I2: Cool Tools Cafe

2012 AALL Annual Meeting and Conference
Date/Time: 
Tue, Jul 24 2:15pm - 3:45pm

Target Audience: Librarians who want to become more comfortable with technology and learn about easily adoptable tools that can be used to improve library websites, marketing, services, or instruction sessions

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Participants will be able to identify and compare technologies that libraries across the country have implemented to improve library services.
  2. Participants will be able to select and implement technologies appropriate to their libraries.

It can be hard to keep up with the constant changes in the world of information technology, tools, gadgets, and apps. During this session, visit stations of tech-savvy librarians who will perform short demos of a myriad of available technologies that they have implemented in libraries of all kinds and sizes. There are tools to help with marketing, sharing information, citation, personal productivity, research, and teaching. These emerging technologies come in the shape of browser add-ons, software, mobile apps, and web 2.0 tools.

Slate of Demos (Printable Roster (pdf)):

1) Using Doceri Remote Ipad app and Doceri Desktop Software to free you from the podium (Gordon Russell, Lincoln Memorial University Law Library & Jordan Gilbertson, Lincoln Memorial University Law Library).  This app for the iPad and downloaded software to the laptop or desktop allows you to wirelessly control your PC or Mac from anywhere in the room using the iPad.   Quickly launch documents and annotate them in real time, including PowerPoint and Keynote slideshows.  Use your iPad as  a whiteboard. Doceri Handout

2) Using Pinterest in Your Library: It's More Than Pictures of Cupcakes (Janet Lindenmuth, Widener Law Library). Pinterest is a social networking site that allows you to "pin" or share and curate images you upload yourself or share from other websites. Often thought of as just for recipes and home ideas, libraries have started using Pinterest to share information and promote library services. See what other libraries are doing or share your own ideas.

3) Show them how you did that!  Creating dynamic tutorials with screencasting software (Ben Carlson, Northern Illinois University Law Library).  Screencasting is an excellent way to create video tutorials for websites and software programs.  I will explain many of the features offered by a handful of free and paid screencasting tools, with demonstrations created in two of the most popular programs, Jing and Camtasia.  More information: Jing / Camtasia / Screencasting Handout

4) Getting Started with iBooks Author (Carli Spina, Harvard Law Library).  With Apple's new iBooks Author, it is possible to create iBooks that can be distributed for free or for purchase on the iBookstore, on iTunes U, directly to iPad users or as a PDF. I will demonstrate how iBooks Author can be used to quickly and easily create an ebook on any topic.

5) LibGuides as a multi-tool: exploring built-in features (Melanie Cofield, University of Texas Law Library).  LibGuides is a popular application for building online guides.  This demo will highlight features beyond basic guide creation.  A more in-depth tour of the Command Bar reveals features that support collaboration, promotion, improved productivity, and guide assessment.  E-handout.

6) Meeting Online: Free Web Conferencing and Webinar Tools (Jessica Randall, University of Connecticut Law Library).  Want to meet virtually with patrons, colleagues or friends?  Free tools like MeetingBurner, AnyMeeting and Meetings.io  allow  for easy web conferencing, meetings and webinars. Connecting for online collaboration and presentations has never been easier or cheaper.

7) Beam Me Up, Scotty: Using RDM+ to Access Your Computer Remotely from Your iPad (Carla Wale, Northern Illinois University Law Library).  Well, maybe you can't actually "beam" yourself from the USS Enterprise to planet Vulcan, but now you can "beam" the working draft of your Spectrum article from your home computer to your iPad. RDM+ provides remote access to your home or office computer from just about anywhere using your iPad. It is Windows and OS X compatible, and there is no limit to the number of computers you can access.

8) Database Applications made easy with Zoho! (Karina Condra, Boston University Law Library). Need to build an application, like a class registration system, but don’t know where to start?  Try Zoho Creator, an online database software that allows you to build custom online databases by dragging and dropping.  LibGuide.

9) Docket Navigator - Easy Patent Litigation Research (Amy Towell & Darryl Towell, Docket Navigator). Quickly find the litigation history of a patent, or of a federal judge. More information.

10) Legal Research Apps for the iPad (Vicki Steiner, UCLA School of Law, Hugh & Hazel Darling Law Library). Among the more than 500,000 apps that populate the iTunes App Store are many apps that can help law students and lawyers effectively manage their time and increase their productivity. This demonstration will explore several legal research apps for the iPad, including Fastcase, HeinOnline, Lexis Advance, and WestlawNext.  For a list of additional apps, please visit our LibGuide, Mobile Applications for Law Students and Lawyers.

