This morning, I had the honor of serving as the Google Jockey for the Top Tech Trends session. As such, I have access to the very much sought after links from the session, and I promised that I’d place them in this blog post. The panel brought together a group of librarians that ranged from a newer librarian and a well seasoned Top Tech Trends presenter.

This program was sponsored by the Medical Informatics Section and the Educational Media and Technologies Section. The Medical Informatics Section website has links from previous Top Tech Trends programs and will have the links for 2011 up soon.

Since I was jockeying, I didn’t get the chance to take notes, but I can tell you a bit about what each person discussed in addition to giving you their links.

Amy Chatfield
Amy talked about different online scheduling tools. The one that stuck out the most for me was “When is Good.” She said she used it to schedule meetings with students since she can populate the calendar with open slots and send one link to multiple students. Once someone signs up for a slot, no one can see that time or the person who signed up for it, so there are no issues with privacy. I believe it works with Google Calendar.

Online Scheduling Tools
Meet o Matic:

When is Good:


SME scheduler:




Project Management


Document Collaboration
Mixed Ink (;

Type With Me:




Eric Schnell = = = = = = =

Emily Morton-Owens
Emily’s focus was on content farms. These are websites that cut and paste or create small pieces of information to get people to their sites where they can bombard them with advertisements.  She also talked to us about Google’s struggles to exclude these types of sites from Google searches.

Kosher for Passover
PageRank – PDF, may not be able to get from “off campus” – section 1.1
Penalizing cheaters
When is Easter
Slate survey – bar chart in middle of the page
Specific topics
Prolific author
Citations vs. ads
Examples–will go through quickly
How to pour beer
Good resume
Magnet for cleaning products ads
Obvious search phrase
Biased info
–end of examples–
Google’s announcement of ranking changes
Effect of change on eHow
NYT affected – third paragraph
Frustration w/ Google
A statement from Google
Users and “answer engines”
One depressing example
How to treat sinus pain

Emily Hurst
Emily challenged us to think about presenting our data in a way that evokes an emotional response rather than using plain boring graphs.
Topic: Data Visualization – Infographics: Saying it with Pictures


Nice chart – but…


Better emotional connection with information

Finding meaning in data:
Search PubMed differently!

General for libraries:

Good for creating meaningful (and pretty) word art
(upload text, use URL or copy and paste text)

MLA 2011 Program
Consider what your annual library report could look like. What could Wordle reveal about your goals?

Google Fusion Tables

Will show County Health Rankings Map –

Also Public Data Explorer
Public data sets already visualized. Explore whats out there.

Many Eyes from IBM

Click on an example such as Research the Popularity of the Royal Wedding to demonstrate basicis. On main page click on data sets to demonstrate that some data sets are public and others can be kept private. Easy to see data other’s have collected. Can also search for topic like Hurricane – for the following example:
(katrina not included)

The more you know (URL Extras):
Cool Infographics:

The Visual Display of Quantitative Information:

Information is Beautiful:

Fee Tools – Free Tools!

Bart Ragon

Bart talked about a wide range of emerging technologies as well as re-imagined technologies.
Touch of Life Technologies – Products: VH Dissector

NEJM — About NEJM – PowerPoint Slides

Flipboard for iPad

Halo Official Site – Halo Reach, Halo 3: ODST, Halo Waypoint, Halo Legends, Community, Forums, Intel, NewsYouTube – NEJMvideo’s Channel
Netflix – TV & movies instantly streamed online + DVD & Blu-ray rentals – Free Trial

Personanondata: Elsevier’s Journal of The Future

Hulu – Watch your favorites. Anytime. For free.

Smartphone Adoption increased across the U.S. and Europe

Broadband availability and speed visualized in new government map – O’Reilly Radar