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Tools for Managing Professional Information Overload

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Struggling to keep track of all the content you need to read, watch, listen to, and share professionally to stay up-to-date, but can’t manage it all? Learn about five free, online tools, including Evernote and Diigo, that can help you manage professional information overload.

Presentation resources (including a PDF of slide 23) are available at www.heatherbraum.info. Look for the managing information overload post.

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  • Excellent presentation. I would also add Groofer (http://www.groofer.com) to the list of tools managing professional information overload. Groofer allows 'group-based' consumption and filtering of information streams - helping make sense of the firehose. Members can also discuss and share news publicly or within their own groups.
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Tools for Managing Professional Information Overload

  1. 1. KASL District I Workshop, March 2011 Tools for Managing Professional Information Overload Heather Braum Technology Librarian Northeast Kansas Library System hbraum@nekls.org
  2. 2. KASL District I Workshop, March 2011 Source: “Outtake - Nooo! [Overwhelmed] by Flickr User andreas.thor under a CC License, http://j.mp/fWk7Gx
  3. 3. KASL District I Workshop, March 2011 5 Tips
  4. 4. KASL District I Workshop, March 2011 1. Information overload has always been present. It’s not new. Source: “Scrolls” by Flickr User Hc_07 under a CC License, http://j.mp/i31UZV
  5. 5. KASL District I Workshop, March 2011 2. You’re never going to be able to keep up with everything. Source: http://bit.ly/i4pGx5, 2/23/11
  6. 6. KASL District I Workshop, March 2011 3. “These things are TOOLS to serve you & help you. Don’t let them manage you. Manage them. Remember you are a human being not a human doing.” --Bobbi Newman, www.librarianbyday.net Source: “080116Meineke_021” by Flickr User Miz Ginger Snaps under a CC License, http:// j.mp/gB1VMJ
  7. 7. KASL District I Workshop, March 2011 #4 Learn the art of skimming links and articles to “maybe” save for later. “trash and treasure” Source: “Accessory 1” by Flickr User Urban Woodswalker under a CC License, http://j.mp/ eXD4p9
  8. 8. KASL District I Workshop, March 2011 27 instant messages 76 email listserv messages 4 text messages 14 social network messages 17 phone calls 825 RSS feed updates 98 work emails 30 pages from a book 52 personal emails 5 letters 127 social network 11 pieces junk mail status updates 1 periodical issue 1 hour of television 3 hours of radio #5 You’re not alone in this struggle.stats from “Being Wired or Being Tired: 10 Ways to Cope with Source: “my scared cat” by Flickr User PaoloInformation Overload” Sarah Houghton-Jan, Ariadne, July 2008, Margari under a CC License, http://j.mp/http://j.mp/10Dc2 gcFR70
  9. 9. KASL District I Workshop, March 2011 5 Resources
  10. 10. KASL District I Workshop, March 2011libraries educationkidslit books #1: Alltop: www.alltop.com
  11. 11. KASL District I Workshop, March 2011 #2: School Library Monthly Blog: blog.schoollibrarymedia.com/
  12. 12. KASL District I Workshop, March 2011 #3: Tech and Learning: www.techlearning.com/
  13. 13. KASL District I Workshop, March 2011 #4: Mashable & Lifehacker www.mashable.com & www.lifehacker.com
  14. 14. KASL District I Workshop, March 2011 #5: Google...www.google.com I’m not kidding Source: “Google Lego 50th Anniversary Inspiration” by Flickr User manfrys under a CC License, http://j.mp/bFy036
  15. 15. KASL District I Workshop, March 2011 5 Tools
  16. 16. KASL District I Workshop, March 2011 Text #1. Instapaper: www.instapaper.com
  17. 17. KASL District I Workshop, March 2011 #2: Evernote: www.evernote.com
  18. 18. KASL District I Workshop, March 2011 #3: Diigo: www.diigo.com
  19. 19. KASL District I Workshop, March 2011 #4. FeedMyInbox: www.feedmyinbox.com
  20. 20. KASL District I Workshop, March 2011 #5. Dropbox: www.dropbox.com
  21. 21. KASL District I Workshop, March 2011 Bonus: Twitter & Facebook www.twitter.com & www.facebook.com
  22. 22. Additional ToolsKASL District I Workshop, March 2011 • Google Reader (reader.google.com) • Livebinders (www.livebinders.com) • PBWorks (pbworks.com) • iGoogle (google.com/ig) • Browser Add-ons
  23. 23. Further ResourcesKASL District I Workshop, March 2011 • “Being Wired or Being Tired: 10 Ways to Cope with Information Overload” Sarah Houghton-Jan, Ariadne, July 2008, http://j.mp/10Dc2 • “Getting uncluttered with Evernote and Instapaper” from practically efficient blog, June 22, 2010, http://j.mp/c9SVt5 • [Video] Web 2.0 Expo NY: Clay Shirky (shirky.com) It’s Not Information Overload. It’s Filter Failure. September 2008, http://j.mp/5OCWlH • “Inbox Zero”, Merlin Mann. Articles: http://j.mp/ifI6Wd and Video: http:// j.mp/Ok4MC • “Building and maintaining an online professional learning community”, Jayme Linton, Learn NC, http://j.mp/g0LnZz • “Twitter: Keeping Up With It All”, Richard Byrne, Free Technology for Teachers, February 24, 2011, http://j.mp/hSf37L
  24. 24. KASL District I Workshop, March 2011 Source: “Question” by Flickr User Stefan Baudy under a CC License, http://j.mp/XRqF2
  25. 25. Contact meKASL District I Workshop, March 2011 • Presentation Information: http://j.mp/hU89z8 • Links: http://j.mp/fXUlAm • Contact information: • Email: hbraum@nekls.org • Twitter: @hbraum • Facebook - /nekls or /hbraum

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