Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Cool Tools Recap

Thanks to our presenters and to everyone who came out to our Cool Tools event on Wednesday. Some of the cool tools exhibited during the evening include:
  • Scanning and faxing using your smartphone: pc-fax.com (1 page daily limit, sending only); ifax (purchase credits to fax)
  • VOCALiD: donate your voice to make synthetic voices for recipients who may have trouble vocalizing
  • infogr.am make your own infographics using templates; free option is publicly available, subscription can be made private)
  • WatchThatPage.com (monitor when pages have changed and keep on top of developments – good for legislative changes)
  • SAP Enterprise Asset Management - tracks and manages data across organizations; together with SAP Information Steward, ensures data quality through use of data standards and programmable statements, and helps identify information quality concerns
  • WIPO Global Brand Database - allows you to check for contact information and brand details for major businesses; text and image-based search available
  • If This Then That (IFTTT) - use "recipes" to program alerts and notifications about things that interest you, e.g. if you post a pic on Instagram, automatically save it to your Dropbox account
  • vizualize.me - build an infographic about yourself using uploaded CV or LinkedIn profile
  • openparliament.ca - find information on parliamentarians based on Hansard records, social media, and media data; make haikus with Hansards!
  • Let me Google that for you  (LMGTFY) - a fun, passive aggressive tool for when people bother you with questions they could easily look up themselves
  • BonPatron - grammar and spell check your French text
  • Force 11 - a collection of cool tools for research communications and e-scholarship
Sabrina Wong is the Student Engagement Librarian at SAIT Polytechnic. She also serves as the FLA Treasurer.

Friday, April 10, 2015

WILU 2015 Register Now!

We are delighted to invite you to the 44th annual WILU (Workshop for Instruction in Library Use) conference, taking place in St. John’s, Newfoundland from June 15-17, 2015!

Registration is now open: https://wilu2015.wordpress.com/

Post by Janet L. Goosney
Information Literacy Coordinator
Queen Elizabeth II Library, Memorial University

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Cool Tools event on April 8th

Would you like to learn something new in 2 minutes flat?

FLA is partnering with Code4LibYYC as co-hosts for a Cool Tools event. Presenters will demonstrate gadgets, software, hardware, videos, websites, or others tricks that are tried and true, and that have the potential to make our lives as information professionals a little easier.

Cool Tools
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
7:00 pm
Local 510 Tavern
510 17th Ave. SW, Calgary, AB (map)

Admission is free, but please register online here.
Do you have a cool tool you'd like to share? If you would like to present a tool please contact flapresident@fla.org for details. The more presenters we have, the better this event will be.