(free video editor) </li></ul>
Ideas for video casting <ul><li>Book reviews </li></ul><ul><li>Library programs </li></ul><ul><li>Library promotion : I lo...
Get Google-fied! Category #10: Google Tools
 
Google Calculator = Timesaver Just enter a basic math problem in the toolbar (you don’t even have to press enter)
 
More Cool Tools Category #11: More stuff to share if there’s time
<ul><li>Internet Archives and the WaybackMachine </li></ul><ul><li>WorldCat.org (free; plug-in available for Firefox) </li...
Final Thoughts <ul><li>Slow or no internet connections </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Encourage technology development </li></ul></...
Ahéhee‘  Thank You!  Sandy Littletree [email_address]
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    1. 1. Free Cool Web-Based Tools For You and Your Library (organized in 11 broad categories) Sandy Littletree 2008 National Institute for Tribal Libraries October 21, 2008
    2. 2. We all use the web, but do you USE the web?
    3. 3. Are you taking advantage of all it has to offer?
    4. 4. My goals for today… <ul><li>Introduce (or reintroduce) you to some free cool tools </li></ul><ul><li>Get y’all thinking about how you can start exploring tools you can </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Use for yourself </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Or show to your patrons and community </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>(yes, I said y’all) </li></ul></ul>
    5. 5. Have your own cool tools presentation
    6. 6. (Plus, it makes you look cool when you know about a few cool tools)
    7. 7. Bookmarked sites <ul><li>Delicious.comohsharks </li></ul>Tag: TribalLibraryInstitute
    8. 8. Back in the early years of the web…things were a lot simpler
    9. 9. <ul><li>Courtesy of the Wayback Machine: http://www.archive.org </li></ul>
    10. 11. What’s the deal with Web2.0 and Library2.0? It’s all about customization and interaction
    11. 12. Web2.0
    12. 13. Basic cool tools Category #1: Web Browsers
    13. 14. Moving beyond Internet Explorer <ul><li>Firefox! </li></ul><ul><li>Addins, plugins, themes, extensions </li></ul>
    14. 15. Did you know… <ul><li>With Firefox addons, you can </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Transform your browser into a 3D experience </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Have one place to manage your social networking sites </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Add a toolbar to just search music </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Select any word and choose from powerful commands (Hyperwords) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The list continues (over 5,000 add-ons) </li></ul></ul>
    15. 16. Introducing a new kid on the block…
    16. 18. The Ultimate Web2.0 Category #2: Social Networking Sites
    17. 22. Ning = social network for anything
    18. 25. Second Life
    19. 27. <ul><li>Professional Networking </li></ul><ul><li>Job searching </li></ul><ul><li>Recommendations </li></ul><ul><li>Gets your name out there </li></ul><ul><li>Tell people who are looking for a professional job </li></ul>
    20. 28. Tools to Communicate with Patrons Category #3: Chat Reference Services
    21. 30. Chat reference service <ul><ul><li>Have a screen name just for the library </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tell people what your screen name is </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Connect with patrons who aren’t able to come to the library </li></ul></ul>
    22. 32. Embed a Meebo Widget
    23. 34. Everyone’s Doing It Category #4: Blogs
    24. 35. Why use blogs? <ul><li>Free </li></ul><ul><li>Easy to update </li></ul><ul><li>Outreach </li></ul><ul><li>Use instead of a traditional website </li></ul>
    25. 39. Try Twittering Let people know what’s going on in your library
    26. 40. Ideas for using your library blog or Twitter account <ul><li>Post news, library events, community events, websites of interest </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage comments </li></ul><ul><li>Reuse content </li></ul><ul><li>Repeat important information </li></ul>
