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AALL Spectrum / September/October 2018 / Volume 23, Number 1

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SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2018 | AALL SPECTRUM 13 SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2018 | AALL SPECTRUM 13 They help us easily schedule meetings, cite material and manage references, build our professional network, and manage our personal and professional calendars. What apps are essential to your workday? 4CLICKS FAVORITE APPS TELL AALL SPECTRUM What apps are essential to your workday? Email hhaemker@aall.org and your answer may be fea- tured here. Image © iStock.com/Alexander Mikhailov/Victor/Alex Belomlinsky DOODLE "As the chair of several committees for both the American Association of Law Libraries and my local chapter, I am tasked with conducting committee meetings by phone. Scheduling an agreeable date/time for a conference call can be challenging, consid- ering time zones and members' busy sched- ules. However, Doodle, a scheduling app and website, makes it easy to find an agreeable time for committee members to meet. An individual URL is created for a poll, so it can easily be sent out via email. Doodle operates like a poll, i.e., everyone votes for the times they are available and the most popular time usually wins. The app can also be linked to your personal calendar so it can alert you to any potential conflicts. You can add a proposed agenda and participants' voting choices can be kept confidential." Errol Adams; Electronic Services/Reference Librarian; Adjunct Professor of Law; Pace Law Library; Elisabeth Haub School of Law; Pace University; New York, NY doodle.com (iOS and Android; free) LINKEDIN "The LinkedIn app pro- vides a way to monitor the library and information services community, it enables me to follow thought leaders, and it's free. In addition to seeing where people are going professionally, LinkedIn provides insights on what peers are promoting in terms of innovations, technologies, or services to see whether anything is potentially applicable to my work. There is no need to explain the free site, but there are fewer ads on the mobile site. Using the app also allows me to forgo using business cards while attending conferences. As I wrote in an article in the January/ February 2018 issue of AALL Spectrum, 'for job seekers and those looking to recruit new employees, the app is another useful tool in the job search process.'" Kathleen Agno; Knowledge and Research Intelligence Director; Greenberg Traurig, LLP; Florham Park, NJ Linkedin.com (iPhone, iPad; Android, desktop; free) OUTLOOK CALENDAR "There are many calen- daring apps available. I transitioned to Outlook Calendar from Google Calendar when it was adopted by my university. My Outlook Calendar app has become an essential workplace tool because I am typically on-the-go and have learned to leverage some handy features. I can manage both my professional and my personal calendars through the same app by bringing up both calen- dars at once. Colleagues can be located by viewing their calendars. Similarly, you can check a room's availability and book a room when sending a meeting invite. The task list feature is very helpful, too. It has the capability of texting or emailing a task to a colleague, as well as adding a task to the calendar based on its due date." Beth Adelman; Director of the Law Library; Charles B. Sears Law Library; University at Buffalo; Buffalo, NY https://products.office.com/ en-us/outlook/ (Android and iOS; free; $6.99 with Office 365 Personal) PAPERPILE "Paperpile is a reference manager for Google prod- ucts. As a diehard Google Docs user, it has been instrumental in main- taining my sanity. There are 8,000-plus citation styles to choose from, including The Bluebook. Users can also craft their own style formats. I use Google Chrome and Google Docs for most of my writing. The Chrome plug-in allows users to quickly save online references, with the online interface allowing for manual additions of offline references. Users can also annotate and upload PDFs to any reference and organize content with tags and folders. Paperpile drafts a citation for each refer- ence added, which can be further refined, and it pro- vides a seamless process for inserting and using Paperpile citations and bibliographies in Google Docs, even if references are later updated. Over- all, Paperpile is easy to use and syncs across all devices." Charlie Amiot; 2018 MLIS Law Librarianship Candidate; University of Washington; Seattle, WA https://paperpile.com/ (iPhone, iPad, Android, Desktop; free 30-day trial; must have Google sign-in; subscription $2.99/ month and $9.99/month for businesses) SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2018 | AALL SPECTRUM 13

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