About Cheryl Ann Peltier-Davis

Cheryl Peltier-Davis is Archives and Digital Librarian at the Alvin Sherman Library, Research and Information Technology Center, at Nova Southeastern University in Florida. She is the author of several refereed journal articles on public and national libraries in the Caribbean. In 2007, she collaborated with her colleague Shamin Renwick to co-edit the book Caribbean Libraries in the 21st Century: Changes, Challenges, and Choices, which was published by Information Today, Inc., and which received the Association of Caribbean Libraries, Research and Institutional Libraries (ACURIL) award for Excellence in Research and Publication.

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Web 2.0 Tools for You: Part 3

This is the final post in a series of three postings where I provide a brief overview of top trending web 2.0 tools which are not covered in the book The Cybrarian’s Web An A – Z Guide to 101 Free Web 2.0 Tools and Other Resources. Please feel free to e-mail me (cybrarianweb101@gmail.com) similar tools you have discovered which are useful for libraries.

Dropbox

Dropbox is a free service that allows users to save, store and share content (documents, photos, and videos) on multiple devices (desktop, laptops, mobile phones) and on the native Dropbox website. Sharing this content with others is as easy as sending a URL link via e-mail to a file stored on the service. The service is offered as a paid monthly subscription or free service. The latter offers up to 18 GB free and support is provided for multiple platforms including Windows, Mac, Linux, and Mobile.

Tool @ work in Libraries: Promote this tool as a free service for storing and sharing content in multiple formats (documents, audio, video, images).

Infographics Tools

The infographics industry is currently booming as website creators and marketers are incorporating informative graphics to visualize a great story or visually explain a problem. This mass appeal lies in the fact that infographics are portable, highly visible thus attracting a lot of information, and simplifies the presentation of voluminous data.
Here are links to three tools that can be used to develop customized infographics:

Tool @ work in Libraries:  View these effective use of infographics to market library services on Pinterest.

Project Gutenburg Authors Community Cloud Library

Project Gutenberg, developers of the first online platform for free eBooks, has progressed to the next logical step and created a free self publishing portal for authors. The purpose of this portal referred to as the Authors Community Cloud Library is to “create a cloud service for contemporary writers to share their works with readers”. There is built in two way interaction for authors and readers as every eBook has its own Details Page, Star Ratings, and Reader Comment area. Users can easily search for their favorite titles by keyword or limiting by genre categories such as adventure, art, biographies, children literature, education, fantasy and technology. There is no charge for using this service. Registration is not required for reading or downloading the eBooks. However, registration is required to upload a book or post a comment.

Tool @ work in Libraries: Promote this tool on main library portals (blogs, webpages, library guides) as a self publishing platform for contemporary authors to publish their works and as a social network meeting place for readers and authors to share ideas.

Tumblr
Tumblr is a free blog hosting platform and curation service offering professional and fully customizable features that allow ‘Tumblrs’ to effortlessly share content (text, photos, music, videos, quotes, audio, slideshows) from their web browser, mobile device, desktop or laptop.

Tool @ work in Libraries:  Visit these sites to view Tumblr at work in libraries:

 

 

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Web 2.0 Tools for You: Part 2

This is the second of three postings where I provide a brief overview of top trending web 2.0 tools which are not covered in the book The Cybrarian’s Web An A – Z Guide to 101 Free Web 2.0 Tools and Other Resources. Please feel free to e-mail me (cybrarianweb101@gmail.com) similar tools you have discovered which are useful for libraries.

Hootsuite

Logging into your account on multiple social platforms takes up a lot of time and requires organization and daily management. Hootsuite, described in some circles as the leading social media management tool, can assist in this effort as it allows users to manage multiple social media accounts from within one application and also analyzes social media traffic.

Tool @ work in Libraries:  The New York Public Library publicized a case study on its use of HootSuite to “coordinate a decentralized team of contributors and help manage a multitude of social profiles”. Use of this tool has paid dividends in NYPL efforts to maintain an online presence as the leading public library on Facebook and Twitter worldwide.

Pinterest

Pinterest is a virtual pin board-style social sharing website that allows users to create, organize, manage and share theme-based image collections. It is one of the fastest growing online services currently available. Users (reportedly, the majority of whom are female) have been innovative, using the site to “pin” images to their pinboards, reflecting their professional and personal interests (hobbies, special events, new recipes, travel guides). Visitors to the site can browse a library of pinboards created by other users and ‘re-pin’ their favorite images to their personal pinboards. Pinterest’s mission as stated on the website is to “connect everyone in the world through the ‘things’ they find interesting”.

Tool @ work in Libraries:  Visit these Pinterest sites developed by libraries to promote collections, services and programs:

  • New York Public Library pinterest.com/nypl/
  • Fullerton Public Library pinterest.com/fullertonpl/
  • Omaha Public Library pinterest.com/omahalibrary/

BrandYourself

Many of us can confess to ’googling’ our name, using Google as a tool to track online activities such as publishing, workshop and conference presentations, blogs maintained, memberships in social networks and citations of our work. In a nutshell, keeping track of all the information on the internet which reflects our professional and personal lives. BrandYourself approaches this activity from the other end, helping you to control content found on Google, Yahoo!, Bing and other search engines as well as popular social networks (LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook) when someone (colleagues, prospective clients and employers) searches your name.

Tool @ work in Libraries:  Promote this service as an online service useful for managing one’s professional online reputation.

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Web 2.0 Tools for You: Part 1

One does not need to look at mounting statistical data to confirm this one fact: social media sites are now the rage and firmly entrenched in our psyche. It is not unusual for social mediaites (this blogger included), as part of our daily regimen, to log in to these all pervasive and highly addictive social platforms to connect, create, communicate and collaborate with each other. The list of tools is lengthy and the number of users continue to boggle the mind, Facebook (900 million ), YouTube (800 million), Twitter (490 million), LinkedIn (161 million), Google+ (100 million), Pinterest (10 million) (July 2012 figures based on Alexa ranking).

As a regular user, what I have discovered is that these sites have unleashed an inner desire to discover more of the same. I solved this inward yearning (somewhat), by publishing The Cybrarian’s Web An A – Z Guide to 101 Free Web 2.0 Tools and Other Resources, a one-stop print guide for finding web 2.0 tools beneficial for libraries and other working environments. But what of the other 101+ tools that have been developed since the book was published? I solved this conundrum by maintaining a companion website The Cybrarian’s Web to the book, and now thanks to this books blog developed by the ITI folks, I have found another forum to share new tools I have discovered with you.

To start, here are two tools created by technology juggernaut Google which can be easily promoted to library patrons:

Google+: 

Google+ was created as a social networking service to rival Facebook. This tool integrates existing services such as Gmail and Google Profiles into one easily navigable user friendly platform and introduces innovative services such as Stream, Circles, Hangouts, Sparks, Events and +1 (similar to Facebook like button used for recommending sites). Google+ is available on mobile devices.

Google Onscreen Calculator: 

Released in July 2012, Google’s virtual calculator allows users to view and use an onscreen calculator while performing simple and complex mathematical calculations. To use this nifty tool, simply type in a calculation (simple 4+6 = or complex 5*9+(sqrt 10)^3=) into the Google search box found on Google’s homepage. A huge on screen calculator appears above the results allowing you to perform more calculations if needed. Standard buttons including trigonometric functions are available. The calculator works well with mobile devices and has a voice activated command function.

This is the first of three postings where I will provide a brief overview of top trending web 2.0 tools which are not covered in the book. Please feel free to e-mail me (cybrarianweb101@gmail.com) similar tools you have discovered which are useful for libraries.

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