    27. 41. Blog Search Engines and RSS Feed Readers <ul><li>Google Reader www.google.com /reader </li></ul><ul><li>Netvibes www.netvibes.com </li></ul><ul><li>Bloglines www.bloglines.com </li></ul><ul><li>NetNewsWire (for Mac OS X) | www.newsgator.com </li></ul><ul><li>BlogScope | www.blogscope.net </li></ul><ul><li>BlogBridge | www.blogbridge.com </li></ul>
    28. 42. Google Reader
    29. 44. Ask them! Category #5: Surveys and Polls
    30. 45. Survey Tools <ul><li>Gather information to do a community analysis </li></ul><ul><li>Can still do print surveys—just do data entry to analyze the results </li></ul><ul><li>Insert in your library’s blog, facebook page, website, etc </li></ul>
    31. 48. Find and Recommend Books Category #6: Book sharing sites
    32. 49. Find and Recommend Books <ul><li>Librarything.com </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Catalog your books </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Find people with similar books and tastes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Librarything for libraries </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Goodreads.com </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Share books with friends </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Create virtual bookshelves: “to-read”; “Southern fiction” </li></ul></ul>
    33. 50. Discover, remember, recommend, share websites Category #7: Bookmark Managers
    34. 51. <ul><li>Firefox extension </li></ul><ul><li>Citation management of websites, pdfs, files, images, links </li></ul>
    35. 56. Start Stumbling
    36. 60. Find, Create, Store Images Category #8: Public Images
    37. 61. Explore Public Photos <ul><li>Share photos of your library with the world </li></ul>
    38. 62. Flickr.com <ul><li>Look for images to freely use and adapt under the Creative Commons License </li></ul>
    39. 64. Do Things with Your Images <ul><li>Slideshows: add to blog or website </li></ul><ul><li>Moo: make business cards, stickers </li></ul><ul><li>Qoop: Mash-up tools and templates </li></ul><ul><li>ImageChef.com: Customize photos </li></ul><ul><li>Zazzle: shirts, bags, mousepads, mugs </li></ul><ul><li>Imagegenerator.org: Free custom graphics </li></ul>
    40. 65. ImageChef.com
    41. 66. Wordle.net
    42. 69. The Voice and Face of the Community Category #9: Podcasts and Videocasts
    43. 70. Podcasting <ul><li>Record storytimes </li></ul><ul><li>Record elders and their stories </li></ul><ul><li>Indian Humor (clean, of course) </li></ul><ul><li>Make tutorials for using the library resources </li></ul><ul><li>Add to your blog or website </li></ul>
    44. 71. Videocasting <ul><li>Avidemux </li></ul><ul><li>(free video editor) </li></ul>
    45. 72. Ideas for video casting <ul><li>Book reviews </li></ul><ul><li>Library programs </li></ul><ul><li>Library promotion : I love my tribal library videos </li></ul><ul><li>Youtube (imagine searching youtube for “tribal library” and finding lots of videos showing what you all do!) </li></ul>
    46. 73. Get Google-fied! Category #10: Google Tools
    47. 75. Google Calculator = Timesaver Just enter a basic math problem in the toolbar (you don’t even have to press enter)
    48. 77. More Cool Tools Category #11: More stuff to share if there’s time
    49. 78. <ul><li>Internet Archives and the WaybackMachine </li></ul><ul><li>WorldCat.org (free; plug-in available for Firefox) </li></ul><ul><li>Internet Public Library: www.ipl.org </li></ul><ul><li>LibX.org (browser plugin for libraries) </li></ul><ul><li>LibraryElf.com (track your library books) </li></ul><ul><li>LibriVox: Free audio books of public domain books </li></ul><ul><li>HowjSay.com (pronunciation guide) </li></ul>
    50. 79. Final Thoughts <ul><li>Slow or no internet connections </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Encourage technology development </li></ul></ul><ul><li>You don’t have to be an expert on all the tools </li></ul><ul><li>Recommend the LibrarianInBlack.net blog </li></ul>
    51. 80. Ahéhee‘ Thank You! Sandy Littletree [email_address]

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