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AALL Spectrum / July/August 2017 / Volume 21, Number 6

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JULY/AUGUST 2017 | AALL SPECTRUM 57 JULY/AUGUST 2017 | AALL SPECTRUM 57 They help us manage our schedules and tasks, respond to requests on the go, and create and monitor online legal research. 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 featured here. WHENTOWORK "For those of you with student workers, sched- uling is like herding cats—a simile particu- larly familiar to librar- ians. As chief herder, I'm not ashamed to say that a little wrangling assistance makes all the difference between adequate coverage and tumbleweeds. WhenToWork has made that job a lot easier. It enforces hour/week limits, sends out notices of schedule changes, and lets students claim open shifts or request time off in a fashion that minimizes my workload. Even setting the semes- ter's work schedule is streamlined through use of templates. The time you get back will be worth its weight in pro- fessional development." — David E. Matchen Jr.; Cir- culation/Reference Librarian; University of Baltimore Law Library; Baltimore, MD WhenToWork.com (Mobile versions available from the App Store and Google Play; pricing based on number of employees) Image © iStock.com/VIictor/Blankstock/Enis Aksoy LEXBOX "Lexbox is a free Google Chrome extension that allows you to create and monitor a personalized online legal research space. It currently sup- ports eight Canadian legal websites including CanLII; Supreme Court, Federal Court, and Tax Court of Canada decisions; plus federal legislation for Canada, Ontario e-Laws (stat- utes and regulations), and British Columbia laws. Lexbox allows you to store search results with related search queries within a folder structure you create to suit your research needs. Lexbox also offers an alert feature to update search results, decisions, or to notify you if specific legisla- tion gets cited by a new case. It acts as a useful and powerful toolkit for enhancing the utility of these key Canadian legal sites." — Teresa Gleave; Director, Library and Information Services; Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP; Vancouver, BC, Canada lexum.com/en/products/ lexbox (Google Chrome, mobile friendly; free) ZOLA SUITE "As a practice man- agement advisor, I work with a number of practice management programs that have mobile functionality. Zola Suite offers native iOS and Android apps with mobile technology features, including fingerprint recognition. I find the native iOS app has quicker navigation through the various functions than some of the mobile-friendly or responsive websites relied on by other solu- tions. The app allows law firm users to make time entries; create contacts from the scan of a business card; create and assign tasks; view the activity log for a matter; access, scan, and upload documents (including research); and perform most of the functions that can be accomplished on the web-based system." — Darla Jackson; Practice Management Advisor; Oklahoma Bar Association; Oklahoma City, OK zolasuite.com (iPhone, iPad, Android; iOS 9.0 or later required; free) SIMPLE IN/OUT "We were looking for a convenient way for our student employees to know which librarians were available to handle reference questions at any given time during the day. Enter Simple In/Out, which allows you to change your availabil- ity status throughout the day. Student em- ployees are able to send reference questions to a librarian who is avail- able to handle requests. Also, users can set up geofences (virtual pe- rimeters) that automat- ically check you into the library when you arrive and check you out at the end of the day. Not only does it make student employees' jobs easier, it eliminates the need for us to create and follow a reference schedule." — Theresa K. Tarves; Emerging Technology and Digital Research Librarian; H. Laddie Montague, Jr. Law Library; Penn State Law; University Park, PA simpleinout.com (smart- phones, Windows, macOS, web; free and paid plans)

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