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April 26, 2011 | Kathryn | Comments (0)

Goodreads_logo_140 Are you having trouble remembering the title of that book you'd like to recommend?  Are you always being asked for novels set in the First World War or compiling a book lists for programs.

Using one of the social networking sites for readers can help you keep track of what you've read, what you'd like to read, or just books you’ve heard about.  Goodreads is the biggest and most popular with (according to Quill and Quire last month) 4.77 million users. You can organize your books on virtual shelves by category which can be a broad as Non-fiction or as narrow as Canadian WWI fiction.   All of this is very handy because your lists are available to you on any computer or mobile device not just back at your desk or lost in the murky depths of your brain.  You can also look at your friends’ shelves which is very useful if your friend reads books about the war and you don’t, but need some titles to recommend.

There's no requirement to have "friends" and no one will ever know if you really read any of your books so you can use Goodreads just to compile lists for displays or programs or reference.

GalleyCat, the publishing blog, recently posted a list of the top 20 Facebook Apps for book lovers  ranked by active monthly users and Goodreads was number one.

Best of the Bunch: Top Apps for Handheld Librarians

April 11, 2011 | Out of Print | Comments (1)

Dropbox_logo_home Tweetdeck_fb Flipboard-ipad-app-logo Hootsuite

At the recent Handheld Librarian IV online conference, Scott Brown from Social Information Group held a session covering his top 40 apps for the iPhone/iPad and Android OS. A few were too U.S. centric for our uses (e.g. government tax codes), but here are the ones well worth checking out:

  • iBooks
  • Kindle
  • Buzz Deck
  • Reuters News Pro
  • Black's Law Dictionary
  • GoodReads
  • Issuu Mobile
  • Scan2PDF Mobile
  • Dragon Dictation
  • Dropbox
  • GoodReader
  • Evernote
  • wi-fi Finder
  • FlipBoard
  • Curator HD
  • My6sense
  • MobileRSS
  • Skype
  • Tweetdeck
  • HootSuite
  • AnyPost
  • Qik
  • STFoneUp
  • urbanspoon
  • daytrotter
  • SoundHound
  • Netflix
  • RunPee Mobile
  • FlySmart
  • CarLocator
  • TalkToMe
  • Foursquare
  • Gowalla
  • Layar
  • SitOrSquat
  • Aloqa
  • unhearit
  • Draft
  • hipstamatic

Not all of these are free apps, by the way, and not all are work related. However, they do give you a good sense of what is popular with our more techy users, and are a great way to at least appear to be cool and hip. Try working these apps into sentences. I suggest, "Who's up for doing some tweetdecking, hootsuite?"

What's in World Book Online for students?

April 5, 2011 | Janet | Comments (1)

World Book Online offers much more than the contents of the print encyclopedia. There is a kids version in both English and French, and a Spanish version for students.

The World Book Online Info Finder lists science projects and biographies, current events headlines, and a section on how to do research.  World Book Online Reference Centre provides news updates from the CBC and Reuters, research tools like dictionaries, path finders and primary sources as well as computer and web tutorials, how to's, government resources and more.

A quick way to get to World Book Online - at Find Your Way, click on Articles & online research, then click on Encyclopedias & Dictionaries which takes you to a list which includes World Book Online.

When demonstrating a database such as World Book Online which requires a library card login you can use the following (not for the public to use) -

Library card = dbaccess

Password = get2dbs

For the full description see the World Book Online information sheet (S:\Electronic Products Information Sheets and User Guides\World Book Online).

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