Tech Roundup

Technology Committee members here at Towson University’s Cook Library are always on the hunt for new technology applications to bring into the library or technology-related issues our library should be addressing.  As we scour the internet for important, interesting, or just plain cool examples of technology applications, issues, or news, we post links and  summaries with our take here to the blog.


The next time you need to do a little mind mapping, check out Exobrain. The uncomplicated interface enables users to create a clean, color coded visual map for virtually anything.

Submitted by Shannon


As great as technology has been in providing information access, any nostalgic librarian can agree that nothing beats simply browsing a shelf to look for a book. Improving book discovery is something which is still eludes the online environment. Amazon, Good Reads, Library Thing, there are many ways for people to skim books online, check reviews, catalog their personal collection. A new online book recommendation engine has recently emerged. BOOKish attempts to pull various information from multiple sources, including editor and publisher reviews and recommendations. Books will have reviews, prices from various vendors, favorite quotes and more. While I am not entirely sure about it yet, given a bit of time to grow a user base and build more recommendation, BOOKish could become a contender in the search for something to read.

Submitted by Laksamee


Storify is a web tool which allows a user to illustrate a topic by pulling together various online works, such as tweets, images, websites, videos and more. Create a storyboard about current events, a project your library is implementing, or highlight what the world is saying about you! Here is an example created by NCSU libraries. If your connected to the world through various social media facets, Storify can help you create a cohesive story so your followers can focus on what you think is important.

Submitted by Laksamee


Making the Most of Google Drive With Integrated Apps

Although we’ve mentioned some of the original Google (Doc) Drive applications on LibTechTalk before, there was recently an interesting article from Make Use Of about using additional apps within your Google Drive account. Now you can integrate your PicMonkey creations into your Drive!

Submitted by Kim


What do you think about some of the issues or technologies presented?  Have you found anything interesting online this week? Share in the comments!

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