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Ease of Access & Productivity Tools

These products can be used by libraries as adaptive technologies to provide access, and they also can be used to increase day-to-day productivity of library staff and patrons and everyone!

What is Mind Mapping?

Mind mapping is a method of writing down information that encourages you to group related ideas together around a central premise. It can be used for personal goals and business, but it's also very useful for academic work.

The University Libraries doesn't owns a copy of Tony Buzan's The Mind Map Book (but you can ILL it). It is a useful guide to learning the process. Some examples of mind maps: http://www.buzan.com.au/learning/mindmapgallery.html

The University of British Columbia produced this video for students interested in mind mapping:

Mind Mapping Software

There are dozens of products available for mind mapping for desktop computers, mobile devices, and on the Web. Some of them are paid downloads, others are shareware, and a few are completely free. Although it might be worth experimenting to see which software does best for you, Jason Fitzpatrick of LifeHacker put together a list of five good choices. Here are some others:

FreeMind is a mind-mapping software (written in Java) for PC or Macintosh. One drawback is that the program doesn't support simultaneous collaboration.
MindMup is a very basic mind-mapping site, still in beta (as of this writing). No account required.
Mind42 pronounced "mind for two," this site helps you create free (ad-supported) collaborative mind maps.
Mindomo another free mind-mapping software website, Mindomo works on multiple computer and mobile platforms. There's also a version that's compatible with Google Drive.
XMind (Windows/Mac/Linux, Free). The interface is simple and intuitive to use. You can quickly move through your entire mind map with only a handful of keystrokes or jump over to the outline view for even quicker navigation.

MindMeister

Free!MindMeister, Create and share mind maps easily with MindMeister, the market leading mind mapping and data visualization tool.

MindMeister for Android lets you create, edit and share your mind maps on your Android handset or tablet and synchronize them with the award-winning free online MindMeister service, either alone or collaboratively with others.

MindMeister offers a free account with a limited number of maps and allows users to expand into paid accounts. However, the tablet must be connected to the Internet to use the application.

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