B3: Cool Tools Cafe

2013 AALL Annual Meeting and Conference
Date/Time: 
Sun, Jul 14 2:00pm - 3:30pm

Is there an emerging or existing technology that would solve a problem for your library or make an existing process more efficient? The answer is, YES! During this session, learn in small groups from librarians who have implemented these technologies in their libraries as you discuss why the technologies are useful, how the technologies have been implemented, and how you, too, can apply them to your workplace. Additionally, tools for collaboration, legal research, added website functionality, marketing services, instruction, productivity, citation, and presentation will be demonstrated.

Cool Tools Cafe 2013 Slate of Demos Handout

Slate of Demos

1) Augmenting your library: Layar, Aurasma and Google Goggles (Kris Turner, University of Wisconsin Law School) One of the most rapidly developing areas of tablet and smartphone technology is augmented reality apps. These apps enhance (or augment) a physical object you are viewing. Be it a sign, book or national landmark an augmented reality app can add information, animations or links to it. It’s hard to describe, but exciting to experience! Check out how these apps can be used in your library and other unique ways that augmented reality can work for you. Augmented Reality Handout

2) Increasing your Prezence in Teaching (Katie Crandall, Florida State Law Research Center)  The average attention span of a gold fish is 9 seconds. The average attention span of today’s adult is 8 seconds. How do you teach a student whose focus is less than her pet’s? By learning how to snag attentions and increase your teaching presence with Prezi! Prezi is a virtual whiteboard that allows you to emphasize concepts with zooming technology that enables audiences to see, understand, and remember ideas. Perfect for the classroom, workshop, meeting, or one-on-one session, learn how this innovative and mobile-device-friendly technology can revolutionize the way you deliver ideas. Already heard about Prezi? Stop by to learn about the newest system updates and how best to utilize the ever-evolving Prezi technology.  Prezi Handout

3) Go Online for Free with CourseSites (Karina Condra, University of Denver, Sturm College of Law) CourseSites is a free eLearning platform by BlackBoard. Come see an example of how it is being used to deliver an online legal research skills certificate program.  CourseSites Handout

4) Vuvox: Create a Digital Collage (Diana Botluk, Barry University, School of Law) Vuvox is a cloud-based tool used for creating an interactive, media-rich collage. Librarians can use Vuvox to create online displays, instructional resources, and tutorials. It can also be used by teachers or students as an alternative to popular slide-based presentation platforms. Vuvix Handout

5) Notability: The Ins, Outs and What-Have-Yous (Marin Dell, Hofstra Law) Notability, Apple’s #17 most downloaded paid app of all time, allows you to expand your note-taking abilities with annotated PDFs, handwriting or typing options, linked audio recording, advanced word processing and more. Notability Handout

6) RSS Readers (Elliott Hibbler, Northeastern University School of Law) RSS readers are an important current awareness tool for organizing, reading and sharing content streams from all across the internet. While the now-defunct Google Reader may have been the most popular reader, there are several good options still available. This demonstration will cover RSS readers on several platforms, for following your favorite sites at work, at home, or on the go.

7) Escape the Chaos: Plan and Organize Your Research and Writing with Scrivener (Timothy J. Gallina, University of North Carolina School of Law) Scrivener is a word processor and project management tool designed to assist users with all aspects of the writing process, from first outline to final draft. This demo will illustrate how librarians can use key Scrivener features (Corkboard, Outliner, Scrivenings) to structure, compose and edit their scholarly articles, research guides, blog posts and other writing projects. Scrivener Handout

8) e-Learning made Easy: The Power of Articulate® Storyline (Susan David deMaine, Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law) Storyline from Articulate® helps you create enhanced e-learning materials by combining interactive presentation functions such as embedded videos and web objects, hotspots, and drag and drop, with full-scale screencasting and interactive quizzing. It also offers a range of avatars and animations to add interest, branching of the learning path to tailor instruction to individual users, and slide layers to make building interactions more manageable. In addition, you don’t have to publish multiple iterations of your work to reach different devices. In one iteration, Storyline publishes to multiple formats. The appropriate format will then automatically be delivered to the requesting device. Unlike similar products, Storyline has an interface that is familiar to PowerPoint® users, making for a gentle learning curve and plenty of time for creativity.  Articulate® Handout

