Annual Meeting Preview: Cool Tools Café

One of the highlights of the AALL Annual Meeting, Cool Tools Café, is back for another year. For about ten years, participants have learned about useful existing or emerging technologies through small group demonstrations. This year will be a little different. First, each of the presenters will present a short demonstration of their tool or tools to all participants. After these are finished, the presenters will lead small group demonstrations and answer questions from participants. This format will allow participants to learn about all of the tools presented while keeping the small group format for questions.

Cool Tools Café (program I5) will be in BCC Ballroom II on Tuesday, July 17. The formal presentation will run from 11:30am to about 12:20pm, with small group demonstrations and questions to follow.

  • Sarah Gotschall from the James E. Rogers College of Law, University of Arizona will demonstrate several Android tools to access the dark web.
  • Kris Turner from the University of Wisconsin Law School Library will be demonstrating Coggle, a mind mapping tool.
  • Rebecca Fordon from UCLA School of Law will be showing a number of GIF-creation tools for Windows and Mac.
  • Iain Barksdale from the University of Alabama School of Law will demonstrate the use of a Raspberry Pi for OPAC terminals, circa terminals, and research stations.
  • Deborah Ginsberg from the Chicago-Kent College of Law Library will be presenting a visualization showing how blockchain works,
  • Bailey Eagin from UNT Dallas College of Law will be demonstrating IFTTT, an app that connects a number of apps and devices.
  • Kenton Brice from University of Oklahoma College of Law will demonstrate TextExpander, a text automation application.
  • Mari Cheney from Lewis and Clark Law School will show Monosnap, a screenshot tool.
  • Cynthia Bassett from University of Missouri School of Law Library will demonstrate Power Notes, a browser extension that allows you to grab text from web pages and PDFs and arrange them into outlines.
  • Becka Rich from Shepard Broad College of Law, Nova Southeastern University will demonstrate Twine, an open-source tool for telling interactive, nonlinear stories.