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Goodreads 2


For casual and avid readers Goodreads is social networking site that does three thing really well.

  • First, it’s a place to share with family and friends what books you are reading and see what they are reading.
  • Second, Goodreads has some easy to use tools for keeping track of the books you have read and the books you want read.
  • Third, Goodreads is place for both new and established authors to have a dialog with their fans.
  • Bonus feature for library staff that work directly with the public, Goodreads is an excellent resource to get the current reviews and opinions of newly published books and an useful site for assisting patron’s with reader advisory questions.

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What It Is:

Some of you may be very familiar with iPads, how they work and what they can do. Some of you may have received one for Christmas from a well meaning child, with a brief tutorial on how to use it but left basically adrift in the world of this new technology. Some of you may have never downloaded an “app” (short for application) before and don’t know what all the fuss over these Angry Birds is.

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Surveys can be a valuable tool for any organization that is continually interested in the feedback of it’s users, employees and other constituents. Some of you may already be familiar with Google Docs, a cloud-based document management system where you can create, edit and share documents. Google Forms works inside of the Google Docs platform and is an easy way to electronically collect data. You will need a google account in order to complete this module. For help setting up a google account, please go here first.

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This will give you a brief overview of the technology and provide links to some additional reading for those who would like to know more.

What it is:

A blog, or weblog, is a format for publishing content on the web. As the name suggests, blogs are, quite simply, web-based logs of information that have the following features in common:

  • content is organized in reverse chronological order, with the most recent entry appearing at the top
  • dates and timestamps indicate when content was published
  • archives are automatically generated by the blog software
  • visitors participate in the conversation by leaving comments to blog entries, or posts

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