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Christina Pikas

What about all of the metrics tools? Like counters, hit maps, stuff like that? I've also added gigablast and google search blocks.

Roman Koshykar

We added a customized LibX toolbar to our library home page at RIT, courtesy of libx.org. This only works in Firefox, though. We set up a shared IM account for all reference staff through meebo.com, and our web developer added a "live help" script that connects to this IM account and opens a chat window right on our virtual reference page - no need to fire up an IM client. Finding cool tools is actually part of my job description, so I'd love to read what others post and will be checking back for more comments.

David Bigwood

A Delicous tag cloud, LibraryThing recently read books, Feedroll from my work weblog, links to my ClaimID page and FURL pages, SoloSub, and Blogarithm.

Jill Hurst-Wahl

Wow! Lots of cool tools! I like the idea of adding a search box to my blog (but haven't done it yet). I'll have to look at what Christina has done.

I learned last night about adding Flickr photos to a web site (http://www.flickr.com/badge_new.gne) Now this isn't something I want to do, but I've already told three people who would find it useful. Of course, we (SLA) could do it for conference photos (or meeting photos). THAT would be very cool!

Von did a cool thing with photos today on his blog (and I'll assume that the tool was free): http://filipinolibrarian.blogspot.com/2006/08/celebrate-with-filipino-librarian.html

The key seems to be (1) finding tools that would be useful and (2) using them. We all -- I think -- find lots of cool tools, but don't have time to check them out. AND then we don't have time to implement them.

We all should be Roman, who has finding cool tools as part of his job description!

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