Innovation on a Shoestring: Free & Cheap Tools - ARSL 2013


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Presented with Louise Alcorn (West Des Moines (IA) Public Library) at the Association for Rural & Small Libraries 2013 Annual Conference . September 27, 2013.

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    1. 1. Innovation on a Shoestring: Free & Cheap Tools 2013 Association for Rural & Small Libraries Annual Conference September 27, 2013 Louise Alcorn, West Des Moines, Iowa, Public Library Christa Burns, Nebraska Library Commission
    2. 2. Online pinboard. Save, organize and categorize images, with links back to the original URL, of things you like. Issues to Consider: •Copyright •Pinterest Terms of Service •Implications for Libraries
    3. 3. Widgets to embed online chat into your webpage.
    4. 4. Online video creation. Web-based and mobile apps. Free or pay accounts, including Free for Educators. Use for classes, BI, PR… Upload from your computer or grab from Facebook, Instagram, Picasa, Flickr and elsewhere. Select a video style, choose some music, add a few words of your own. Download, embed, or share your video via Facebook, YouTube, Vimeo, Twitter, and more..
    5. 5. Voice, video calls and instant messaging over the Internet.
    6. 6. QR Codes Embed: URL, Text, Phone number, SMS/Text They’re Everywhere! Property listings Cereal boxes Plant nurseries T-shirts Business cards Sharing recipes Links to coupons, contests
    7. 7. Create Many free QR code creators online - - …and many more URL shortners & QR code creators - (add .qr to the shortened url to get the code) - (also generates a url with a code) To customize, you can add design, color, logo to QR code. Do not block the three squares or else the code will not scan. You need 1.Smartphone, iPad etc. 2.Download Apps to read QR codes 3.Steady hand while clicking the QR code Accommodate for those who do not have a smartphone- always include a website link.
    8. 8. Physical < -- > Virtual Contra Costa County Library and Bus
    9. 9. Hosted version of the open source package. Start a blog or webpage without any technical knowledge.
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    11. 11. Christa Burns Special Projects Librarian Nebraska Library Commission christa.burns@ Louise Alcorn Reference Technology Librarian West Des Moines, Iowa, Public Library louise.alcorn@