11) Sticky Notes Be Gone! Mindmapping for Generating Ideas, Organizing Projects, and Collaborating Online (Cynthia Bassett, University of Missouri School of Law Library, Debbie Ginsberg, IIT/Chicago-Kent College of Law Library, and Roberta Woods, University of Hawai’i School of Law Library).  Many of us are visual learners and thinkers.  Getting ideas out of our heads and into an environment we can see them helps us to organize and connect them. Mindmapping software lets users do just that, as well as collaborate with partners online, present from our mindmaps, and organize project planning.  Cindy, Debbie, and Roberta will demo the use of three systems – Mindomo,  iThoughtsHD, and MindManager to show you how mindmaps work on the web, on the iPad, and on your desktop.  Mindmap Handout.

12) Android Apps for the Legal Academy (Jennifer L. Wondracek, Lawton Chiles Legal Information Center, Fredric G. Levin College of Law).  The Android operating system is finally coming into its own with new apps that help lawyers, professors, and students improve their efficiency and effectiveness.  We will take a look at some of the leading apps that are being used in the legal field, including the first true legal research app for Android from Fastcase.  For a list of recommended apps and information, see our digital handout, the UF Law Libguide Android Apps for the Legal Academy.

13) Prezi - The UnPowerPoint (Jason Sowards, Vanderbilt Law School).  For those of you who wish to stop murdering your students with PowerPoint, you now have the option of mesmerizing them with Prezi, a free presentation program that allows you to to present in a way that PowerPoint just won't allow.  Prezi lets you pan and zoom, import media, collaborate with others, and yes, it even has an iPad app.  Because Prezi is cloud-based, it is available anywhere you have Internet (and downloadable for offline access when the Internet isn't available).  Prezis are also embeddabable into websites and LibGuides. Prezi Handout 

14) Getting Past TWEN (and Blackboard. and Moodle...) with Instructure Canvas (Robert Truman, Boley Law Library, Lewis & Clark Law School). See how Instructure Canvas brings a new, easy and free approach to online course management. A true next generation LMS built in the cloud, Canvas combines an intuitive interface with integrated social media and mobile tools such as Scribd, Google Apps, YouTube, RSS, Facebook, Twitter, text messaging and more.  More information.

15) Translating Tools: Adding a Certain “je ne sais quoi” to your Readily Accessible Research Tools (Steven Ellis, Pappas Law Library, Boston University School of Law).  As the availability of online foreign-language resources  continues to increase, happily, so too does the number of translator tools!  Multiple add-on programs and tools will be showcased in this segment to assist you with your foreign language research needs. Handout.

16) Collaboration Station: What's Your Destination? (Jordan Gilbertson, Lincoln Memorial University Law Library, Liz Johnson, Wake Forest University Law Library, and Ellen Richardson, USC Law Center). Dropbox, Box, Teambox. Librarians are frequently called upon to collaborate on projects with librarians from another library and time zone. Scheduling a conference call that works with everyone's schedule is hard enough--how do you keep things organized or even work on them together? Jordan, Liz, and Ellen, who put together this whole program by collaborating virtually, will show you how to use a variety of applications, including Dropbox, Box, and Teambox with Google Drive for a variety of platforms and devices, including iPad, iPhone, and Android, to store and manage files and work on documents even when you're not in the same conference room. You'll also be able to keep them synced across devices so you'll have access to the same updated information from your desktop to your laptop to your PDA. Collaboration Station Handout / Box Handout / Getting Started with Box / Teambox Handout / Getting Started with Dropbox

17) Firefox add-ons for Law Librarians (Sue Altmeyer, Cleveland Marshall College of Law Library). See Firefox extensions which make legal research and writing easier, faster and cheaper. These include CiteGenie (create Bluebook citations), Jureeka (toolbar for citation retrieval on the Internet plus legal citation link creation in web sites), Fireshot (Screen captures), Recap (free shared PACER archive). Firefox Add-on Handout. More information: CiteGenie / Jureeka / Fireshot / Recap 

18) Adobe Acrobat Professional for Legal Tasks (Wilhelmina Randtke, St. Mary's University School of Law)  Adobe Acrobat Professional is readily available software in an office environment.  This presentation will run through some useful, but underused functions, of Acrobat Professional, including:  making text searchable in several PDFs all at once, renaming a set documents to better organize case files (they don't have to be PDFs), and simple indexing tools for building personal use search tools.  The presentation will also show how to examine a PDF to determine the date created, facts about the images and text included in the PDF, and a little about the history of a document. Adobe Acrobat Professional Handout

Coordinator(s):
Kincaid C. Brown - University of Michigan Law Library