darlene fichter – data librarian, university of saskatchewan
online tools for collaboration
meebo chat widget: embedded chat widget, people stretching this idea, embedding widgets in null search results page whenever possible. don’t just have your ask a librarian link, embed a life chat widget when/wherever possible.
linkbunch: let’s you put multiple links into one small link, firefox extension creates a bunched link from open firefox tabs
docsyncer: automatically seeks and uploads your document files to Google Docs
twhirl: desktop client for twitter that reduces difficulty of monitoring twitter while browsing
polldaddy: embeddable interactive surveys and polls
vischeck: computer simulation of entire range of human vision, i.e. translating pages for colorblindness
feng-GUI: eyetracking program that creates a visual map of your site, a ‘heatmap’ of hotspots, areas of greatest visibility to users
browsershots: allows you to create screenshots in different browsers. submit web address and have page rendered in different browsers. open source, open access. plethora of browsers available.
libraries need to be more visual – people love to look at pictures of people in your library doing things.
flickr photo badge: create flickr account and display series of pics from library events, etc.
photoshop express: free online version of photoshop.
try to be where your patrons are: taking the library site to a distributed level. friendly urls. we need bookmarkable pages – pick a button, grab your code. create socially bookmarkable pages. bookmark button statistics are available – track how bookmarks are used.
google gadgets: google countdown. if you aren’t a coder, there are various gadgets available. use the countdown as a way to announce things that are upcoming, limited.
altavista babelfish site translator: widgets that translate sites.
processtamer: monitors cpu processes
filehamster: realtime backup and archiving of your files while you wirk, automatically works in the background.
syncback freeware: backup all files anytime with a single click, versioning, synchronization, machine to machine sync via ftp
moving large files: mailbigfile, zupload, yousendit, mediafire, pando – priovacy problems, some provide up to 1 gb peer to peer transfer
reCaptcha: uses Internet Archive scanning project with the Open Library via captchas – create a captcha to use in your site and help digitize book
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