Free Tools

These are just some software that you can use in your libraries.

SpiceWorks IT Helpdesk – Spiceworks is free network management software and help desk software designed for networks with up to 1,000 devices. It combines help desk software, network inventory, network monitoring, IT reporting, network configuration management, built-in TFTP server, a Community user-generated IT knowledge base, request for quote feature, ink and toner replenishment purchasing, SNMP v3 management, Active Directory management, bandwidth monitoring, UPS power management software, help ticket merging, multi-threading, Green IT support, SQL server monitoring, warranty renewal tracking, and IT community Q&A into one easy-to-use application. –CNET

OneDrive or Google Drive –  They are good for online storage and collaboration between staff and other stakeholders.  OneDrive is preferred because a personal user get 15gb of storage that can be upgraded or for companies with the Microsoft service (like Office 365) benefits from unlimited storage.  The disadvantage with Google Drive is that you get 15gb that is shared between the various apps such as gmail and google+.

OneNote – This program organizes project information, but it takes time to master its many functions. The tabbed interface is intuitive with a mix of information panels and note-entry areas. Readability is good with full control of screen color and fonts. The program takes input in many forms such as documents, onscreen handwritten notes, and media files. Microsoft OneNote’s outline and search functions collate and outline the project data – CNET.  This software works across platforms and is available on your tablet, phone, computer and on the web.  All entries made using OneNote is sync to you Microsoft account;  If you lose your phone, tablet or laptop, your information is not lost with it.

LimeSurvey – an open-source survey application, lists a number of features, including csv import/export and basic statistical analysis.

Greenstone – a suite of software for building and distributing digital library collections. It provides a new way of organizing information and publishing it on the Internet or on CD-ROM. Greenstone is produced by the New Zealand Digital Library Project at the University of Waikato, and developed and distributed in cooperation with UNESCO and the Human Info NGO. It is open-source, multilingual software, issued under the terms of the GNU General Public License.

Moodle – a Course Management System (CMS), also known as a Learning Management System (LMS) or a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). It is a Free web application that educators can use to create effective online learning sites.

Invenio – a ​free software suite enabling you to run your own ​digital library or document repository on the web. The technology offered by the software covers all aspects of digital library management from document ingestion through classification, indexing, and curation to dissemination. Invenio complies with standards such as the ​Open Archives Initiative metadata harvesting protocol (OAI-PMH) and uses ​MARC 21 as its underlying bibliographic format. The flexibility and performance of Invenio make it a comprehensive solution for management of document repositories of moderate to large sizes (several millions of records).

HTTPS Everywhere — extension for the Firefox, Chrome, and Safari web browsers that enforces the use of HTTPS when using web sites that support it.  For example, if a patron uses a library computer to access their bank, HTTPS Everywhere can reduce the chance that another user could sniff that patron’s password.

GIMP– Gimp is a powerful image editing software and is a free alternative to Adobe Photoshop.

INKSCAPE – Inkscape is a free multiplatform vector drawing software and is widely used by graphic designers for custom logo designs or vector drawings. Inkscape is a free alternative to Adobe Illustrator.

XMIND – With Xmind you can create your own flow charts, and organization charts. Useful for your everyday meetings.

OpenOffice – OpenOffice is a free alternative to Microsoft Office suite. The powerful all-in-one  software enables you to create and edit your documents.

LibreOffice – LibreOffice is a productivity suite for Windows, Macintosh and GNU/Linux. It is a free alternative to the Microsoft Office Suite providing document production and data processing.

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