Great Finds: Evernote

Kevin King —  April 29, 2013 — 2 Comments

evernoteBatman is my favorite super hero.  I pretty much love all versions of the Dark Knight, but there is a special place in my heart for the Batman of the 1960’s TV series played by Adam West.  There is a scene in the 1966 movie when Batman is hanging from a rope ladder attached to the Batcopter with a shark dangling from his leg.  I was not afraid when I first watched this development on my television because I knew that the Caped Crusader was always prepared for any danger.  After a small struggle Batman calls out to Robin to bring down the “Shark Repellent Bat Spray” to use on the vicious creature.  Whew, crisis averted.

A great super hero like Batman has resources at his immediate disposal, like a utility belt, to aid him in his mission. Great library leaders also have resources we turn to all the time to either help us out of a “shark attack” or to get us through the day.  Library Lost & Found wants to highlight the best to equip in your utility belt with a series of posts called Great Finds.  Today we feature the super powerful organizational app Evernote.

Evernote gives the user the ability to capture notes in a well organized program that can be synced and accessed from multiple devices.  I primarily use Evernote to take notes at meetings, which I then organize into Notebooks.  Users can easily attach tags, photos or voice memos to the document to allow for a more complete note taking experience.  I can even attach a meeting agenda sent to me as a PDF or Word document to refer to during the meeting.  Since Evernote is on my laptop, desktop, iPhone and iPad, I can view all my notes anywhere and anytime.  If I jot down a note on my iPhone, I know it will be accessible on my laptop as soon as I sit down at my desk.  What makes Evernote stand out from similar products is the “Search” function.  I can type anything into the search box and Evernote will seek out all references in my notes, even attached documents and PDFs!  The power to be able to record, store, search and access information instantly has allowed me to be a more organized manager.

When people ask me about essential apps Evernote is always on the list.  Although it has yet to be used to ward off sharks, I rely on Evernote to help keep the craziness of managing from taking a bite out of my life.

Kevin King

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Kevin King is the Head of Branch and Circulation Services at the Kalamazoo (MI) Public Library. Previously Kevin led Teen Services at KPL, where he helped build a nationally recognized program. Kevin has presented all over the country on many topics including teen services, innovation, graphic novels, and programming. As a member of ALA, YALSA, PLA and the Michigan Library Association, Kevin has served on various committees and has luckily won a couple of awards. In his spare time Kevin obsesses over the Detroit Tigers, listens to music and does his best to be a kick ass dad to Abigail and Rachael.

2 responses to Great Finds: Evernote

  1. 

    It’s a good thing I already use Evernote at home and work. The time it saves me I just spent watching the Batman movie clip and then a linked 15 min. Best and Worst of Bat Girl video montage that was excellent. I think I need a future post about staying on task and focused.

    I use Evernote to take photos of docs that I want to retain but may never need. It saves filing time and space, or the time it would take to scan. And, as Kevin said, it’s easily searchable.

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