20 Free Essential Web Apps for Librarians

Written by admin at 11:35:pm on 18th October, 2010

We all love Web apps. And, they’re even more fun when they pertain to our particular interests or our career. If you’re a librarian, you’re sure to love these 20 apps we’ve put together. Some are for the iPhone or iPad and some are for your PC, but all are free!

For Your iPhone/iPad

  1. iBooks: Download books to read and keep track of all your online books in this great app for the iPhone and iPad.
  2. School Rack: The app allows teachers to build colorful, customizable websites, while storing mailing lists and moderating private discussions with students and/or parents. If you’re a school librarian, you’ll love this tool for helping you create a library website and communicate with your students even on days when they don’t visit your library.
  3. Evernote: You’ll never take notes on paper again. It’s so easy to take notes on your phone and save them or file them.
  4. Dictionary.com: This is a dictionary and thesaurus for iPhone.
  5. Twitterific: This is a great Twitter app for your iPhone. Share info about library events quickly and easily via Twitter.
  6. Wikipanion: This is a great reference app for your iPad. It displays Wikipedia information in an easy to view format.
  7. Remember the Milk: This is a great app for making electronic lists and keeping track of the things you have to do.
  8. TED: TED stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design: This app is great for finding out plenty of interesting information. You’ll get access to lots of great speakers and speeches here.
  9. Keynote: The iWork Keynote app is ideal for on-the-go presentation development. You can also import Microsoft Powerpoint slide decks with ease.
  10. Dragon Dictation: Speak your emails or documents to get things done faster.
  11. Hoot Suite for Twitter: HootSuite helps you manage multiple Twitter, Facebook, and other social media accounts in one place. Because they provide such a robust web version, you can hop to any system (including iPad) and all configurations are live. This system also provides integrated management features that allow you to control and command the social media process from one application. HootSuite is only available for iPad (presently) but that will change soon.
  12. Shovel Pro: Lets you keep up with the most interesting stories on the web each day. Works in conjunction with Digg It.
  13. iRecycle: Got books to recycle? Then you’ll love the most comprehensive reference of recycling information on the web.
  14. Stanza: Read books on your iPhone with this great digital reading interface. You won’t believe how clearly you can read with Stanza.

For Your Computer

  1. Teacher Tube: Originally part of You Tube, Teacher Tube is a focused video sharing site that holds videos of interest to teachers. There are some great videos here for the school librarian.
  2. Footnote: Footnote is a large online repository of historical documents.
  3. Page Flakes: Create your own personalized homepage, containing the sites you like to see everyday.
  4. Voice Thread: voice Thread is a web based digital story application. Create and tell great stories.
  5. Ning: Create your own custom social network with Ning. Combine your personal web page, Facebook, and Twitter into one place, or create your very own social network from scratch, aimed at a charity, a business or a group.
  6. Library Finder: Take the library with you wherever you go. Check out ebooks from your local library for free.

Whether you’re a librarian for a school, a university or you work for a public library, you’re sure to love all of these apps. Applications like these and others that are out there can make work easier and more fun. You can find ways to make your day more productive, and ensure that you stay on track with your list of things to do. You can also find apps to make it easier to pursue your interests and apps that just make life more fun. We’re sure that once you’ve used these apps, you’ll want to go on the hunt for ever more applications for your phone and computer.

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