Free tools yet to use for your website and blog

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Free tools yet to use for your website and blog

  1. 1. library 3.0 services w/o 3.0 million dollars: free and cheap web services for broke libraries Sarah Houghton-Jan Assistant Director @ San Rafael Public Library Author, LibrarianInBlack.net
  2. 2. we are broke free = useful
  3. 3. 20 steps to a better digital library
  4. 4. breakout 1 what free tools do you already use?
  5. 5. #1: where to put your websites <ul><li>WordPress – CMS + host (blog + pages) </li></ul><ul><li>Blogger – CMS + host (blog) </li></ul><ul><li>Drupal - CMS </li></ul><ul><li>Squarespace – CMS + host (full feature website) $ </li></ul>
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  8. 14. #2: images <ul><li>editing: GIMP , Picasa , FotoFlexr </li></ul><ul><li>hosting: Flickr </li></ul><ul><li>Flickr slideshow: Pictobrowser </li></ul><ul><li>free/royalty-free: OpenPhoto , Stock.xchng , Image*After , Wikimedia Commons , Flickr adv search </li></ul>
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  15. 25. online book displays <ul><li>Westmont Public Library </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.flickr.com/photos/westmontlibrary/549380055/ </li></ul>
  16. 26. image generators <ul><li>GeneratorBlog.blogspot.com </li></ul><ul><li>ImageGenerator.org </li></ul><ul><li>ImageChef.com </li></ul>
  17. 27. breakout 2 try out a tool
  18. 28. #3: ebooks <ul><li>Project Gutenberg </li></ul><ul><li>AudioBooksForFree </li></ul><ul><li>Escholarship </li></ul><ul><li>Google Books </li></ul><ul><li>ManyBooks </li></ul><ul><li>Memoware </li></ul><ul><li>Online Books Page </li></ul><ul><li>Oxford Text Archive </li></ul><ul><li>Kindle’s promotional free ebooks </li></ul><ul><li>& many more! </li></ul>
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  22. 38. breakout 3 what challenges face us with pointing users to free ebooks?
  23. 39. #4: surveys and polls <ul><li>Zoomerang </li></ul><ul><li>PollDaddy </li></ul><ul><li>SurveyMonkey </li></ul>
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  26. 43. #5: open source ils <ul><li>Koha </li></ul><ul><li>Evergreen </li></ul><ul><li>Social OPAC (catalog only) </li></ul>
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  29. 47. #6: translation <ul><li>Google Translate </li></ul>
  30. 49. #7: tag clouds <ul><li>TagCrowd </li></ul><ul><li>Wordle </li></ul>
  31. 52. breakout 4 try a tool you haven’t tried yet.
  32. 53. #8: reference tools Multi-platform: LibraryH3lp ($) email: Gmail IM: Meebo VOIP & video chat: Skype texting: Google Voice or AIM hacks Twitter : ask @yourlibrary for help!
  33. 58. #9: user support tools Screencasts: Jing Discussion Boards: Google Groups Computer Sharing: LogMeIn or Yuuguu ($)
  34. 63. #10: online book clubs Google Groups LibraryThing
  35. 65. breakout 5 try a tool you haven’t tried yet.
  36. 66. #11: web analytics <ul><li>Google Analytics </li></ul><ul><li>PostRank </li></ul>
  37. 69. #12: social media (set up) <ul><li>Username Check: Namechk </li></ul><ul><li>Username Standard: OpenID </li></ul><ul><li>Username Claim: ClaimID </li></ul>
  38. 73. #13: social media (maintenance) <ul><li>Post Automation: Social Oomph </li></ul><ul><li>Multiple Account Management: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Seesmic , HootSuite , TweetDeck </li></ul></ul>
  39. 78. #14: social media (metrics) <ul><li>Monitoring: MyBUZZmonitor , TwitterSearch </li></ul><ul><li>Statistics: Twitter Analyzer , Twitter Counter , Facebook page Insights & weekly email updates </li></ul>
  40. 84. breakout 6 try a tool you haven’t tried yet.
  41. 85. #15: forms <ul><li>Google Forms </li></ul>
  42. 87. #16: online classes <ul><li>Screencasting Tools - Jing , Camstudio </li></ul><ul><li>Learning Environment – Moodle </li></ul><ul><li>Webcasts – Vyew , Ustream </li></ul><ul><li>Class Websites – WordPress , Blogger , PBworks , PageFlakes </li></ul>
  43. 95. breakout 7 try a tool you haven’t tried yet.
  44. 96. #17: maps <ul><li>Google Maps mashups & API </li></ul>
  45. 98. #18: audio tools <ul><li>Recording/Editing – Audacity </li></ul><ul><li>Hosting – PodBean ($) , LibSyn ($) </li></ul>
  46. 102. #19: video tools <ul><li>Editing – Avidemux , JayCut </li></ul><ul><li>Hosting – YouTube , blip.tv , Vimeo </li></ul><ul><li>Creation - xtranormal (educator account!) </li></ul>
  47. 108. iPhone 4 vs. HTC Evo
  48. 109. #20: lastly, more Google
  49. 110. feedback? <ul><li>Sarah Houghton-Jan </li></ul><ul><li>LibrarianInBlack.net </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter: @TheLiB </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>

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