Last week I was at the University bookstore and wanted to copy some of the titles from the staff recommended list. Of course I didn’t have a pen and paper – and my friend who was with me said “you should just Jott them!” I don’t have an account with Jott – yet – so she dug the pen and paper out of her purse and waited patiently as I wrote the titles down. Jott is a service that allows you to convert your voicemail into an email, text message, to-list, or more. And it’s awesome.
1. Customized home pages. Example: iGoogle.
What struck me most about Google’s homepage is how truly web-based the widgets and applications are. Favorite gadget: unit converter. Although, I still think they are more useful on my dashboard, because I don’t have to open a new tab to access it.
The idea that I would like to take with me from this is actually the tab feature from this homepage. I like that it allows you to compartmentalize – which is something that would be helpful for work. Although, I’m not quite sure how that’s different from having links to different pages as we do now on our staff homepage.
2. Calendars. Example: 30 Boxes
I really don’t need another calendar! I have my iCal, my wall calendar, and my planner. But! An online calendar like this could be a useful tool for sharing upcoming library events with your patrons. It is a nice display, and a nice way to browse for upcoming events.
3. Lists. Example: Gubb
I was amazed to discover how many online list makers there are! What I like about Gubb is that you can break down your to-do items into categories. And you can track what you’ve done — which really is the best part about keeping a list! 🙂 The only thing I wish it did do was let me add hyperlinks to the descriptions of my tasks.
4. Widgets, calendars and lists rolled into one. Example: Backpack
“The intranet is back.” Um, where did it go? This would be a cool feature if you didn’t want to or couldn’t store your internal business information on an internal server. I think it would be fun to use something like this with my teen volunteers over the summer. I’m imagining that they would be able to sign up for various tasks or shifts online, and schedule themselves that way. Plus, it would help for me to have a list of what needs to be done for a certain day — rather than a list of who is coming in for a volunteer shift that day. Hmmm…. I’m going to have to give this some further thought. Although, I would probably use Zoho.