Google Docs

You may want to use Google Docs for some of your work in class. First, take a look at the Google Docs in Plain English video with focus on its use for collaborative projects:

Google Docs allows its users to create a variety of documents:

  • Text documents (like Word docs)
  • Spreadsheets
  • Presentations
  • and even forms

What makes Google Docs powerful is its collaborative features that allow any number of users to create, edit, and publish a document together, all the time tracking revisions.  When you’ve created a doc you can publish to open formats like .doc and .pdf – there are no proprietary Google formats.  You can even import any kind of file straight into Google Docs.

All documents are saved to Google’s servers in the “cloud.”  No worries about hard drives crashing or computers mysteriously failing to load your document.  If you work on a mix of different computers or in different locations, Google Docs will help keep your important files accessible and editable when needed.

How libraries use Google Docs:

  • Internal documentation
  • Collaborative document creation for mission and value statements
  • Creating forms or polls to be posted on their website

How librarians use Google Docs:

  • For conference presentations
  • Collection development documentation in spreadsheets
  • much more!