I have come across a tool lately that is not new but often forgotten on the internet. Polls are a quick and easy way to get input from users about a variety of things. Next time you are trying to plan a staff outing or a party, try polling them to find a date and time that works for all. Or you could ask patrons what upcoming programs they would like to see.
There are a ton of websites out there that help you create polls. One that I really like is Doodle.com because it's easy to use and looks nice. To get started you enter a title, location (optional), and a note about the poll if you want. Then you can choose any dates and times you want opinions on. You can also add text options if you just want the participants to choose that instead.
After creating the options, you can choose different settings such as limiting participants to a single vote, hiding the participants names and votes, or allowing the participants to say that none of the options work for them. Lastly, enter your name or library's name and email where the results will get sent. Ta-da! You made a poll. There will be a link that you can copy and paste on to social media, email, or post on your web page to reach the participants you want. They will not need to create an account to vote either.
Once you get responses, you can export the data to print, PDF, or Excel to view or share with others and make a final decision. I think this is a great tool because it's easy to make and easy for people to respond quickly. Check out the test poll I made here to help me choose a baby name and practice voting!