Tools You Can Use: Pocket and Evernote

Pocket

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Pocket (formerly Read It Later) lets you save webpages to read later. It is available on the web and as an app for iOS and Android.  When you come across an article, webpage, or video you want to read at another time just use the bookmarklet to save it to your Pocket account.  No need to bookmark sites you’re only going to read once in your browser.

Later you’ll just pull up your Pocket queue in your browser, phone, or tablet and the information is ready to go. Your Pocket queue is searchable and taggable.  Pocket also exports to a wide variety of services for sharing.

A peek at my Pocket queue screen:

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Pocket is extremely useful when someone shares a link with you that you can’t read right away because you’re on the reference desk or it isn’t work related.  Pocket is a great way to save things your colleagues are sharing on Twitter and as a quick way to separate the useful things in your RSS feeds. Many feed readers and Twitter clients are set up to easily export to Pocket.

Those of us who use lunch breaks to catch up on our various information sources might find Pocket useful when it’s time to get back to work and you still have several tabs open. If you want to save things long-term Pocket Premium has some nice features, but you might find Evernote a little easier to organize the stuff you want to keep.

Evernote

Evernote is a note taking program and a whole lot more.

You can create text notes in Evernote, you can email or upload pdf files, you can take pictures on your mobile device and add them, and you can clip webpages or parts of webpages.

The web clipper is my favorite feature. Why bookmark a page when you can save just the information you need?  Evernote works in the cloud so you can view your notes on the web, on your mobile device, and on your desktop with the various Evernote versions.

Your notes can be organized a number of ways. You can file notes into individual notebooks and then organize those notebooks into stacks. For example, you can have a separate Programs, Reading, and Summer Reading notebook and then put them all in a stack called Work.  You can also tag notes to make them easier to find.

Evernote is widely used so there are plenty of guides to using it and it is in constant development. The mobile interface especially has improved quite a bit in the last year or so.

Just a few of the ways to use Evernote as a librarian:

  • Clip program plans, inspiration, and craft ideas off the web
  • Keep running lists of books to read and books to order
  • Clip and keep track of book lists and display ideas
  • Plan programs and pre-plan programs by clipping ideas related to the program
  • Scan and store business cards

 

 

 

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