Useful Software & Online Resources

Graphics and Design


Canva gives you everything you need to easily turn ideas into stunning designs. Create designs for Web or print: blog graphics, presentations, Facebook covers, flyers, posters, invitations and so much more.

Creative Commons Search

Free high-resolution pictures for personal and commercial projects.

Haiku Deck

Meet Haiku Deck, a completely new kind of presentation software. We make telling your story simple, beautiful, and fun.

Wellcome Images

Wellcome Images is one of the world’s richest and most unique collections, with themes ranging from medical and social history to contemporary healthcare and biomedical science.

Wikimedia Commons

Wikimedia Commons is part of the non-profit, multilingual, free-content Wikimedia family.

Library Management Systems


CollectiveAccess is a highly configurable cataloguing tool and web-based application for museums, archives and digital collections.


Koha is a fully featured, scalable library management system. Development is sponsored by libraries of varying types and sizes, volunteers, and support companies worldwide.


Omeka is a free, flexible, and open source web-publishing platform for the display of library, museum, archives, and scholarly collections and exhibitions.



Trello is the free, flexible, and visual way to organize anything with anyone.


Zotero is a free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources.

Metadata Management

Dublin Core Generator

Our mission is to provide accurate and dynamic tools for generating Dublin Core metadata code.

Free Your Metadata

We show how to make your metadata ready for the Linked Data Cloud.


OpenRefine (formerly Google Refine) is a powerful tool for working with messy data: cleaning it; transforming it from one format into another; extending it with web services; and linking it to databases like Freebase.


In 1999, MarcEdit started out as a simple MARC=>plain text translation utility.  Today, MarcEdit has become one of the more complete metadata edit suites available to librarians.


Free/Open Source Software for Libraries (Foss4Lib)

The FOSS4LIB resource site for open source software in libraries was created with funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation by LYRASIS to help libraries decide if and which open source software is right for them in service to their patrons.


Academic Writing Librarian

I developed this blog to support library staff who wish to write for publication.  I’ve created links to resources I have used in my own writing and in the workshops I run.  I also post calls for papers, books chapters etc.

The Beginner’s Guide to Successful Blogging

This guide is an introduction to mastering the art of blogging. It provides easy to follow steps to start, maintain, and grow your blog.


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