9) Screencasting Software for Short and Simple, or Long and Complex, Videos (Alex Berrio Matamoros, CUNY School of Law) Screencasting has become popular in law libraries for creating quick videos on-demand to answer reference questions, short tutorials to share online with patrons, or longer presentation videos for use in a flipped classroom setting. The use of two free Windows screen recording software programs will be demoed, along with a free video editing application. A list of free and paid Windows and Mac screencasting applications will be provided. Screencasting Software Handout

10) No Flash (Drives) Please: Storing Files in the Cloud (Debbie Ginsberg, IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law) Are you annoyed because your iPad doesn't have a USB port?  Do you regularly need to send files three times the size allowed by your email service?  Are you on a committee that needs to share a few dozen documents?  In this demo, I'll show you some popular solutions for storing files in the cloud --  from Dropbox to Spider Oak to Google Drive (and more).  I'll discuss pricing, security, and other issues with storing files on remote servers.  I hope to see you there. No Flash Drives Handout

11) Happily Ever(Note) After (Jordan Jefferson, Yale Law School) Have you ever wished that you’d wake up to find that cute forest animals have cleaned your house, sewed your clothes, and organized your life like they do in the fairy tales? We may not all have fairy godmothers and talking animals, but we can make work easier by using the right tools. Evernote is a software suite that can help you take notes; capture webpages; sync files across devices; and edit, highlight, annotate, organize, and search your content. Almost anything you can think of can be put in Evernote – from webpages and emails to to-do lists and pictures. Learn how to use Evernote to organize your research, writing, emails, and life (if you’d like) and live Happily Ever(note) After. Evernote Handout

12) Go Go Gadget Chrome (Kara Young, Northwestern Law School) No longer the new kid on the block, many analysts rank Chrome the current winner in the browser wars. This session will briefly demo some useful extensions and apps that help make this browser a popular choice. Stop by to learn more about Chrome and suggest your own personal favorite add-on.

13) Yes, There's an App for That:  iPad and iPhone Apps for Productivity and Fun (Bonnie Shucha, University of Wisconsin Law School) There is an app for everything these days, it seems, from the amazingly helpful to the frighteningly bizarre.  This demo will introduce lots of iPad and iPhone apps that can help you do everything from increase your work productivity (such as document scanners, pdf editors, and multimedia tools) to manage your daily life (including travel apps, reminders, and tools to track your library books).  We'll even throw in some just-for-fun apps (like the BroStache mustache simulator and an app that tells you the best time run to the restroom during the movie). iApps Handout 

14) Mobile Road Warrior: Create, Capture, & Annotate on Android tablets or the iPad (Lucinda Harrison-Cox & Raquel Ortiz, Roger Williams University School of Law) Imagine reducing the amount of paper you carry around each day and yet getting a lot of work done effectively on a tablet!  In this session, Android and iPad users will be introduced to mobile apps that allow you to take notes by handwriting; create Office documents; capture paper documents or web content; and annotate PDFs.  We will also discuss how these tools interact with popular cloud storage options, such as Dropbox and the ever popular Evernote.  Apps that will be covered include: FreeNote, Handrite, Penultimate, GoodNotes, Polaris Office, QuickOffice, CamScanner, Pocket, Instapaper, iAnnotate, and Adobe Reader. Mobile Road Warrior Handout

15) Insta-Feedback:  Using Socrative for Teaching and Workshops (Becka Rich, Nova Southeastern University Law Center).  Socrative is free cloud software for polling, quizzing, and playing games with students or in workshops.  It works with computers and smart devices.  I will demonstrate ways to use it to engage students and rapidly get feedback for both short term and long term sessions. 

16) Beyond our Borders: iPad Apps for Foreign & International Legal News and Documents (Marty Witt, Columbia Law School)  The world is shrinking and developments abroad impact our lives and the lives of our patrons here in the United States.  Fortunately, technology is keeping pace and making it easier than ever to stay informed, even when we aren't in front of our computers.  Come explore some of the best iPad apps available for legal publications and primary source retrieval from outside of the U.S., and suggest your own favorites.  The focus will be on free and non-subscription English-language apps.

CS Speaker(s): 
Kincaid C. Brown (Co-coordinator)
Patrick H. Butler (Co-coordinator)
Ellen Qualey (Co-coordinator)