University of Wisconsin–Madison

NEW! 25 free tools for librarians [FULL]

In this course, you will engage in hands on training, rich video tutorials, and expert advice on how to use 25 free tools that make your work in your library easier, more productive, more effective, more organized, and more enjoyable.

You will be well equipped to serve your patrons better and with greater efficiency. This course will go beyond the mainstream tools like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and give you a new set of useful resources. As you learn to use each tool, you will also learn them in the context of common scenarios librarians and staff encounter regardless of the type of library you work in.

At a glance

When: Oct 2-27

Where: Online

Cost: $125 (10% discount if you register by Sept 17)

CE Credit: 1.4 CEUs/14 LEUs

Program: #3039

Questions? Contact Meredith Lowe or Anna Palmer

FULL: Please register to be added to the waitlist

Register online

Register by phone: Pyle Center, 608.262-2451

Register by fax or mail: Print out a registration form

Login information will be emailed  few days before the course begins.

Course description

Organization/Time Management/Productivity Tools Explored

Learning/Reference/Creativity Tools explored

  • Kahoot
  • Khan Academy
  • Howcast
  • DuoLingo, Dragon
  • Convertible
  • Drawing apps and Adobe apps Adobe Ideas, Bamboo Paper, AutoDesk Sketchbook Pro, Photography apps, Microsoft’s Photosynth
  • iTunes U and PodCasts
  • Google Translate

Reading/Leisure Tools explored

  • Kindle, Zinio, Nook, Apple iBooks, Apple News, Flipboard, Feedly, etc.
  • Overdrive
  • IMDB, Shazaam
  • Pocket, Instapaper
  • Museum Apps (MOMA, etc.)


John Burns is an assistant professor and a reference and instruction librarian at the Dixie State University in Utah.