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Edshelf can save your bacon, now help #saveedshelf’s bacon!

edshelfOne of my favorite tools, Edshelf, was slated to close down soon. But that was before the education community started to campaign to #saveedshelf.  This encouragement spurred Mike Lee, the brains behind Edshelf,  to start a kickstarter to help save it.

What is Edshelf? Find out via this quick video from Michael Britt.

Basically, it’s an awesome directory of education tools with reviews and ratings by educators. It’s easy to find resources, add them to your own curated boards and then embed them on your web pages. Know of tools not in the directory? Add them! Follow other educators and benefit from their knowledge and expertise. It’s an invaluable treasure trove.

I recently mentioned to a colleague that if we had to, we could walk into a workshop on a moment’s notice and get through the session by having participants explore the resources and tools in Edshelf. And it would be a great session!

I’ve written about how much I like Edshelf before and others have written & spoken more eloquently than me about it’s value.

Basically, Edshelf saves you time and makes you look even smarter than you already are! Isn’t that worth a donation to the kickstarter? And besides, cool t-shirt anyone??

 

Evernote Business Card Scanning

Evernote Business Card ScanningWhile updating my Productivity Tech Tools workshop this week, I ran across the new-ish business card scanning feature in Evernote. Very handy, though only available on iOS devices  at the moment, with promises of Android sometime.
  • With your iPad or iPhone Evernote app start a new note by selecting the Camera option, then  the business card option.
  • Point the camera at the card. Evernote will find the card, focus on it and take a photo of it without you needing to tap the camera button.  Very handy if you’re trying to do this with an iPad.
  • Evernote then parses out the data and gives you a screen of info about the person like the one at the right. The contact info is usually displayed in the right data fields. Edit it if needed.
  • If the person has a LinkedIn profile, that information will be included. It doesn’t do quite as good a job finding the person’s twitter handle.
  • An image of the original business card is included. And you can add an image of the back of the card after you save the data.

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SALS 10 Mobile Things Wrapup

being a newbieOne of the major projects I worked on over the past year was the SALS Ten Mobile Things project that concluded in June. This was part of a Digital Literacy project run by Jill Ryder, Jennifer Ferriss and Sara Dallas at the Southern Adirondack Library System.

It was modeled on 23MobileThings project originally developed by Jan Holmquist for the Guldborgsund Bibliotekern in Denmark. That project was translated into English by Jan, Kathryn Barwick and Mylee Joseph (both  from the State Library of New South Wales, Australia).  Like Helene Blowers’ original 23Things project, this mobile project is being translated into multiple languages and spreading like wildfire. There’s no doubt that the time was right for this!

For our project, we focused on many  of the same topics, but condensed them into 10 topics (more…)

NYS Summer Reading – YA Books Widget

One of the many fun projects that I have the privilege of working on is the New York State Summer Reading program website. We’ve been working on some redesigning, which is always a work in progress, and also lots of updates for this summer (not done yet)

I was checking stats today to see what pages were getting hits and was pleased to see the Teen Booklists (boring name I know) was the top hit getter. teenreads

Since I’m in no way an expert on YA titles, I wanted an easy way to add titles that appear on the many booklists available from different sources.  But also wanted something that had some graphic appeal. Since it’s a statewide site, I couldn’t pull a list of covers from a library catalog and link directly back to the titles.

Enter LibraryThing. I added titles from lots of different lists and used their widget building tool to create a widget that randomly displays 15 titles at a time.   There’s also a YouTube playlist of book trailers (again, that needs updating)

It’s easy enough to build your own widget, but if you want to use ours, here’s the code you can use to embed it on your own website.

<div id="w3ea6ee67fbfdc058028747e08628acc8"></div><script 
type="text/javascript" charset="UTF-8" 
src="http://www.librarything.com/widget_get.php? 
userid=summerreadingnys&theID=w3ea6ee67fbfdc058028747e08628acc8"></script> 
<noscript><a 
href="http://www.librarything.com/profile/summerreadingnys">My Library</a> 
at <a href="http://www.librarything.com">LibraryThing</a></noscript>

If you have suggestions for the booklist or the booktrailers widgets, let me know.   Maybe I’ll spend my summer vacation reading YA lit? What do you suggest?

Google Open Gallery

I’d forgotten that several months ago I’d requested an invite to test Google’s Open Gallery service. It’s the software that powers Google’s Art Project,  Historic Moments and World Wonders projects.  As of December 2013 it is being made available to anyone, though you do still have to apply for an invitation.

pollyalida

Test gallery with Google Custom Gallery

The software lets you build a collection of images and add text descriptions and metadata.  Your collections are displayed on a website with your own culturalspot.org URL or a custom URL. Individual items can be gathered into exhibits of related materials. Akin to software like ContendDM and Omeka. (I have no experience with these tools, so can’t compare features.)

The service is quite simple to use and I had a small test collection and an exhibit up and running in about 15 minutes. It’s the pollyalida collection of flowers – of course!

To really get a sense of what you can do with this, take a look at these collections.

What an easy way to get a small collection of historic photos, archival materials, art images and more online quickly and easily. And free.

 

Workshops in Connecticut – May 2014

There’s still space available in the following workshops in CT later this month: