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Emerging Technologies & Libraries


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Slides from presentation at IU Librarians' Day - 05/15/09

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Emerging Technologies & Libraries

  1. 1. Emerging Technologies & Libraries: What’s new & useful to libraries Chanitra Bishop, Instruction & Emerging Technologies Librarian, Herman B Wells Library, IU-Bloomington Jian Liu, Head, HPER Library, IU-Bloomington IU Librarians’ Day - 05/15/09
  2. 2. Organizational Tools
  3. 3. Read it Later <ul><li>Firefox extension that allows you to save pages of interest and read it later. </li></ul><ul><li>If you come across a website you want to read but don’t have time to read it, you can use read it later and it was save the web site. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Save or other web pages with material you want to review later </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Once you have read the site you can bookmark it if you would like to keep a permanent bookmark or you can deselect it. </li></ul><ul><li>No need to clutter your bookmarks with sites you only want to read once. Instead of emailing URLs to yourself. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Read it Later <ul><li>Temporarily bookmark a web page </li></ul><ul><li>Keeps “bookmarks” from becoming cluttered </li></ul><ul><li>Works on a variety of browsers </li></ul><ul><li>Ability to easily permanently bookmark a page </li></ul>
  5. 5. Awesome Highlighter <ul><li>Allows you to highlight text on web pages and add post-it notes </li></ul><ul><li>It provides a link for you to share the highlighted page </li></ul><ul><li>Allows you to show people the important part of a web page </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Makes it easy for you to send a web page to a patron without the need to write a detailed email </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Help you remember why you saved a web page </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Awesome Highlighter Feature <ul><li>No need to create an account, can go to web site - </li></ul><ul><li>Available as a Firefox extension & bookmarklets are also available for Internet Explorer </li></ul><ul><li>Creating an account allows you to: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>See all your highlighted pages </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>See what you highlighted on individual pages </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Go directly to highlighted pages </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Note: Post-it note feature does not work in Internet Explorer </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. I-lighter & Wiki-lights <ul><li>I-lighter is similar to Awesome Highlighter </li></ul><ul><li>You have to sign up for an account, but no need to long in when extension installed </li></ul><ul><li>Works with social software tools </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Twitter </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Delicious </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Wiki-lights is </li></ul><ul><ul><li>part of I-lighter </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>forum that allows groups to collaborate, post & share information, ideas </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Post directly into blog </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Group members can upload documents, PDFs and PowerPoints </li></ul><ul><li>Can add messages to message board </li></ul><ul><li>Note: Saves home page of the web page instead of exact web pages </li></ul>
  8. 8. Awesome Highlighter or I-lighter Which one to use? <ul><li>Choose Awesome Highlighter if: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>You only need to highlight and email a web page </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Don’t want to sign up for an account </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Choose wiki-lights if: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>You need collaboration features </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>You tweet or use delicious or maintain a blog </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Tools for File Sharing
  10. 10. Dropbox <ul><li>Allows you to sync your files across computers </li></ul><ul><li>If you work at several computers you can access your files from all of the computers </li></ul><ul><li>Provides a public folder that includes a “public link” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Public link can be used to add PDFs, Word files to a blog post </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Send files to patrons and other librarians </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Works on both Mac and PCs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Access you files online at </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Share files with everyone on your team </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. <ul><li>Share documents, images, videos, audio without creating an account </li></ul><ul><li>Allows you set a specify length of time person can view the files </li></ul><ul><li>Can set specific permissions and allow viewers to edit, comment, delete items </li></ul><ul><li>Others can add additional files, voicemail, email, links, email, notes to the drop </li></ul><ul><li>Can share via twitter, SMS, Facebook, RSS </li></ul><ul><li>Can message anyone currently viewing the drop </li></ul>
  12. 12. Dropbox or Which one to use? <ul><li>Use Dropbox if </li></ul><ul><ul><li>You want to be able to access your files across multiple computers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>You want to the ability to provide an online link to your files, share files with patrons and other librarians </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Use </li></ul><ul><ul><li>You need more tools for collaborating on a team </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Don’t want to set up an account </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Widgets & Other Online Tools
  14. 14. Feed Informer <ul><li>Allows you to combine feeds from multiple sites into one feed </li></ul><ul><li>Feed is available in a variety of formats: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>JavaScript, Flash, PHP, RSS feed </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Can create a “Current News” feed that provides news from several sites news sites </li></ul><ul><ul><li>CNN, MSNBC, NY Times ( ) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Can be used to create a journal RSS feed for faculty that can be posted on library’s web site </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Feed can display popular journals within a discipline </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. PollDaddy <ul><li>Insert a poll or your website/blog without creating an account </li></ul><ul><li>Send a poll to your Twitter followers without creating an account - </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Start a conversation via Twitter, Are you working on a research paper? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Close surveys after a certain date or quota has been reached, and create custom start and finish pages for your survey </li></ul><ul><li>Allows you to set paths for your respondents based on their responses </li></ul>
  16. 16. PostRank <ul><li>Find top ranked blogs and other websites covering a variety of topics </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Browse blogs/web sites to learn more about a subject area you are the liaison for and find interesting blogs </li></ul></ul><ul><li>PostRank rankings are based on social engagement </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Examples </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>writing a blog post in response to someone else </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>bookmarking an article </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Commenting on a blog </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>clicking a link to read a news item </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>No need to create an account to browse top ranked blogs </li></ul>
  17. 17. PostRank <ul><li>Create a top posts widgets (based on PostRank rankings) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Submit your blog’s RSS feed, a top posts list will be created </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>You can choose the time period that you want the top posts to be created from </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Year, month, week, day </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>the number of top posts you would like to show </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Allows you to highlight older articles </li></ul><ul><li>Highlight articles readers found most useful </li></ul>
  18. 18. Poll Everywhere <ul><li>Allows you to poll your audience and get instant feedback </li></ul><ul><li>Audience answers via SMS text message or the web </li></ul><ul><li>Can be used to make library instruction session more interactive </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Students can respond via text messages to questions and view the results </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Evaluate the instruction session </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Ask questions to find out what students learned/understand </li></ul></ul></ul>
  19. 19. Flickr Search Tools
  20. 20. Compfight <ul><li>Allows you to limit search to Flickr tags or text </li></ul><ul><li>Also allows you to search for creative commons pictures </li></ul>
  21. 21. FlickrStorm <ul><li>Advanced search allows you to search creative commons photos </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Can search for a specific type of creative commons license </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Suggest additional search terms to find more pictures </li></ul><ul><li>Saves your current search history </li></ul><ul><li>use the tray to add photos and link to them </li></ul><ul><li>Can’t limit search to “text” or “tags” </li></ul>
  22. 22. Tag Galaxy <ul><li>Great for visual learners </li></ul><ul><li>Represents Flickr tags as the solar system </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The keyword you use is the sun </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>related keywords are planets </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Click on a planet to see pictures </li></ul></ul>
  23. 23. <ul><li>Questions </li></ul>
  24. 24. Resources <ul><li>Computers in Libraries Conference 2009 </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Some web sites to learn about new technologies </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Mashable – Social Media Guide </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tech Crunch </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Idea Shower </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ALA TechSource Blog </li></ul></ul>