Okay, so it wasn't very professional (I don't do videos much), but the effect is pretty cool. I recorded a video of myself doing a short review of a book. Then used the app to add the video to a image of the book cover. So when the user views the book cover with the app, the video appears superimposed over the book cover creating a "talking head"… Continue
Added by Aaron Tay on May 25, 2011 at 8:08am —
Xtranormal has the tag line "If you can type, you can make movies" and it's really that simple! Just select a background, select 1 or 2 characters, type in dialogue, select a couple of camera angle and special animations using point and click and you get a cartoon animated movie with no programming required. It's mostly free and quite flexible and you get a passably good quality movie, though you have to pay if you want additional scenes or characters… Continue
Added by Aaron Tay on January 29, 2011 at 9:14am —
Say you have a new service or page you want to advertise, what possible places could you put it? As libraries expand their reach online, it's no longer as simple as putting a link on your webpage.
In this post, I'm going to list systematically a dozen locations you could add online, some are directly under the control of your library (e.g. library pages), others are on third party servers that you indirectly control (third party hosted services), others could be totally third…
Recently, I started to realize that our page on the proxy bookmarklet (a bookmark that allows quick access to full text articles via the library's subscription even when the user doesn't use the library portal as a starting point) is extremely popular, despite being burred deep in our current portal design.
Location based services like FourSquare, Gowalla , Loopt enable users to check-in at different venues. For those unfamiliar with the concept, people basically "announce" online that they are currently at a certain location.
They are still not quite main-stream yet, though with Facebook adding Facebook places this might…
One of the keys themes of my blog is how to use free tools to get alerts of news of interest. More specifically, I have made a series of posts trying to figure out how to use tools to find and engage with library users who are online posting, tweeting etc about your library.
The rise of web 2.0 sites has led to the idea that sites should be customizable and personalized. FaceBook which was recently crowned as the most popular site on the web by Google, allows users to customize their Facebook accounts by adding and moving around Facebook apps. Users can also add tabs of apps they want to see etc.…
I have shared in the past techniques that allow you to be aware of what users are saying about your library online. By using free tools, one can easily set up a system that alerts you in real time when your library is mentioned and gives you the opportunity to respond immediately if you wish. (See Twitter scan techniques and… Continue
Added by Aaron Tay on July 3, 2010 at 10:00am —
Google calender is a top notch online calender with many powerful features (see overview). One of the most important feature is that libraries can offer library events as public google calenders, and users who add that to their google calenders can get free SMS reminders (this works worldwide!) In this post, I will review how libraries have being using Google… Continue
Added by Aaron Tay on May 15, 2010 at 4:01am —
Everyone knows mobile is hot now, and many libraries are scrambling to add mobile friendly pages. Currently the most complete listing of libraries with mobile sites can be found at the Library Success Wiki site , which lists over 40 such sites.
I thought it would be helpful to look at these 40+ sites to see what… Continue
Added by Aaron Tay on May 15, 2010 at 3:30am —
By now many corporations including libraries routinely scan for mentions of themselves on the internet. The number one free tool used is of course Google alerts, but with the rise of real time searches and microblogging, attention has turned towards scanning for Tweets.
In this post, I will share with you some of my experiences doing so called "environmental scanning" using free tools.
QR code stands for "quick response", it's basically a 2D barcode that can be used to store urls, text etc.
QRcodes can be used to quickly pull data from the physical world into mobile phones which are equipped with free QR code readers (many free ones exist,but Beetagg supports quite a few phones) automatically. Simply scan the QRcode with your phone's… Continue
Added by Aaron Tay on March 5, 2010 at 8:10am —
Got your IPhone recently and want a quick overview of what innovative librarians , library or library vendors have done with IPhone apps?
I was in this situation about 2 months ago and did quite a bit of research, so to save you all time, I offer the following list plus commentary .This is not meant to be a complete guide on what are the best general interest Iphone apps (typically this involves picking a Twitter client, IM Client, RSS feed reader, online storage service like dropbox… Continue
Added by Aaron Tay on March 5, 2010 at 8:09am —
There are two "movements" in librarianship that I'm quite interested in, one is of course "library 2.0" , the other which doesn't show as much because it's hard to blog about is "evidence based librarianship". I always liked figures and statistics (I enjoyed analyzing the heck out of LibQual+ data last year) and being able to "prove" that some initiative is worthwhile always makes me happy.
Some have suggested that Library 2.0 and evidence based… Continue
Added by Aaron Tay on March 5, 2010 at 8:08am —