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Cool Internet Tools to Play With

At the ischool, there is a focus on incorporating technology and innovation to further the field of librarianship. The librarians of today will have to be tech-savvy as the world is becoming increasingly digital and connected. While I will continue to be exposed to innovative and expensive library technology, I think the cool free online web tools us poor graduate students swap with each is just as cool. While incorporating these tools into new librarianship will require some creativity, I think the advantages are these tools are free, fun to play, allow for creativity, and I have seen them successfully incorporated into group projects and enhance information sharing. Here are some:

http://www.wordle.net/- A website which allows you to create free wordle. You input a website or even a set words, and it will create an image based on randomizing words.
Wordle: Untitled

http://prezi.com/index/ – Allows users to create interactive presentations and incorporate multiple media such as websites, video, audio, images, etc. Users can create presentations and publish it to the website or even download the presentations onto their computer!

http://www.symbaloo.com/- Symbaloo allows users create a webmix of their favorite websites in an organized and appealing interface. I was informed of this website in a group presentation, and they utilized it to present web resources on the topic I think they would be awesome to organize internet sources for ready reference or a specific research project.

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About Dorotea Szkolar

My name is Dorotea and I am in my last semester of earning my Masters of Library and Information Sciences at Syracuse University with a Certificate of Advance Study in Digital Libraries. I am an aspiring digital librarian and metadata expert, currently seeking full time opportunities. Because of my specialization in Digital Libraries, my coursework continues to cover a wide array of practices, issues and technologies specific to digital libraries including metadata, digitization, copyright, database management, internet services, institutional , open access, policy, and the preservation of digital assets. In addition to my studies, I completed an internship with the Mountain West Digital Library. The internship trained me in Dublin Core, metadata cross walking and harvesting, Open Archives Initiative and CONTENTdm, and I researched, analyzed and composed a report on spatial metadata interoperability issues within the MWDL. My strengths, in addition to my knowledge of digital and academic libraries, include exceptional communication, presentation, analytical and interpersonal skills; and expertise with current trends, technologies and software in metadata and digital librarianship. I am also an experienced professional researcher who has worked for numerous organizations. Before moving to Santa Barbara, I was also the Research Editor for Utah Business Magazine responsible for contacting, researching and authenticating data about businesses for special publications like Utah’s Major Employers Guide. Additionally, I earned my Bachelor of Arts in History at SUNY Binghamton and worked extensively at several non-profits including the Bundy Museum of History & Art, White Plains Ecumenical Food Pantry and Community Options Inc.

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