Top Ten (10) Information Technology Tools
1. Movable Type - UBC faculty can use this excellent publishing platform for their blogging, which is an important aspect of my online learning. I use blogger.com as well, and like it.
2. Free Database Search Tools - PubMed is an astounding achievement for medical research. ERIC and Agricola are also free indexes to the literature in education and agriculture.
3. Google, Yahoo, MSN Search - these search tools have revolutionized the way we find things. At times, I'm disheartened by my inability to find stuff (and I'm a librarian), but perhaps the semantic web will help us in the future.
4. Bloglines - RSS feeds of my favourite news and blog services come directly to my account, and I check it all day, every day. Much more efficient than being on listservs and e-mail alerts.
5. Books - print (and online) books are the greatest technologies ever devised for learners. I am always so happy to find the book I want in a digital format. However, I still love my print books too.
6. Social Networking Tools - LinkedIn, Facebook, MySpace - the list is growing.
7. Wikipedia(s) - this amazing, free encyclopedia appeals to my sense of information access, despite its problems with authority control. I love the MediaWiki technology we use for the UBC Health library wiki.
8. Sharing knowledge objects - SlideShare, Youtube, Oaister, del.icio.us - four good examples).
9. RefWorks - the bibliographic management system is among the best and easiest to use. Extremely useful for systematic reviews in health & education.
10. Mobile technologies - iPhones, T-Mobile MDA, Blackberry. Shall I go on?
What are your favourite tools to manage your information needs, knowledge objects and search requirements?
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