Links Roundup #15

Academic Workflows

ProfHacker has an interesting example in Digital Workflows for the Archive.  Post is by a researcher who works a lot with manuscripts in archives, and describes the tools he uses (including Turboscan, Dropbox, IKeyboard (now TacType), Byword, and iAnnotate) and how he uses each tool to manage his workflow.  Mac-centric set of tools, but there are similar ones for Android and Windows.

Apple Updates

Apple is offering Education Seminars Online: “Explore webcasts that offer firsthand knowledge from educators and IT professionals, along with our own best practices.   Bring new ideas to your school and help your students achieve more than ever.”

Buying Guides

‘Tis the season, so lots of buying guides coming out now.  CNET has one for laptops.

Content Management Systems

The Computing Site has a brief yet useful article Pros and Cons of Jommla, WordPress, and Drupal.

Evernote/OneNote Updates

Jamie Todd Rubin’s Going Paperless column has another well-written post Using Shortcuts in Evernote to Speed Up Your Work.  As usual, his post is clearly written with screenshots illustrating the use of shortcuts.  I have started using them and love them – makes it so much faster to access the notes/notebooks/saved searches/tags you use most often.

Microsoft OneNote’s Clever Trick Lets You Copy Everything on a Whiteboard – this is a great tip for keeping notes from a meeting, class, etc.  Evernote can take a picture and OCR it to make it available for searching, but I don’t think it transcribes it into typed text.

Crystal pointed me to the find of the month, the post How to Write a Paper Using Evernote.  It goes into detail, and would be a great introduction to students on (a) organizing a paper; and (b)  using Evernote.  I think I’ll go now and add it to a LibGuide or two….

Google Documents

ProfHacker has a good post From the Archive: Google in the Writing Classroom which discusses and has links to previous posts on using Google Docs with students, for grading, for keeping track of comments on students’ papers, and more.

At Long Last, Google Sheets Doesn’t Need a Network – discusses various improvements to the Google spreadsheet program, including the ability to work with a spreadsheet offline.

Holiday Tips!

Jamie Todd Rubin in his recent Going Paperless column has guidelines on Using Evernote to Create a Quick, Ad Hoc Thank You List for Holiday Gifts.  It has a link to a post he wrote last year on Creating Interactive Holiday Wish Lists in Evernote.

Lifehack gets into the holiday spirit with The 50 Most Productive Gift Ideas for Your Friends.

IFTTT Updates

A new app adds location information to IFTTT – called, naturally, LIFTTT.

Mind Mapping Tools

The ever-wonderful Mashable has an article 24 Essential Mind Mapping and Brainstorming Tools.  Sure, there are lots of articles similar to this, but such tools change so quickly it is useful to have a recent compilation.

Chuck Frey produces the Mind Mapping Software Blog:

The Mind Mapping Software Blog is your leading source for news, trends and resources related to visual mapping. It covers a variety of topics that are focused on the needs of users of mind mapping software, including:

  • Best practices to help you be more productive with this type of software
  • Tips for getting the most out of it
  • The most valuable tools and resources that will help you to enhance your visual mapping experience
  • Reviews of visual mapping programs, add-ins and web-based applications
  • New versions and enhancements to mind mapping programs

Increasingly, this blog is also becoming a valued resource for visual thinking news, information and strategies – including the topics of diagramming, infographics, sketching, sketchnoting and graphic facilitation.

Productivity Apps

In the article 5 Habits of Productivity App Super Users, the CEO of, looked into the habits of’s users and found certain shared habits that led to more success.

Rapid Skill Acquisition

Great GradHacker post Rapid Skill Acquisition: the First 20 Hours.  Gives 10 principles for success in RSA:

As a grad student, it is incredibly difficult to learn how to perform new skills at the level necessary for academic work.  And yet, we’re expected to do so, whether it’s learning a foreign language, technical equipment, digital skills, or research methodologies. What’s more, if there’s something we want to learn just for the fun of it or for our health (yoga or meditation, for example), forget about it! We often feel our schedules couldn’t possibly accommodate it. Josh Kaufman’s book, The First 20 Hours, offers a solution: rapid skill acquisition (RSA).  Kaufman defines 10 principles of RSA, walks the reader through each one, and offers tips and suggestions from his own experience. In this post, I’ll briefly outline the ten steps.

Roy Tennant on Tech

Roy Tennant in a recent column bemoaned You Don’t Have Enough Tech.  He points out that we’ve known for 30 years how important technogy is in libraries but still don’t have enough librarians with sufficient technical skills.  Sadly I resemble that remark, being a geek wannabe more than a geek.  If you haven’t seen Roy at conferences check him out, he’s a terrific speaker.

Whiteboard Apps

I try to be as device agnostic as I can, but whiteboard apps are such an important college tool I’ll make an exception and mention this article 5 Best iPad Apps for Team Collaboration and Brainstorming.

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