University of Wisconsin–Madison

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: Sept 23 – Oct 20, 2019

Where: Online

Cost: $150 (10% discount if you register by Sept 8)

CE Credit: 1.4 CEUs/14 LEUs

Program: 307920

Questions? Contact Meredith Lowe or Anna Palmer

This course is full, and the waitlist is open. Add your name to the waitlist by clicking the button below. There is no cost to be on the waitlist, nor obligation to register for the course if a spot opens.


Register by phone: Pyle Center, (608) 262-2451

Register by fax or mail: Registration Form

Payment and Cancellation Policy

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

Course description

Organization/Time Management/Productivity Tools Explored

  • Evernote
  • Mendeley and Refme
  • Google Suite
  • Acrobat Reader and iAnnotate
  • Dropbox, Google Drive, Box
  • Setmore
  • Scan and QR Code Reader
  • 1Password
  • Prezi
  • JotNot
  • Wunderlist and Todo

Learning/Reference/Creativity Tools explored

  • Canva
  • Kahoot
  • Khan Academy
  • Howcast
  • DuoLingo, Dragon
  • Convertible
  • Drawing apps (Bamboo Paper, AutoDesk Sketchbook Pro)
  • Adobe apps
  • Photography apps
  • 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 associate professor and the electronic resources librarian at the Dixie State University in Utah.