Sun. 7/24 1:30pm — CS-SIS Program: Cool Tools Cafe

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2011 AALL Annual Meeting and Conference

Date/Time:  Sun, Jul 24 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Location/Room:  PCC-Room 103(AB)

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)

Table 1
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)

Table 2
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)

Table 3
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)

Table 4
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)

Table 5
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.

Table 6
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.

Table 7
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:
Westlaw Next for iPad:

Table 8
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)

Table 9
"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.

Table 10
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)

Table 11
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

Table 12
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

Table 13
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)

Table 14
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)

Table 15
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)

Table 16
Communicating with Patrons for Free (Comm100 & GoogleVoice)
Karina Condra & Steve Donweber
GoogleVoice provides a Google 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.

Table 17
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)