Down and Dirty with the Awesome Thirty

Facebook, Delicious, Google Maps, Twitter....who has time to figure out how some of these things work...and besides, what could you do with them in the academic, public, or school library anyway? This program provides librarians in all types of libraries an overview of thirty awesome technology applications in (or about) 30 minutes. This down and dirty presentation will not only give examples of how these technology applications can be used in libraries but also showcase examples of libraries utilizing these resources to enhance their patron outreach, involve young adults and children in reading programs, and even bridge the gap between those digital natives and digital immigrants who might otherwise be watching only from the sidelines. Bring your laptop, your IPad, or your LiveScribe and be ready for a fast-paced program filled with ideas to utilize in your own library.



What It Does

Who's Using It?


A social networking site that allows users to "friend" one another, discuss subjects of interest, share photos, and keep-up with activities. For libraries, it is used to share information and promote resources, content, programs, and provide patron-librarian contact.
Academic & Public Libraries

A micro-blogging site that allows users to share information with others in 40-characters or less!
Academic & Public Libraries

A social bookmarking site that allows users to create lists of resources from the web and tag them to be used and shared with others.
School, Academic, & Public Libraries
Google Maps

An online atlas of sorts that allows users to plot locations, cities, states, and even streets through digital images and interactive content. For a unique take on Google Maps, check-out Google Lit Trips.
School & Academic Libraries
Google Apps

A wide-range of open-office software that can be used to create word documents, spreadsheets, powerpoints, websites and hundreds of other great resources---all free!! Google Sites-- create a website; Guide to Going Google; Google Apps Learning Center
School & Academic Libraries

A software program that allows users to create podcasts to share with listeners by recording, editing, and uploading the recorded program to the web. Guidelines to Audacity; Library Podcasting: Best Practices
School & Academic Libraries

Allows users to create posters, games, toys, cards, and other resources using digital photos. Great for creating your own READ-like posters!
School, Academic & Public Libraries
Photostory 3

A very simple, yet very sophisticated-looking software program that allows users to create a tutorial, digital story, or online video through the use of text, images, and music--- all easily accessible through the program.
School Libraries

A presentation tool that not only provides users with a reason to NOT use PowerPoint, but also allows viewers to learn through an interactive program developed with still images.
School & Academic Libraries
WordPress is web software you can use to create a beautiful website or blog.
School, Public & Academic Libraries



What It Does

Who's Using It?

QR Codes

QR codes (or "quick response" codes) are simply barcodes that can be scanned and read with your cell phone's camera and then will take users to websites where additional information regarding the content labeled with a QR code can be found.
School & Academic Libraries
Animoto turns your photos and video clips into professional video slideshows in minutes. Fast, free and shockingly simple.
School Libraries
Picnik lets you edit all your photos online, from one easy place.
School Libraries
Poll Everywhere
Poll Everywhere replaces expensive proprietary audience response hardware with standard web technology. It's the easiest way to gather live responses in any venue: conferences, presentations, classrooms, radio, tv, print — anywhere.
School, Academic & Public Libraries
Read the Words
ReadTheWords is a free online service that will read any text you enter aloud. There are many ways to do this, but this site distinguishes itself with several interesting options.
To be able to use the site properly, you must register, which will give you a profile page where you can save the spoken word documents you’ve created.
School Libraries
school_tube.jpg is a website dedicated to student video and media sharing for entertainment and classroom use.
School Libraries
glogster.jpg - Poster yourself - Make your interactive poster easily and share it with friends. Mix Images, Text, Music and Video. See how Joyce Valenza uses Glogster on her library's website.
School & Academic Libraries
Transforming media into collaborative spaces with video, voice, and text commenting.
School & Academic Libraries

A free wiki that makes collaboration and sharing of information easy and fun. New content, accessibility, and easy-to-learn content makes this wiki usable by children and adults.
School, Academic & Public Libraries
Zamzar is a free online file conversion program that allows users to convert print, audio, and digital content to another format for ease in use.
School & Public Libraries



What It Does

Who's Using It?

Library Thing
LibraryThing is an online service to help people catalog their books easily. You can access your catalog from anywhere—even on your mobile phone. Because everyone catalogs together, LibraryThing also connects people with the same books, comes up with suggestions for what to read next, and so forth.
School Libraries
Second Life
Second Life is a free 3D virtual world where users can socialize, connect and create using free voice and text chat. Check-out some of the universities, groups, clubs, and even virtual libraries "living" a Second Life.
Academic & Public Libraries
Make Skype a part of your everyday life by downloading it for free. Skype is available on your computer, mobile and your TV. Contact authors through publishers who offer Skype services to their authors.
School, Academic & Public Libraries
LiveBinders was created so that you could do with digital information what you do with the papers on your desk - organize them into nice containers - like 3-ring binders on your shelf. With the online-binders you can also upload your documents and easily combine them with your links in a neat and organized way. (Think "LibGuides" without the cost!)
School Libraries
Museum Box

Museum Box provides the tools for you to build up an argument or description of an event, person or historical period by placing items in a virtual box. A great way to visually place all content information for research and presentation.
School Libraries
Creative Commons

Creative Commons licenses provide simple, standardized alternatives to the “all rights reserved” paradigm of traditional copyright. To achieve the vision of universal access, Creative Commons provide a free, public, and standardized infrastructure that creates a balance between the reality of the Internet and the reality of copyright laws.
School & Academic Libraries
Tweet Deck

TweetDeck is your personal browser for staying in touch with what’s happening now, connecting you with your contacts across Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn and more. By simply selecting the social network media that you're using, you can make one entry and it will be shared in EVERY location---no more opening 4-5 screens to post information.
Academic & Public Libraries
An online, 3-D program that allows users to create their own 3-D pop-up digital storybook. A great tool for teaching technology to older children and teens or for reading with younger children.
School Libraries
AASL's Best

The "Top 25" Websites foster the qualities of innovation, creativity, active participation, and collaboration. They are free, Web-based sites that are user friendly and encourage a community of learners to explore and discover.
School Libraries
Go2web20 has been one of the biggest web2.0 directories out there. This application was created to enable people to stay up to date with all the new & hot services that are born daily into the web. In many cases, Go2web20 has been the first to report the existence of a new application.