Vanilla Automation Mod adds a few things which allow for easier automation.
Picks up any xp orbs above it and fills them into provided bottles
Only picks up items matching the filter. Filter options are:
Places blocks in a set distance (up to 16 blocks) with a given direction
Dispensers can now, when provided with the right item
Extends your reach while held. Uses tools from your inventory to break blocks faster
Gives detailed information. You can hover over items and blocks to go to their entry. All guide entries can be viewed in JEI.