Best Free Web Services for Broke Libraries

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How to replace expensive subscriptions, software, web services, and other techie stuff with free alternatives, often open source. This presentation is aimed at computers but could work for almost any institution whatsoever running a large number of computers or web services at great expense.

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Best Free Web Services for Broke Libraries

  1. 1. Best Free Web Services & Software for Broke Libraries Sarah Houghton-Jan Digital Futures Manager, San Jose Public Library Author, LibrarianInBlack.net
  2. 2. Yep, it’s free.
  3. 3. Free eBooks <ul><li>Project Gutenberg </li></ul><ul><li>AudioBooksForFree </li></ul><ul><li>Escholarship </li></ul><ul><li>Google Books </li></ul><ul><li>ManyBooks </li></ul><ul><li>Memoware </li></ul><ul><li>Online Books Page </li></ul><ul><li>Oxford Text Archive </li></ul>& many more!
  4. 4. Free Databases <ul><li>ArticlesBase.com </li></ul><ul><li>FindArticles.com </li></ul><ul><li>+ free language learning sites </li></ul><ul><li>+ free practice test sites </li></ul><ul><li>+ free sites in all disciplines </li></ul><ul><li>Why not add this stuff to your website, or even your catalog? </li></ul>
  5. 5. Reference Tools IM/Chat/Texting - LibraryH3lp Email – Gmail, Yahoo Mail Instant Messaging – AIM etc., Meebo Chat – Meebo, Plugoo, Olark VOIP/audio – Skype‏ Video – some IM clients (AOL, Skype)‏ Text Messaging – AIMhack, TextPlus Social Networks – Facebook IM Twitter – “ask us a question with @...”
  6. 6. Put chat windows and Help links where customers are ANGRY Screenshot courtesy of David Lee King, Topeka Shawnee County Public Library
  7. 9. Setting Up a Social Network <ul><li>Username Check: CheckUsernames.com </li></ul><ul><li>Usernames Claim/Log-In: Open ID and ClaimID </li></ul>
  8. 10. Maintaining a Social Network <ul><li>Update Syncing: Ping.fm or Hellotxt.com, Facebook’s Twitter App </li></ul><ul><li>Multiple Account Management: AtomKeep, Seesmic, or HootSuite </li></ul>
  9. 11. Metrics for Social Networks <ul><li>Social Network Monitoring: Filtrbox, MyBUZZmonitor, TwitterSearch </li></ul><ul><li>Stats: Twitter Analyzer, Twitter Counter, built-in Facebook page stats </li></ul>
  10. 12. Public & Staff Computer Software <ul><li>Operating System - Ubuntu </li></ul><ul><li>Email/Calendar - Google Calendar/Gmail </li></ul><ul><li>Web Browser – Firefox, Google Chrome </li></ul><ul><li>Financial Software – GNU Cash </li></ul><ul><li>Open Office </li></ul><ul><ul><li>- word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, databases, desktop publishing, and calculator </li></ul></ul>
  11. 16. More...Public & Staff Computer Software <ul><li>Image Editing - GIMP, FotoFlexer </li></ul><ul><li>Typing Software - GNUTypist or TypeFaster Typing Tutor </li></ul><ul><li>CD writing - Brasero or InfraRecorder </li></ul><ul><li>Firewall - PC Tools Firewall Plus </li></ul><ul><li>Antivirus - MS Security Essentials, Avast </li></ul><ul><li>AdBusting - AdAware </li></ul><ul><li>Anti-Spyware - SpyBot, MalwareBytes, Spyware Guard, Spyware Blaster </li></ul>
  12. 18. Staff Scheduling Tools <ul><li>Droster </li></ul><ul><li>AceShift (<20 shifts/day)‏ </li></ul><ul><li>or even Open Office's “Calc” </li></ul>
  13. 20. Team Meeting Tools Voice – Skype, Google Voice Video – Skype, Sightspeed, Tokbox IM – AIM, MSN, Yahoo!, & others Meeting Space/Chat – Today's Meet, DimDim, Wiggio Meeting Scheduling – Doodle, When Is Good, NeedToMeet Webcasts – Vyew
  14. 24. Tech Support Tools Embedded chat - Meebo chat widget Voice or video chat - Skype, Sightspeed, Tokbox Screencasts on the fly - Jing Discussion Boards - Google Groups Remote Support/Computer Sharing - LogMeIn, Yuuguu, TightVNC
