Today I offer you a guest post from AzLA attendee Patricia Watkins, who is a Research Librarian and Information Resources Coordinator at Embry-Riddle in Prescott. She shared her notes from the presentations she attended.
From Patricia’s notes, I reproduce her notes on “6 Essential Apps” and have also attached her notes from the other presentations she attended (see bottom for link). I added links to the mentioned apps:
6 Essential Apps for a Connected Librarian
- Key: Making sure the apps are a seamless operation, secure, and supported.
- Evernote – replaces the note function on the iPad, flawlessly. Can organize into notebooks or tags, translates into Word … Navigates to the notes … Synchs to the web
- Chrome browser – Customizable, fast. Runs Java script, smoother than other browsers. .. Clean on a smartphone, accesses all bookmarks … Takes place of De.lic.ious … Firefox now has bookmarks … Google Drive: now loads your docs to the cloud like Dropbox.
- WordPress – Creates simple, flexible websites, search engine optimized so Google finds them; expandable with plug-ins … Tumblr easier than WordPress … Looks good on a mobile device, cleaner for screen size and smaller phones …
- Feedly – Replacement for Google Reader (RSS feed) Easy to import feeds … Social integration, easy to share on FB or Twitter …
- Spotify – Free or subscription music service like Pandora … Takes a look at music you own on a device and matches with theirs, and shares the music onto other devices … Facebook integration
- Dropbox – Hard drive in the cloud, get 3g in the cloud, easy to upload images, etc.
- Tips: Have lots of copies in various locations, to keep stuff safe: copies in Google. Music backed up in Dropbox and Google cloud … Always examine the privacy policies of your apps
- Subscribe to Gizmodo for updated tech info and new apps … MCLC Tech Talk technology interest group for librarians in Maricopa county.
I’d like to throw in my endorsement for Dropbox in particular – you can work on your files anywhere and it syncs automatically. I’m also a big fan of WordPress as a web platform and for Chrome as being an easy, customizable web browser.
Patricia’s notes also include:
- Jamie LaRue’s Keynote Speech
- Best Practices for Guide on the Side Tutorial Creation Software
- Opening Minds to Open Access: Best Practices at ASU
- A World of Pure Imagination: Running a Digital Library
- eLectrify, eNgage, and eXcite with Online Collaboration
- Sonoran Desert Tales – Children’s Author Panel
- Sustainable Libraries
Download all of Patricia’s notes here: Patricia Watkins – Notes
Thanks again, Patricia!
Also, still waiting on word when AzLA presentation slides will be uploaded. Hoping soon! And I’ll let you all know.