Other Tools

There’s a lot more to Web 2.0 and social media tools than just WordPress, Flickr, Scribd, and Google Maps!  Scroll below to learn about other tools or issues that may be useful as you develop a more engaging online presence.

Catablogs combine catalogues with blogging software. Organizations like historical societies, libraries, or historic house museums can use blogging software to write up their special collections. Think of catablogs as a digital finding aid that’s easier to update, easier to search, and way more fun to use. Anyone who has already mastered using WordPress can build a catablog, and like WordPress, it is free. There’s even a plug-in! Keep reading…

Creative Commons Licensing: Creative Commons is a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing access to works in the public domain.  They have established a set of free licenses and legal tools to help you determine what access you want to allow for your content.  CC licenses fall on a spectrum ranging from “All rights reserved” to completely “public domain.”  Flickr, for example, asks users to determine what license they would like to give with their content, and uses the set of licenses established by CC.

LibraryThing allows users to create a library catalogue for their personal collections.  The catalogue combines traditional library data like ISBN and date of publication with social media features like tags, discussion threads, and reader reviews.  LibraryThing is free; users create a profile and then start adding books to their library.  You can add books by title, author, or ISBN number; LibraryThing automatically searches the online catalogues of other libraries (including the Library of Congress) and Amazon.  LibraryThing pulls traditional library data from these sites and adds it to the description of books you’ve added in your library.  Keep reading…

Lulu Books is a service that allows you to self-publish books in a variety of formats.  The big social vision of Lulu is to help authors circumvent the commercial publishing world.  Authors who have self-published through Lulu have their works uploaded into the Lulu catalogue and anyone can order a copy.  The purchaser can choose from a variety of binding options that affect the final price.  Keep reading…

Twitter Whatever Twitter is, everyone suddenly seems to be doing it.  Twitter is basically a forum for people to post updates on what they’re doing, what they’ve recently read or talked about, or what they’re thinking.  Messages are limited to 140 characters—it’s short and sweet!  Younger folks will make the easy comparison to Facebook’s status updates or Instant Messaging’s away message.  Keep reading…

Facebook

Podcasting

Wikis

What other tools do you think should be included in the Public Humanities Toolbox?  In the comments section, let us know and explain how and why you find it useful.

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