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Library Staff Report Use of Online Tools (Again)

Webjunction – “Last summer we reported the results of our survey of WebJunction members about their use of 10 types of online tools and resources. This spring we surveyed our membership again with a similar question, but this time separating professional use from personal use. We also updated the tool list, adding mobile apps, chat and IM, video- and photo-sharing sites, online games, and discussion forums. This year, we had 1,039 responses, in contrast to the ~575 last year. But the makeup of the respondents are similar: 70% are from public libraries, and all have registered as WebJunction members.”

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Goodreads Brings Book Recommendations to Android

Lifehacker – “Android: Our favorite book recommendations site, Goodreads, now lets you discover and share books on the go from your Android device. Goodreads was the winner of our Hive Five for best book recommendation services, but at the time this giant book lovers’ community was only web-based.”

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Berkeley Tool Lending Library inspires others

SF Chronicle – “A woman walks into the Berkeley Tool Lending Library with a small baby cradled in one arm and a sledgehammer in the other. It’s an unusual sight for a newcomer, but Robert Young and Angel Entes don’t even raise an eyebrow from behind the checkout desk.”

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HSPH Unveils Comprehensive, Public Online Library of Firearms Research

Press Release – “A new firearms research database launched by the Harvard School of Public Health makes scholarly articles more accessible to reporters, law enforcement, public health officials, policymakers, and the general public. The Firearms Research Digest (www.firearmsresearch.org) provides summaries of articles gathered from social science, criminology, medical and public health journals and is written in clear, accessible language for use by those outside academia. The website currently covers six years of research published between 2003 and 2008. The digest will be expanded over time to include articles from 1988 to the present.”

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How to save and share ridiculously large files

CNET – “A few years ago it was a big deal to find a place that would let you share 1 gigabyte of files. Things change, though. Bandwidth keeps growing, and the cost of Web storage keeps shrinking. That’s good news for people looking to share increasingly large files, be it an HD video recording or an archive of several files that tops out at over a gig.
There are now a handful of free and paid services that make it easy to host these gigantic files and send them to a friend, family member, or business associate.”

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Take a Look at Imo.Im – A Web Based IM service

Blackweb – “We have another web based IM service that has hit the alpha stage. This service is called imo.im. This service comes to us courtesy of ten of the first Google employees and is based in Palo Alto, California”

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Sign me up! Event registration with GoogleDocs and Calendar

LibraryTechTalk – “By now, if you’re not a GoogleDocs convert, you at least know enough about it to resist it’s Google-y charms. If you fall into the latter group, well, you might just come around by the end of this post. Nestled among Google’s answer to the trifecta of productivity software is a gem that will make registration for your next library workshop a breeze, especially when used with Google Calendar.”

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7 Ways To Become More Productive With Firefox Tabs

A great list from MakeUseOf

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PrintFriendly

Make any web page print friendly, with PrintFriendly (via)

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FillAnyPDF Lets You Electronically Fill In and Sign Any Form

LifeHacker – “Fax machines are going the way of the dodo, yet sometimes there’s no easy way to transfer forms back and forth, especially ones that need to be filled out and sent back. FillAnyPDF steps in to fill the gap. FillAnyPDF\ is a free web-based service where you can upload any file in PDF, PNG, JPG, or GIF format. You don’t need to do anything to your form before or after it’s uploaded; the service will do all the heavy lifting for you.”

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