CIL 2009: 40-Plus New Tools & Gadgets for Library Webmasters

Speakers: Darlene Fichter & Frank Cervone

I arrived 25 min late due to not getting lunch served in a timely manner. This means I missed the first part.

  • textexpander – Mac-only tool, highly recommended; useful for creating macros for repetitive text input
  • CrowdScience – website demographics
  • Fusestats – web analytics; heatmaps
  • Read It Later – Firefox extension for bookmarking and tracking online resources that you want to read later
  • Top Posts Widget – display the most popular items on your blog, which will generated more traffic to your archives
  • Internet Health Report & Internet Traffic Report – tracking problems with the connections between your network and other networks; "why is the internet so slow?"
  • FriendConnect – social networking for your website visitors
  • FireShot – Firefox extension for taking screenshots
  • FileJuicer – extracts images or audio files out of PDFs, Flash, and presentations
  • XnView – converts image file formats of any type; provides a view of the contents of any directory
  • ColorPicker – fast, easy tool for getting hex codes for colors
  • Color Wizard – can give suggestions for complementary colors
  • Accessibility Color Wheel – can test the visibility of color combinations for various color blindness
  • Personal Fonts – create fonts out of your handwriting
  • Lovely Charts – clean, attractive chart design
  • XML/SWF Charts – interactive charts based on data
  • Bubbl – collaborative mind-mapping tool
  • MindMeister – collaborative mind-mapping tool; subscription service with institutional options
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  • xcavator – search photo websites for images that are similar to a particular image you have
  • Google Unsend – Gmail labs tool for delaying sent messages from leaving for 5-10 seconds (GoogleGoggles lite)
  • Lifehacker tip for making searches in Firefox open in a new tab
  • Review Basics – fee-based tool for reviewing projects/documents in a collaborative environment; any document in native format
  • Quintura Kids – search widget for children’s sections of websites
  • Virus Total – detects Trojans; gives reasons why
  • WinDirStat – visual representation of server contents
  • LetsCallMe – phone number hiding while still allowing people to contact you
  • DamnIT – javascript that sends an email to the admin whenever something goes wrong with a javascript
  • Chunk It! – pulls in URLs from a web page, indexes it, and then allows you to search that content

I will add the remaining URLs later – they moved through the last part of the presentation too quickly to capture them then. (Tip: Leave the slide with the URL up longer or make sure you include the URL on the slide you move to when showing examples.)

CiL 2008: Widgets, Tools, & Doodads for Library Webmasters

Speakers: Darlene Fitcher & Frank Cervone


  • SafeCache – prevents applications from accessing your browser cache
  • SafeHistory -prevents applications from viewing browser history
  • FoxMarks – automatically synchronizes bookmarks
  • Firefox Environment Backup Extension – synchronize between computers, including other preference settings

Other web tools for collaboration:

  • Meebo Chat Widget – IM chat for reference; good on the null search page of a OPAC and everywhere else
  • LinkBunch –  put multiple links into one small link
  • DocSyncer – sync docs on local machine to Google Docs (this means everything)
  • twhirl – microblogging or keeping tabs on what colleagues are doing
  • polldaddy – put a poll on your website
  • VisCheck – check the colors on your website for various color blindness compatibilities
  • Feng GUI – alternate to eye-tracking
  • Browsershots – creates screenshots in different browsers
  • Flickr Photo badge – photos from your library’s photo stream
  • Photoshop Express – free online photo editor
  • AddThis – button that allows users to bookmark or share pages; also provides stats on use
  • Google Countdown – widget for announcing events
  • Altavista Bablefish site translator – translate your pages on the fly
  • ProcessTamer – keep tabs on processes that bog down your computer
  • File Hamster – keep track of versions of files w/out having to use MS
  • Syncback Freeware – backup files, scheduler for automating, synchronization, machine to machine via ftp
  • LinkExtractor
  • reCaptcha – “stop spam. read books.” using captcha to clean up OCR scanning
  • Anonymouse – check if resources are secure outside of IP range or for privacy
  • Prism – use web applications as a local client



  • LOLinator

[will add missing URLs later when I have more reliable connection]