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Four free web tools that you can use in your Library.

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Fabulous Freebies

  1. 1. RSS: don't bother Memo Cordova Boise State University Albertsons Library
  2. 2. Real Simple Syndication
  5. 5. Aggregators News readers Readers
  6. 6.
  7. 7. Choices
  8. 8. Google Reader
  9. 9. Avoid most adverts Take it with you No $$? No problem! Target & exploit Content is king, but you RULE
  10. 10. Join me! Together we can rule the Internet!
  11. 11. Questions? Twitter: m3mo m
  12. 12. DEL.ICIO.US SOCIAL BOOKMARKING AND LIBRARIES Ellie Dworak, Boise State University, Albertsons Library
  13. 13. So what can I do with this? (besides find neat links) (more to the point, what can my library do with this?)
  14. 14. Organize bookmarks on a topic:
  15. 15. Create a list of popular books:
  16. 16. Create a tag cloud for your website:
  17. 17. Generate and maintain subject guides:
  18. 18. Questions: do you think about delicious? •What •Can you imagine using it for your library? •What other ideas do you have?
  19. 19. SIMPLER CITATIONS Kim Leeder SWILA 2009 Caldwell, ID
  20. 20. Overload! Are you & your patrons overwhelmed by how to organize and cite sources? Librarians  College students  High school students  Independent researchers  Etc.! 
  21. 21. It’s manageable Don’t panic! You can manage references using special (free) online citation management software.
  22. 22. Zotero to the rescue!
  23. 23. Save & archive Saves copies of articles and web pages to  easily archive information.  In many cases Zotero saves the full details of the item - including author, title, publication details - that will be needed to cite it later. These details may easily be edited for accuracy, or filled in where necessary.  You’llhave an archived copy of the page in most cases, so no fears about broken links later! (Or fewer fears, anyway...)
  24. 24. Organize Drag-and-drop, iTunes-like interface allows  easy organization of saved items in folders (collections).
  25. 25. Describe Add notes and/or tags to saved items.   Zotero automatically assigns tags that it identifies from item metadata, such as library catalog subject headings.  Notes can be any free-form text about an item.
  26. 26. Search Many search options make it easy to locate  saved items later. Zotero searches all fields of an item, including full-text, unless otherwise directed.
  27. 27. Cite! Drag and drop items into  Word, blogging windows, and other applications to easily create citations in the style you specify in “Preferences.” Or: export your entire  library as a bibliography with additional plug-ins for MS Word and Open
  28. 28. Considerations Catalogs, databases, etc., need to be  compatible with Zotero to allow it to harvest full metadata (many already are, including ProQuest!). Must be downloaded and installed as a Firefox  add-on. Does not always identify the permanent URL  for an item; these must be added manually in some cases. No sharing options (yet). 
  29. 29. Similar tool: BibMe
  30. 30. It couldn’t get easier than this!  Terrific for books, websites (though they should be reviewed, esp. websites).  Will automatically locate information and create citation.
  31. 31. Not as great for articles Most must be  entered manually, by putting info in specified fields. Citations are  generated from information entered.
  32. 32. There are more tools like this BibSonomy, based on delicious but focused on  sharing research links CiteULike  Connotea, science oriented  Mendeley Web  And many more… see  erence_management_software Choose the one you like best! 
  33. 33. Welcome to citation Zen Thanks!
  34. 34. Jing – What is it? TechSmith product  Web based  Screen capture tool   Narrated streaming video  Fixed (enhanced) screen captures Free software download from  Sara R. Seely, SWILA 2009
  35. 35. Jing - Considerations Jing logo (because it’s free)   No post-production editing  May become pay-for  Perpetual beta – updates a lot  Ephemeral Sara R. Seely, SWILA 2009
  36. 36. Jing – Teaching Example
  37. 37. Jing – Work Example
  38. 38. Jing – Why use it? Show instead of tell   Visual learners  Video and images as information sources Sara R. Seely, SWILA 2009
  39. 39. Jing – Why use it? Time saver  Librarians Patrons Sara R. Seely, SWILA 2009
  40. 40. Jing – Why use it? Reach patrons virtually   Portable, tailored help chat, website Email, Sara R. Seely, SWILA 2009
  41. 41. Jing – alternatives ScreenToaster   Fireshot Add-on Firefox Sara R. Seely, SWILA 2009
  42. 42. Jing How might you use it? Questions? Sara R. Seely, SWILA 2009