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Useful (Mostly) Sites for Solo Law Librarians

The Ontario Courthouse Librarians’ Association (OCLA) met today in Toronto and asked me to give a presentation following the sites/minutes pattern.  We’ll see if they do THAT again!  They are peers and friends of mine from across the province, 48 libraries strong ranging from solo part-time librarians to multi-staff libraries with libarians who are also executive directors of the underlying law (bar) association membership organization.  The useful sites I included were geared towards the solo or small organization, both the research side as well as the business side.  The slide deck is included in full below, but here are the links to the useful sites:

    1. SonicWall’s Phishing IQ quiz
    2. ABA Legal Technology Resource Center Site-tation Blog
    3. Makeuseof Guides and Cheat Sheets
    4. Pearltrees Social & Visual Bookmarking
    5. Google Calendar for shared (and widget) calendaring
    6. Hackertarget Security Testing
    7. Windows Live Mesh and Microsoft Office Web Apps
    8. Personal cloud remote access with Tonido
    9. ISpring Solutions free Powerpoint to Flash converter
    10. Screencast-o-matic for capturing quick training videos
    11. Northeast Florida blog aggregating library Webinars
    12. free coding tutorial site
    13. Distimo’s list of app stores
    14. Meeting scheduling and more with Doodle
    15. Simple screen sharing, collaboration with
    16. Tips on working with boards of directors, non-profit executives, staff in BoardCafe newsletter
    17. Webjunction has information on managing library operations
    18. Membership cards.  check.  What about loyalty cards?
    19. Free templates from Microsoft for small businesses
    20. Simple Web-based (free) billing and electronic invoicing from Sage
    21. Windows Live Search – XP users download, Win 7 has it built in
    22. Search for e-books and e-book-like online content (PDFs, etc.)
    23. Social media (Twitter, blogs) search using Topsy
    24. Personal cloud search with Greplin
    25. Search law-related Libguides created by law librarians, others
    26. Use enhanced free sites to search for foreign law, like Barnet’s Jade
    27. Evernote can help you manage research for your frequent members
    28. Access (and show your members how to access) free publications at Cengage-Gale’s Accessmylibrary
    29. NitroPDF has a simple Web page to PDF conversion tool
    30. Measure the power of your e-mail message with Mailchimp
    31. Find out what your members want & plan your future with Surveymonkey
    32. Track local information, get reviews/weeding help at Librarything
    33. Free Google Apps accounts to host e-mail, documents, and Web site on your own domain
    34. Improve the information your potential visitors see in their search results with Google Places
    35. Google Analytics helps measure what people are doing, if anything, on your Web site
    36. The Google OS blog is a great way to follow the details of the Google ecosystem
    37. Simple and cost-effective Web site content management with WordPress (hosted) / (DIY)
    38. Morguefile has free stock art for professional uses, no royalty or attribution necessary
    39. Design outsourcing with 99 Designs
    40. Share training & other videos on your own Youtube channel

I had lots of inspiration from previous sites in minutes sessions, including those from the ABA Techshow (2011, 2010, 2009 – I stole Erik Mazzone’s anti-theft lunch bags outright) and from the session I did with Whitney von Hamm for the National Association of Bar Executives in August.

David Whelan

I improve information access and lead information teams. My books on finding information and managing it and practicing law using cloud computing reflect my interest in information management, technology, law practice, and legal research. I've been a library director in Canada and the US, as well as directing the American Bar Association's Legal Technology Resource Center. I speak and write frequently on information, technology, law library, and law practice issues.

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