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Free Friday: Getting Organized with Zotero

I’m teaching an undergraduate IS course for this first time this semester that essentially boils down to a semester long version of a library one-shot course. It’s a librarian’s dream come true! In amongst the information literacy skills that I’m trying to impart to these growing minds, I’ve included a class focused on managing all […]

Interactive learning with Pear Deck

Our tool this week is coming a bit late (apologies, I kind of forgot about Labor Day when I decided to write last week’s post!), but I hope to make up for it with how excellent Pear Deck is! Pear Deck is, at its heart, a slide ware program, like Power Point or Google Slides.  […]

Free Friday: DIY Coloring Pages with Pixlr

I absolutely love Pixlr, a completely web-based image editing program that you can use anywhere that has many of the functions of Photoshop and other high-end editors. Recently, I used Pixlr to create coloring book style versions of historical images from UNCG’s Digital Collections, like this one. Students are back at UNCG this week, and […]

Free Friday: Leveling up and staying organized!

At  University of North Carolina at Greensboro, the new semester is upon us.  For many academic librarians, this means running here and there, teaching classes, holding consultations, fixing electronic resources when they break, and just trying to keep one’s head above water.  In honor of this crazy time of the year, and also of our […]

Free Friday: Infographic Design is for Everyone

  In this installment of Free Fridays, let’s take a look at Piktochart.  This tool makes it easy to quickly design professional looking banners, reports, infographics, and presentations. Piktochart offers hundreds of templates that can be customizable with lots of icons, shapes, and designs that can be used.  The tool also allows you to change […]

Free Friday: Messaging Made Easy

Imagine a world with fewer emails flying into your inbox each day — Slack can help with that! Slack is a free (with premium options) instant messaging tool that does so much more. Slack breaks team messaging into Channels, that can be public or private, and direct messages for one-on-one communication. Each Channel can be […]

Free Friday: Time to Get Organized!

For this installment of Free Friday, we want to highlight one of the tools in our members only list, a personal organization tool called Cozi. Cozi is a flexible tool that you can access for free as an app and website. It helps you manage your busy life with a shared calendar, shopping lists, to […]

Free Friday: Improving your Website with Optimal Workshop

Nowadays users are demanding more and more out of their online experiences. They develop certain expectations of what they can be d̶o̶ online based on their use of commercial websites and search engines. These experiences and expectations from users are a driving force behind library’s assessing and improving their websites and online tools. Users are […]