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Five Free Tools Librarians Use to Engage Their Community

Here is a compilation of the #txlchat which was filled with librarians sharing ideas and experiences of engaging their community and stakeholders with the library. There were tons of suggestions for free tools, apps and services that have helped them promote their library to students, teachers, administrators and school boards. We’ve highlighted our five favorite tools from the discussion, but make sure to check out the #txlchat archive for all the details!


Smore Design flyers to spread the word online

  • Create eye-catching online newsletters

  • Advocate your library, its programs and new resources

  • Easy online promotion; can be embedded in LibGuides, etc.

Aurasma - The World's Leading Augmented Reality Platform

  • Augmented reality app for Android & iOS

  • Similar to QR codes, but with physical objects

  • Engaging for everyone (just watch the linked video above…!)

ThingLink - Make Your Images Interactive

  • Digital image curation tool

  • Share photos of students using the library to demonstrate its value

  • Create interactive book lists with book trailers

Haiku Deck - Presentation Software that Inspires

  • Takes presentations to a new level

  • Minimalistic design focuses on the presenter and his/her knowledge, not text-heavy slides

  • Can be shared publicly online or downloaded as a PDF - Teachers ask. You choose.

  • Online charity for classrooms and school libraries

  • Raise funds for technology in the classroom

  • 70% of projects on Donors Choose are successfully funded