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Cool Tools Cafe 2011

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Program Description:
Emerging technologies are touching all aspects of the law library. Join us for a smorgasbord of tools and gadgets that will help you create, organize and deliver information, increase productivity, and connect with users. Move from table to table as tech-savvy law librarians demonstrate a variety of hot new technologies.  Demo list handout (PDF).


Sunday, July 24 - 1:30PM to 2:45PM in PCC-Room 113(AB)


Table Demo Title Presenter(s) Description More information
Mobile Legal Research Applications for iPads (FastCase & Westlaw Next) Kenneth Hirsh, Brent Johnson  These applications for iPads allow for effective legal research on the go.  Whether the need is to find a case or statute, or to do last-minute cite-checking, these research tools can provide up-to-date legal information in a surprisingly organized fashion.

FastCase for iPad:  http://www.fastcase.com/ipad/

Westlaw Next for iPad:  http://west.thomson.com/westlawnext/useit/mobile/ipad-details.aspx

Putting your iPad to Work:  Tools for Document Management Stephanie Davidson
Dropbox, DropDAV, Nebulous, Pages, Instapaper.  Quick overview of file types that can be accessed, edited, saved and moved from iPad apps, and how to make the most of the iPad for editing documents.  If time, will also cover ReQall & OmniFocus for task management. 
"Taking your office with you" Productivity Apps for the iPhone (Evernote & Dropbox) Jocelyn Kennedy, Jessica Randall Wherever you are, productivity software gives you access to all your information with a few taps or swipes of the finger. Use Dropbox to sync your files between any desktop, the web and your iPhone.  Evernote captures voice, image and text notes. Law librarians can use Evernote to record ideas and research, bookmark websites, backup files, and store images. All your ideas and notes are in one place.  http://www.evernote.com/about/learn_more/
Productivity Apps for the Android Platform: Create, Share, Capture, Connect Raquel Ortiz
See applications that allow you to work from any location using your Android smartphone or tablet and, most recently, from the Nook Color eReader.  These apps allow you to create or edit Microsoft Office files, capture your ideas via text or photos, sync your work seamlessly over the Internet and share it with colleagues, or connect with your office computer.
Handout (PDF)

Just for fun: iPhone and iPad apps for fun and leisure

Meg Kribble

Your mobile device can help you get more work done, but it can also be fun.  These apps are useful for kicking back, rail and bus commuting, or while standing in line at the DMV!  While you’re playing, you’re also getting bonus experience with different interface styles.

Handout (PDF)

Games, Gadgets and Gimmicks: Fun with the Android 

Uwe Beltz
Demo of several different apps ranging from Flashlight, to WorldCat, to lots of games, to compasses, horizon detectors, exercise related applications, SkyMap, translators, etc….  Also how to find apps, what to avoid in apps, as well as some of the basics of developing and why Android will change the world (with a warning about ROOT!).  Beginners to Experts welcome.

Handout (PDF)

ShowMe (and) More!  iPad apps for teaching in and out of the classroom Debbie Ginsberg I'll demonstrate how librarians can use iPad apps like ShowMe, Doceri,  Whiteboard Lite to connect to students and learners both in and out of the classroom.  Classroom iPad apps (Pearltree)
Comparison of Video Creation Tools, Computer → Mobile Tawnya Plumb Law library users seek information in the library, from their computers, and now from their mobile devices.  Law librarians have access to a myriad of software and applications to use to create instructional legal research videos for these users.
Handout (PDF)
Current Awareness Tools Ellen Qualey

Find something while browsing the internet you want to read later? Want to track changes to a website? In this demo, you'll learn how to save information on the web and sync this content with a variety of computing devices with Read It Later or Instapaper, as well as track changes or edits to any website with Watchthatpage.com.




Upgrade Your Image! - how to use FireShot, Picnik and Snagit for improved image management Jean Willis Demonstration of three different software tools that can be used to capture, manipulate and save images from anywhere:  the web, your in-house library software, your own photos, even videos, etc.  Come see various, easy methods for upgrading your image(s)!

FireShot Handout (PDF)

Picnik Handout (PDF)

Snagit Handout (PDF)

QR Codes in Libraries
Jennifer Wondracek QR Codes are bar codes that can embed a wide variety of information, such as contact information, URLs, and locations.  These codes can be utilized in a wide variety of library activities, including marketing and training.
QR Code LibGuide  or


Display Your Data Easily in 5 Ways Using Simile Exhibit   Kincaid Brown

Simile Exhibit allows for you to take spreadsheet data and display it in a web browser as a list, table, map, timeline, or on an axis.  Also comes with searching, faceted browsing, linking, and sorting.

Handout (PDF)

Remote access tools for collaboration and instruction (Joinme, Logmein, and Dropbox) Susanna Leers Using freely available remote access and filesharing tools, you can get everybody on the same page when they're not in the same room.  Enhance collaboration with these resources that allow you to hold meetings on the fly, share your screen, and share files across platforms.
Handout (PDF)
Create Easy Animated Video Shorts with GoAnimate Kate Fitz GoAnimate allows you to create animated videos using pre-existing scenes, characters and effects.  Your own voice recordings, other sounds, and images can be added if desired. These videos can be incorporated into otherwise-static screencasts or instructional videos, embedded into web pages, or uploaded to YouTube. 

Handout (PDF)


Communicating with Patrons for Free (Comm100 & GoogleVoice) Karina Condra & Steve Donweber
GoogleVoice provides a Goolge phone number with which you can receive and send text messages via your Library’s existing email account for reference questions.
Comm100 offers free enterprise-grade live chat software. Unlike other popular free chat software being used by libraries (think Meebo), Comm100’s Live Chat software is HTML and Javascript based making it compatible with all mobile devices.
Power Point Alternatives: Tools for Creating Non-Linear Presentations Carli Spina Prezi and Ahead are both examples of zooming presentation editors.  They allow users to create non-linear presentations and to change scale within presentations for emphasis and visual effect.  A growing number of librarians have been using these tools to create novel presentations.


Handout (PDF)
The DRAGNET Legal Search Engine - What it is and how we did it Terry Ballard DRAGNET (Database Resource Access using Google's New Electronic Technologies) uses a Google Custom Search to access materials from 100 recommended legal web sites. It can return up to 500 results on any legal topic in less than one second. Tabbed results allow you to focus on a particular area of the law such as international or environmental .

Handout (PDF)


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