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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
      www.sonicwall.com/furl/phishing/
    2. ABA Legal Technology Resource Center Site-tation Blog
      www.americanbar.org/sitetation/
    3. Makeuseof Guides and Cheat Sheets
      makeuseof.com/pages
    4. Pearltrees Social & Visual Bookmarking
      pearltrees.com
    5. Google Calendar for shared (and widget) calendaring
      calendar.google.com
    6. Hackertarget Security Testing
      hackertarget.com
    7. Windows Live Mesh and Microsoft Office Web Apps
      skydrive.live.com
    8. Personal cloud remote access with Tonido
      tonido.com
    9. ISpring Solutions free Powerpoint to Flash converter
      ispringsolutions.com/free_powerpoint_to_flash_converter.html
    10. Screencast-o-matic for capturing quick training videos
      screencast-o-matic.com
    11. Northeast Florida blog aggregating library Webinars
      neflin2.blogspot.com
    12. Codecademy.com free coding tutorial site
      codecademy.com
    13. Distimo’s list of app stores
      www.distimo.com/appstores
    14. Meeting scheduling and more with Doodle
      doodle.com
    15. Simple screen sharing, collaboration with Join.me
      join.me
    16. Tips on working with boards of directors, non-profit executives, staff in BoardCafe newsletter
      blueavocado.org
    17. Webjunction has information on managing library operations
      webjunction.org
    18. Membership cards.  check.  What about loyalty cards?
      vistaprint.ca
    19. Free templates from Microsoft for small businesses
      office.microsoft.com
    20. Simple Web-based (free) billing and electronic invoicing from Sage
      billingboss.com
    21. Windows Live Search – XP users download, Win 7 has it built in
      www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=23
    22. Search for e-books and e-book-like online content (PDFs, etc.)
      justfreebooks.info
    23. Social media (Twitter, blogs) search using Topsy
      topsy.com
    24. Personal cloud search with Greplin
      greplin.com
    25. Search law-related Libguides created by law librarians, others
      libguides.com/community.php
    26. Use enhanced free sites to search for foreign law, like Barnet’s Jade
      jade.barnet.com.au
    27. Evernote can help you manage research for your frequent members
      evernote.com
    28. Access (and show your members how to access) free publications at Cengage-Gale’s Accessmylibrary
      accessmylibrary.com
    29. NitroPDF has a simple Web page to PDF conversion tool
      pdfdownload.org
    30. Measure the power of your e-mail message with Mailchimp
      mailchimp.com
    31. Find out what your members want & plan your future with Surveymonkey
      surveymonkey.com
    32. Track local information, get reviews/weeding help at Librarything
      librarything.com
    33. Free Google Apps accounts to host e-mail, documents, and Web site on your own domain
      apps.google.com
    34. Improve the information your potential visitors see in their search results with Google Places
      places.google.com
    35. Google Analytics helps measure what people are doing, if anything, on your Web site
      google.com/analytics
    36. The Google OS blog is a great way to follow the details of the Google ecosystem
      googlesystem.blogspot.com
    37. Simple and cost-effective Web site content management with WordPress
      wordpress.com (hosted) / wordpress.org (DIY)
    38. Morguefile has free stock art for professional uses, no royalty or attribution necessary
      morguefile.com
    39. Design outsourcing with 99 Designs
      99designs.ca
    40. Share training & other videos on your own Youtube channel
      www.youtube.com/nonprofits

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.

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