Friday, May 05, 2006

WAPL 2006: Have you Heard About...

Presenter Stef Morrill gave an animated show-and-tell of dozens of great ideas - books, web sites, services - that we can use in our libraries (and just for ourselves!). Without further ado:

Pandora - it's like reader's advisory for music; enter the title of a song you like and Pandora will find other music you might like

"squeezebox": a brand name for a small device you plug into your stereo that will stream music from your computer to your stereo if you have a wireless network "computers make us more productive...yeah, right!" - all about neat things and ways to work faster and better, with more fun - great sites, great tips, really cool stuff; it's a blog so you can subscribe to its RSS feeds - web-based word processor, you can have templates, share documents with other people

Open WorldCat - the OCLC database searchable through Google; enter your zip code to find a nearby library that owns the items you want; at Santa Monica PL, if you search the catalog, it will use Open WorldCat to tell you what libraries nearby also own the item

PEZ mp3 player - w00t

Web 2.0: a buzzy word for social-type applications on the web

Furl - a social bookmarking tool; see who else has Furled stuff you've Furled, and find other cool apps they've Furled; RSS feeds are generated; is similar

OPAL: Online programming for all libraries - great free CE content, programs about really interesting stuff (intro to eBay, etc.); past presentations are available as Podcasts - free PDF converter online, convert a file of up to 2MB; this one does MS Publisher format (as opposed to other PDF converter services)

EngagedPatrons.Org - small libraries <$1 million budget can get; they'll do free calendars, blogs, create RSS feeds, they'll host it for your library, custom web-enabled databases

Google librarian center - a monthly newsletter to inform librarians about what Google is doing

Beyond Bullet Points - a book that teaches you how to not make those bulleted-lists presentations

in2tv - from AOL, full episodes of old TV shows (F Troop, Growing Pains, Alice, Head of the Class, Perfect Strangers, The Fugitive, Welcome Back Kotter); you need Windows Media Player

Google Video: downloadable onlne video; how would libraries collect/catalog digital media like this? How do libraries help patrons who don't have fast internet access, use this stuff? mapping tools - Coolest. Mapping tool. Ever. Change from driving directions to walking directions. Drag places around, and it will re-adjust your route. You can map more than 2 locations. Provides geographical-types of maps.

Google Calendar - create calendars and share them with other people (refrigerator calendars for family members); cool Firefox extension makes it easy to add items; event reminders; connects with Gmail

Scrapbook - a Firefox browser plug-in; in seconds capture a web page on your PC's hard drive; great for making "canned" presentations where you might not have internet access

HD-DVD - it's coming now; another DVD format; Blu-Ray is a competing format (that'll be a cataloging nightmare, sigh) - every photo has a Creative Commons license instead of a copyright - image search area with thumbnails of images; hover over an image to see the larger version of it - image searching based on color or texture or theme or subject catalog your own books online - up to 200 free, a charge for more. It keeps track of your personal library; it's a social reader's advisory tool; see what other people who own a book are reading & get book recommendations; pulls in a book's cover art from Amazon, and catalog info from LC; instead of assigning subject headings to books "mundanes" tag books with keywords - Jess Bruckner's project, lists job openings in the state, if you're looking for a job subscribe to the RSS feed

Google SMS - text-messaging on a cellphone; use Google from your cellphone; put in your zip code and the movie you're looking for and you'll receive a quick answer via text message. Sports, translations, driving directions, etc.

My - a search engine web directory in multiple languages; Internet Basics handouts in multiple languages that you can link to from your library's web site; selected by librarians in Australia - create a map & link it to content you already have, add pictures and link it to your web site. Use it for local history, Wisconsin authors, historical markers, etc. - info on technology planning, fundraising tips, CE courses. An audience member recommends their tech atlas feature for keeping track of your tech inventory - roll your own search engine; define which web sites you want it to search. Maybe a library could roll their "internet search by subject" pages into a specialized search engine.

Playaway - self-playing digital audiobook; the book is pre-loaded on the device; libraries can circulate them like books (they're pretty durable); they're coming out with a library discount program this summer

Libraries411 - based on your zip code it pulls up a map of all the libraries in your area; you can edit the information about your library; you can use this map on your library's web site

Mashup (v): to take data from 2 or more sources and shove them on top of each other

Weatherbonk - mashup of Google/Yahoo maps and weather info

Sounddogs - sound effects galore; you can preview them for free and download them for cheap

Wink - a social tool search engine that searches other social tools; you can rank search engine results

U3 - operating system to load apps on a portable flash/thumb drive; load your browser & bookmarks

Wikipedia - great for definitions for technical terms

Clusty - search results grouped by type

Firefox browser: an amazing, free web browser



Jess said...

Thank you for including info on my site, Stef and Nichole! This site allows me to keep a skill that has become important and fascinating to me sharp- web design and maintenance, while being creative. If someone is interested in posting a library job in the state or close to the Wisconsin border, just send me the posting...I don't charge, and I don't make a dime from this site. It averages right around 4,000 hits a day on the weekdays, and 1,500 hits a day on the weekends (a special thank you to Rachel Singer Gordon and Sarah Johnson at Eastern Illinois).

Pete said...

How am I s'posed to get any work done with all these cool links to browse? Thanks for an excellent list. I'm a big fan of rollyo -- and, of course, the Pez MP3 player is the highest use of modern technology.