Apps for Librarians: Using the Best Mobile Technology to Educate, Create, and Engage

Apps for Librarians: Using the Best Mobile Technology to Educate, Create, and Engage

by Nicole Hennig


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Apps for Librarians: Using the Best Mobile Technology to Educate, Create, and Engage by Nicole Hennig

How can your library—and your patrons—benefit from mobile apps? This guidebook offers a solid foundation in "app-literacy," supplying librarians with the knowledge to review and recommend apps, offer workshops, and become the app expert for their communities.

• Describes the most important, high-quality mobile apps in specific topic areas of interest to librarians

• Provides examples of how these apps are useful for education, creativity, and productivity for all types of users, including those with special needs

• Supplies a detailed checklist of what information to include when reviewing apps

• Includes an extensive resource guide to books, blogs, websites, courses, and other sources for keeping up with mobile apps

• Provides notes on app functionality, features, price, and developer as well as any pertinent limitations

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781610695305
Publisher: Libraries Unlimited
Publication date: 09/14/2014
Pages: 197
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Nicole Hennig is an independent user experience professional who helps librarians and educators effectively use mobile technologies.

Table of Contents


  • Introduction

  • Chapter 1: Mobile Is Here To Stay

    Statistics on Mobile App Use

    Natural User Interfaces

    Mobile Devices Are Enabling Better Learning Experiences

    Mobile Apps Are Improving Life for Those with Special Needs

    The Digital Divide

    New Roles for Libraries and Librarians

    Chapter 2: Apps for Reading

    Reading eBooks

    Downloading and Reading Free eBooks

    Reading Library eBooks

    Access to Braille and Talking Books for the Blind

    Reading and Annotating Documents

    Saving Web Pages for Reading Offline

    Reading News via RSS

    Reading News with Smart Recommendations

    Reading Magazines

    Reading Magazines and Newspapers

    Finding Book Reviews

    Sharing Your Reading

    Interactive Multitouch Book Apps

    Chapter 3: Apps for Productivity

    Managing Files in the Cloud

    Managing Passwords Securely

    Creating To-Do Lists

    Managing Calendars

    Accessing Your Desktop Remotely

    Printing Wirelessly from iOS Devices

    Accessories: Keyboards, Stands, Styluses

    Chapter 4: Apps for Research and Reference


    Wikipedia Client

    Private Search Engine

    Specialized Search Engine

    Unit Conversions


    Mapping in 3D

    Language Dictionaries

    Language Learning

    News Publications

    Movie Listings

    Movie Ratings and Metadata

    Specialized Reference

    App Reviews

    Subscription Databases

    Chapter 5: Apps for Taking Notes and Writing

    Taking and Organizing Notes

    Handwriting and Drawing

    Voice and Lecture Recording

    Speech Recognition


    Editing Microsoft Office Documents

    Designing Posters, Newsletters, Reports, and More

    Managing Citations and Bibliographies

    Mind Mapping

    More Apps for Taking Notes and Writing

    Chapter 6: Apps for Multimedia

    Viewing and Studying Art

    Virtual Museum Visits


    Creating Art

    Creating Comic Books

    Making Photo Collages

    Specialized Camera Tool

    Editing Photos

    Identifying Music

    Listening to Radio Stations Worldwide

    Listening to Streaming Music

    Creating and Composing Music

    Creating Beautiful, Musical Sounds

    Playing Virtual Instruments

    Playing Music with Others

    Watching Videos

    Streaming Videos from Your Computer to Your Mobile Device

    Listening to Educational Lectures

    Listening to Audio and Video Podcasts

    Editing Movies

    Chapter 7: Apps for Social Media

    Twitter and Other Social Media Updates

    Scheduling Your Social Media Updates

    Managing Facebook Pages on the Go

    Editing Your Blog

    Sharing Photos with Filters

    Sharing and Organizing Your Photos

    Chapter 8: Apps for Communication

    Audio and Video Calls over the Internet

    One-on-One or Group Video Chats

    Instant Messaging

    Free Cross-Platform Text Messaging

    Chapter 9: Apps for Content Creation and Curation

    Creating Presentations

    Presenting PowerPoint Slides

    Creating Simple, Beautiful Presentations

    Creating Interactive Books Very Easily

    Creating Interactive Books for Apple's iBookstore

    Screencasting and Interactive Whiteboard

    Creating Designs for 3D Printing

    Curating Web Content

    Wirelessly Show the Display of iOS Devices on a Large Screen

    Mirror Your iOS Devices on Your Mac or Windows PC

    Chapter 10: Apps for Showcasing Special Collections

    Showcasing Special Collections

    Viewing Rare Manuscripts

    Photo Exhibit with Walking Tour

    Showcasing Exhibits

    Chapter 11: Apps for Beyond the Library Catalog

    Barcode Scanning


    Mobile Library Catalog

    Augmented Reality

    Location-Based Check-Ins


    Chapter 12: Apps for Professional Development

    Resume Creation

    Creating Your Personal Social Site and Making Connections with Colleagues

    Searching for Jobs

    Job Searching and Networking


    Scanning and Saving Business Cards

    Attending Webinars

    Chapter 13: Element of App-Literacy

    Apple's iOS Human Interface Guidelines

    Mobile Device Capabilities

    Jailbreaking: What Librarians Should Know

    Apple's Accessibility Features for Mobile Devices

    Reviewing Apps: A Checklist

    Chapter 14: Further Resources

    Ideas for Using Mobile Apps in Your Library

    How to Keep Up


    Blogs and Websites


  • Glossary

    Index of Apps

    Customer Reviews

    Most Helpful Customer Reviews

    See All Customer Reviews