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Get the Most Out of Outlook

In notes on February 9, 2011 at 4:56 pm

On February 8th we had an excellent whirlwind look at getting organized in Outlook. Everyone who came had great questions and helpful tips for the rest of the group.

The library just added the book Take back your life: using Microsoft Outlook to get organized and stay organized.  This book was written with examples from Outlook 2007, but almost all of the recommendations apply just as well to Outlook 2010.  Many of the methods described are inspired by David Allen’s classic book Getting things done: the art of stress-free productivity.

This is oversimplifying, but the basic recommendation for handing your inbox is this…

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Going Paperless

In notes on February 8, 2011 at 7:48 pm

Want some tips for using less paper?  Looking for some websites that might help you stay organized? Check out the links in this PowerPoint given at the Admin Staff meeting in February.

Some of the resources mentioned include:

  • choose “Foxit Phantom” as your printer and you’ll create a PDF of your document/email/web page instead of paper; if you don’t see Foxit as a printer option, just ask IT to install it for you.
  • use Google Docs to collaborate with colleagues on spreadsheets, presentations or documents
  • use Evernote to keep all your notes, to do lists, and scribblings; it even recognizes handwriting!

Household Gadgets

In notes on January 26, 2011 at 2:40 pm

Let’s Talk reconvened for the Winter Term on Tuesday, January 25th in Heelan 143.  We tried a later time this term — 3:30 to 4:30 and it worked out great!  There was a wonderful turn-out and fantastic discussions.

Some of the gadgets that made appearances included cell phones, iPod Touches, cameras, and iPads.

The conversation went all over the place, which is exactly what Let’s Talk was designed for.  Here are some of the tips and resources mentioned this week: Read the rest of this entry »

Social Spaces

In notes on November 12, 2010 at 6:11 pm

On November 9th, Let’s Talk had it’s last meeting for Term 1 in Heelan 143.  The topic was Social Media, Spaces, and Places – namely, Facebook and Twitter with a brief look at location-based services such as FourSquare and Gowalla.  Our next meeting will be in early December.

Facebook and Twitter … Read the rest of this entry »

Keeping up with RSS

In notes on October 27, 2010 at 7:05 pm

On October 26th Let’s Talk had tea in the Library’s Newspaper Corner and chatted about staying up-to-date with news, articles, and topics of interest.

The four main tools we looked at were:

  • iGoogle (mainly just boxes of headlines on a Google page)
  • Google Reader (much more control over your feeds and articles; allows you to share articles)
  • Feedly (using Google Reader settings, turns your feeds into a beautiful magazine-like experience)
  • Reeder (app on the iPod / iPad, using Google Reader information)

To begin:  what is RSS? … Read the rest of this entry »

Online Collaboration Tools

In notes on October 22, 2010 at 2:12 pm

Let’s Talk met on October 12th for a discussion over online collaboration tools.  Much of the discussion centered on file sharing and communicating.  What do we mean by collaboration tools?  Here are a few scenarios:

Faculty at the Chroncile’s Prof Hacker blog gave several examples of how they’re using online tools in the classroom.

Archaeologists at Pompeii are using mobile apps on their iPads to take field notes and share information across the dig.

Uses on campus … Read the rest of this entry »

E-books with or without e-readers

In notes on September 28, 2010 at 6:47 pm

On September 28th, Let’s Talk was held in the staff lounge at Heelan and we discussed e-books, e-textbooks, and e-reader devices such as iPad and Kindle.

The market for e-books and e-textbooks is in a little bit of chaos, it seems.  Some of the concerns brought up at the discussion included the portability of e-book formats so that students and faculty wouldn’t be locked into one device, as well as the longevity of e-book files, especially since some are only available on a leasing basis.

Ebooks in Universities… Read the rest of this entry »

Introducing Let’s Talk

In notes on September 14, 2010 at 6:03 pm

The first Let’s Talk discussion was September 14th, 2010.  The topic was iPads, and the library brought over the iPads that would soon be available for check-out.

Sara has been bookmarking examples of iPads in education here:
http://www.delicious.com/librarienne/ipad+education

The apps available on the library iPads can be seen in a PDF hand-out here:
http://dl.dropbox.com/u/10100860/iPadScreens.pdf