Have you ever wanted to add a virtual bookshelf to your blog or library website? Shelfari is a free tool that is managed and synced with Amazon to allow you to do just that! From Shelfari, you can create lists of books, tag them as you would blog posts, and then get a generated code to display a virtual bookshelf. Its a neat tool that will make your blog or library's website more appealing. When I was a solo librarian at a small school, I used Shelfari to create a virtual bookshelf to display new acquisitions. When hovering over the book covers, a pop-up will show reviews and a summary of the book with a link to Amazon (which is the only major downside - no way to link to the catalog holdings). Watch this video to see how to get started:
Have you ever looked for a way to catalog your books and found the 'free' software too technical or wonky to use? With some creative use of Google products, you can create a fully functional library catalog that searches all the access points you want. This involves using Google Sites and Google Drive, free apps that come with any Google account (i.e. Gmail). Here's a video on how to do this:
The catalog consists of three components: 1) a publicly shared Google Spreadsheet, 2) the Awesome Table gadget, and 3) a Google Sites website. The book information is stored on the spreadsheet and the public catalog is hosted on Google Sites. The Awesome Table gadget reads and queries a Google spreadsheet. Once you set up the spreadsheet and the Google site, any additions to the spreadsheet will automatically be updated in the online catalog. The documentation for Awesome Table widget can be found online here - learn how to create filters to search title, author, year of publication, etc.
Here's an example of an online library catalog I created using Google Sites, the Awesome Table gadget, and Google Spreadsheets: Rockbridge Seminary Online Catalog.
This is a tutorial explaining how to use Google Forms to create a quiz or satisfaction survey. You might want to create a post-instruction assessment or use Google Forms to deliver a library satisfaction survey. Either way, it's really quick and easy to create a survey/quiz:
Here's a second video explaining how to view the quiz results, download them, and have quizzes automatically graded:
I'm Seth and I'm an Online Instruction Librarian at King Unversity. I love free technology, Thai food, strong coffee, and bad jokes.