Mobile Learning Trends: Accessibility, Ecosystems, Content Creation

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Library Technology Reports, April 2016 (52:3)

Touch screens, speech recognition, conversational interfaces, and augmented reality revolutionize the way people interact with the screen. Adaptive technology, which once required specialized hardware and software, is now built-in. Older readers may adjust font size to their needs while younger patrons can interact with library content by touch, not keystrokes. These and similar technologies, called Natural User Interfaces, also support the core library value of access for all. With ideas for library programming and resources built for mobile devices, this Library Technology Report covers such topics as:

  • accessibility features in  iOS and Android;
  • apps that make your physical space and your content accessible to people with disabilities;
  • how devices can work together to create an ecosystem; and
  • using mobile devices to create content.

Nicole Hennig

Nicole Hennig is an expert in mobile technologies for libraries. In her 14 years of experience at the MIT Libraries, she won awards for innovation and worked to keep academics up to date with the best mobile technologies. Now she has her own business helping librarians stay current with new technologies. She is the author of several books, including Keeping Up with Emerging Technologies and Apps for Librarians. Like most librarians, she is passionate about access to information for all. To stay current with the best technologies for education and productivity, sign up for her email newsletter, Mobile Apps News, on

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