iGoogle for Productivity and Outreach

I had been doing a number of blogposts recently in various places about neat ways to use iGoogle.

iGoogle for MHealthy, Part One: Diet and Nutrition: http://mblog.lib.umich.edu/hsl/archives/2009/02/igoogle_for_mhe.html

iGoogle for MHealthy, Part Two: Stress Tips and Tools: http://mblog.lib.umich.edu/hsl/archives/2009/02/igoogle_for_mhe_1.html

iGoogle for MHealthy, Part Three: Fitness & Workout Tools: http://mblog.lib.umich.edu/hsl/archives/2009/03/igoogle_for_mhe_2.html

I was excited about the idea of librarians building themed collections of online gadgets and widgets as tools for their patrons. I was intrigued with the idea of building personalized sets of calculation tools and current awareness resources and sharing them with colleagues. I wasn’t the only one who found it a bit amusing mixed with “wow, we have to do this!” imagining the very real possibilities for marketing our institutional brand, outreach to alumni and/or healthcare communities, and fundraising.

I noticed from some of the responses I was getting (or not getting) that this didn’t seem as obvious or straightforward to others as it seemed to me. Time for a workshop or class, eh? We had two sessions this week. One was standing room only. The second one was about two thirds full, but people stayed and asked questions for an hour after the session was officially done. I thought this might be useful for other folks, too, so am sharing it here.

Oh, and I promise, I will do posts giving the urls for all the cool tabs I highlight as demos so that you can check them out for yourself. Three are listed above (diet/nutrition, stress management, fitness/exercise). Forthcoming are University of Michigan, general health, yoga, autism spectrum disorders, public health, medical gadgets (previously shared on the HSL Beta Projects page, but here updated and revised), life science researchers, UM libraries, and astronomy (to support the Astronomy Theme Semester that is just winding up).

Without further ado, here are the slides.


9 responses to “iGoogle for Productivity and Outreach

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  6. Thank you for sharing!
    We’ve been using iGoogle at our firm for about a year now, and we find it to be the most efficient way to manage multiple feeds, gadgets, widgets, etc..


  7. I believe it! What I liked about using iGoogle for the swine flu gadget was how FAST it was to put something good together and get the word out, which is really important sometimes.



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