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Thursday, March 19 • 10:30am - 11:30am
The One Weird Secret of Productivity Tools for Researchers

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Organizing PDFs, using multiple devices, remembering the name of that one really good paper, collaborating on writing with colleagues... how do researchers do it? What’s efficient for them? The University of Minnesota Libraries’ Personal Information Management Collaborative tasked its Productivity Tools and Citation Managers sub-groups to find out. Productivity Tools asked librarians what they’ve been hearing from users. The Citation Managers Group surveyed graduate students on their citation managers. The one weird secret is that there’s no one weird secret. Instead, researchers use tools that cumulatively meet most of their needs. We’ve spent the last several months playing with many of these tools and now you get the benefit of our exploration of tools such as DevonThink, Circus Ponies Notebook, ReadCube, Draft and NoodleTools. … We will cover how they work, what researchers like about them and to what degree they interact with institutionally provided tools like library databases, Google Apps for Education and other major commercial software like Dropbox and Endnote.


Lois Hendrickson

Curator, Wangensteen Historical Library of Biology and Medicine, University of Minnesota
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Megan Kocher

Science and Evidence Synthesis Librarian, University of Minnesota
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Amy West

Data Services Librarian, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

Thursday March 19, 2015 10:30am - 11:30am CDT
Leonard Center, Hall of Fame Room

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