Are you working in a team without a central place for collecting ideas, managing events or tracking what people are working on? Looking for a task management app to manage your work life, next holiday or day to day activities? Do you work with a team of volunteers or colleagues who work from home and need online access to projects?
Trello is a collaboration tool that looks like a giant whiteboard with post-it notes on it. You can create teams and personal boards for managing your work, assign tasks to colleagues, share links, images and documents and set due dates and a whole lot more. For a free online tool, it’s perfect for small organisations looking to gather and share knowledge, plus Trello is fairly easy to learn how to use. Some of the reasons I love Trello include:
- Boards, cards and lists can be copied again and again. For example, once you have set up a board for one library event that includes checklists, key documents, dates and graphics, you can copy it for the next one – just change the dates and you’re ready to go.
- If your team or group uses video or teleconferencing, use Trello as a live whiteboard! Everyone can edit, add content and move lists and cards as the meeting is happening.
- Organising an event is so simple: checklists for tasks, space for sharing promotional images, discussion space on each individual card and the best part, your team can see exactly where the planning is at, any time and from multiple devices. No more waiting for someone to close the Word doc or spreadsheet so you can open and check a phone number!
GLAM institutions, big and small are using Trello in really smart ways and many have found it improves internal communication, encourages collaboration and creates a culture information and knowledge sharing.
The best way to get started with Trello is to create a free account and start playing. Pick one project or weekly task and set up a board to track your progress. Here’s some inspiration for you:
Starter Board from Adam Koszary at The Museum of English Rural Life for ideas on how to use Trello for personal work.
Using Trello as a Task Manager by Zak Mensah at Bristol Culture.
Twenty Five Ways to Use Trello in Libraries by Dani and Jess at Roughly Right.
Libraries and Trello – How are librarians using it? by Aaron Tay at Musings About Librarianship
Trello Board Examples and Templates by Trello
4 tips for working with Trello by Justin Cone
Curious Noggin will take a deeper dive in Trello over the next few months, so stay tuned!