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Selecting and Evaluating the Best Mobile Apps for Library Services
Nicole Hennig
Item Number: 978-0-8389-5942-8
Publisher: ALA TechSource
Price: $43.00
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Library Technology Reports, November/December 2014 (50:8)

32 pages
8.5" x 11"
Year Published: 2014
Mobile apps and the shift of students from consumers to creators were highlighted as key trends by the 2014 NMC Horizon Reports; meanwhile, technology research firm Gartner predicts that by 2017 some 268 billion apps will have been downloaded. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed, but this issue of Library Technology Reports is here to help, with succinct guidance for incorporating apps into digital literacy training and other library services. No longer just for media consumption, mobile apps are proving to be excellent tools for content creation. To assist libraries in taking full advantage of their possibilities, Hennig includes:
  • An overview of app literacy examining mobile operating systems, mobile ecosystems, core apps, natural user interfaces, device capabilities, accessibility, and jailbreaking
  • A detailed app evaluation checklist that supplements traditional review criteria for print resources
  • Recommendations for core apps organized around common activities
  • Go-to review sources to keep up with the newest apps
  • Summaries of 19 iOS features that support accessibility
  • Ideas for library instruction and event-programming with apps

About the Author

Nicole Hennig is the author of the books Best Apps for Academics and Apps for Librarians: Using the Best Mobile Technology to Educate, Create, and Engage. Her online courses, Apps for Librarians and Educators and The Book as iPad App, have enabled librarians from all types of institutions to effectively implement mobile apps in their programs and services. Her e-mail newsletter, Mobile Apps News, helps librarians stay current with mobile technologies. She worked for the MIT Libraries for 14 years as head of user experience and web manager. Her awards include the MIT Libraries Infinite Mile Award for Innovation and Creativity, the MIT Excellence Award for Innovative Solutions, and the ASIS&T Chapter Member of the Year.

About Library Technology Reports

Published by ALA TechSource, Library Technology Reports helps librarians make informed decisions about technology products and projects. Library Technology Reports publishes eight issues annually and provides thorough overviews of current technology. Reports are authored by experts in the field and may address the application of technology to library services, offer evaluative descriptions of specific products or product classes, or cover emerging technology. Find out more information on this publication and how you can subscribe here.


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