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AALL Spectrum / July/August 2018 / Volume 22, Number 6

AALL Spectrum / Published by American Association of Law Libraries

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46 AALL SPECTRUM | WWW.AALLNET.ORG How law librarians can use technology to increase eœciency and e›ectiveness in their day-to-day responsibilities. BY ELLYSSA KROSKI TECHNOLOGY T oday's new technology enables librarians to stay organized, plan intriguing events, and even develop their own applications with- out any specialized knowledge or previous technology experience. By taking advantage of everything that web-based soware and apps have to oer, tech-savvy librarians can wow colleagues while increasing their eciency and eectiveness in their day-to-day work lives. Below are three ways that librarians can become cutting-edge and shake up the status quo. 1. Gather Your Thoughts ere are many free apps available to help you organize your thoughts, brain- storm eectively, and communicate your ideas with others. Lucidchart is an online diagramming application that allows you to create owcharts, organiza- tional charts, process maps, network diagrams, and more, using templates. Its templates and diagramming tools are excellent for designing large events, creat- ing a website directory of all pages, or visualizing a workow. Both Coggle and MindMeister oer free accounts for creating detailed mind maps that will let you express an idea from start to nish, and they can even be used collaboratively. Mind maps are especially useful in project meetings to record all shared ideas and tangential discussions for later analysis. 3 TECH-SAVVY WAYS LAW LIBRARIANS CAN SHAKE UP THE STATUS QUO

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