Magazine article Computers in Libraries

Productivity Tools: The Web Doesn't Just Provide Content, It Can Also Provide Working Tools to Help Users Become More Productive and Efficient with Information

Magazine article Computers in Libraries

Productivity Tools: The Web Doesn't Just Provide Content, It Can Also Provide Working Tools to Help Users Become More Productive and Efficient with Information

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Microsoft Maps-Live Search http://maps.live.com

This site can find directions, businesses by category, and maps for areas. Easy-to-use and an all-in-one site for the SMB.

TinyURL http://tinyurl.com

Long URLs become manageable, tiny ones.

Trip Advisor http://www.tripadvisor.com

Helpful for planning business trips.

Seat Selection http://www.seatguru.com

If you travel a great deal and want to understand seat selection, airline travel rules, and other amenities, start here.

Hot Spot Finder http://www.jiwire.com

Find wireless connects for 150,000-plus hotspots in approximately 135 countries.

Data Visualization http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2007/08/02/data-visualization

-modern-approaches Smashing Magazine shows different ways to present data visually. Some powerful approaches to displaying information as visual images appear on this link.

PanImages.com http://panimages.com

When you want images but don't want to pay for them (or at least not much), try this site.

Time Zones http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock

Time zones around the world.

Weather http://www.weather.com

Heads up on weather conditions hour by hour.

Conference Calls http://www.budgetconferencing.com

Set up a conference call quickly and cost-effectively from this site.

Melissa's Lookups http://www.melissadata.com/lookups/index.htm

This site allows you to look up a variety of information for free as long as you register. In addition, it offers sources for direct mailings and other products for a fee.

Widgets/Gadgets http://widgets.yahoo.com

The tag line of "Save Time. Waste Time. Have Fun!" sums it up. Find some useful gadgets here, but watch out that you don't end up wasting too much time looking for timesavers.

Who Called Us http://whocalled.us

This site logs calls from phone numbers that appear to be unknown. Sometimes you can find a company name.

Google Search Tips http://www.googleguide.com/advanced_operators_reference.html

Everyone wants to search Google more productively.

Google Usability http://www.usabilityviews.com/simply_google.htm

More links to make Google searching more productive and profitable.

Travel.State.Gov http://travel.state.gov

This site from the U.S. State Department gives good advice for those traveling internationally, e.g., passport information, danger zones, etc.

LookSmart's Furl http://www.furl.net/home.jsp

With this site the SMB can save a copy of any webpage with one click, share the webpage or mark it as private, and organize and store the information with tags the SMB creates. Additionally, this site allows the SMB to read and save other information "furled" by other users.

Zotero http://www.zotero.org

This site has some of the same elements as Furl but with a more academic feel. I use both: Furl for business sites that I save one at a time and Zotero when I do in-depth research. Zotero is a Firefox extension. "Zotero is an easy-to-use yet powerful research tool that helps you gather, organize, and analyze sources (citations, full texts, Web pages, images, and other objects), and lets you share the results of your research in a variety of ways."

Computer-Friendly Sites

SnagIt http://www.techsmith.com/screen

-capture.asp This site provides a low-cost yet easy way to capture information on a screen.

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PDF Creator http://sourceforge.net/projects/

pdfcreator Download software here that can convert other document formats into PDFs. …

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