  15. 28. Audio & Video Tools <ul><li>Voice/Video Chat – Skype </li></ul><ul><li>Audio Recording/Editing – Audacity </li></ul><ul><li>Video Editing – Avidemux, DVDx, Lumiera, Kino </li></ul><ul><li>Video Hosting – YouTube, blip.tv, Vimeo </li></ul><ul><li>Audio Hosting – OurMedia, PodBean, LibSyn </li></ul>
  16. 31. eLearning Tools Screencasting Tools - Screencast-o-matic, Jing, Wink, Camstudio, Screencast.com Image Mark-Up - DabbleBoard Online Learning Environment – Moodle Conference Calls – FreeConferenceCall.com Webcasts – Ustream.tv Class Websites – WordPress, Blogger, PBworks, PageFlakes Computer Sharing - LogMeIn, Yuuguu
  17. 35. Website Management <ul><li>Website recommender – del.icio.us </li></ul><ul><li>ILS - Koha or Evergreen </li></ul><ul><li>Content Management System - Drupal </li></ul><ul><li>Flickr slideshow w/o code - Pictobrowser </li></ul><ul><li>RSS Feed and Post Statistics - PostRank </li></ul><ul><li>Tag Clouds – TagCrowd, Wordle </li></ul><ul><li>Form Creator - Google Forms </li></ul><ul><li>CSS-picker – Typetester </li></ul>
  18. 38. More Website Management <ul><li>Free/OS/CC Photos – OpenPhoto, Stock.xchng, Image*After, Wikipedia Commons, Flickr image search </li></ul><ul><li>Survey Tools - Zoomerang, SurveyMonkey </li></ul><ul><li>Polls - PollDaddy </li></ul><ul><li>Statistics - Google Analytics, OneStatFree, StatCounter </li></ul><ul><li>Translation – Google Translate </li></ul><ul><li>Website Hosting – WordPress, Bravenet, Bryght.com, Weebly, SquareSpace </li></ul>
  19. 39. Online Book Club Tools
  20. 40. San Jose Public Library's LibraryThing Teen Book Club
  21. 41. Blogs for Book Suggestions <ul><li>Blogs (each entry is its own review)‏ </li></ul><ul><li>- Blogger, WordPress </li></ul><ul><li>Entry templates w/ tags/categories </li></ul><ul><li>Webpage with links directly to mysteries, picture books, graphic novels, biographies, books for teens, etc. </li></ul>
  22. 43. Event Calendars <ul><li>Eventful </li></ul><ul><li>Upcoming.org </li></ul><ul><li>Going.com </li></ul><ul><li>Craigslist </li></ul><ul><li>Google Calendar (if you want something more separate)‏ </li></ul>
  23. 44. Online Book Displays <ul><li>Westmont Public Library </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.flickr.com/photos/westmontlibrary/549380055/ </li></ul>
  24. 45. Exploit Image Generators <ul><li>GeneratorBlog.blogspot.com </li></ul><ul><li>ImageGenerator.org </li></ul><ul><li>ImageChef.com </li></ul>
  25. 46. More Free Web Tools
  26. 48. Free Mash-Ups <ul><li>People mash up your library's content. </li></ul><ul><li>Why not advertise that? </li></ul><ul><li>Library ELF - account tracking and alerts (email, SMS, RSS)‏ </li></ul><ul><li>Library LookUp bookmarklet </li></ul><ul><li>LibX Toolbar </li></ul><ul><li>Google Maps mashups w/ branches, local resources </li></ul><ul><li>iGoogle gadgets w/ library content </li></ul>
  27. 49. More Favorites <ul><li>Cloud Storage - box.net, drop.io, adrive </li></ul><ul><li>Book Jackets - Book City Jackets </li></ul><ul><li>Open Source/CC Images - Wikipedia Commons, Flickr Image Search </li></ul><ul><li>Charts – LucidCharts, Lovely Charts, Gliffy </li></ul><ul><li>Text to Voice - Text2Speech </li></ul><ul><li>Citation Keeper – Zotero, Evernote, CiteULike </li></ul><ul><li>Virtual Business Cards - card.ly </li></ul><ul><li>File Drop Sites - SendUIt, DropBox </li></ul>
  28. 50. Questions? <ul><li>Sarah Houghton-Jan </li></ul><ul><li>web: LibrarianInBlack.net </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter: @TheLiB </li></ul><ul><li>Facebook: Facebook.com/LibrarianInBlack </li></ul><ul><li>IM: LibrarianInBlack </li></ul><ul><li>Skype: LibrarianInBlack </li></ul><ul><li>email: [email_address] </li></ul>

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