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24th May 2012

My Favourite Tipples

FreePint Research

  • Information overload: fact, fantasy or filter failure?
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  • From shelves to bytes: one law library's journey to a visual eLibrary
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  • Military and Security Developments Involving the People's Republic of China, 2012


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  • Google Unveils Knowledge Graph

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Michelle ManafyWelcome to this issue of the FreePint Newsletter, which features a range of insights on creative solutions to information problems. A FUMSI guest editor sets the tone in viewing change as an opportunity, while contributors offer some approaches for CI on a budget and controlling collaboration. In my FreePint Features article, Information overload: fact, fantasy or filter failure?, I look at some current thinking on that subject and, as do all of the articles in this issue, try to help you take control of your information resources.

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 My Favourite Tipples

Jennifer SmithBy Jennifer Smith

Running a rapidly growing company and coordinating a thriving networking community, I love finding tools that help save me time and enable me to do my job effectively. Here are five tools that I find really useful.

  • Remember the Milk: I read about this tool a couple of years ago but finally started using it last month. In just a few weeks it has had an extraordinary impact on my productivity. It took hardly any time to get started, then I just throw in my tasks, and it displays an up to date list of what I need to do today, what's really important, or what I need to do for particular projects. It's free and comes with a handy iPhone App so I can spend train journeys productively organising my to do list. Highly recommended if you're juggling lots of different projects.

  • Time Zone Converter: The internet makes it easy for even a young company like mine to have international clients. I've tried a few different time zone sites when scheduling meetings, and this is the best I've found for ease and speed of use. Handily it allows you to search either for your time or the time in another zone, so if you're scheduling a tele-meeting you can quickly find a time that's convenient for the other person.

  • Balsamiq: Balsamiq is a great tool to quickly mock-up web pages. I use it to explain designs for clients, but equally you could use it when commissioning software development to try out designs, or to make sure the developer understands what you want. It costs around £49/$79 but is well worth it if you're commissioning expensive development, as it helps to avoid misunderstandings that could result in costly mistakes.

  • Wufoo: Wufoo provides a service for putting together web forms. It's very quick to produce a form and incredibly easy for others to complete. At LIKE (London Information & Knowledge Exchange), we use Wufoo to capture bookings for our monthly speaker and dinner events. It's free for three forms at a time. It costs a small monthly fee if you need more.

  • LIKE Events: Attending the LIKE monthly speaker dinners in London UK is one of the best ways I've found for keeping up to date on developments and discussion in the information sector (and not just because I'm involved with the organisation, either). If you're not able to make it to London, then check out the LIKE past events page for reviews of each event from those who attended. LIKE is hosting a conference on The Business of Social Media, on 29th June in London, which might be of particular interest.

Jennifer Smith is the Managing Director of ONEIS, an information management platform. Jennifer is a Chartered Librarian with over 12 years of experience in library and information management. She is the co-founder and organiser of the London information community, LIKE. She can be found on Twitter at

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    Economic changes impact where investments are made and how clients are served. Many of these changes are the direct result of clients shining the spotlight on the delivery and pricing of legal services. Smart organisations focus more on efficiency and cost savings as they continue to grow and adapt services to meet client needs in a better way. Full article »

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    Organisations face a unique challenge when implementing any collaboration technology, namely how to encourage the viral, grassroots participation and growth, but at the same time keep the tool productive so that it doesn't spiral out of control. Because a major part of a collaboration tools success is people, can collaboration be controlled? Full article »

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