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Guiding Tools

Page history last edited by Phil Bradley 1 year, 11 months ago

It's becoming more and more important to guide people around the internet. There are so many different sites, so much inaccurate information and a lot of people who want to promote disinformation whenever possible as well. Of course, this is something that librarians have always done - make information available for other people. We have for example the Internet Public Library and there are LibGuides as well of course. However, while these are always useful, there are limits on what can be done. There may well be times when you have to put together a list of resources at short notice, or for a specific group of people. There are a couple of tools that I would suggest that you take a look at.

 

Symbaloo

This is a great tool which allows you to create a home or a start page - that's to say, the first page that opens up on your browser  when you start it.  You can add in new tiles to take viewers to specific sites very quickly and easily, you can have different tabs for different subjects and these can all be modified quickly and easily. 

 

 

If you don't want to view the video here, it's available at Youtube itself. 

If you want to download the Symbaloo App it's available at

iTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/symbaloo-bookmark-share-your/id521081559?mt=8

Google Play at https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.symbaloo.android&hl=en

 

Pearltrees

Pearltrees is an exceptionally good guiding tool. You can create a list of links, or a tree of connections, and make these available to your clients. You can very quickly add to your collections, you can allow people to link to them, or even to add to the collection themselves. It's a free resource and it's also available online at http://www.pearltrees.com 

 

 

If you want to download the Pearltrees App it's available at

iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/pearltrees-organize-all-your/id463462134?mt=8 

Google Play https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.pearltrees.android.prod&hl=en 

 

Exercises

I have created a Symbaloo page of search engines and you can access it at http://www.symbaloo.com/home/mix/13eOcJd4G9 Once you have created a Symbaloo collection yourself, visit my search engines page and add it to your own collection as a new tab. 

 

I have a Pearltrees collection on Apps for Librarians at http://www.pearltrees.com/philbradley/apps-librarians/id13422663 Once you've created your own account and created one or two trees, why not link to mine? Particularly if you have your own collection of apps, this would be a great way of getting bigger and bigger collections that we can all make use of.

 

Community

Have you got any comments to make about either of the apps? Anything you'd like to share, or discuss? This is the place to do so. Please add in any of your comments below!

 

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