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Speed Technology Dating

Patrick Sweeney, Toby Greenwalt, and Jeremy Snell

  • Trello – Web app and native app versions, project management and organization. Good tool for working collaboratively with others.
  • LogMeIn – remote desktop sharing tool, small little software download. Useful for remotely accessing your own computer or other people’s to do tech support, and can do on Android and iOS devices.
  • Library Box – a digital library in a box, open on a wifi network. Toby suggested it would be cool to put one of these in the little pop-up libraries that are sprouting up in libraries all over the place.
  • Tumblr site – The Kid Should See This – videos, demos, science, technology, art…good curated portal for interesting kid stuff
  • Air Video – iOS only, but if you’re running a video server on a network you can browse and view the videos on any iOS device.  The file formats that iOS doesn’t support luckily are converted by Air Video on the fly…that’s pretty nice!
  • Join Me Viewer – allows you to share your screens over the web. Get everybody looking at the same screen, up to 250 users seeing your screen. Good training tool.  Available on almost any device, including mobile. Free, with a paid version ($149) that lets you do a little bit more.
  • Every Block – Started as a crime map Google Maps mash-up in Chicago. Now has a ton more data. Community events, real estate transactions, message board, crime stats, inspection data, etc. Available in 19 different cities so far.
  • – Founded on the idea of fliers, websites that expire.  Can create a very simple print-friendly display for an event coming up.  Good for doing some good graphics and event pages for your library events.  Can sign up for a free account and customize your URLs, and set expiration dates on the pages too.
  • TurntableFM / RollingFM – you can upload music, select from music already provided, start your own DJ party in these little virtual rooms, avatars, can vote DJs up and down,
  •  Nextdoor – Another neighborhood tool. This site lets you define your own community’s boundaries, nothing pre-defined.  Community bulletin board, 36 cities so far, still in a beta phase.
  • Wallwisher – Can post name, links to images and webpages, kind of a “tell us what you think” feedback tool.  A good way to get community feedback on what you’re doing.  Many uses in education as well.  You can set it so you can pre-moderate the posts if you’re worried about naughty things showing up.
  • Sphero – Little rolly ball toy that you can control with your smartphone. You could roll one of these little things up to people you want to engage with—maybe an easier way to approach people than walking up to them.  Attracts attention, people want to talk and know about it.  A great way to break the ice with kids and teens.
  • – art info, fun to browse through, good for kids, can highlight connection between elements of a collection
  • Snaggy – Screen capture and annotation tool.  Take your screenshot, then go to and paste it in to the browser-based editing tool, edit it, and then save/share/send a link to it to others.  Way faster than desktop tools.
  • Liquid Space – Have patrons reserve space online (e.g. meeting rooms). Sends you, as the library, a notification that someone has reserved a room for a specific time.  Helps advertise that you have meeting rooms too.
  • Noon Pacific – An email newsletter.  Weekly at noon Pacific time you get a playlist of five songs they’ve chosen from music blogs in the last week.
  • – Diacritics and weird symbols you can copy and paste into your documents.  You can toggle between HTML and non-HTML.
  • Barnes & Noble Nooks – will train staff, let you circ one copy of one title on six devices simultaneously.
  • Oyster – a streaming eBook service that just started up, trying to launch by the end of the year.
  • The Noun Project – beautiful icons for just about anything you can think of.  (Sarah’s note: I LOVE THIS SITE! You can make custom t-shirts with icons you want too. I’ve done this as a gift and made one for myself – too fun!)
  • SifteoCubes – you get 6 cubes in a box, you can play games, early literacy teaching,
  • Raspberry Pi – a tiny little circuit board that is a full-fledged computer with a video port, an audio out, and USB connectors.  They’re cheap ($25-$35).  They’re designed by this non-profit to get kids learning how to program.
  • Patch – Different small towns and areas have Patch sites, local reporters who write about what’s going on nearby.  Users can comment, submit announcements, events, photos, etc.
  • Show Me – app for iPad or tablet that lets you record tutorials by just drawing on the screen and it will record your audio as well.   You can upload the video then to the Show Me website and share it with your library folks.
  • Makey Makey – circuit board that connects to your computer through USB and comes with a set of alligator clips. Maps keyboard commands to points on the card.  Can conduct electricity through it and basically turn anything into an input device for your computer.  $39.
  • – Tracking information about federal and state government legislation.  Much better than Thomas.  Screen-scrapes other government sites and mashes it all up together on one page, instead of a whole bunch of smaller pages and PDFs as you often find on other government info sites.
  • Tablets – Everybody has their own version of tablets and people are using these creatively in libraries.  Roaming reference, book review sharing in the stacks (Sarah’s additions: animated and rotating electronic signage, tablet storytimes.)
  • Lightt – iOS only, “Instagram for video.”  Each video is only allowed to be 10 seconds.  Not a lot of people on it right now.
  • – crowd-sourced fundraising tool like Kickstarter or Indigogo.  It does all the payment processing like the others do, but they do their own payment processing so it’s cheaper (4.5% flat).  Indigogo has two different pricing structures, both of which are higher.  Same with Kickstarter.  EveryLibrary is using this for their fundraising site.
  • LoudSauce – specifically to raise funding for advertising and marketing (interesting!)

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