Introducing Outtakes, a periodic sampling of some of the apps, websites, resources and technology generating buzz at the libraries. First up, a taste of everything, Evernote and the "storyverse":
Boing Boing (boingboing.net) is a blog about, well, everything. Most of the blog is centered on unique, interesting or educational articles/videos/photos that are reposted from other sources, with a sprinkling of original content. Boing Boing has subcategories relating to technology, science, music, video, comics, a really cool family category, and even a whole section on books! The only thing that seems to be missing is food. Fortunately food is fairly represented elsewhere on the Internet. You may not be interested in all the Boing Boing posts, but more often than not, you'll find something that's worth your time.
"Our goal at Evernote is to help the world remember everything, communicate effectively and get things done. From saving thoughts and ideas to preserving experiences to working efficiently with others, Evernote's collection of apps makes it easy to stay organized and productive." Who would argue with that! Evernote makes it easy to save notes, ideas, pictures and voice memos while seamlessly sharing them across all your devices (phone, tablet, computer). Do you see a web page or article you like? Just click Evernote's elephant icon, and it is stored for you to see anytime you want, anywhere you want.
Bearing a veiled reference to a Jorge Luis Borges passage as its title, Small Demons (smalldemons.com) is an atlas for the most bookish of us. This literary database visually indexes, annotates and connects the people, places and things in books we read to the world beyond their pages. The site's creator, Valla Vakili, calls this the "storyverse," but it is also an innovative merging of print and digital — the hyperlinked book. Having just signed content deals with five of the big six publishers, Small Demons is poised to prove that interesting and powerful things can happen when we connect all the details of books.
Kelly Baxter, advancement associate and a library science master's student at Texas Woman's University, and Tyeson Seale, Information Commons technology coordinator, serve as co-chairs of the CUL Year of the Library Committee.