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Cool Tools for Library 2.0

Learn about Web 2.0 tools and their use in educational settings. Presented by graduate students in the School of Library and Information Science at San Jose State University.

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Cool Tools Episode 60 Podcast: Shelfari

Shelfari is an online social cataloging site that allows users to build a virtual bookshelf. They can rate, review, tag and discuss books with online friends. Users can join groups and discuss topics with other users of the Shelfari website. The site can be linked to your blog, facebook page, and myspace page. Listen to the following podcast to learn more.www.shelfari.comShelfari PodcastPodcast Transcript

16 Nov 2009

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Cool Tools Episode 59 Screencast: Google Sites

Google Sites is an online application that makes creating a team web site as easy as editing a document. With Google Sites, people can quickly gather a variety of information in one place -- including videos, calendars, presentations, attachments, and text -- and easily share it for viewing or editing with a small group, their entire organization, or the world. All you need is access to the Internet, a google account (gmail) and a small chunk of time. It's free and easy to use. See how in this brief overview.screencast

8 May 2009

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Cool Tools Episode 59 Podcast: GoogleSites

Google Sites is an online application that makes creating a team web site as easy as editing a document. With Google Sites, people can quickly gather a variety of information in one place -- including videos, calendars, presentations, attachments, and text -- and easily share it for viewing or editing with a small group, their entire organization, or the world. All you need is access to the Internet, a google account (gmail) and a small chunk of time. It's free and easy to use.podcasttranscript

8 May 2009

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Cool Tools Episode 57 Screencast: SlideShare

SlideShare is the world's largest community for sharing presentations. With SlideShare, you can upload your Power Point presentations to share privately or to publish to the entire SlideShare community. You can use SlideShare to find presentations that interest you and network with other users. This screencast provides a brief overview of how to search for new presentations as well as how to upload and share your own.View the Screencast (4:13)Transcript

4 May 2009

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Cool Tools Episode 57 Podcast: SlideShare

SlideShare is the world's largest community for sharing presentations. With SlideShare, you can upload your Power Point presentations to share privately or to publish to the entire SlideShare community. You can use SlideShare to find presentations that interest you and network with other users. This podcast explains ways in which SlideShare will be useful for librarians.Listen to the Podcast (5:00)Transcript

4 May 2009

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Cool Tools Episode 56 Podcast: Meebo

Meebo is a free, web-based, instant messenger. It makes it possible to aggregate all of your IM buddy lists into one instant messenger, making it possible to talk to all of your friends through one single IM service. Plus, it is also a great tool for libraries in that it allows patrons to interact with the reference desk virtually. This podcast explains the features and benefits of Meebo in more detail.Listen to the Podcast (4:20)[Transcript]

1 May 2009

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Cool Tools Episode 55 Podcast: Google Calendar

Google Calendar is a free time-management tool available to anyone with a Google account. This very handy application contains many useful features and can be used in a variety of ways. In this podcast, you will hear about some of its major features, as well as how the calendar can be used in the library setting.Listen to the Podcast (4:14)[Transcript]

30 Apr 2009

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Cool Tools Episode 54 Screencast: Rollyo

This screencast demonstrates how easy it is to use Rollyo to create a custom search engine, access your dashboard to search other users’ search engines, customize these search engines to make them your own, and finally learn how to create a searchroll box to add your search engine to your website or blog. To start rolling your own search engine today, visit Rollyo.com. View the screencast (3:00)

27 Apr 2009

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Cool Tools Episode 54 Podcast: Rollyo

Rollyo is a web tool that allows you to create your own custom search engine to add to your browser, webpage, blog or to use on your Rollyo homepage. With Rollyo, you create your search engine in just a few easy steps, using only websites that you select. By joining the Rollyo community you have access to other users’ search engines as well. This podcast discusses some of the great features of Rollyo that can be incorporated into library or classroom use, as well as some basic instruction on getting started. Visit Rollyo.com to learn more.Listen to the podcast (4:55)[transcript]

27 Apr 2009

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Cool Tools Episode 53 Podcast: Brainify

Brainify is a social bookmarking tool intended for students and faculty at colleges and universities. Brainify users bookmark web sites relevant to college courses and academic subject areas and (ideally) share those bookmarks by forming and joining course-specific or subject-specific groups. Bookmarks on Brainify are not only tagged -- they are also categorized within a browsable taxonomy of academic subject areas. In this podcast I describe a few of Brainify’s features and discuss reasons why students might want to try using Brainify.Listen to the Podcast (5:00)[Transcript]

24 Apr 2009

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