It is a free online utility for storing and managing information that is popular among teachers and school librarians. I believe it also has a place in the public library. In addition to helping you digitally organize information that can then be shared with patrons or colleagues, it can also be a provider of information particularly online resources that may be help to you or your patrons. Think of Livebinders as a virtual 3 ring binder that you can put pretty much anything in. Webpage, PDF, image, video, text: they all can go into a page organized for you. Each item can be on it’s own tab or you can further organize by using sub-tabs. You can even put LiveBinders inside LiveBinders inside LiveBinders!! On the LiveBinders site, you can find lots of great binders others have created. You can copy those binders and place them on your personal shelf too. The Featured Binders area is a great place to look. Getting set up is a breeze. Accounts are free and all you need is a username, password and an email address. (
What can you put in your live binder? Pretty much anything… Videos, web pages, documents, text, images, pdf files, graphs, charts, spreadsheets, and audio material…Photos from flickr and videos from you tube can be embedded in the binder.
Take Control of InformationView links like pages in a book instead of URLs on a pageCombine uploaded PDFs and Word docs with links in one binderSave TimeUpdate information conveniently without having to resend linksAvoid layout issues - all documents are organized by tabs and subtabsMake an ImpressionShare all your documents in an easy presentable formatYou can Use LiveBinders for SMART Board® and laptop presentationsBuild a library of binders and become a valuable resource for others. Plus it is free!
(READ FEATURES FIRST) The livebinder it tool is probably the best and most helpful feature on this utility. This sits in your bookmark bar waiting for you to add pages to a new binder or an existing one. The livebinderit tool allows you to add links while you are browsing the internet without ever having to open your binder. You can add these links with a single click. All you have to do is To create your own LiveBinder is add the "LiveBinder It" bookmarklet tool to your favorite browser.While browsing the web, every time you find a link you want to save, click on the "LiveBinder It" button and save directly to a new or existing LiveBinder.
(READ FEATURES FIRST THEN EXPLAIN ACCESS KEY) Anyone who wants to see the binder will need a access key. You type in the access key in the property area when you are editing your binder: This access key allows you to make your binder semi-private say for example if it contained confidential information and you only wanted certain people to have acces to it.
Various kinds of information on these subjects can be put in a livebinder and used either by colleagues or even our patrons. We could colloborate as an entire system on these binders and add our ideas that have worked for book displays. We could take all of the power points and presentations we have done on various topics like health resources, genealogy, introductory computer classes or facebook and compile them in one binder that any adult services librarian in the system could then access, download, and use and/or modify to teach at class at their branch, so that we aren’t constantly reinventing the wheel. As that class/presentation/or powerpoint is improved upon, it can be updated so that the next reference librarian who would like to offer that class to his or her branch would have a new and improved version.. We could use livebinders to create a modern day technologically current subject guide or pathfinder to the resources on a certain topic in the our library system.
When you create a new binder, after having registered for an account you have a few options:First click on start a blank binderYou of course need a title and a short description of your binder.You can also tag it which makes it easier to find when folks do a key term search for content.Choose your category (although most will go in the education section you can see there are loads of other great categories).You get the choice of making your binder public (so it is searchable) or private (seen only by you) by selecting the appropriate button.Then there is the access key. If you create a private binder you can create an access key that will give others the ability to view your binder. Helpful if you want people to review the information but don’t want the binder public.Last option is to fill your binder with a Google search. If you choose this option, when the binder is created it will have the first 7 search results from Google already in your binder. (Such a handy feature!)Can you still add other content you ask? Well sure! This is a fast and easy way to start off your binder with a little bit of content.
I am going to show you a few of the easy to use features ….Move the cursor over the share button, and a drop down menu will appear, and you can see there are several utilities you can use to share your binder including several social networking utilities including twitter, pininterest and facebook. This binder on legal resources, although a work in progress, was created in a few hours by yours truly. Without reading instructions or even viewing the tutorial, I was able to create this basic binder rather easily. This more thorough, sophisticated binder on Job Hunting was created by Nan using some of the resources I use in the job hunting classes I teach at Warren as well as many of her own resources. In addition to links to webpages, Nan added text documents, as well as utilities like this payscalecalculator and an ability to file for unemployment
L LIVE BINDERSFREE VIRTUAL 3 RING BINDER
What can you do with LiveBinders?• Collect your resources• Organize them quickly and easily• Present them to the world, share with a designated audience or keep them private
Why use live binders?• Take control of information• Save time• Make an Impression
Interesting features• Multiple users can work on the same binder at the same time• You can add web pages while you are browsing the web through the LiveBinder It feature• You can embed a binder onto your website, blog, or wiki page• Load a livebinder icon on your desktop• Upload delicious bookmarks
Interesting Features (cont’d)• You can show a binder in full screen• Customize shelf to organize your binder on a certain topic with other people’s binders on the same topic• Can embed this shelf into most wikis and blogs• Can add your contact info to binder under a tab for suggestions and comments• Access key
Ideas for binders in the library• E-Readers• Legal Resources• Job Hunting Resources• Business Databases• Reader’s Advisory• Copyright Information• Grantwriting & Research• Ideas for book displays• Literacy Resources (ESL)
More ideas• Podcasting• Cloud Computing• Plagiarism• Genealogy• Online Health Resources• Services for the Blind• Library Policies• QR Codes• Open Source Software
Interesting bindersWeb 2.0 resourceOnline Resources for StudentsCollection DevelopmentReader’s Advisory for Young Adults
Other Featured Binders• Library Displays• ESL Resources• Google Docs• Livebinders tricks & tips• How to binder